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HR Manager of Employment

The vision and prayer of Awana is that all children and youth throughout the world will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The mission of Awana is to equip leaders to reach kids with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to engage them in lifelong discipleship. To accomplish this, our ministry focus is to be highly Scriptural and highly relational.

Job Summary

The HR Manager of Employment contributes to the mission at Awana by managing a variety of responsibilities in the employment function of human resources including, but not limited to, full-cycle talent acquisition, onboarding and employee relations. By combining HR best practices with biblical principles, the job is on the front line of attracting and retaining our most valuable resource, our team members.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Leads and manages the talent acquisition function by partnering with internal people managers to define and analyze jobs, recruit, interview, and select new staff members for Headquarters, and U.S. Field Missionary positions so that Awana has the skilled, mission-aligned people resources necessary to contribute to its success.
  2. Administers the organization’s compensation plan including writing job descriptions, evaluating positions, obtaining wage/salary surveys, and recommending compensation adjustments to ensure ministry standards and applicable FLSA criteria are met.
  3. Leads the implementation, administration and ongoing improvements of the talent acquisition process and technology support systems to ensure good stewardship of time and resources.
  4. Administers the new hire onboarding process so that new team members can quickly become fully engaged employees.
  5. Manages the exit interview process for terminating employees, tracks trends, and reports information to supervisors to support an environment of continual learning and improvement.
  6. Promotes good employee relations by working with employees and managers to ensure consistent actions across the organization, strong working relationships, and fair and equitable practices.
  7. Serves as liaison between employees and management in problem/conflict resolution, and participates in hearing and resolving employee grievances in accordance with both legal and biblical principles and practices.
  8. Participates in creating, writing and administering employment policies and procedures communicated in the Employee Handbook.
  9. Leads and promotes effective performance assessment and feedback processes to encourage accountability, coaching, recognition, and performance improvement discussions between supervisors and employees and facilitates open and honest discussions.
  10. Effectively balances employee and organizational interests to manage risks by staying abreast of federal, state and local employment regulations. Monitors news and informational resources, conducts research as needed, informs, and shares information about changes and/or compliance requirements and develops/modifies policy as needed.
  11. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other HR team members to support and serve the Awana staff. 
  12. Support, uphold and demonstrate the Awana cultural values in internal and external communications and relationships.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources management, or related field of study.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in general functions of human resources management.
  • Knowledge and/or training in employment law.
  • SHRM-CP designation desirable.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word skills;

Job Competencies

  • Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Engages in God’s Word regularly as a guide and standard for living.
  • Works well with internal staff at all levels of the organization, external vendors and job candidates.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening, verbal communication and counseling skills.
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems, make decisions and to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Gift of discernment.
  • Enjoy managing details and processes.
  • Customer focused.
  • Relationally intelligent. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit.  Specific vision abilities required by this job included close vision. 

Spiritual Life

Must be born-again Christian. Must have personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and live life in alignment with the Word of God as set forth in our Doctrinal Statement.  Must be in fellowship with the body of Christ through active commitment to local church.