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

Chief Financial Officer

Headquarters

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of Awana in accordance with domestic and international regulatory requirements, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability (ECFA) standards, Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the industry.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.           Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate Awana's fiscal function and performance.

2.           Participate in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner.

3.           Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.

4.           Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in 

             order to assist the CEO, President, the Board

              and other senior executives in performing their responsibilities.

5.           Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the

              overall operation and effectiveness of the organization.

6.           Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.

7.           Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the financial discipline.

8.           Continual improvement of the budgeting process and strategic planning process through education of department managers and plan

              owners on financial issues impacting department budgets.

9.           Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization; i.e., evaluation of potential alliances

              acquisitions and/or mergers and pension

              funds and investments.

10.         Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.

11.         Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.

12.         Be an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the corporation may enter.

13.         Evaluate the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as

              provide individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) of individuals.

Competencies

1.           Financial Management.

2.           Business Acumen.

3.           Communication Proficiency.

4.           Ethical Conduct.

5.           Leadership.

6.           Performance Management.

7.           Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.

8.           Problem Solving/Analysis.

9.           Strategic Thinking.

10.      Technical Capacity.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position is responsible for the direct supervision of the Controller and the indirect supervision of all employees in the Accounting and Finance department.

Work Environment

This job operates in a clerical office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel
This position requires up to 25% travel.
 
Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required plus 10 to 15 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Digital Engagement Specialist

Headquarters

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION: The Digital Engagement Specialist serves Awana through customer engagement using marketing automation, email, CRM, and other digital technologies. This person will help co-lead the effort to create and develop rules and processes for organizing and managing our digital communication with potential and current churches and ministry partners. The ideal candidate has comprehensive and hands-on experience (preferably B2B) with all facets of email marketing and marketing automation platforms, an analytical mindset and a keen interest in understanding the customer journey.

 

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

  1. Responsible for automated nurture programs designed to increase the quantity of leads from marketing activities, deliver high-quality leads to Sales and help increase conversion throughout the sales funnel, increase engagement for Years One to Three Churches and ministry partners who are utilizing Awana, help the eCommerce team optimize customer buying cycles and work with Curriculum teams for product related communications.
  2. Own the execution of email campaigns, including marketing automation platform management, automated nurturing campaigns, content coordination, testing, deployment, and reporting. 

  3. Utilize a combination of demographic information, Pardot and Salesforce technology platforms, analytics tools, marketing campaign results, behavioral data, sales feedback, existing customer data, and/or prospect databases to identify and develop highly targeted audience segments.
  4. Co-create strategies and programs to deliver relevant content and offers to these segments, with the goal of dynamically building profile information over time, delivering qualified leads, increasing engagement and accelerating purchase timeframes.
  5. Has a deep understanding of marketing automation tools and CRM databases and works closely with other members of the sales and marketing teams to insure that there are a sufficient number of contacts in the database to support audience segments and nurture marketing program goals.
  6. Make recommendations on database growth or facilitates contact acquisition as needed.
  7. Work cross-functionally with creative, sales, marketing and product teams to develop and deliver a portfolio of multi-channel, automated nurture marketing programs that could include email, direct mail, and/or telemarketing.
  8. Create and execute testing strategies across all audience segments and optimization of all nurture programs.
  9. Develop and deliver lead scoring models that allow marketing to effectively organize, prioritize and nurture leads before they are passed on to sales, including lead age, demographic data, and engagement level.
  10. Work closely with internal and external sales teams to leverage the marketing automation platform and nurture programs to deliver tools and content to the sales team to facilitate and accelerate lead conversion.
  11. Set goals for nurture programs, modeling the lead funnel, and evaluating the pipeline in order to improve results over time.
  12. Develop and disseminate campaign dashboards to highlight ROI, enabling further investment in winning campaigns and refinement of less optimal campaigns.
  13. Performs other related duties as may be required or assigned from time to time.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree required preferably in Marketing or Business; minimum of 3 years related work experience in email marketing / campaign management with enterprise level MAP’s (HubSpot, Eloqua, Marketo, Pardot). Pardot preferred.

