Area Director/Staff Associate - Kobe, Japan



Come join the staff of Kobe, Japan — the land of Kobe Beef and man-made islands — a thriving metropolis of more than two million people. Multiple international schools await in this unique location.

This staff person would take on the roles of leading club and Campaigners with high school and middle school students, working specifically within the current setup and connections at Canadian Academy, helping that ministry to flourish, while building toward a second club at Marist Brothers International School, where there are growing connections.

Currently, both international school and local Japanese school ministries are combined. With this staff person's focus on the international community, the Japanese ministry can grow into its own club and would not be their responsibility.

A local committee, volunteers and growing relationships among faculty of local schools will be in place to support the staff member.

There is a lot of crossover between the Kobe Union Church (a non-denominational international church) youth group events and Young Life events. There is good moral support from the KUC church body, as well as financial support to provide meals for students at Campaigners. The current youth pastor is highly involved as a Young Life volunteer and has 12 years of Young Life staff experience.

Want to check out some of what ministry looks like? View the Young Life Kobe video​.


  • Significant Young Life ​leadership experience or experience in an equivalent ministry.
  • Education: College degree preferred.
  • Some Japanese knowledge or willingness to attend language school.
  • Proven relational skills with both kids and adults.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Housing supplements and cost of living adjustments help make living overseas affordable for international staff. In addition, staff may raise funds and be reimbursed for the purchase of a vehicle, an annual personal trip to see family, pre K-12th grade private school education for dependent children, language school, moving expenses, and a one-time bonus of up to two-months' salary.

How To Apply:

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