Area Director — Norman, OK


Young Life of South Central Oklahoma (Norman Young Life) boasts a genuine and deep rooted history within the Young Life community. Beginning in 1985, and celebrating its 35th anniversary this fall, Young Life has been (and continues to be) a pillar of faith in Norman, Okla. Reaching kids and bringing them to Christ is the objective, and the residents of Norman have consistently rallied in support. With a significant donor base and a dedicated Young Life building for clubs and leadership (which was purchased and donated to Young Life), little obstacles remain.

Norman sits 20 miles south of Oklahoma City in the central part of the state. It boasts two (2) high schools and four (4) middle schools with an approximate enrollment exceeding 7,500 students. Norman is also the home of the main campus for the University of Oklahoma. The sprawling OU campus is comprised predominantly of large trees and distinctive red brick buildings. Its unique style, known as “Cherokee Gothic,” mixes architectural features from the gothic era with designs of Oklahoma’s local Native American tribes. Norman is also home to the National Weather Center, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, all of which are nationally recognized. The climate is mild, and parks are abundant, allowing residents to take advantage of many outdoor activities. Norman has various shopping and dining environments that feature national retailers, quaint cafes, lively pubs, and no shortage of unique restaurants throughout the city.

Norman Young Life currently has 109 leaders returning for the 2020 fall semester. This incredible group of leaders is broken into five (5) teams, serving Young Life Norman’s five target ministries — Young Life College, Young Life High School, Young Life Middle School, Capernaum and YoungLives.


Spiritual Development — 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 — 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.
  • Assist in training leaders, team leaders and committee how to work effectively in teams and develop a yearly ministry strategy.

Resource Development — 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.


  • Participation in the missionwide staff conference every four years.
  • Participation in additional training or experiences if deemed necessary (e.g., more urban exposure; Taking Donors Seriously (TDS) training).
  • Attend regional training as directed by the regional director.
  • Pursue continuing educational opportunities including graduate degrees.
  • Participate in programs designed for personal spiritual maturity or personal enrichment.
  • Pursue seminars designed to enhance professional skills.


  • College degree preferred.
  •  At least two years as a successful area director I.
  • Completed Core Training — Phase One.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven relational skills with both kids and adults.
  • A call to reach kids with the Gospel.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Young Life benefits package includes medical, dental and health club benefit.

How To Apply:

Please complete the application and email your resume to