Area Director — Albuquerque, NM


​Albuquerque is the largest city in the beautiful state of New Mexico. It is a wonderful blend of cultures reflected in our architecture, food, art and music. We're a mile-high city, with beautiful mountains to the east, the Rio Grande flowing through the city and an average of 280 sunny days per year. We sometimes get snow, but it doesn't last long. But if you want big snow, Taos is not far away — 219 inches this year.

There is a 50-year history of Young Life ministry in Albuquerque! The qualified person will lead the area in leading current staff, maturing and mentoring leaders and new staff, working in a Young Life club ministry, expanding current ministry and developing new ministry. Young Life in Albuquerque is on a strong trajectory for growth. Does God want you to be the one to lead it?


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.

  • Partner with the regional director and committee to cast vision for reaching “every kid” within the defined area.
  • Develop consistent gatherings with committee, leaders and staff to build unity and provide vision and direction.
  • Create a spiritual leadership plan for volunteer leaders, staff and committee members in the area.
  • Recruit and train new staff and leaders to build leadership teams that reflect the community.
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate area staff, providing resources and experiences needed to implement the vision.
  • Provide quality summer staff, work crew and adult guests for summer camps.
  • Model excellence in contact work, club, Campaigners and camping to other leaders.
  • Train leaders, team leaders and committee how to work effectively in teams and develop a yearly ministry strategy.

Resource Development — “Fueling the ministry” includes events, major donor care, public relations (branding) and TDS team. 

  • Provide leadership to the TDS team and committee in finding partners to own the area vision and budget.
  • Develop and lead the area’s fundraising strategy and ensure excellence in communication to donors.
  • Raise the necessary funds to carry out the ministry vision for the local area, keeping the area consistently in surplus (goal is a one-month cash reserve minimum).
  • Build the Young Life brand via public relations as an excellent tool for working with youth in the area.
  • Coordinate and conduct quality events which reflect Young Life’s capacity to impact kids and warrant the investment of a participant’s personal and corporate resources. 

Direct Ministry — “Proclaiming and modeling” includes contact work, club, Campaigners and camp. 

  • Actively engage in all three levels of contact work.
  • Lead or co-lead a model Young Life club; lead/supervise an effective Campaigners ministry with excellence.
  • Observe and evaluate each of the schools/ministries in the local area on a yearly basis.
  • Develop and implement ongoing plans to maximize Gospel proclamation through camping opportunities.
  • Serve on a summer assignment at a Young Life property, other Young Life camp or in another position each summer.

Ministry Support — “Taking care of business” includes accounting, administration, communication (internal), data management and strategic plan. 

  • Adhere to all Young Life policies and procedures and maintain professionalism concerning office hours, dress, conduct and time management. 
  • Manage finances with stewardship, accountability and transparency using the missionwide applications. 
  • Maintain accurate information on kids, leaders and donors for area records. 
  • Provide clear, prompt, appropriate and professional communication to everyone involved in ministry. 
  • Set a yearly strategic ministry plan and initiatives to reach every kid; review them on a regular basis. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned and congruent with gifts, experience and area needs. 
  • Accept both short- and long-term assignments of projects.


  • ​Proven leadership skills. 
  • Proven relational skills with both kids and adults.
  • Track record of strong club and Campaigners work.
  • A call to reach kids with the Gospel.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Fluent in Spanish a plus.


  • ​Salary in line with education and experience. 
  • Full-time Young Life benefits including medical, dental and vision, life insurance, and 401(K) and pension contributions. 
  • Expense reimbursement for ministry-related expenses. 
  • Flexible paid time off. 
  • Health club benefits. 
  • Strong regional support and training.
  • Relocation package available for qualified applicant.


​We deeply desire that every kid in Albuquerque, N.M., would know and experience Jesus for himself or herself. There is a solid donor base, a committed group of volunteer leaders and a number of adults ready to support the area director.

How To Apply:

​Please complete the online application.

If you are currently on Young Life staff, there is no need to complete the application. Rather please forward your resume to Mark Fordney.