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

Donor Acquisition Manager

Headquarters

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 Donor Acquisition Manager serves as an integral part of developing new donor partners for the ministry of Awana. This individual takes responsibility for creating and developing systems to acquire new individual entry-level donors through a variety of existing initiatives (i.e., Verse-A-Thon, Reach Kids Sunday, events). The donor acquisition manager will also work with the VP of Global Advancement and others within the organization to create new initiatives that will strategically align and result in favorable growth of the donor portfolio. The successful candidate for this role will have a deep passion for reaching kids with the gospel and a desire to help others see their opportunity to invest in this work around the world. This passion must be combined with skills at developing programs that make donors feel welcome, connected, and like their partnership is valuable. The Donor Acquisition Manager will work closely with the Donor Experience Manager and others throughout the organization to ensure that acquisition strategies are intentional, are executed in a timely fashion, and yield a reasonable return on investment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Works with the VP of Global Advancement to align acquisition strategies with GMAT development goals.
  • Works with internal teams to build tools, resources, and tactical expressions of acquisition strategies. (While these current strategies include events, Verse-A-Thon, and Reach Kids Sunday, other events will come or go over time as strategies necessitate.)
  • Serves as a liaison between GMAT and Marketing to ensure GMAT acquisition strategies are effective for donor development and executed on time.
  • Develops best practice donor acquisition tactics within proposed acquisition strategies.
  • Manages projects by thinking through and highlighting Projected Return on Investment.
  • Works with GMAT Communications and Campaign Manager to cross promote where possible.
  • Works with GMAT Communications and Campaign Manager to assure that post acquisition cultivation and retention strategies are optimized.
  • Creates cross-departmental communication opportunities (and promotes them to Marketing and Communications) that aid in acquisition and donor engagement.
  • Analyzes acquisition plan results.  
  • Develops project management timelines, deadlines, and builds the tools to help strategies launch successfully and be adopted throughout the organization.
  • Generates regular reports on success metrics for review and development with the VP of Global Advancement.
  • Works with other GMAT team members on special event or donor strategies/projects where needed.
  • Other projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in Communications/Marketing/Business or a related area required. 4-7 years professional experience and management experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of donor marketing, advertising, and promotion concepts is required.  Must have excellent planning, coordinating, and research skills. Effective interpersonal skills are required. Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, with good follow-through and implementation skills required. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines required.

Donor Communications Manager

Headquarters

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 Donor Communications Manager serves as an integral part of ensuring quality communications and best practices in donor correspondence for the ministry of Awana. This individual takes responsibility creating processes and systems to ensure that donor communications efforts are best-in-class and align with the overall messaging and strategies of Awana. This person will help lead the effort to create and develop rules and processes for communication with donors. In addition, the Donor Communications Manager takes responsibility for developing messaging that will be used in correspondence and communication with donors and potential donors. The successful candidate for this role will have a personal interest in communicating with clarity and quality, while also possessing an ability to create tools and systems to ensure that communication strategies are implemented with excellence. The Donor Communications Manager will work closely with the Donor Experience Manager, Donor Acquisition Manager and others throughout the organization to ensure that communication strategies are consistent, that collateral is effective, and the Awana image and perception are held in high regard.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Utilizes market research to develop strategic marketing plans/campaigns to positively impact Awana brand image among specific donor audiences as well as general public.  Advocates and implements those plans for the growth and changes to the overarching Awana brand.
  • Works with the Director of Global Advancement to establish donor campaign budgets, timelines and success measurements. Develops accurate performance forecasts for each donor based on historical and best practices measurements.
  • Works with the corporate communications team to create print, web, and social media campaigns to increase donor engagement
  • Lead the development of compelling, clear and concise messaging for a donor audience.
  • Analyzes plan results and adjusts donor marketing plans as necessary to meet targets and projected ministry needs. Oversees analytic efforts with internal and external resources to maximize effectiveness of campaign products, vehicles and collateral.
  • Researches new channels or platforms to be considered and works with cross divisional leadership to utilize them most effectively.
  • Scans the market continuously to maintain perspective on best practices and current trends.
  • Manages strategies and donor campaigns to impact public perception, engagement, and revenue.
  • Contributes to maximizing donor advocacy and donor engagement.
  • Develops and maintains communication calendar.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in Communications/Marketing/Business or a related area required. 4-7 years professional experience and management experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of advanced marketing, advertising, and promotion concepts is required.  Must have excellent leadership, planning, coordinating, and research skills. Effective interpersonal skills are required. Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, with good follow-through and implementation skills required.

