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The Salvation Army - Metro Division Divisional Teen, Young Adult Ministries & Candidates Specialist in Kansas City, Missouri


The Salvation Army Mission:The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Job Objective:Responsible for implementation and management of programs for the Teen (ages 13-17) and Young Adult (ages 18-29) programs for The Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri Division.


Essential Functions:

Teen & Young Adult Corps Ministries

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with existing Teen & Young adult programming in the KWM division

  • Lead/participate in events as requested by corps officers and/or youth lay leaders

  • Conduct consultation to evaluate programs that include assessment of strengths and weaknesses, as well as viable opportunities for development

  • Assist Corps Officers and their designated leaders in establishing new Teen and Young Adult programs in the KWM Division

  • Give appropriate counsel for program development, planning, and implementation pertaining to Teen and Young Adult programming

  • Provide resources and training for new leaders

  • Conduct on-site visits in conjunction with Youth Department reviews

  • Participate in special meetings in support for Discipleship (Orange) programs throughout the division as requested

  • Oversee Teen, & Young Adult volunteers

Divisional Program Oversight

  • Oversee divisional programming pertaining to Teen and Young Adults

  • Corps Cadets:

  • Promote, encourage, and support Corps with existing Corps Cadet Brigades

  • Manage and maintain Corps Cadets lessons and all related divisional awards and recognitions

  • Responsible for resourcing needs pertaining to Corps Cadets

  • Encourage and develop Corps Cadet program where it does not presently exist

  • Participate in special meetings in support for Corps Cadets programs throughout the division as requested

  • Youth Councils: plan and give direction to Teen & Young Adult components

  • Community Center Ministries: Collaborate with Corps Officers, Divisional Youth Secretary, Divisional Secretary, and Social Service Director to support and/or help implement new community center ministries throughout the KWM Division

  • Plan and implement targeted programming for Teens and Young Adults (Examples include but are not limited to creating regional Prayer & Praise Nights, annual Young Adult retreats, and annual Pilgrimage breakouts tracks/sessions)

  • Plan and implement seasonal summer camps: including Sr. Sports Camp/Teen Camp and Youth Ambassador Camp

Candidates Specialist:

  • Maintain professional electronic correspondence with Territorial Candidates department

  • Maintain confidential electronic files for each candidate and or cadet on appropriate database

  • Maintain adequate testing supplies – order when necessary

  • Conduct Candidate testing throughout the division in partnership with the Divisional Candidates Secretary

  • Provide support for all divisional candidate events

  • Maintain 730-member database and correspond quarterly with all 730 members

Safe from Harm (SFH)

  • Train youth leaders in SFH

  • Support and actively promote compliance with Safe from Harm guidelines

Additional Duties:

  • Assist in planning and organizing all special events coordinated by the KWM Youth Department

  • Participate in set-up and clean –up for all Divisional Youth Events

  • Work with the Youth Department in all related duties as assigned

  • Responsible for Six quarterly visits to corps for annual consult involving Teen & Young Adult Ministries Programs

  • This position has an essential role in fulfilling the full mission of the Salvation Army

  • Because of the integral nature of this responsibility, active membership in a Salvation Army Corps is required


Minimum Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Post-secondary education or training/experience working with youth/ministry programming

  • Associates or bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in Education, Christian Ministries, or related field preferred


  • Three to four years of experience in related field; Christian Education, Teaching, SA Character Building Programs

Certifications/Licenses: None


  • An understanding of the Christian standards and ministry of The Salvation Army

  • A desire and ability to work with young people and the ability to motivate and inspire people to see the importance of Youth Programming in The Salvation Army

  • Self-starter

  • Able to operate basic office equipment. Able to operate computer and software

  • Ability to promote TSA through public speaking, written work and the ability to work effectively with people

  • Computer including MS Office and Access database

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations

  • Willingness and ability to work irregular and extended hours

Physical Requirements:Include sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, and twisting; grasping, pushing, and pulling objects; reaching overhead; lifting up to 50 lbs. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of this job.

Travel: Will require travel.

Driving:This position requires an employee to drive. Must possess a valid driver's license from the state in which you reside. Must be approved through The Salvation Army Fleet Safety Program to drive either a Salvation Army or personal vehicle on Salvation Army business.

Working Conditions: Position is performed in a typical office environment that will require willingness and ability to work irregular and extended hours. Position will require some weekend and evening work along with seven weeks of office relocation at Three Trails Camp.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

Job LocationsUS-MO-Kansas City

Job ID2020-15355

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CategoryYouth Department

TypeRegular Full-Time