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

Client Support Technician

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 Client Support Technician to be the face of IT to the internal staff (Both US and International).  In this critical role you will support Awana internal customers with issues ranging from technical to password resets to new equipment deployments to the repair of computers.  The Client Support Technician is often the first person our staff sees or speaks with concerning their computer trouble.  By providing outstanding customer support to our staff you will be furthering the cause of Christ to children around the world.

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

  1. Troubleshoots user hardware and software issues.  Answers users’ inquiries concerning system operation. Diagnoses system hardware, software, and operator problems.
  2. Understands and uses knowledge of Awana’s client systems to resolve issues.
  3. Assists in organization upgrading or configuration changes as required.
  4. Actively documents all work performed for users in the Help Desk System and creates end user instructions for common tasks.
  5. Manage resource stock for break/fix. 
  6. Provides end users with computer technical support including basic computer/application training when necessary. Responds to the needs and questions of users concerning their access to resources on the network. 
  7. Assists IS staff members by answering questions, suggesting solutions, and solving problems.
  8. Assists in installing, configuring, and troubleshooting workstations and notebook computers.
  9. Researches and keeps abreast of computer trends and technologies by reading trade magazines and internet sources; may attend 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 High School Diploma or equivalent with 1-2 years of experience in a technical/computer or customer support environment (help desk).  Typing 30 wpm, experience using Microsoft Office products and or Google Products, working knowledge of PC-based internet, ability to understand technical concepts and translate them into supporting non-technical users in person, over the phone, via email and instant chat.

We are looking for an individual with a keen understanding of PCs, operating systems and software applications; courses in Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office applications a plus.  Ability to learn new systems quickly is required.  Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and email utilizing active listening and clearly speaking to customers. Team orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast paced environment are needed. Following procedures and paying attention to details is very important.  Due to the service we provide and our customers the ability to read and speak English is required.

If you have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, can interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral, form and are able to make quick decisions in emergency situations 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.

Payroll Coordinator Part-time (24 hours per week)

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.

Are you looking for part time work and not in need of medical benefits?  If the answer is yes please read on.

The Human Resources/Payroll team is looking for a Payroll Coordinator (24 hours per week).  One of the responsibilities of the HR/Payroll department is to process and maintain payroll records for 300-400 multi-state US based employees using ADP Workforce Now software.

You will be working with the HR Manager and the HRIS Specialist who are willing to train you on the unique ministry payroll needs at Awana.  Have you had previous experience working with an organization’s payroll processes?  Do you love working with numbers and making them balance?  Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about payroll and to work in a Christian environment?  Are you eager to expand your skill sets and learn new things related to payroll?  This might be the job for you.  We take great care with the trust our co-workers have placed in us as every week we respond to their requests by documenting and processing their payroll needs.  

At Awana we run payroll bi-weekly.  We conduct pre and post-run audits to ensure accuracy of all payroll adjustments. The Payroll Coordinator assists with all levels of processing.  This includes all the employee level changes needed to reflect their current pay, deductions, taxes, wage garnishments, cutting manual checks, computing retro pay or paid time off balances and other adjustments.  It also includes updates to company level Payroll, Time and Tax set up.  You will be part of the team that trains employees on the Time Keeping and Payroll systems.  Our Payroll Coordinator will also participate in quarterly and annual reporting which usually involves creating beautiful reports by pulling information from the payroll system for both internal purposes and external requirements. 

To enjoy this job, you must like working with a lot of little details, be deadline driven, a proactive problem solver and committed to accuracy.  You’re customer service skills will be put to use working with vendors and co-workers from all levels of the organization and based throughout the US.  You will have the opportunity to serve employees whose mission is to help impact kids/adults for Christ around the world. Is that a mission you are drawn to?  If the answer is yes we’d love to hear from you.

Qualified Candidates will have a High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six to twelve months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

All applicants should be able to communicate Christian values and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Shipping Clerk

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 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.

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.

Video Director – Children’s Ministries

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.

Video Directors help people/audiences see what they cannot see and experience a world they possibly haven’t yet imagined. They have a unique ability to touch the hearts of audiences and invoke a wide range of thoughts, feelings and emotions through a diversity of artistic mediums. They are storytellers and help chronicle and curate content with the audience in mind. We are looking for a Video Director to join our Children’s ministry team who has the creative ability to help children and adults engage with God’s Word through video and audio productions.

The Video Director reports to the Director of Children’s Ministries and interacts with other Children’s  Ministries’ team members. Some of the primary duties include planning and executing video shoots and audio recording sessions, preproduction: securing of locations, site check, talent selection, props etc. Postproduction: editing and final production and delivery of created resources and assets.

If you are someone who loves to work collaboratively and utilize your creative skills to help reach kids with the Gospel of Jesus Christ we want to hear from you.

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION: Directs and produces video and audio media that communicates effectively, tells compelling stories and accomplishes the intended outcomes while meeting budgets and deadlines.

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

  1. Collaborates with Children’s Ministries’ team members to plan and envision media presentations including ideation, script writing and storyboarding.
  2. Writes, edits and creatively adapts scripts into video and audio productions.
  3. Plans video shooting and audio recording including; securing of locations, site check, talent selection, props etc.
  4. Performs and/or directs video lighting and shooting. Directs media freelancers as well as on-screen and voice-over talent. Secures release forms, contracts and other necessary paperwork.
  5. Applies audio and visual skills to create graphic, text and animated elements.
  6. Performs finish editing (compositing, cutting, sound effects, audio mixdown, coloring) for video projects.
  7. Collaborates with other video, design, and creative roles to ensure quality and coordinated production standards.
  8. Researches and keeps abreast of audio and video trends and technologies and sharing information with colleagues.  Make recommendations to improve efficiency and productivity.
  9. Keeps inventory and maintains video and audio equipment as well as studios.

QUALIFICATIONS
Qualified Candidates will have a Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in related area from a college or university; or three to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
You must have a thorough knowledge of video, camera, lighting, and audio operations and effects.  Must be proficient in working with various video, lighting, sound, and editing equipment. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to:  function as a collaborative team member and take direction from project managers; and to interact with co-workers, internal customers, and suppliers.  Must have basic Mac proficiency, as well as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Production Suite proficiency.   Ability to operate and maintain video and audio equipment.

To be successful in this position you will have the; ability to read, analyze, and interpret video scripts, general business periodicals, professional journals, and technical procedures along with the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, internal customers, freelance crews, technicians, and salespeople.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25  to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Occasional travel may be required.

All applicants should 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.