Staff Associate — San Jose, CA


​Young Life Capernaum San Jose is looking to add a full-time Capernaum staff associate to our team. With an experienced area director, mission staff person and administrator already in place, we are looking for someone to join us in doing multiethnic ministry in an urban, non-Christian context.


  • Lead an existing Capernaum ministry that includes students from different schools, including a team of adult leaders and weekly club and Campaigners meetings.
  • Weekly contact work with kids.
  • Help the rest of the area team in leader recruitment/training, fundraising events, and leader care.
  • Personal fundraising.
  • Recruit and lead a team of volunteer leaders and buddies.
  • Communicate with parents and organize ministry in a way that serves and cares for families with kids with special needs.


​The ideal candidate is someone who ...

  • Can grow into beginning, leading and overseeing multiple ministry teams.
  • Has experience recruiting/leading volunteers.
  • Has experience working directly with teenagers and young adults with disabilities.
  • Is open to learning about working with kids who require high levels of care.
  • Is adaptable and flexible in order to meet the vast and ever-changing needs of this student population.
  • Is a willing fundraiser.
  • Has a missionary mindset and is willing to live and work incarnationally with a diverse student population in an expensive area. (Potential affordable housing mentioned below.)
  • Is willing to commit him or herself to intentional discipleship with Jesus and in turn recruit disciples.
  • Collaborates well with others as part of the area staff team.
  • Wants to grow spiritually.
  • Wants to be led and invested in directly by the area director weekly.


  • Salary in line with education and experience, including an appropriate cost of living adjustment (COLA).
  • Full-time Young Life benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and employer 401(K) and pension contributions.
  • Flexible paid time off.
  • Strong support and training.


​We do have potential for affordable housing that can be discussed with the area director. Young Life San Jose Capernaum is the founding Capernaum area in all of Young Life. We are 34 years old as an area and have the resource of our own facility with office space.

Our dream is that every teenager with special needs will be invited into life with Jesus by a friend (leader) whom they know and trust. The area director has been on staff for 15 years and has done Young Life College, High School, WyldLife and Capernaum ministry. Our mission staff person has been on staff for 10 years in this area (and volunteered for years beyond that). And our area administrator is in her second year. We have an adult committee of eight currently. Our area has also helped start You​ng Life College at San Jose State as a future pool for volunteer leaders and helpers.

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