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Central Iowa Regional Director


Des Moines, IA

Job Type


Posted On

July 26, 2023




Fundraising & Development

Location / Chapter

Greater Iowa Area


$65,000 - $75,000




Position Summary

The Central Iowa Regional Director exists to advance the mission of Greater Iowa Youth For Christ in the Central Iowa region by providing leadership in the areas of vision, advocacy, development, community relations, and ministry expansion. Qualified candidates will be creative thinkers and determined builders with a self-motivated and entrepreneurial spirit. They must be skilled in organizational leadership, possess strong relational, development, and communication skills, and be adept at laying the groundwork for new ministry start-ups. This role will steward an extensive network of interpersonal relationships, both virtually and in person, for the sake of multiplying authentic Christ sharing relationships with 11-19 year olds. 

Essential Functions

15% Strategic Leadership

Responsible for providing spiritual and organizational leadership for the advancement of the YFC mission across the Central Iowa region. This includes:

·        Personally abiding in Christ and leading out of a posture of humility and servanthood

·        Developing a clear, practical, and inspiring vision for the region

·        Contributing to the strategic planning efforts of the chapter

·        Determining Central Iowa priorities in the annual planning cycle and ensuring the communication and execution of those priorities

·        Influencing healthy culture among the Central Iowa staff

·        Serving as an excellent communicator who is capable of being the ‘face’ for ministry sites in Des Moines and the Central Iowa area.

·        Cultivating collaborative partnerships with churches, organizations, businesses, and colleges (working with local staff as appropriate)

·        Serving on the GIYFC Executive Leadership Team

50% Development

Responsible for ensuring the financial health for the region by executing the GIYFC development plan in both existing and new ministry centers, in partnership with staff. This includes:

·        Working with the executive director to develop, manage, and monitor a comprehensive annual fundraising plan for the region

·        Building and managing a personal portfolio of ministry partner relationships

·        Expanding the giving base by conducting appointments and other development activities with existing and prospective ministry partners

  • Overseeing the donor database to ensure accurate recording of donor gifts and activities
  • Ensuring the timely writing of letters, newsletters, and correspondence with partners
  • Securing grants from local, state, and national foundations, in partnership with staff
  • Increasing awareness of legacy giving opportunities with major giving partners
  • Achieving successful outcomes and growth through fundraising events, including sponsorship acquisition
  • Supervising development and/or support staff that are serving in the Central Iowa region
  • Assisting staff with high potential giving partners

25% Community Engagement and Ministry Expansion

Responsible for serving as an advocate for lost teens and the issues they face, inspiring people to action for the sake of ministry growth. This includes:

·        Serving as the senior point of contact for communities represented in Central Iowa

·        Providing leadership to Community Support Teams to enhance ministry centers/sites

·        Effectively communicating the mission and vision of GIYFC to groups of all sizes, creating pathways for involvement

·        Working with staff to recruit new volunteers to serve in the mission

·        Building key relationships and networks to allow for future ministry expansion

·        Providing leadership to the ministry expansion process for new sites across Central Iowa

·        Participating in community activities and strategic groups to introduce and represent YFC to new and existing partners

10% Operational Management and Administration

Responsible for managing the administrative operations of ministry throughout the Central Iowa region in partnership with the GIYFC operations team. This includes:

·        Providing oversight of and management to the regional budget

·        Assisting with asset management (Facility and transportation)

·        Planning and preparing for meetings

·        Managing projects, schedules, and on-going administrative tasks

·        Completing weekly, monthly, and annual reporting requirements

·        Participating in staff meetings, supervisor appointments, retreats, and conferences

·        Interfacing with the GIYFC board when appropriate

·        Completing training assignments and YFC credentialing

Spiritual Responsibilities

.Because the overriding religious purpose and mission of Youth for Christ USA is to communicate and introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people and their families, and in that regard to make, educate, and encourage life-long disciples of Jesus Christ, it is very important that you as an employee in the movement of Youth for Christ be recognized as an associate minister of the Gospel.


As an employee of Youth for Christ and an associate minister of the Gospel, YFC expects all employees to:

  • 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.
  • Teach and preach from the Bible at YFC staff meetings, conferences, camps and events.


Additionally, YFC employees will have an opportunity to be commissioned or licensed as a minister of the Gospel through the established Youth for Christ process, and/or ordained by an outside body recognized by Youth for Christ USA. 


As such, the following additional responsibilities of a spiritual nature will apply to this position:

  • Perform sacramental functions such as the taking of communion and leading times of corporate prayer, confession and praise.
  • Perform and lead religious ceremonies such as weddings, baptism and funerals when called upon by staff and other members of the YFC community.

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·        Track record of leading teams

·        Friendly disposition with the ability to connect with adults

·        Ability to communicate and invite people into a compelling vision

·        Detail oriented with good organization and time management skills

·        Ability to recruit and assimilate volunteers

·        Experience in budgeting and financial management

·        Ability to establish effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals throughout the organization  

·        Can operate in a fast paced, collaborative environment

·        Demonstrates the ability to meet deadlines

Primary and Secondary Steward Responsibilities

Employees may be assigned a Primary Steward of any of the following: Volunteer(s), Donor(s), Vendor(s), Chapter(s), Processes, Standards and Best Practices (PSBPs). All Employees are assigned the role of Secondary Steward, which plays a supporting role to the Primary Steward to serve a chapter in a specific way, for a specific timeframe as determined by the Primary Steward. Secondary Stewards can be assigned to focus on specific management issues like YFC compliance, legal, risk, strategic planning, fund development coaching, staff development coaching, new ministry site development, process stewardship or a variety of other equipping roles.

Fundraising Responsibilities

All YFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of YFC/USA. These activities will include—but are not limited to— extending invitations to fund raising events, recruiting personal circle of influence/YFC donor contacts, sending letters, handwritten notes, personal calls, and personally ministering to donor contacts.


  • 10 paid holidays annually
  • 10 days of Paid Personal Leave annually
  • 5 days of sick leave annually
  • An additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year's
  • Simple IRA with a 3% employer match
  • Compensatory Time off when applicable
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • $50 monthly reimbursement toward cell phone expenses
  • Two weeks of paid ministry leave, every other year, after two years on staff
  • Qualified ordained staff can receive a housing allowance

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.