Staff Associate I — Dallas, OR


An amazing opportunity awaits for the one the Lord raises up for this position! Young Life is brand new in the town of Dallas. Young Life and WyldLife ministries have the potential to impact this small town by reaching high school and middle school kids with a team of dedicated volunteers. We are looking for a staff associate to help build a new area with the current Regional Small Towns developer and a team of volunteer leaders and committee.


​Spiritual Development — “Following Jesus” includes prayer and spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth and health, and church relationships.

  • Develop a yearly personal growth plan that fosters a vibrant spiritual life including time for solitude, retreat, reflection, prayer and a sincere commitment to understanding God’s Word.
  • Seek and maintain relationships and disciplines, in the context of active participation in a church community.
  • Actively participate in the spiritual life of the Young Life community.
  • Lead teams and individuals in spiritual development.

Leadership Development — “Equipping leaders, committee and staff” includes key volunteer care, recruiting, team building and training, supervision and vision casting.

  • Meet with your volunteer leaders and area leadership on a regular basis.
  • Learn to recruit and train new leaders to build a leadership team that reflects the community.
  • Model excellence in contact work, club, Campaigners and camping to other leaders.
  • Assist in training leaders, team leaders and committee how to work effectively in teams and develop a yearly ministry strategy.

Resource Development — “Fueling the ministry” includes events, major donor care, public relations (branding) and TDS team.

  • Raise financial support as directed and maintain good donor care practices.
  • Communicate ministry updates and progress to personal donor partners.
  • Observe and learn to network and develop strategic relationships with key adults in the community, including: principals, pastors, parents and potential committee members as assigned by the area director.
  • Learn to plan and execute area fundraising events under the direction of an area supervisor and committee.

Direct Ministry — “Proclaiming and modeling” includes contact work, club, Campaigners and camp.

  • Actively engage in all three levels of contact work.
  • Lead a team to plan and conduct a new or existing Young Life club and Campaigners/discipleship ministry with excellence.
  • Lead a team to implement a summer and school-season camping strategy for a ministry.
  • Serve on a summer assignment at a Young Life camp each year.

Ministry Support — “Taking care of business” includes accounting, administration, communication (internal), data management and strategic plan.

  • Adhere to all Young Life policies and procedures and maintain professionalism concerning office hours, dress, conduct and time management.
  • Manage finances with stewardship, accountability and transparency using missionwide applications.
  • Maintain accurate information on kids, leaders and donors for area records.
  • Provide clear, prompt, appropriate and professional communication to everyone involved in ministry.
  • Set a yearly strategic ministry plan and initiatives to reach every kid; review them on a regular basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and congruent with gifts, experience and area needs.


  • Core Training — Phase One (New Staff Training, Leadership I, Leadership II, Apologetics and one Winter Training course are to be completed in the first two years).
  • Training may be supervised by a regional director, regional trainer or area to develop personal spiritual maturity and enhance personal character.
  • May include regional training meetings and ministry skills training assigned by the area director.

Work Conditions

  • Includes the extremes of a camp including: heat/cold, dirt, long hours and the physical demands of hiking, horseback riding, boating and more. Staff person must be able to handle these conditions.


  • ​College degree and Young Life or youth ministry experience preferred.
  • Proven relational skills with kids and adults.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be able to raise personal support as well as the area budget.


​Standard Young Life benefits package includes medical, dental, vision and health club reimbursement.


​The town of Dallas, population 15,000, is nestled in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon, next door to the state capital of Salem. Oregon’s largest city, Portland, is approximately 70 miles north, and the Oregon Coast is 60 miles to the west. With several colleges and universities in neighboring cities, Dallas lies at a vibrant crossroads and is a great place to raise a family. Recreational activities abound, from hiking and skiing in the Cascade Range, to water sports on the Willamette River, to fun activities on the beautiful Oregon Coast, to arts, theater, shops and restaurants nearby.

Young Life is brand new to Dallas, and a team of committee and volunteers are excited to take the next step in hiring a staff associate to help grow and develop this new area from the ground up. Neighboring Salem, Keizer and Albany have vibrant Young Life ministries, along with established growing college ministries at Oregon State and several colleges and universities nearby. Dallas is primed and ready to launch ministry at Dallas High School and LaCreole Middle School.

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