Area Director — Payson, AZ


​Payson Young Life is looking for a full-time area director to help oversee the launch and development in this new Young Life area. We’re calling this new area “Rim Country Young Life” in the beautiful mountains (Mogollon Rim) of Northeast Arizona.

Arizona Young Life is well known throughout the state, and the community of Payson is excited to bring Young Life to their town and surrounding areas. There is a strong committee and money in the bank ready to start! The relationships with the local school district and churches are very good. There is one high school and one middle school. The community is economically diverse with young professionals, established families and a retirement community. The population of Payson is 15,000; however, there is a significant population of people with summer retreat homes and vacationers traveling throughout the year to this part of Arizona.

We are looking for someone with a passion for Christ, a heart for lost kids, leadership experience, and can grow and develop Young Life’s ministry in a small town setting. In addition, this person needs to be teachable, can lead spiritually, manage time well, and work great within a team. Both current committee members and some who desire to be volunteer Young Life leaders have previous Young Life experience at different times in their lives. Many in the community already understand the impact Young Life can have in a small town.


  • ​Spiritual leadership.
  • Recruit, train and lead a vibrant mission-community of volunteer leaders.
  • Administrative duties.
  • Work with local adults/committee to implement a sustainable plan.
  • Develop and retain donor relationships.


  • ​Two or more years of fruitful Young Life team leadership experience.
  • Love Christ and kids.
  • Teachable and works great within a team.
  • Open to working with all kids.


  • ​Full-time salary based on experience and responsibility.
  • Full-time Young Life benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and 401K.
  • Expense reimbursement for mileage and ministry-related expenses.
  • Ongoing training and career development.
  • Ministry support from community, churches, regional and national offices.


​Along with the beauty of Payson and close proximity to ski resorts, hunting, fishing, hiking and many other outdoor activities, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is only 70 miles away. It’s the best of small town Young Life with the fifth largest city in the U.S. a little more than an hour away!

How To Apply:

​Please send a current resume (include all ministry experience) and a one-page letter describing your testimony and why you are interested in the position. Please also complete the online job application using the link below. For more information or questions, please contact Lance Rauhoff (Arizona regional ministry developer) at 602-740-2511.