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.

Headquarters

Director of Finance

Headquarters

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION

The Director of Finance heads the financial planning and analysis function at Awana. This position is responsible to develop, execute and lead financial processes. Deriving key analytical insights, this role provides trends and actionable recommendations to the executive leadership team. Analytical, leadership, and communciation skills are critical. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide leadership and direction to finance and accounting functions. Serve as a member of the Global Leadersip Team as well as other Awana committees. Interface with the Executive Leadership Team, Department Leaders and Missionaries.
  • Manage the financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes.
  • Create and communicate financial models and analyses of financial and operational metrics to evaluate and direct business performance.
  • Manage treasury and investment activities, including cash flow forecasting and compliance with Awana investments and cash reserves policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective internal controls to ensure safeguarding of assets, and unqualified annual audit opinion from external auditors.
  • Establish and maintain annual operating, capital, and cash flow budgeting process to include formal elements of ministry planning, key performance measurements, and operating budgets.
  • Assist in the selection, design, implementation, and maintenance of financial systems. Mainain a working knowledge of ECFA standards and appropriate application to Awana.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required. Master’s degree (M.B.A. or M.S.) or equivalent desired. Must have a minimum of 5 years management level experience leading financial, decision support and risk management activities.
  • Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications
  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification desired.  

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Must have a ministry heart and broad experience in nonprofit finance operations.  Ability to respond to complex inquiries from senior executives, customers, donors, regulatory agencies and other constituents. Ability to effectively present information to employees, customers, top management and donors. Ability to take initiative to solve problems, attain goals and make decisions having far reaching implications; ability to think, plan and implement strategically. 

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal: Reports to the Chief Financial Officer. Direct partner with major business units. Manages financial analysis team.

External: Regular interaction with banks, auditors, insurance providers and government agencies. Occasional contact with missionaries, churches, donors, vendors and business consultants.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

Inside Sales Representative

Headquarters

 Description

Advance the ministry of Awana by engaging a pipeline of potential customers to nurture and develop them into member churches. The Inside Sales Rep will work as part of a team to sell Awana solutions in the form of memberships, programs, and core products (both digital and print).

 

Skills:

  • Create a solid pipeline on new Awana customers. The primary tasks will be lead follow-up, make product recommendations and create new customers.
  • Participate in the development of metrics to measure the success of the sales team
  • Develop and nurture leads that might be converted into member churches. Monitor the progress of leads in house management programs and create reports as needed for tracking.
  • Work in collaboration with the Marketing team to keep current on existing campaigns, promotions and conferences.
  • Work in conjunction with the team for varied focused markets. Execute system for follow-up and manger discussion.
  • Ensure a handoff for new customers to the onboarding so they are scheduled to receive training appropriate to the products they’ve selected.
  • Regularly review processes and make recommendations to the sales manager for improvements.
  • Work closely with Marketing, Customer Care and members of the U.S. field staff to ensure that new and potential customers are receiving high-quality, consistent support as they are on the way to becoming customers.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Quick learner, flexibly regarding methods and process, team collaborator with an attitude of “better together” are must have attributes for any potential candidate.
  • Familiarity and experience using systems that manage customer relations is required. Experience in Salesforce is preferred.
  • Jesus Christ is their Savior

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree, with a concentration in marketing, communications or business preferred; minimum of 1-5 years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Project Delivery Coordinator

Headquarters

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION: The Project Delivery Coordinator is responsible to serve internal and external customer needs by owning and delivering end-to-end quality software projects, within the constraints of time and budget.  This includes the use of best practices to track and drive project progress, formally and informally communicate with project teams and stakeholders, work collaboratively, and (in conjunction with the Director of Applications and Delivery) utilize influence and matrixed authority to ultimately deliver excellent improvements to the Awana software architecture.  The Project Delivery Coordinator must be customer service focused and evangelize as well as model an internal and external customer service focus within the Technology department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Exercises independent judgment and discretion in web development deliverables by prioritizing, planning, and tracking progress.
  2. Champions departmental processes and governance through the use and improvement of the same in day-to-day application
  3. Coordinate project management activities, resources, equipment and information
  4. Guide the dev team in breaking projects into doable actions and set timeframes
  5. Liaise with clients to identify and define requirements, scope and objectives
  6. Assign tasks to internal teams and assist with schedule management
  7. Make sure that clients’ needs are met as projects evolve
  8. Analyze risks and opportunities
  9. Monitor project progress, track and handle any issues that arise, and remove impediments for the team
  10. Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all participants
  11. Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports
  12. Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests
  13. Acts as the subject matter expert on the intersection of culture and technology for Awana, and as a champion of technology solutions.
  14. Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents.
  15. 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.
  16. As needed, collaborate with other professionals to determine functional and non-functional requirements for new software or applications
  • QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS
  • Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications
  • PMP / PRINCE2 certification is a plus
  • Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and speak English is required.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret various business and technical documents.  Effective communication skills and strong time management skills.

