Area Director I or II — Phoenix, AZ


​This qualified person will lead the Capernaum mission unit in reaching adolescents up through age 22 who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The staff person will be responsible for leading, maturing, training and mentoring leaders and peer leaders for direct ministry in Northeast Metropolitan Phoenix. Working closely with the regional director, associate regional directors, regional Capernaum coordinator, local committee and Young Life area staff in Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding communities in the valley, this person will share and cast vision for reaching “every adolescent ” with IDD in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The vision will include encouraging Capernaum “inclusion ministries” in the local area clubs as well as stand-alone Capernaum clubs.

There is a rich, 25-year history of Young Life Capernaum ministry in Northeast Metropolitan-Phoenix. The Capernaum ministry currently draws students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from 13+ high schools (public, private, charter, home-schooled), overlapping four different Young Life areas (Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Central Phoenix, and Northwest Valley). There is close collaboration with the local Young Life areas and with several local churches with special needs ministries.


​Spiritual Development — “Following Jesus” includes prayer and spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth and health, and church relationships.

  • 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 — “Equipping leaders, committee and staff” includes key volunteer care, recruiting, team building and training, supervision and vision casting.

  • Developing high school students to be leaders.
  • Developing Capernaum peer leaders.
  • Partner with GCU and ASU to train and deploy leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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 is advised.
  • 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 a model Young Life Capernaum club; lead/supervise an effective Campaigners/small group 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.
  • Work with an office administrator to 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.


  • Young Life staff or ministry experience is required.
  • Ministry experience with adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities is required.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven relational skills with students and adults.
  • Track record of strong club and Campaigners work.
  • A call to reach adolescents with IDD with the Gospel.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be willing to integrate with college students and college ministry and with churches with special needs ministries.


  • 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 benefits.
  • Strong regional support and training.

How To Apply:

​Please fill out the Field Ministry Application and send an email with a short statement about why you are interested in the position to