Donor Experience Manager

Headquarters

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 Donor Experience Manager serves as an integral part of the donor development experience for Awana. This person takes first-line responsibility for creating and managing processes, systems, and tools to maximize every aspect of the donor experience. Responsibilities include developing business rules and interacting with key internal stakeholders to implement and maximize the function of these rules as well as administering analytics, reporting, and decision analysis on donors and donor development opportunities. Successful candidates for this role will are individuals who thrive at developing processes, managing these processes, and looking for constant improvement to ensure success of the program. Ultimately, this individual helps ensure the highest quality interaction with each of our generous donor partners, helping them see the value of their investment in the ministry and, in turn, result in growth of our donor portfolio resulting in reaching more kids around the world.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Develops business rules revolving around the donor experience. Including, but not limited to, thank-you efforts, receipting, communications, etc.
  • Develops strategic communication campaigns and communication experiences to positively impact Awana’s donors.
  • Evaluates opportunities for high-touch moves management within our donor portfolios. Determine when to use wealth scoring and other tools that leads to greater intentionality in donor process (i.e., personal representatives and/or CEO strategy).
  • Manages new donor on-boarding process.
  • Works to establish processes and systems to convert existing one time or variable giving donors into monthly sustaining donors.
  • Establish donor campaign budgets, timelines and success measurements.   
  • Develops performance forecasts to create best ROI.
  • Analyzes plan results and adjusts donor marketing plans as necessary to meet targets and projected ministry needs. Oversees analytic efforts with internal and external resources to maximize effectiveness of campaign products, vehicles and collateral.
  • Scans the market to maintain perspective on best practices and current trends.
  • Contributes to maximizing donor advocacy and donor engagement.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in Communications/Marketing/Business or a related area required. 4-7 years professional experience and management experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of advanced marketing, advertising, and promotion concepts is required.  Must have excellent leadership, planning, coordinating, and research skills. Effective interpersonal skills are required. Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, with good follow-through and implementation skills required.

Systems Engineer

Headquarters

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 systems engineer who will champion the health of the Awana infrastructure through supporting and maintaining our virtual infrastructure and systems and provide tier 2-3 helpdesk as well as infrastructure engineering . By providing technical expertise to Awana infrastructure and systems you will be furthering the cause of Christ to children around the world.  Help us build and maintain a rock solid infrastructure and provide outstanding customer support to our staff.

Our ideal candidate is confident, well spoken, a good listener, hardworking, highly organized with solid technical skills and experience in building relationships with customers. The ability to work in a fast paced changing environment both independently and as part of a mission driven team is critical.  Having a passion for supporting the organizations mission will be a solid platform for the work you do.

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

  1. Troubleshoots overall system problems. Diagnoses system hardware, software, and operator problems.  Performs root cause analysis in order to permanently correct and prevent future problems.
  2. Acts as lead in the 24 by 7 support of Awana’s systems. Performs network troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose complex network problems. Upgrades network server software/hardware with night and weekend hours required.
  3. Installs, upgrades, and configures network printing, messaging systems, AD, firewall, switches, servers and assigned applications.
  4. Leads all systems security efforts.
  5. Proactively monitors and tunes systems for improvements and consistent performance.
  6. Studies procedures and processes to evaluate effectiveness and develop, modify, and improve them to manage and operate as an effective team.
  7. Assists IS staff members by answering questions, suggesting solutions, and solving problems, this includes training networking and client support staff in related areas. 30% helpdesk tier 2-3 tickets and 70% infrastructure support.
  8. Champions proactive systems monitoring, documentation and projects in the networking infrastructure area.
  9. Researches and keeps abreast of computer trends and technologies to suggest possible upgrades or replacement technologies by reading trade magazines and internet sources; may attend technical conferences, seminars, and computer trade shows if appropriate to stay up-to-date.  Suggests specific ways to improve the efficiency, productivity, and processes in the Information Services Department.
  10. Works toward a priority goal of 1. God 2. Service 3. Team