Reasoning Ability:

Excellent problem solving skills and logical thinking.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make decisions within the scope of authority, and to make quick decisions in emergency situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Good communication and interpersonal skills. Team orientation and ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively. Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and to kneel, crawl, stoop, or lie down to work with cabling in tight spaces.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Must be willing to travel on occasion if needed.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Applications & Delivery. Frequent interaction with other members of the Technology department (especially the developers, BA, and QA).  Regular interaction with Product Owners, Stakeholders, and other internal customers.

External:  As needed; potential interaction with vendors.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

 

Software Manager

Headquarters

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION: The Software Manager oversees the developers and provides technical leadership through intuitive high level decisions for software development that both create and maintain excellent software architecture, and that collaborates with and develops the team in augmenting and protecting our architecture.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Manages, guides, and leads the Awana developers at a standard reflective of Awana’s heart for mission and customer satisfaction.
  2. Exercises independent judgment and discretion in development deliverables by prioritizing, planning, and tracking progress.
  3. Manages and directs a team of direct reports as assigned, and seeks to build and improve each person’s strengths and skills. Evaluates employee performance, sets expectations and goals for department and individual staff members, recruits, disciplines and trains staff. Meets regularly with supervised staff to review status of assigned tasks, solve problems, and discuss progress towards the achievement of team and department goals
  4. Owns and drives team delivery and productivity, including working to remove blocks/impediments, and continuously looks for opportunities to increase productivity and foster an environment of consistency and adherence to commitment
  5. Provides technical leadership for the developers, including architectural/technical solutions, code review, scoping/estimation of proposed projects, training and development of the team, and management of code releases.
  6. Owns (either directly or through delegation) release management across the higher environments, and communication of release notes
  7. Develop high-level product specifications with attention to system integration and feasibility
  8. Define all aspects of development from appropriate technology and workflow to coding standards, and enforces adherence to the same
  9. Oversee progress of development team to ensure consistency with initial design
  10. Provide technical guidance and coaching to developers and engineers
  11. Ensure software meets all requirements of quality, security, modifiability, extensibility etc.
  12. As needed, personally writes and develops code for development tasks and tickets
  13. Acts as the subject matter expert on the intersection of culture and technology for Awana. Provides thought leadership and direction in the area of using technology as an outreach tool.
  14. Maintains current technical expertise in the rapidly changing software industry and utilizes state of the art techniques when implementing solutions.
  15. Positions the Technology department as a ministry thought leader and reliable internal partner.  
  16. Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents.
  17. 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/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred (preferably in computer science, business administration or related field)
  • Proven experience as software architect and/or manager, or a minimum of 5 years of strong experience in software development (enterprise environment a huge plus)
  • Excellent knowledge of software and application design and architecture
  • Understanding of software quality assurance principles
  • A technical mindset with great attention to detail
  • High quality organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and presentation abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of current development techniques and development programming languages, including: PHP, Java, Javascript, AngularJS, HTML, CSS, Wordpress, and Ruby-on-Rails (Python & C# experience a plus)
  • Basic understanding of databasing necessary
  • Must be able to understand, and clearly relate to other members of the organization, technical manuals, software specifications, and software documentation

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and speak English is required.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret various business and technical documents.  Effective communication skills and strong time management skills.  Project management skills a huge plus.

Reasoning Ability:

Excellent problem solving skills and logical thinking required for many programming tasks.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make decisions within the scope of authority, and to make quick decisions in emergency situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Must have experience working on large scale Technology projects and development teams of at least 3-5 people.  Good communication and interpersonal skills. Team orientation and ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively. Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details. Delegation is a key skill for this position.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and to kneel, crawl, stoop, or lie down to work with cabling in tight spaces.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Must be willing to travel on occasion if needed.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Process & Delivery. Developers report to this position. Frequent interaction with other members of the Technology department (especially BA, QA, and IT). Regular interaction with Product Owners, Stakeholders, and other internal customers.

