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

Finance Manager

Headquarters

Job Summary

The Finance Manager provides analytical decision support to ministry and functional leaders to accomplish our mission to disciple children, while maximizing the effectiveness of assets and resources. This role is a financial business partner responsible for facilitating annual budgets and periodic forecasts, and for providing monthly variance analysis and other analysis to aid decision making.

Job Responsibilities

  • Partner with ministry/functional leaders to create budgets and forecasts that align with ministry goals and objectives; also partners with missionaries to prepare missionary budgets.
  • Measure/monitor performance against budgets and forecasts, and identify risks and opportunities around utilization of assets and financial resources. Meet with ministry partner each month to review performance, risks and opportunities.
  • Ensure compliance to financial policies, processes and other control mechanisms to safeguard assets and sustain ministry.
  • Assist the finance team with the overall planning processes and supporting analysis requests as needed.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of ECFA standards and appropriate application to Awana.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required; MBA desired.
  • 5+ years of experience performing financial analysis in either for-profit or non-profit environments; experience as a financial business partner desired.
  • Budgeting and forecasting experience; financial modeling experience desired.
  • Intermediate Excel knowledge/experience (pivot tables, lookups, conditional formulas, etc.) and experience with financial systems.

Job Competencies

Must be missionally minded with a ministry heart. Ability to respond to inquiries from senior executives, customers, donors and other constituents.  Demonstrate initiative to solve problems. Must be a collaborative team player, curious and disciplined with a strong desire to make things better together.  Must embrace Awana’s cultural values: discipleship, excellence, team, community and growth, and aspire to live them in the workplace.    

Analytical Skills:  Excel at analyzing and interpreting financial statements, data and metrics.  Ability to write and present the story behind the numbers.  Solid reasoning ability and enjoys solving problems.  Ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively.  Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details.

Communication skills: Effectively present information to business partners and non-financial managers.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including comfort level interacting with senior level management.  Team orientation and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.                                           

Spiritual Life

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

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, or handle, and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. 

 

This Job Description reflects the current assignment of essential functions and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time based on the needs of the organization, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability or for other reasons.

Finance Project Manager

Headquarters

Job Summary

The Finance Project Manager provides analytical decision support to ministry and functional leaders to accomplish our mission to disciple children, while maximizing the effectiveness of assets and resources.  This role coordinates and manages projects across the CFO organization.  Tasks range from administrative duties to working with senior executives on critical initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and coordinate a central process to manage non-IT contracts.  Flag renewal dates and establish a cross-functional team to review pricing and terms.
  • Participate in T&E processing, reviewing and approving processes.  Manage and track corporate credit cards.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as scheduling meetings/calendar planning, processing travel receipts, planning meeting agendas, ordering catering, and tracking training. 
  • Draft and coordinate review of policy updates, such as investment policies, travel and entertainment policies and document retention policies.
  • Interview end users to understand ministry needs and objectives in order to assist creating internal process and policies.  Engage in monthly reporting process.
  • Create presentations and document meeting minutes for executive leadership and the board of directors.
  • Responsible for various projects that track/change/improve financial performance of Awana.
  • Provide back-up support to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions during high peak times.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline.  Concentration in Accounting, Finance or Project Management preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience project management and financial analysis desired.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word and Power Point are highly desirable.

Job Competencies

Must be missionally minded with a ministry heart.  Ability to respond to inquiries from senior executives, customers, donors and other constituents.  Demonstrate initiative to solve problems. Must be a collaborative team player, curious and disciplined with a strong desire to make things better together. Must embrace Awana’s cultural values: discipleship, excellence, team, community and growth, and aspire to live them in the workplace.    

Analytical Skills: Proficient at analyzing and interpreting financial statements, data and metrics.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Solid reasoning ability and enjoys solving problems.  Ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively.  Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details.

Communication skills:  Effectively present information and respond to questions in one-on-one or small group situations with employees and managers.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including comfort level interacting with senior level management.  Team orientation and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Spiritual Life

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

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

 

This Job Description reflects the current assignment of essential functions and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time based on the needs of the organization, 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, flexible 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.

 

Major Gifts Officer

Headquarters

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the identification and cultivation of major donor prospects and existing donors, including partner church donors, in order to secure major gifts.      

 

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

  1. Identifies and qualifies major gift prospects, existing donors and partner church donors within assigned region.  
  2. Presents the organization’s case for support to donors and prospects and closes major gifts. 
  3. Builds and maintains an appropriate donor portfolio of major gift prospects and existing donors.  Responsible for developing plans for cultivation of each individual.  Achieves consistent annual growth of prospective and existing donors.  
  4. Develops and implements a daily consistent marketing program to get in front of friends, donors, referrals and churches to make the case for support and major gifts.
  5. Creates development networks which assist in marketing and solicitation in assigned regions. Cultivates relationships with missionaries and churches that use the Awana program. Works with and obtains assistance from the Donor Development Team as needed to enhance development networks.
  6. Properly records and maintains all donor information in computer systems.   Prepares and submits timely reports. 
  7. Liaison with appropriate Awana personnel for the effective implementation of major gifts.
  8. Identifies donor prospects and refers prospects to appropriate personnel in the Global Advancement department.
  9. Assists in the cultivation of Foundations and Corporations within assigned region.
  10. Develops an in-depth understanding of the history, mission, values, vision, and programs of Awana and effectively communicates that information to donors and constituents.
  11. Performs efficiently within the team system and fulfills assigned team roles and responsibilities.
  12. Retains membership or participates in such other organizations, seminars, or professional societies as deemed necessary by the V.P. of Global Advancement.
  13. Accepts specific assignments as and performs other related duties as may be required from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in related area; or three to five years development experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

A strong familiarity with the ministries of Awana and belief in the mission of Awana. Sensitivity to prospects or donors needs. Ability to strategize, formulate, and close individual major gifts. Knowledge in deferred giving vehicles and vision trip opportunities. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Strong interpersonal skills in telecommunications, presentations and public relations. Listening skills are critical. Must have integrity and be responsible.

 

 

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Possesses a strict sense of confidentiality. Attention to detail and deadlines, and the ability to take initiative to solve problems and manage work load are required. Must relate well to volunteers and staff at all levels. Must be able to work independently and well as in a team environment. Treats others with respect and dignity. Accepts accountability for actions. Exhibits an attitude of Christian Discipleship, with a servant’s heart.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit.  Working non-traditional hours and frequent travel (at least 50%) is required.

 

 

 

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.