Area Director — Ketchikan, AK


​Known as the “First City,” Ketchikan, Alaska, is the gateway to the last frontier. Nestled in the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest, ferries and float planes weave through this beautiful wilderness daily to access a cluster of islands with limited paved roads. Ketchikan is most famous for its salmon, scenery and Alaskan Native culture.

Ketchikan Young Life is looking for someone willing to be the engine to drive an already existing committee and leader team. Alongside a group of dedicated adults, the next staff person will have the opportunity to build on a community of 8,000 people.

More than one thousand adolescents are present at one high school, a middle school, a small university satellite campus, an alternative school, and a home-school population. Outdoor living invites with wildlife, hiking, hunting and fishing. During the spring and summer months, the town swells with nearly one million cruise ship passengers annually.


  • Demonstrate spiritual leadership on a personal and corporate level.
  • Supervise and develop the Young Life ministry at the high school.
  • Develop and oversee a WyldLife ministry at the middle​ school.
  • Recruit, train and sustain leaders, community volunteers and committee.
  • Collaborate with an existing area plan and purpose statement.
  • Oversee and participate in the area’s fiscal health.
  • Maintain a supportive personal donor base.
  • Willing to work part-time in the community outside of Young Life unless the applicant raises enough for himself or herself to be full time.
  • Participate in direct ministry with kids.
  • Build a team to handle the administrative tasks of the job.
  • Participation and leadership in regional staff events and training events.


  • Deep, abiding faith in Jesus Christ and love for people.
  • Proven relational skills with both kids and adults.
  • Proven discipleship, leadership and team-building skills.
  • Direct ministry experience with kids and leaders.
  • Understanding of finances and budgets.
  • Demonstrated area fundraising success.
  • Personal fundraising ability.
  • A driven, self-starter.
  • Strong organizational skills.


  • Salary in line with education, experience and responsibilities.
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) applies.
  • Medical, dental and vision.
  • Flexible paid time off.
  • 401(k) and pension matching plan.
  • Health club benefits.

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