College Staff Associate — Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, CA


​Develop a thriving Young Life College ministry at Vanguard University. Vanguard is a Christian University of around 2,000 students located in Costa Mesa, Calif. This is a start-up position that will exist within the framework of the Newport Mesa area, and will be overseen by the Newport Mesa area director. Newport Mesa is an extremely healthy area with a strong committee and thriving high school and middle school ministries. About half of the area’s volunteer leaders, as well as three student staff, are current Vanguard students.


  • ​Develop and implement a strategic plan to start Young Life College at Vanguard University
  • Identify, train and develop student leaders on campus at Vanguard.
  • Oversee student outreach and discipleship.
  • Coordinate and lead a weekly college club.
  • Plan yearly “camping” opportunities (mission trips, spring break trips, weekend camps, etc.).
  • Pursue and meet college students in their environment.
  • Implement and lead college leader recruitment.
  • Help identify and train new college-age leaders to be placed at schools in Newport Mesa.
  • Fundraising and budget management.
  • Connect with adults at the University and in the community.
  • Build community among students and the student leadership team.


  • ​Deep, abiding faith in Jesus Christ and love for people.
  • College degree preferred.
  • Young Life leader and/or staff experience preferred.
  • Experience with Young Life college at a university preferred.
  • Proactive, self-starter personality.
  • Organized.
  • Significant personal fundraising.
  • Great “community builder.”


  • ​Salary in line with education, experience, etc.
  • Medical, dental and vision.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Matching 401(k) plan.
  • Pension contributions.
  • Health club benefits.


​This is a great opportunity to be a part of a start-up ministry inside of a healthy, thriving Young Life area. You will be joining a team of committed, passionate staff, adults and volunteer leaders.

Vanguard is located in Costa Mesa, Calif. – which is in the heart of Orange County only minutes from the beach. The location offers warm weather year-round and an exciting, active lifestyle.

The fruit of the ministry at Vanguard will not only affect the college campus, but the Young Life and WyldLife ministries across the area as well. There is also potential, down the road, to spear head a ministry start-up at Orange Coast College -- a community college of more than 25,000 students just down the road from Vanguard.

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