Area Director I — Northwest Phoenix, AZ


Young Life has an incredible history in the Northwest Valley of Phoenix, Ariz. For the past 34 years, this has included both the Peoria and the Deer Valley School Districts. At this time, our mission is to reach every kid in the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) and surrounding schools. We currently have clubs at two of the five DVUSD high schools and two WyldLife clubs that feed into one of these high school clubs. These clubs serve students from the DVUSD schools as well as the nearby charter and private schools.

Our current area director is supported by two student staff members and an area committee. The ministry has been blessed with good relationships with local churches and businesses as it strives to increase its footprint in the area.


Spiritual Development — “Following Jesus” includes prayer and spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth and health, and church relationships.
  • Develop and maintain 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.
  • Model servant leadership.
  • Develop high school students to become junior leaders.
  • Partner with Young Life College to train and deploy leaders.
  • Schedule regular gatherings with committee, leaders and staff to build relationships and provide vision and direction.
  • Design and maintain 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.
  • Develop a strategy of recruiting local adult volunteers (teachers, coaches, community members, etc.).
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate area staff, providing resources and experiences needed to implement the vision.
  • Identify and prepare 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.
  • Proven fundraising capabilities and personal support.
  • 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 and timeliness 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).
  • 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.
  • Draw in support through events, public relations and social media by personalizing Northwest Valley Young Life (story branding).
  • Employ boldness, courage and innovation when brainstorming and developing fundraising ideas.
Direct Ministry — “Proclaiming and modeling” includes contact work, club, Campaigners and camp.
  • Actively engage in all three levels of contact work.
  • Create, grow and maintain relationships with kids, leaders and donors.
  • Work together with area staff and volunteer leaders to lead a model Young Life club; lead/supervise an effective Campaigners/small groups ministry with excellence.
  • Observe and evaluate each of the schools/ministries in the local area once each semester.
  • 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.
  • Work with an office administrator to maintain accurate information on kids, leaders, donors and key residents for area records.
  • Look to other areas and staff for ideas and improvements in administrative procedures.
  • Provide clear, prompt, appropriate and professional communication to everyone involved in ministry.
  • Set strategic ministry plans annually as well as three- and five-year goals and initiatives to reach every kid; review them on a regular basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned congruent with gifts, experience and area needs.
  • Accept both short- and long-term assignments of projects.


  • A call to reach kids with the Gospel.
  • Previous Young Life area director experience, preferably three to five years.
  • Advanced leadership qualities and skills.
  • Proven relational skills with students, adults and local church organizations.
  • Have a vision and passion for partnering with local churches in practical ways.
  • Track record of strong club and Campaigners work.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strict maintenance of discretion and confidentiality of sensitive matters.​


  • 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 annual benefit.
  • Strong regional support and training.

How To Apply:

Please complete the Field Ministry Application and send an email expressing why you are interested in the job to