Staff Associate (Part-Time) — Grand Rapids, MI


Grand Rapids City Young Life (@grcityyl) is seeking a part-time (20- 29 hours per week) staff associate to grow and develop multiethnic ministry in the city. We desire a gifted leader with multiethnic and hard-to-fund experience, who will oversee ministry at a public high school and middle school.

Grand Rapids City Young Life (formerly Grand Rapids Urban) has a rich history spanning nearly 60 years in this school district. We have active Young Life, WyldLife, YoungLives, and non-traditional (alternative/credit recovery) ministries throughout the city, with four staff members and more than 40 volunteer leaders. Join us in developing future leaders!


  • Models excellent contact work (relational investment), discipleship, club (outreach) ministry, and small-group Bible teaching.
  • Supervises, supports, recruits and develops volunteer teams through networking on-campus and within the community.
  • Develops an outreach and discipleship camping strategy that reaches the farthest-out kids, creating a thriving camping culture that is committed to introducing adventure to disadvantaged youth.
  • Raises personal support and takes an active role in helping raise the area’s budget through the development of new and current donors, as well as annual fundraising events.
  • Works with the local committee (board) and churches to build mission communities and support the area vision and strategy.
  • Builds healthy working relationships with school staff, ministers, community partners and the city at large.
  • Works collaboratively with the Grand Rapids City Young Life staff and mission community to achieve an overarching area vision.


Our ideal candidate would ...

  • Be spiritually and emotionally healthy and willing to maintain the support needed to remain healthy.​
  • Be bi-lingual (English/Spanish or English/Kinyarwandan).
  • Demonstrate an obvious love for Christ, for His people and ultimately for Young Life.
  • Demonstrate a desire to recruit, train and develop multi-generational+multicultural teams of adults.
  • Possess a college degree (though one is not required).
  • Cultivate the heart of a servant-leader who is teachable, innovative, collaborative and flexible.
  • Demonstrate a desire to bring other believers into financial commitment and stewardship of your ministry and God’s plan for it.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, vision and initiative.
  • Currently live or willing to reside in the Grand Rapids metro area.


  • Salary in line with education, experience and responsibilities.
  • Intentional culture of learning and development, with many training and professional development opportunities.
  • Expense reimbursement for ministry-related expenses.
  • Flexible paid time off.
  • Health club benefits.
  • Strong regional support.


Our greatest desire is that every kid in the city of Grand Rapids would know and experience Jesus for themselves. A committee of adults, a base of volunteer leaders, and both full-time and part-time staff are in place to grow ministry and welcome a new staff associate.

Grand Rapids is fun medium-sized city, home to approximately 200,000 residents, with 20,000 of those being college students. Ours is the second largest city in the state of Michigan, with weekend adventures to Detroit and Chicago within reach. Within Grand Rapids Public Schools, there are more than 50 languages spoken. This is truly a great opportunity to flourish in multicultural ministry!

This description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with this job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principal job elements essential for making compensation decisions.

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