 

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • A successful track record of creating and implementing email campaigns that deliver measurable results.
  • Knowledge of key email fundamentals, including compliance, deliverability, complaint rates, etc.
  • Expert level knowledge of marketing automation tools such as HubSpot, Eloqua, Marketo, Pardot (preferred).
  • Strong knowledge of Salesforce.com.
  • Understanding of A/B Testing, Cohort Analysis, Funnel Analysis, Segmentation Analysis.
  • Understanding of Lifecycle stage lead disposition definitions.
  • Understanding of Persona Based Marketing concepts.
  • Strong project management skills including conceptualization, driving alignment, planning resources and managing deadlines.
  • Analytical and data-driven mindset who wants to keep finding ways to make things better and better.
  • Experience analyzing campaign results and in making hypothesis driven performance recommendations.
  • Current and working knowledge of HTML/CSS and email best practices. This role is hands on.
  • Experience performing email QA testing to validate functionality and appearance across browsers.
  • Excellent time management, decision-making, presentation, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Extremely organized and highly motivated.
  • Flexibility to work in a rapidly changing environment.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to type, write, or handle; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Will need to travel domestically and possibly internationally and function in a cross-cultural environment.

 

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

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.

 

Elementary Curriculum Developer

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 an Elementary Curriculum Developer to join the Children's Ministries team. 

The elementary curriculum developer is responsible for leading the development and implementation of elementary/primary (Sparks/T&T) curriculum and products in collaboration with the Director of Children’s Ministries. He/she maintains ownership of the elementary brand messaging and represents Awana as the elementary subject matter expert through Children’s Ministries communications channels. The elementary curriculum developer strategizes and executes ministry plans and resources, participates in revenue planning, and explores sales, distribution and delivery channels especially in the digital/mobile context.

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

1.  Contributes to the overall strategy and development of the architecture for Awana Children’s Ministries Elementary/Primary (Sparks/T&T) programs and products life cycles with consideration of end user, technology, research and marketing inputs. Participate in revenue target planning and assessment. 

2.   Initiate and actively participate in creative collaboration and development of new products, ideas and services that meet the needs of our customers.

3.   Develop and write products, either personally or by directing other staff and/or freelancers. Participate in product maintenance and quality control activities as needed.

4.   Engage internally and externally as subject matter expert on elementary/primary aged children and corresponding children’s ministry environments, with specific awareness of learning/personality styles and educational trends.

5.   Assume responsibility for utilization and sales performance of programs/products within Children’s Ministries.

6.   Pursue networking opportunities to develop relationships with children’s ministry constituents and potential ministry partners.

7.   Contribute and influence cross-functional connections inside the Awana ministry.

8.   Explore and develop new ministry platforms and delivery channels, especially in the digital/mobile context.

9.   Encourage and collaborate with Children’s ministries co-workers; work closely with them to learn from and balance strengths, weaknesses, talents, perspectives and experiences. Contribute to a culture of integrated workflow and information sharing.

10. 10.  Collaborate with Marketing and Communication teams to effectively communicate both reactive and proactive ministry changes to all appropriate audiences.

11.  Make recommendations to constantly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and morale of the Children’s Ministries department.

12.  Perform 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 Primary or Secondary Education, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education or related field plus three to five years ministry experience within children’s ministry contexts. Master’s degree, especially in curriculum design/instruction or similar discipline, is preferred. Previous experience in adapting technology platforms for curriculum design/instruction is desired. Strong biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding essential.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Strong writing skills and presentation skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence, invoices and purchase orders, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as larger teaching/speaking environments.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills required, including active listening and verbal communication skills.  Ability to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions. Organizational and time management skills necessary.  Solid general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. 

Physical Demands

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 the hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Some travel may be required.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Frequent interaction with Children’s Ministries staff members, other departments, and various committees.

