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Business Development Program Manager


Kalamazoo, MI

Job Type


Posted On

December 20, 2023





Location / Chapter

Kalamazoo Area

Ministry Model

City Life


$38 - $42k




Position Summary

Position Summary

The Business Development Program Manager (BDPM) is responsible for developing and managing the New Way Youth Business Development Program; a youth employment readiness and job skills program. The Business Development Center (BDC) project is an exciting new approach to youth ministry that will incorporate a paid work experience program with entrepreneurial training. Both will be accomplished within Youth for Christ’s two social enterprises, Taste of Heaven and New Way Thrift Store. 

Essential Functions

Program Coordination:

  • Develop strategies to recruit youth to the program from local high schools and YFC ministry sites.
  • Oversee a group of up to 36 youth and serve as a job coach for youth interns in the program, holding critical communications as needed.
  • Understand and employ workplace safety procedures and ensure students follow safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Identify strengths and deficiencies that each student is experiencing in the areas of professional work behavior, communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking, and develop ways to help the students enhance their strengths and correct the deficiencies.
  • Assist students in establishing an appropriate working relationship with co-workers and supervisors at the work site.
  • Coordinate with site managers to monitor attendance and behavior of students to ensure progress toward measurable job readiness goals.
  • Coordinate and facilitate monthly classroom training on entrepreneurial principles.
  • Develop and oversee relationships with local business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Research and write grants associated with the BDC, as well as other fundraising tasks as assigned.
  • Develop training materials, manuals, procedures, and visual aids to effectively achieve program goals.
  • Facilitate supportive services and coaching for youth in hygiene standards, appropriate dress, and work ethic.
  • Process documentation needed for program payroll distribution.
  • Participate in tracking and reporting of data.
  • Assemble, empower, and work with a team of volunteers from local churches and businesses. 
  • Implement special projects, as assigned.


  • Proficient at business writing and electronic communication protocols.
  • Collects content from staff, volunteers, and youth, e.g. quotes, stories, photos, and footage, on an ongoing basis to contribute to monthly or quarterly communications.
  • Contributes to social media posts on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Implements communication strategies and personally follows up, as advised and equipped by the Development Director.
  • Assists in writing monthly receipt letters and partner letters.

Spiritual Responsibilities:

  • Seek God’s guidance and wisdom, through prayer and meditation, for the organization as a whole as well as for specific ministry initiatives.
  • Participate and lead regular times of prayer, devotion, and worship as a regular aspect of your role within YFC.
  • Model empathy, humility, and care for all people. This includes promoting equity and inclusion in word and in the practice of faith expression.

Position Requirements

Knowledge and Skillset. Qualified applicants must:

  • Be comfortable in a public-facing role.
  • Have the ability to inspire, assemble, and mobilize staff and volunteers.
  • Possess the maturity and ability to interact with all types of people.  
  • Enjoy developing relationships with people over time.
  • Be detail-oriented and organized.
  • Possess the ability to get things done.
  • Value and appreciate the power of stories.
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to follow a prescribed model while working creatively within its parameters.
  • Be excited about learning new things.
  • Have the ability to organize and plan events.
  • Have the ability to assemble and empower teams.
  • Work independently and accomplish required tasks.
  • Be proficient in MS Office and database experience; Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Must own a vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license with good driving record.

Credentials Required and Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience in a related field preferred
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in employment readiness and business management
  • Must feel a calling to work with youth
  • Must have a good record in working with children and youth; cannot be on the CPS Registry or the Sex Offender Registry

YFC is a faith-based organization, and all employees must agree with and sign a statement of faith as a prerequisite of employment. YFC is committed to diversity and all individuals are encouraged to apply.

EOE Statement

YFC is classified as an Association of Churches and as such our hiring practices reflect that designation. As a religious nonprofit organization, Youth For Christ incorporates within each leader role, the requirement to model, teach, share and live the faith. The relationship between YFC’s mission and each of its leaders is its lifeblood and as such does at all times and in all instances reserve the right to make employment decisions based upon a person’s religious beliefs, personal character and lifestyle consistent with our understanding of the Bible or with our overall goals and requirements for Christian ministry.

We seek to create a workplace that is intentional about Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our commitment to our employees extends to their opportunities for growth, development, promotion, training and compensation.

We will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization.