Is God Calling You to Serve at Awana?

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries. Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

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Headquarters

Administrative Center

Located in Streamwood, Illinois, our administrative center provides support for the ministries of Awana around the world.

Distribution Center

Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, this state-of-the-art facility serves the growing inventory and distribution needs of the ministry. Due to the nature of the positions at our Distribution Center offices, we are only able to consider local candidates.

Field Opportunities

U.S. Field Ministries

We have over 100 missionaries in the U.S. serving the local church through the initiation and development of Awana programs. All Awana missionaries are “faith supported” and deputized to raise their own support. U.S. missionaries are responsible for area growth, church relations, volunteer team building and training. Our missionaries focus on building and maintaining healthy relationships with pastors, church leaders, volunteers and other ministries. Location of openings varies throughout the U.S.

International Field Ministries

Awana Clubs worldwide reach kids through energetic game activities, Bible-based teaching experiences and small group time with friends. Through a common passion for reaching children at risk globally, Awana partners with local churches and parachurch organizations to strengthen kids in God’s word. With more than 60 years of experience in training leaders, Awana has proven resources and relevant training content which helps them develop into vibrant leaders at home, church and in their community. We engage U.S. resources to serve both as expatriates in the field or as U.S. based resources supporting field operations and initiatives.

Awana offers an excellent range of benefits for its employees. Read our benefits summary.

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Elementary Curriculum Developer

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.


The Children’s Ministry team designs, develops, and delivers curriculum that is used in Awana Clubs around the world. We are looking to grow our team by adding an Elementary Curriculum Developer. This person will be actively engaged and collaborate in architecting, creating, and delivering curriculum for our Sparks (K-2nd Grade) and Truth and Training (3rd-6th grade) curriculum lines.  The type of person we are looking for is a creator/builder, someone who can take a high level vision and loves building and fleshing out the details of curriculum design and implementation. Like a sous chef in a kitchen, the curriculum developer is tasked with bringing all the ingredients together to make something unique, appetizing, and memorable while at the same time, putting their own signature mark on the curriculum that they create. We are looking for someone who has the technical expertise to create or orchestrate the creation of biblically and educationally sound curriculum. At the same time, we also need someone who has lived the life of a children’s minister or pastor. Someone who knows what volunteers and professional children’s ministries workers are looking for when they select and implement curriculum in their ministries. Does this sound like you? Want to help influence millions of kids around the world? Then please fill out an application to join our team and let’s get started! 
 
Some of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position include:
1.    Contributes to the overall strategy and development of the architecture for Awana Children’s Ministries Elementary/Primary (Sparks/T&T) programs and products life cycles with consideration of end user, technology, research and marketing inputs.  Participate in revenue target planning and assessment.
2.    Initiate and actively participate in creative collaboration and development of new products, ideas and services that meet the needs of our customers.
3.    Develop and write products, either personally or by directing other staff and/or freelancers. Participate in product maintenance and quality control activities as needed.
4.    Engage internally and externally as subject matter expert on elementary/primary aged children and corresponding children’s ministry environments, with specific awareness of learning/personality styles and educational trends.
5.    Assume responsibility for utilization and sales performance of programs/products within Children’s Ministries.
6.    Pursue networking opportunities to develop relationships with children’s ministry constituents and potential ministry partners.
7.    Contribute and influence cross-functional connections inside the Awana ministry.
8.    Explore and develop new ministry platforms and delivery channels, especially in the digital/mobile context.
9.    Make recommendations to constantly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and morale of the Children’s Ministries department.

Qualified Candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Primary or Secondary Education, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education or related field plus three to five years ministry experience within children’s ministry contexts.  Master’s degree, especially in curriculum design/instruction or similar discipline, is preferred.  Previous experience in adapting technology platforms for curriculum design/instruction is desired.  Strong biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding is essential.

The successful candidate for this exciting position will have;
●    Strong writing skills and presentation skills.
●    Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence, invoices and purchase orders, and procedure manuals.
●    Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
●    Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as larger teaching/speaking environments.
●    Able to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.
●    Ability to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions coupled with organizational and time management skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills required, including active listening and verbal communication skills is necessary.  Solid general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you.

Applicants must be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Human Resources Manager, Employment

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three million kids in more than 100 countries. Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 40,000 churches and mobilizes more than 400,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are looking to add a Human Resources Manager of Employment to our dynamic Human Resources Department.  In this dynamic role you will be responsible for serving the organization in performing a variety of generalist responsibilities in the employment function of human resources including, but not limited to, recruiting, interviewing, new hire orientation, employee relations, performance assessment and feedback systems, and supervisor coaching and counseling.