External:  Frequent contact with Awana customers, constituents, missionaries, and outside partners and 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.

Graphic Designer (Part-Time)

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 Part-Time Graphic Designer will be an integral part of the small but dynamic Global Brand team within the Awana Executive Offices. Reporting to the VP of Global Brand, the graphic designer will be responsible for creating graphical elements that support the Awana brand for use in social media, presentations, videos, web, newsletters, etc.; conferring with the Executive office as well as various departments as need. This position is key to advancement of the Awana brand to both internal and external audiences.

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

1.    Works with VP of Global Brand to plan and implement a design strategy.

2.    Completes page layout and other design work for video, presentation, print and web publications.

3.    Creates illustrations and other visual artwork for use in print publications, slide presentations and on web.

4.    Designs page layout, selection of photography and illustrations and production of press-ready art and computer-generated output for assigned projects.

5.    Prepares art for illustrative purposes by using current and available computer applications, as well as traditional art media. Selects, scans, creates and/or modifies graphics, calligraphy, illustrations, photography or other artwork as determined desirable for completion of project.

6.    Duplicates digital and analog media by filling orders or sending to vendor.  Designs and prints face labels, disk jackets and other related video and information disk pieces Creates disk menu interfaces.

7.    Manages projects assigned.  Reviews project with VP of Global Brand and Executive Leadership team at various stages of completion and makes changes as necessary. Guides projects to completion within agreed-upon budget and time parameters.

8.    Finalizes projects, prepares and assembles artwork for printer or other outside vendor; approves proofs.

9.    Tracks and records time spent on work in progress and work completed.

10.  Interfaces with other designers in the ministry to critique work, brainstorm concepts, share ideas and stay abreast of available creative resources.

11.  Performs other related duties as may be required or assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) with a concentration in design or illustration from college or university; or two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to relate to employees to determine needs; ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees or vendors.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical 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.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Must have a background in design/illustration and be proficient working with Mac and have a working knowledge of design applications such as Adobe Creative Suite. Must be creative and have a strong sense of design, composition, and color.  Interpersonal skills, excellent verbal communication skills, and project management skills are essential.  A good understanding of current printing processes and technology is desirable.  Familiarity with Awana programs and products is helpful.

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.  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

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of U.S. Training.  Frequent interaction with other Training department staff members.  Occasional interaction with other headquarters and field staff throughout the organization.

External:  Occasional contact with printers and other 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.

International Accountant

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 an International Accountant to join the International Finance Team. The International Accountant applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information, review budgets and funding requests, reconcile transactions, prepare journal entries, assess and maintain internal controls and perform other duties as assigned by the Manager of International Finance.

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

  1. Communicate with international field regarding annual budgets, funding requests, financial information and related questions.
  1. Coordinate field funding  based on annual budgets, field requests and available fund balances  for areas/regions of responsibility in accordance with Awana policy.
  1. Review expense reports, QuickBooks financial statements and budgets to verify proper financial management within each country.
  1. Participate in internal audits of international field offices.  May require travel to field offices to conduct internal compliance and financial audits, along with on-site technical support and training.
  1. Compile and analyze financial information to prepare journal entries on a monthly basis and at fiscal year end for monthly/year end closing purposes.
  1. Prepare journal entries accurately and timely and/or review recorded entries for accuracy.  Review and adjust recurring entries as necessary.
  1. Analyze financial information for variances, completeness and accuracy, including review of monthly financial reports for significant variances.
  1. Generate financial reports or financial summaries as required.
  1. Answer questions of field, managers, directors and other employees regarding financial reports.  Research and record any needed corrections on a timely basis.
  1. Perform other related duties as assigned to support the functions of International Finance.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required.  Minimum two years practical experience in and/or knowledge of accounting, auditing, and budgeting.  Qualified to conduct audits and financial reviews. QuickBooks experience preferred.  Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience preferred..

