Area Director/Staff Associate –– Kobe, Japan



Come join the Young Life ministry of Kobe, Japan — a thriving metropolis of more than two million people. Staff would be responsible for leading club and Campaigners with high school and middle school students.

Young Life has been operating in Kobe for 14 years and is currently led by a committee and team of local missionaries and families. Our hope is to recruit staff to strengthen and grow the volunteer ​team and ministry which operate in three regions across the city.

Currently the ministry is focused around reaching students in two international schools. There are regularly 50 students involved. Our ambition is to continue ministering to these students and build toward reaching students in local high schools.

​Kobe Young Life is run in partnership with local churches, particularly the international Kobe Union Church where many of the students and leaders attend.​​


  • ​Demonstrate spiritual leadership on a personal and professional level.
  • Actively participate in the spiritual life of the Young Life community.
  • Model excellence in contact work, club, Campaigners and camping to other leaders.
  • Learn to recruit and train new leaders to build a relationship team that reflects the community.
  • Develop a plan to train, disciple and develop volunteer leaders.
  • Raise 100% of financial support per individual budget and maintain good donor-care practices.
  • Oversee the resource development of the area; meet with donors and oversee fundraising events and/or opportunities.
  • Communicate ministry updates and progress to donor partners.
  • Maintain accurate information on kids, leaders and donors for area records.
  • Participate in or lead staff events and training events as required.


  • Significant Young Life ​leadership experience or experience in an equivalent ministry.
  • Previous Young Life staff experience is preferred.
  • Adventurous and adaptable attitude for a new culture. Must be able to relate, work and build community in a multicultural, multilingual area.
  • Vision and ability to recruit, develop and multiply leaders.
  • Ability to identify and develop fundraising opportunities within the local community.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.
  • College degree required.
  • Proven relational skills with both kids and adults.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Some Japanese knowledge or willingness to attend language school.​


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:

​​​For all general inquiries and to learn more about this position, please contact the International employment coordinator at 800-330-0628. To better help us serve you in your inquiry process, please take a moment to fill out the International Inquiry Form available via the button below.