Do you enjoy interaction with employees, supervisors and manager?  Can cultivate relationships that bring great talent to an employer?  Are you known for being able to keep abreast of legal changes and make the adjustments to process that are needed?  Does it energize you to be part of a team helping to shape the culture of a great organization?  Do you enjoy training others? Do you understand the importance of a great performance assessment process?  Is relationship building and personal networking a normal part of your life?  If this sounds like you please read on.

Some of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  1. Leading and managing the talent acquisition and new hire employee onboarding process by partnering with internal customers to recruit, interview, select, and onboard new staff members for our Headquarter, Distribution Center, and U.S. Field positions.
  2. Participates in continuous improvement of the Awana talent acquisition process including finding new sources of candidates, clarifying our messaging, and managing employment-related websites.
  3. Trains supervisors to effectively interview and select the best qualified candidates by teaching them to use the most effective methods available and applying them to our practices.
  4. Participates in the implementation, administration and ongoing improvements of the applicant tracking system.
  5. Manages the exit interview process, tracking trends etc. and recommends improvements.
  6. Leads teams and activities to cultivate community among employees and across departments to improve the workplace experience.
  7. Promotes good employee relations by working with employees and supervisors to ensure consistent actions across the organization, strong working relationships, and fair and equitable practices.
  8. 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.
  9. Serves as liaison between employees and management in problem/conflict resolution, and   participates in hearing and resolving employee grievances.
  10. Assists with writing and reviewing job descriptions according to ministry standards and applicable FLSA criteria and assists with ensuring internal equity for compensation decisions.
  11. Establishes avenues and sources of information to stay 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. 
  12. Utilizes technology to maintain employment information, and seeks ways to best use technology to increase efficiency.

Qualified Candidates will have Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or related field of study, 3-5 years of experience in a human resources management position, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation desirable.

In addition to be successful in this role you must have excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening, verbal communication and counseling skills.  Thorough knowledge of employment and benefits law is required.  We are looking for someone to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions and to maintain strict confidentiality.  Supervisory skills, good organization and time management skills are a must. You will need the ability to effectively present information and answer questions in one-on-one or group situations to employees, senior management, public groups, and/or board of directors.

IT Director - Process and Delivery

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are looking for a Director of IT - Process and Delivery who will champion Technology department optimization and utilization, through the application of best practices.  If you are someone who loves to work collaboratively and utilize influence to dialogue, seek feedback, and ultimately gain buy-in within and without the Technology department across his/her peer group, the Executive Leadership Group, and all pertinent levels of the organization we want to hear from you.  As the IT Director you must be customer service focused and evangelize as well as model an internal and external customer service focus within the Technology department. 

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION: The Director of Process & Delivery will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Technology department.   You will directly create, deploy, manage, and continuously improve all Technology processes or oversee the creation, deployment, management, and continuous improvement of all Technology processes and deliverables.  Further, you will be responsible for overseeing the success of Technology deliverables as these processes are applied.  

Some of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  1. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in overall Technology deliverables by prioritizing, planning and tracking progress.
  2. Researches process & product development options and provides analysis for future direction.
  3. Manages departmental level budgets, project level budgets, and financial ROI and business case processes.
  4. Consults with internal departments to identify customer needs and include in department and project objectives.
  5. Provides support regarding Technology processes and deliverables oversight to internal departments.
  6. Manages and directs a team of direct reports as assigned.
  7. Creates required documentation.
  8. Positions the Technology department as a ministry thought leader and reliable internal partner. 
  9. Establishes, releases, and refines Technology department processes.
  10. Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents.
  11. Participates in team and departmental meetings, periodic reviews of other team members’ work, team brainstorming and professional development sessions and annual individual goal setting process.

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified Candidates will have a Bachelor's degree and 5-10 years of related experience in an enterprise technology department, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

We are looking for an individual with the ability to create, debate, and champion well formed, compelling business cases and technology direction decisions.  Must be able to understand deeply technical concepts and communicate them in ways non Technology staff can comprehend and absorb. Effective communication skills and strong time management/project management skills. 

Must be able to demonstrate superior problem solving skills, with the ability not only to create solutions to problems, but gain holistic buy-in to those solutions across a diverse group.

Experience leading large scale Technology projects and/or teams of 10 – 20+ human resources.  Must have mid to expert level knowledge of; the theory and the practical application of various software delivery life cycle methodologies (agile, iterative, waterfall), Technology Quality Assurance (automation, manual, test cases, test plans, testing tools), Business Analysis (use cases, user stories, product owner interviewing), estimating methodologies (Storypoint, PERT, etc.) and deployment/release (release cadences, roll back plans, release notes) processes. 

Must have experience being directly responsible for Technology delivery without direct resource authority (managing a matrixed team including peer group resources).  Must have experience managing & negotiating with vendors, managing global teams, being responsible for and reporting out on macro as well as micro budgets and budget planning.

Willing to travel domestically and internationally less than 5% for business and professional development purposes.

Applicants must be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Instructional and E-Learning Designer

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

The Instructional and E-Learning Designer equips and develops children’s and youth ministry leaders by designing and developing training resource solutions that can be delivered through print resources, video, online accessible tools, live or web-based experiences, and/or mobile learning environments for the purpose of furthering the work of the gospel and elevating the skills of the leaders to have greater impact. The Instructional Designer works closely with the Learning & Development Manager to establish and execute goals, projects, and effective workflow to serve internal clients and external customers’ training resource needs. This role champions organizational goals within the department by performing the following duties in a professional and timely manner:

Some of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  1. Collaborate with other team members to brainstorm ideas, develop, expand, update, upgrade or enhance training products and programs and assist as needed.
  2. Works cross-functionally with internal and external program/product owners, curriculum developers, instructional designers, graphics/media designers, video producers/creators, and web/mobile technology builders to create high quality training resources that employ current instructional design pedagogy to support the organizational mission, brand, and technology infrastructure.
  3. Conducts research and/or needs assessments to determine appropriate learning solution(s) that will most effectively meet training objectives within operational capacities.
  4. Designs, develops, and produces effective training resources and experiences for use by church and children’s ministry leaders. Creates and writes instructional content and curriculum including, but not limited to, blogs, articles, videos, multi-media storyboards/scripts, webpages, live or recorded web-based experiences, interactive mobile training, instructor-led workshops and presentations (complete with instructor notes, slide decks, and participant handouts) to be used in live conferences and webinars.
  5. Assess customers’ leadership training and development needs; recommend e-learning solutions that meet those needs and are in alignment with organizational goals.
  6. Explain, discuss, and apply current e-learning instructional design theories, methodologies, technologies, strategies and best practices so that an e-learning solution will most effectively meet objectives and remain within the timeline and budget. .
  7. Design and write content and curriculum that is used to train and develop church leadership including, but not limited to, webinars, interactive web-based modules, mobile apps, website pages, multi-media storyboards and scripts, and online articles. 
  8. Review and evaluate children’s and youth ministry trends and published content by ministry thought leaders, both internally and externally. Curate content then, while applying appropriate copyright laws, re-purpose content, if necessary, and publish it for our customer’s use.
  9. Deliver training in an online classroom that successfully transfers knowledge, skills and attitudes to learners.
  10. Keep abreast of new developments, methods, information, issues and related factors in e-learning; and leadership training and development.  Make recommendations to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the Training Department.

We are looking for you if you are tech savvy and have an interest in creating e-learning that will motivate learners to change their behaviors.  Some of the key areas of focus for your creative skills will be in creating instruction/e-learning for Onboarding children’s and youth ministry leaders, Skill based training and Spiritual Development.

Qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design, Content Development, Curriculum Design, Christian Education, or related field; at least five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in developing adult training curriculum and resources.  Instructional Design certification preferred.

You will also need to be able to read and interpret documents such as the Bible, resource books, research documents and procedure manuals to apply concepts to training content.  Ability to write training materials and resources which may or may not be published.

Technical Skills and Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Working knowledge of Versal and/or Articulate Storyline preferred.  Excellent general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other training industry used software packages, webinar platforms, mobile learning tools, telephone skills (including international calls), learning agility, problem solving skills and attention to detail. Must be deadline-oriented, have effective time management skills, and good communication skills and interpersonal skills. Must be a self-starter who is organized and able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. Team leadership and/or supervisory experience preferred.

Applicants must be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Online Community Manager

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

The Online Community Manager for Awana Children’s Ministries will be responsible for building, growing, and managing virtual relationships and a community for our children’s ministry customers and constituents. The Online Community Manager creates and curates content and manages the release process in collaboration with corporate Awana initiatives.

In this exciting new role you will regularly post content for the various Awana social media outlets and frequently engage in conversations with ministry leaders and Awana constituents. The Online Community Manager encourages, responds to and creates channels for feedback from target audiences and evaluates their effectiveness.  You will also lead the effort to envision new opportunities for connections online with customers, constituents, and potential ministry partners.
The online community manager serves as a critical part of our public persona and our identity in the marketplace.

If you are someone who has fun relating to individuals visiting media outlets and who loves to work collaboratively while still maintaining ownership of the community please read on.

Some of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  1. Creates and manages Awana Children’s Ministries’ virtual content and marketing spaces in the forms of websites, blogs, microsites, and digital storefronts. 
  2. Manages and grows the Awana Children’s Ministries’ brands on the broad platform of Social Media; defines, researches, writes, executes and evaluates social media strategy.
  3. Assists with managing and implementing integrated social media campaigns and timelines across multiple platforms and channels. Tracks metrics and monitors relevant conversations.
  4. Positions Awana Children’s Ministries as a ministry thought leader through social media channels.
  5. Creates/writes copy for various social media accounts.  Organizes network of contributors/advocates and either “retweets” or posts developed content.  Organizes network of contributors and cultivates new communities.   
  6. Creates/writes copy for various social media accounts. Researches and evaluates new blogs and channels for relevance/trend identification and constantly evaluates effectiveness of channels.
  7. Creates and posts video content for internal training and external marketing purposes on the broad platform of Social Media.
  8. Works closely with the Director of Children’s Ministries, Marketing, and Global Brand to implement messaging schedules for social media output.  Social media includes Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook pages and other social media sites.
  9. Attends and promotes Awana events, conferences, etc., and contributes relevant journalistic content.
  10. Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents in the form of social media, email, and other correspondence.