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports such as: expense accounts, bank statements, journal entries, balance sheets, income statements, and general ledger spread sheets.  Ability to write reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from international field offices and other staff members.  Good verbal and written communication skills required. Knowledge of Spanish or other foreign languages is a plus.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and percentages. 

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Excellent analytical skills and the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make decisions within the scope of authority.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of current accounting and auditing practices and regulations.  Good communication, organization and time management skills.   Must be detail oriented with strong time management skills and have the ability to meet deadlines. Must have excellent computer skills and knowledge of financial software systems, along with proficiency in Excel and Word.  Knowledge of fund accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and/or church accounting is desirable.

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 use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Must be able and willing to travel internationally on occasion for internal field office audits, if applicable.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Manager of International Finance. Frequent interactions with the International  Finance Department staff members; periodic interaction with the Finance department and other Awana staff.

External: Ability to interact with all levels of international field staff, including directors, missionaries and coordinators. 

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.

Sr Director of Donor Development

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.
OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION

The Sr. Director of Development provides strategic and comprehensive leadership to the donor development team for Awana. This leader oversees and leads in the successful execution of the strategy through empowering the donor development team. Areas of responsibility include strategy development and execution in the areas of: donor acquisition, donor engagement/relationships; donor communications, major donor development, foundation/grant development; donor events; church partnership relationships, and long-term development of planned giving.

                     

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

1.      Develop and refine Awana’s comprehensive development strategy – in conjunction with the annual planning process and Strategic Execution Plan(SEP) goals.

2.      Work with Awana senior leadership and especially in direct reporting relationship with the Senior Vice President of Development/International to coordinate with the Executive Leadership

         Team (ELT) ensuring alignment with overall strategic goals.

3.      Serve on the Global Leadership Team (GLT) coordinating strategy with counterparts in other areas of the Awana management/leadership.

4.      Leads Development team to complete the annual revenue plan as part of the Awana SEP process.

5.      Work with Development managers to ensure strategic plan is fully owned and implemented.

6.      Ensure Development team members have what they need to do successfully fulfill Strategic plan; holding the team accountable throughout the year to carry out plans to meet/exceed

         revenue goals.

7.      Oversees entire Awana development team leading, encouraging, and holding them accountable to carry out the strategic plan.

8.      This person takes first-line responsibility to make sure the team has a strong plan for achieving donor revenue goals for the fiscal year.

9.      Meeting regularly with, coaching and providing professional development for the managers who report directly and who lead and manage team members.

10.    Bear ultimate responsibility for achieving the donor revenue goals through helping the team succeed at these development objectives:

a.      Acquiring new donors through multiple means

b.      Implementing and executing donor relationship management strategies/tactics

c.       Intentionally moving donors into deeper engagement and partnership

d.      Regular donor communications and campaigns to tell the Awana story and support strategy

e.      Donor events to support strategy and donor relationships

f.        Building partnership relationships with churches to support Awana internationally (through club/program and leadership relationships)

g.      Identification of potential high-capacity individuals and engaging them as major donors

11.    Performs other related duties as required.
 
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS
Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree required preferred master’s degree or advanced certification in philanthropy, business or some related area preferred. Requires 10+ years professional leadership experience in the area of development, fundraising, philanthropy, etc.

 
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Development Professional:

Awana is seeking a development professional who has broad experience and has established expertise in all areas related to fundraising. This leader will be expected to continue building and managing a comprehensive (multi-faceted) development department that executes all functions well with a fully integrated strategy.

Leadership:

The role is a leadership first role. The ability to develop strategy and then lead the team into implementation is vital. This leader must maintain focus on the strategic while leading those who will carry out the tactics.

Management:

While the primary role is leading, this leader will need to effectively manage and develop a team of managers who are direct reports. Without micro-managing, the Vice President of Development will be responsible for helping team members grow to become strong leaders themselves.

