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National Director, Leader Formation

Where

Remote

Job Type

Full-Time

Posted On

November 9, 2021

Classification

Exempt

Category

Program Education

Location / Chapter

YFC USA National Office

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Position Summary

Visionary, Leader, Architect and Mobilizer are four words that summarize this role. The National Director of Leadership Formation serves a crucial role in the advancement of the mission of YFC. S/he is responsible for overseeing the leadership formation and equipping process for every leadership position across the NSC and the field.

This person works in close relationship with all department heads inside of the Mission Advancement division to ensure that the training resources and leader equipping continuum match the needs of the field, as well as the NSC employees who support them. The National Director of Leadership Formation will be responsible for building equipping resources both in person and online to facilitate the training pathway that is collaboratively developed with the People Stewardship and Mission Stewardship departments. 

This role also requires spiritual and organizational leadership skills, the ability to work with and through other people, as well as strong communication, management and listening skills. As with all leadership positions in YFC, the National Director of Leadership Formation must embrace and build a team that embodies YFCs Cultural Attributes: Christ-centered, enduring humility, relentless trust, courageous faithfulness, joyful camaraderie, and kingdom inspired diversity.

Essential Functions

Casting vision, designing strategy, and mobilizing resources

  • This role will cast vision, design strategy, mobilize people and manage resources from across the movement of YFC, so that we are equipped to reach 1 Million kids in authentic Christ-sharing relationships through a minimum of 200,000 volunteers. 
  • This department is positioned to be foundational to the success of all other departments and the field. The equipping strategy to meet this goal must include a variety of in-person and on-line training platforms.
  • See Fundraising Responsibilities.

Leadership and Management of the Leadership Formation Dept.

  • In addition to designing the strategy, this leader also oversees a team of highly dedicated training specialist and content specialists who will help execute this vision.
  • The Leadership Formation leader will possess the capacity and knowledge to recruit and equip additional team members to lead a growing and skilled department.
  • This leader has a close working relationship with the People Stewardship department to ensure that the pathways designed for staff and volunteers, align with the necessary equipping resources. The ability to lead a diverse team.

Divisional Leadership

  • The Leadership Formation department serves the training and equipping needs of the Movement. Therefore, coordination and collaboration with other department heads to accomplish divisional and Movement priorities is essential.
  • Cross-department and cross-division leadership is needed to ensure the movement is progressing in a culture of continual improvement in line with our core values.

Field Engagement

  • This leader will have significant engagement with YFC leaders in local chapters to ensure that our equipping resources are appropriately serving the field and desire to reach our preeminent goal.
  • As part of the Mission Advancement division, all department heads will engage appropriately in organizational problem solving, as well as the issues that arise at their department level. This person ensures that a holistic solution-oriented approach to problems are managed in line with all YFC USA policies and practices by utilizing all NSC and movement resources as needed.

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 the Lord 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 Holy Bible at YFC staff meetings, conferences, camps and events.
  • Model empathy, humility and care for all people. This includes promoting equity and inclusion in word and in the practice of faith expression.

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.

YFC Cultural Attributes

Our cultural attributes are not about competency. It is an obedience to the call of Christ on our lives. YFC believes that spiritually healthy adults fosters healthy relationships with our kids. We place a heavy commitment and emphasis on developing and equipping a Christ-centered life marked by Enduring Humility, Relentless Trust, Joyful Camaraderie, Courageous Faithfulness and Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our leaders are expected to be willing to demonstrate and/or possesses the following:

  • Ability to humbly serve and honor others even in difficult situations with prayer, consistency, transparency, and resilience. (Enduring Humility)
  • Demonstrates proper reliance on God, others, and self through generous giving of time and skills, by collaboratively incorporating others’ ideas, welcoming candid input, recognizing others’ need for grace and extending forgiveness and empathy. (Relentless Trust)
  • Prioritizes others’ needs for a missional outcome, characterized by joy, with active listening and problem-solving skills, while encouraging and empowering fellow believers. (Joyful Camaraderie)
  • Trusts God with new approaches and changes, and communicates needs and limits with emotional intelligence*, while seeking confidence and wisdom in Christ. (Courageous Faithfulness)
  • Seeks and fosters authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds and an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy of those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills Credentials

  • Proven experience in developing leaders, building teams, and managing staff to accomplish goals.
  • Proven experience and a successful track record in developing learner-centric training resources that have helped staff/volunteers succeed in their roles.
  • Proven track record that demonstrates a "ministry mindset" with a working knowledge and proven experience developing ministry staff and volunteers, preferably through a faith-based non-profit or thriving/growing church experience.

Willing to demonstrate and/or possesses the following: 

  • Ability to humbly serve and honor others even in difficult situations with prayer, consistency, transparency, and resilience. (Enduring Humility)
  • Demonstrates proper reliance on God, others, and self through generous giving of time and skills, by collaboratively incorporating others’ ideas, welcoming candid input, recognizing others’ need for grace and extending forgiveness and empathy. (Relentless Trust)
  • Prioritizes others’ needs for a missional outcome, characterized by joy, with active listening and problem-solving skills, while encouraging and empowering fellow believers. (Joyful Camaraderie)
  • Trusts God with new approaches and changes, and communicates needs and limits with emotional intelligence, while seeking confidence and wisdom in Christ. (Courageous Faithfulness)
  • Seeks authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds, fosters an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy for those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)

Required & Preferred Education

  • Minimum four-year college degree required
  • Advanced degree/certifications in leadership formation preferred

Fundraising Responsibilities

While all YFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of YFC/USA, additional responsibility is expected of key visionary leaders, the National Director of Leader Formation will personally cultivate a portfolio of current and prospective giving partners, raising resources for the National Service Center's Operations. 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.

Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

Paid Time Off Program

  • 10 days paid vacation
  • 10 roll-over sick days
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid week off between Christmas and New Years

Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Long Term Disability
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Program & Matching Contribution starting at 3% after year one

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.