Communications Director for Africa/Middle East (U.S. Based/Remote)

Description:

​​Young Life Africa/Middle East (ME) is seeking a qualified and passionate person to fill the role of director of Communications for the division. This full-time position will build and grow a team to inform and engage the community of regional teams, staff and country sponsors, camp sponsors, trip participants, donors, friends and email and social media followers.​ This is a great opportunity to share what the Lord is doing through Young Life in Africa and the Middle East!

Responsibilities:

Spiritual Development“Following Jesus” includes prayer and spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth and health and church relationships.
  • ​Develop a yearly personal growth plan that fosters a vibrant spiritual life including time for solitude, retreat, reflection, prayer and a sincere commitment to understanding God’s Word.
  • Seek and maintain relationships and disciplines, in the context of active participation in a church community.
  • Actively participate in the spiritual life of the Young Life community.
  • Lead teams and individuals in spiritual development.
  • Ensure that all Young Life ministry in the area, is designed and carried out with a dependence on prayer that takes place out of the overflow of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Leadership Development“Equipping leaders, committee and staff” includes key volunteer care, recruiting, team building and training, supervision and vision casting.
  • ​Grow strategic thinking and functional skills of the communications team across all channels (e.g. website, email marketing, print, social media, events).
  • Work cross-functionally with Operations and Development to engage donor base and support fundraising efforts.
  • Advise senior vice president and domestic lead team on strategic initiatives. Participate on the SVP lead team.
  • Be available to other mission leaders (including international communications staff in other divisions) as needed.
  • Support Regional Team directors in building regional teams.
Resource Development“Fueling the ministry” includes events, major donor care, public relations (branding) and TDS team.
  • ​Lead/build communications team (currently one full-time employee, one part-time intern with proposed job title revisions and hiring plan).
  • Develop and implement multi-channel communications strategy, including branding, messaging, content development and metrics.
  • Work with the senior vice president​, Development director/RTDs to create and implement a donor communications strategy.
  • Work with the Development team to ensure excellent communications between staff/country sponsors (both from the U.S. and field).
  • Oversee website content development/iteration.
  • Innovate new projects (e.g., communication missionary program, road show materials).
  • Build in-country communication resources to capture and deliver vibrant stories of lives changes by the mission of Young Life.
  • Liaise with other international divisions on communications projects (e.g. Relationships articles, podcasts).
  • Supervise creative development with creative partners  (e.g. BLVR, Young Life Creative Services).
  • Oversee training development for field communications staff.  
  • Maintain current market knowledge of communications tools.
  • Participate on Domestic Lead Team; update Dashboard metrics.
  • Participate/attend SALT in Africa/Middle East with the objective of translating key themes and focus into deeper engagement for the donor/sponsor/friend community.
Direct Ministry“Proclaiming and modeling” includes contact work, club, Campaigners and camp.
  • ​Connect with field and domestic staff and regional team members at least annually.
  • Involvement in a regional team.
Ministry Support“Taking care of business” includes accounting, administration, communication (internal), data management and strategic plan.
  • ​Consistently evaluate donor engagement via metrics, surveys, focus groups and other means.    
  • Track critical metrics. Currently: website users – 7,000; social media followers – Facebook (6,200), Instagram (4,300); email list (Motherlode – 2,000); (Habari Gani – 200); Active Donor Base – 3,000 (approximate).
  • Serve in advisory/strategic role on teams working on large projects with field and Mission Services components.
  • Support senior field and field communications staff with communications tools and equipment as needed.

Qualifications:

​Education
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in communications or marketing strongly preferred but not required. 
Working Conditions
  • ​Daily office environment.
  • May work from anywhere in the U.S. with close and affordable proximity to a major airport.
  • Some travel:
    • ​Across the U.S. for meetings.
    • Africa/Middle East for meetings/trips.

  • This position is self-funded (e.g., personal donor base/team is developed and maintained).
Qualifications Required for the Job
  • Previous Young Life experience is strongly preferred but not required. 
  • ​Diligent team builder and leader. 
  • Smart, strategic thinker.
  • Significant experience in marketing communications/branding.
  • Ability to execute moving parts of a project. 
  • Excellent writer and content developer.
  • Works well independently, with a team and across functions.
  • Quick study on information/organization. 
  • Comfortable with entrepreneurial setting/organization. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure. 
  • Attention to detail; sweats the small stuff when required.
  • Flexible; not afraid to roll up sleeves and be part of production process. 
  • Strong initiative and good at multi-tasking. 

Benefits:

  • ​​​​​​​Medical, dental and vision coverage (at no cost to you).  
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • 401(k) matching plan (up to four percent). 
  • Pension contributions.
  • Health club benefit.
  • And more!

How To Apply:

​If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact the International employment coordinator at 800-330-0628. To better help us serve you in your inquiry process, please take a moment to fill out the International Inquiry Form available via the button below.

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