Church Community Knowledge:

Must understand the dynamics of partnering with churches, experience in this area is critical. This leader will need to support the Awana team in developing strategies with partner churches.

Other Important Areas of Competency:

This leader should have the ability to think strategically, guide marketing, advertising, and communications; conduct financial analyses and help develop reporting and metrics. Must have excellent leadership, planning, coordinating, and research skills. Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, with good follow-through and implementation skills required. Also, this leader will need to have the ability to express him/herself well with donors, business leaders, pastors/church leaders, and senior leaders at Awana (executive and board) – both written and speaking skills.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal: Reports to the Executive Vice President of Development/International. Oversees all development personnel, directly manages Donor Acquisition Manager, Donor Experience Manager, Global Communications Manager, and Foundations and Major Donor Manager. Has frequent interaction with other staff members throughout the organization.

External: Frequent contact with vendors, research sources, partnering organizations, donors, pastors and other partners. This leader will also have some interaction with Awana churches, potential Awana churches, and missionaries.
 

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.

Web Development Lead

Headquarters

We are seeking a Web Developer Team Lead to join the Technology team. 

The Web Development Team Lead is responsible for hands-on, leading-from-the-front management of the Awana Web Development team.  The Web Dev team handles development projects and requests for changes to the Awana website, eCommerce store, and suite of web-based apps.  The Team Lead is expected to produce code along with the team in addition to providing technical solutions, training/guidance, code review, and overall leadership for the team.

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

1.    Manages, guides, and leads the Awana Web Development team at a standard reflective of Awana’s heart for mission and customer satisfaction.

2.    Exercises independent judgment and discretion in web development deliverables by prioritizing, planning, and tracking progress.

3.    Manages and directs a team of direct reports as assigned. 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 Web Development 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 Web Development team, including architectural/technical solutions, code review, scoping/estimation of proposed projects, training and development of the team, and management of code releases.

6.    Crafts coding standards and enforces adherence to the same

7.    Owns release management across the higher environments, and communication of release notes

8.    Personally writes and develops code for web development tasks and tickets on a regular basis

9.    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.

10.  Maintains current technical expertise in the rapidly changing software industry and utilizes state of the art techniques when implementing solutions.

11.  Positions the Technology department as a ministry thought leader and reliable internal partner.  

12.  Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents.

13.  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). A minimum of 5 years experience in software development (enterprise environment a huge plus). Must have a thorough knowledge of current development techniques and web development programming languages, including: PHP, Java, Javascript, AngularJS, HTML, CSS, and Ruby-on-Rails (Python & C# experience a plus). Familiarity with Wordpress desired. 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. Web Development team reports 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:  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.

Missionary Office Assistant

Missionary

OVERALL PURPOSE/FUNCTION

Provides clerical assistance to the Awana Missionary as needed, by performing the following duties.

 

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

  1. Assists the Awana Missionary by performing clerical duties such as: preparing letters, memos, and other correspondence; faxing information; compiling information and preparing reports; invoicing; maintaining organized and accurate files; answering telephones; ordering necessary supplies; and opening and sorting daily mail.

 

  1. Assists in organizing Awana events i.e. Leadership Conference.  Arranges housing, copies notes,

handouts, assists in assigning staff for events, inventories supplies, and prepares equipment.

 

3.     Performs other related duties as may be required from time to time.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or three to six months related experience

and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations to the missionary and to Awana Leaders and church representatives.

 

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages and discounts.  Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts.

 

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

 

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent general office skills, including PC proficiency in Word Perfect or Microsoft Word and other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail.  Must be deadline-oriented, have good time management skills, and good communication and interpersonal skills.  Must be a self-starter  who is organized and able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.

 

Physical Demands

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 arms and hands.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.  Some lifting of supplies and equipment is required.

 

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

 

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal: 

Reports to the area Awana Missionary.  Occasional interaction with staff members throughout the organization.

External: 

Regular interaction with pastors and Awana Commanders and directors.

 

 

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.

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.