External:  Vendor engagement and potential for vendor management; otherwise, as needed.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

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.

U.S. Missionary

Missionary

The vision and driving passion of Awana is that all children and youth will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Awana missionaries carry out this vision through relationships with local churches. They assist local church leaders to develop and lead ministries related to children and youth in a way that works in their particular setting. Awana missionaries serve on a team whose responsibilities are guided by the Field Leadership team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  1. Build relationships with pastors, ministry directors and volunteers at assigned churches. Through the nurturing of these relationships, help churches establish ministry that works in their particular setting and develop to their full ministry potential.
  2. Help local churches launch and implement effective Awana ministry by developing relationships with key church leaders and volunteers and providing leader equipping, coaching and/or guidance during the first three years of ministry.
  3. Effectively communicate vision and information with a variety of constituents including donors and churches, in written form, using various digital technologies, and via live and video-based presentations.
  4. Maintain and promote clear lines of communication with Field Leadership Team and Awana headquarters. Report field activity in a timely and accurate manner, as requested.
  5. Raise funds for personal income and ministry expenses in accordance with the Awana Fully-Funded Policy. Demonstrate good financial stewardship of raised funds.
  6. Build and develop volunteer teams to serve the local church on behalf of and in conjunction with the Awana missionary. Identify, recruit, train, coach, motivate and empower volunteer team members. Lead this team in a way that honors God.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Spiritual Demands:

Must be born-again child of God. Must have a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to the Awana ministry. Must be living a clean, wholesome, fruit bearing, spiritual life, and is a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative, and faithfulness. Must have a good working knowledge of the Word of God. Must be of the same doctrinal convictions as set forth in our Doctrinal Statement.  Must be a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church. If married, have a spouse who is supportive of their ministry.

  • Possess a high degree of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Has relational comfort and ability to demonstrate professionally appropriate behavior in social settings. 
  • Effective interpersonal skills. Relates well to volunteers and staff at all levels. Treats others with respect and dignity. Accepts accountability for actions.  Exhibits an attitude of Christian discipleship with a servant’s heart.
  • Must be able to work well independently and in a team environment; able to delegate when necessary.
  • Must be a life-long learner.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have a working knowledge of the Awana programs, products, and services.
  • Demonstrate sound working knowledge of Awana Clubs International’s Doctrinal Statement and ability to engage in conversation about it.
  • Ability to effectively present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills are a must. Ability to influence others through presentations to small and large audiences, representing Awana professionally and accurately.
  • Ability to effectively cast vision to leadership and ministry team members. Ability to effectively communicate to people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong consulting and problem solving skills that will be effective in the local church environment.
  • Excellent planning, coordinating, and research skills. 
  • Attention to detail and deadlines and the ability to take initiative to solve problems and manage work load are required.
  • Knowledge of basic marketing, advertising, and promotion concepts is recommended.
  • Highly proficient at using technology to communicate, including phone, e-mail, text, social media, and online video communication. Willing and able to learn and adopt new technology is required. Computer skills including Microsoft products, typing proficiency, and database skills. 
  • Must have access to high-speed internet service.
  • The ability to listen effectively to constituents is required.
  • Frequent travel is required by car, air, or other forms of transportation.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Resolves conflict constructively with individuals directly involved. Is considerate and tactful when addressing sensitive issues.

Education and/or Experience

A Bible Studies Certificate from a Bible College/Institute and/or seminary or equivalent training and experience. Basic Bible doctrine and Old Testament/New Testament surveys are recommended. Courses in Evangelism, Missions, and Christian Education are also strongly encouraged. Awana Club’s leadership and Awana Ministry Team experience or equivalent training are recommended but not required.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

Must be set aside (commissioned) for missionary service by home church, with a Commissioning Service.  May be Licensed or Ordained.  Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk and carry 25 lbs. or more. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus, and drive a car.

Primary Interfaces

Internal: Reports to the Regional Director. Has frequent interaction with US Ministries Dept, and Ministry Team Members, and some contact with International staff and other missionaries.

External: Has frequent contact with Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Commanders, and Constituents.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.