Area Director — Hattiesburg, MS


​Young Life in Hattiesburg, Miss., is a start-up area with great potential. Hattiesburg is a college town with a 15,000 student population public university (The University of Southern Mississippi). The job is an area director position, operating as its own area. There is currently a strong committee, who cares deeply about the lost high school and middle school students, and a strong financial base.


  • ​Create and promote vision for the Hattiesburg area.
  • Oversee student outreach and discipleship; coordinate and lead a weekly club.
  • Communicate with the area/regional administrator.
  • Ability to supervise and train future staff.
  • Develop and oversee ministry at two high schools and one middle school.
  • Facilitate and support Campaigners.
  • Implement a yearlong camp strategy (mission trips, spring break trips, work week, etc.).
  • Relational ministry with local high school and middle school students.
  • Promote community ownership; communicate the vision of Young Life leaders.
  • Connect with adults in the community.
  • Fundraising and financial management of the Young Life area budget.
  • Develop and maintain good donor relationships.


  • Loves Jesus and college students. 
  • Minimum of three to five years previous Young Life staff experience. 
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills. 
  • $25k in personal annual support. 
  • Three-year minimum commitment. 
  • Previous work with college-age students (preferable).


  • ​Salary in line with education and experience.
  • Medical, dental and vision.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • 401(k) matching plan.
  • Pension contributions.
  • Health club benefits.


​Hattiesburg is a city in Forrest County, Miss., and was founded in 1837. Hattiesburg's population is close to 50,000 and is the fourth largest city in the state. It is the principle city in the Hattiesburg Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. It is centrally located less than 90 minutes from New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., the Gulf Coast and Jackson, Miss. Hattiesburg has been named among the "2015 Most Livable Cities" in the country. At the center of the city is the University of Southern Mississippi known as "Southern," an undergraduate and graduate school established in 1910. Southern has a rich tradition in both academics and athletics. The university is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution.

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