Metro Director — Salem, OR


This metro director position is for the Salem-Keizer metropolitan area which has a strong Young Life presence in the community (10 high schools, 16 middle schools, four colleges).


The individual in this position is responsible, through Christian spiritual leadership and superior management skills, for the supervision of staff and volunteers in the metro area to carry out Young Life’s mission of introducing kids to Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in ministry leadership; leading a diverse and complex ministry organization. This position is responsible for the training and mentoring of team members in positions of direct ministry.
  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate a successful track record of fundraising and working with donors.
  • Proven relational skills with kids and adults.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • College degree preferred.
  • The candidate selected for this position is expected to be engaged in a local church and growing in his or her faith.
  • Experience with and ability to lead an increasingly diverse community.
  • Designing innovative approaches in the areas of:
    • Vision casting.
    • Leadership model.
    • Training and development.
    • Club model.
    • Donor engagement.

  • In conjunction with the regional director and the metro executive committee, cast the vision for reaching every kid within the metro area.
  • Supervision, development and evaluation of three local area directors and specialty ministries, including: 
    • ​Leadership in the areas of spiritual and resource development, direct ministry and ministry support.
    • Creating one common culture throughout the metro area, while encouraging autonomous ways of carrying out the ministry within the respective areas, consistent with the tenants of Young Life and the vision outlined for the area.

  • ​Recruit and train local area leaders by developing and implementing an innovative metro area recruiting and training strategies.
    • ​Develop and implement a dynamic and consistent training program for area leaders.
  • Coordinate the metro area donor engagement, ensuring donors have a positive and professional experience in their encounters with staff and volunteers associated with the metro area Young Life mission, while meeting the financial goals established by the regional director and the metro executive committee, in conjunction with the local area committees.
  • Innovative ministry and training that avoids boring kids with the gospel.
  • Growing and diverse number of kids meeting Christ through Young Life.
  • Fully staffed area with leaders who are well trained and supported and ​growing in their faith and leadership.
  • Build a fiscally healthy area which operates in surplus.


  • ​Ability/experience to cast a compelling vision that will go wide and deep in multiple communities.
  • Ability/experience to supervise three area directors plus multiple staff.
  • Ability/experience to work with an executive board.
  • Ability/experience to work with high-end donors and raise monies for hard-to-fund initiatives (YoungLives, Young Life College, Capernaum, Multiethnic, small towns, and under-funded schools).
  • Ability to recruit, hire and train gifted staff people and key volunteers.
  • An ability to oversee a thriving leader recruitment, training and placement program.
  • Capacity to oversee and delegate ministry work in up to 10 high schools, 16 middle schools, and four colleges.​


​Standard Young Life benefits include health/dental/vision, paid vacation/sick time, health club reimbursement.


​The city of Salem, Ore., is the state capital and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the equator. With a metropolitan area population of 200,000, Salem is the third largest city in the state, and home to Willamette University, Corban University and Chemeketa Community College, with Western Oregon University nearby. Recreational activities abound, from hiking and skiing in the Cascade Range, to water sports on the Willamette River (which runs through town), to fun activities on the beautiful Oregon Coast, to arts, theater, shops and restaurants in town and in Portland (47 miles to the north). Salem is also home to the Oregon State Fair at the end of every August through Labor Day. Salem sits in the heart of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Salem and its neighboring city of Keizer have a long history of strong Young Life ministry, with several generations of former Young Life kids now serving in leadership roles throughout the region.

How To Apply:

​Please apply online and email your cover letter/resume to