Qualified Candidates will have an Associates or Bachelor's degree with a concentration in communications, social media or ministry/theology or two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

You must possess the proven ability to write creative, influential copy that connects philosophically with current and future marketing and promotional/placement efforts for the ministry.  Creativity, effective communication skills and good time management/project management skills are required.  Understanding the different evangelical frameworks and schools of thought held by evangelical/protestant denominations is a must.

We are looking for someone with proven experience posting, communicating on and tracking metrics with social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. Experience with producing video content and curating preferred.  Experience with website design and maintenance preferred. A sufficient knowledge of the Awana programs and of Bible doctrine is preferred.  Must be able to travel domestically 10-15%.

Applicants must be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Shipping Clerk

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Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three million kids in more than 100 countries. Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 40,000 churches and mobilizes more than 400,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.
We’re currently looking for a Shipping Clerk to join the great team at our distribution center in Schaumburg, IL where you will be part of helping us serve our customers with excellence.   You will be part of a team as you interact with the Shipping Supervisor, other Shipping staff members and teammates in the Warehouse/Receiving and Customer Care Departments. 

Our Shipping Clerk picks, packs and/or ships items to fulfill orders for our wonderful customers.  You will use a voice directed picking system to process over 130,000 orders per year as a member of the shipping team.  

Some of the essential duties and key responsibilities for this position include:

Picking/Packing
1.    Picks orders using a voice directed system.
2.    Packs orders, carefully arranging items from tote in to appropriately sized boxes.  Ensures quality standards are met.
3.    Provides support for the Warehouse as needed, including assisting in unloading containers in Receiving. 
Meter
1.    Affixes shipping labels on packed cartons.  Adds packing material, and ensures cartons are securely taped so items arrive safe and intact to the customers.
2.    Stacks and stretch-wraps finished pallets.
3.    Maintains inventory of shipping materials and supplies; breaks down boxes, re-stocks boxes as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS 
This job will keep you on your feet and moving.  While the size and weight of our orders vary, you must be able to lift and move up to 40 pounds on a regular basis.  To use our picking system you’ll need to have a basic working knowledge of how to use a computer and smart phone.  Basic mathematical and language skills (reading and writing) and visual acuity are required.
We’re looking for candidates with a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED).  Previous experience in logistics is preferred or one to three months related experience and/or training.  This position may occasionally require overtime to meet our out-the-door standards and customer expectations. While this is a first shift position, during the busy season of May to October you may be asked to work other shifts.  
Applicants must be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Missionary

Awana International Global Missionary - (Full-time and Part-time Opportunities)

Missionary

The Global Missionary is a faith-supported missionary who provides servant support and leadership in a specific country or region. The Global Missionary provides ministry and administrative support, coaching, mentoring, training, advocacy, support of fundraising and/or hands on ministry for the local leaders in the country or area in which they are assigned. The Global Missionary will normally serve for a term of one to three years.

Qualifications include Bible Studies Certification, or equivalent, from a recognized Bible college and/or seminary. Previous Awana experience preferred.

Qualified candidates must be born-again children of God with a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to Awana ministry. Other requirements include: living a fruit bearing spiritual life; being a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative and faithfulness; having a good working knowledge of the Word of God; doctrinal convictions that align with those of Awana, and be a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church.

Applicants must be able to communicate the Christian values of Awana and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Awana International Missionary

Missionary

The Awana International Missionary opportunity is a full time, faith-supported position. International Missionaries are responsible for developing and delivering culturally appropriate presentations to groups and individuals designed to demonstrate the value of children’s ministry and to acquaint the audience with the Awana curriculum. International Missionaries also provide training and ongoing support to churches, pastors, youth leaders and partner organizations which are involved with the Awana ministry.

The successful candidate will be committed to equipping leaders and lay people to impact their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will excel in the areas of leadership, team building, training, administration and communication. Qualifications include Bible Studies Certification, or the equivalent, from a recognized Bible college or seminary. Previous Awana club experience is strongly preferred.

Qualified candidates must be born-again children of God with a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to the Awana ministry. Other requirements include: living a fruit bearing spiritual life; a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative and faithfulness; a good working knowledge of the Word of God; doctrinal convictions that align with those of Awana, and a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church.