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified Candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years related experience.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications (listed in order of priority)

MCTIP Enterprise Administrator for Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 required or 4 years related experience.  Cisco CCNA, VMware Certified Professional (VCP), CompTIA Project+, Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) - HP ProCurve Networking, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+ or 2 years related experience.

Thorough understanding of PCs and operating systems; courses and experience in Windows required, experience in VMware Datacenter administration is preferred.  Knowledge and experience with high end rack mount server hardware, firewall configuration, Dell storage area networks (SAN), Active Directory, and configuration of network printers.  Knowledge of various software programs and the ability to learn new systems quickly.  Good communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to have a flexible time schedule to work after-hours on system. Delegation is a key skill for this position.

If you have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists and are able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and make decisions within the scope of authority, quickly in emergency situations we would love to hear from you.

Applicants must be located in the Chicagoland area and be authorized to work in the USA for consideration.

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

VP of Human Resources

Headquarters

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 seeking a Vice President of Human Resources to lead the Human Resources Team. The Vice President of Human Resources leads and directs the human resources function of the organization in a way that supports the ministry’s strategic goals and promotes a healthy Christian workplace. He/she is responsible for developing HR strategy, and policies and procedures that adhere to legal and regulatory requirements, and providing guidance and consult to the senior leadership team. The VP, HR is a key culture-influencer as he/she executes strategies that attract, recruit, reward and retain a highly engaged workforce. The VP, HR serves as a member of the Global Leadership Team and will report to the Chief Culture Officer.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

1.  Participates in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner but particularly from the perspective of the impact of people.

2.  Translates the strategic and tactical ministry plans into HR strategies and operational plans.

3.  Organizes, directs and evaluates the organization’s human resource function and performance. 

4.  Personally embraces and models the cultural values of Awana. Actively pursues embedding the cultural values into the fabric of our ministry by influencing, equipping and coaching ministry leaders.

5.  Leads an HR staff who serve the organizational’s leaders by providing consultation, equipping and coaching in the implementation and interpretation of human resource practices and policies. Invests time to understand business units’ ministry needs, challenges and dynamics.

6.  Advances our mission by providing strategic input into long-range workforce planning. Directs employment/staffing activities for headquarters and field missionaries to assure that qualified employees are recruited and hired in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.  These activities include staffing needs analysis, recruitment, selection, orientation, organizational structure and design, and succession planning.

7.  Recommends HR management strategies for compensation and benefit programs. Directs staff who administer compensation and benefits programs. Manage vendor relationships and negotiate contracts.

8.  Promotes good employee relations and maintains consistent action across the organization; identifies and responds to concerns, serves as liaison between employees and management in problem/conflict resolution. Counsels, trains and coaches ministry leaders. Participates in hearing and resolving employee grievances, counsels employees and leaders. Reviews, recommends and approves disciplinary actions and terminations.

9.   Manages the Human Resources Department team.

10. Achieves financial objectives; forecasts expenses, prepares the HR budget, manages department expenses to stay within budget.

11. Ensures legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements. Keeps abreast of pertinent legislative developments and trends that affect the Human Resource function; maintains professional and technical knowledge; makes recommendations to consistently improve our Human Resource practices and policies.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required; and at least ten years of progressively responsible HR management experience. SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification or equivalent desired.

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.