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Midland - Divisional Youth Development Specialist - St. Louis

  • Title: MIdland - Divisional Youth Development Specialist - St. Louis
  • Department:Youth
  • Location:St. Louis, MO
  • Type:Full_Time
  • Position #:185119

The Salvation Army - Midland Division Headquarters located in mid-town St.Louis is seeking an experienced individual to fill the role of Divisional Youth Development Specialist. 

This is a ministry position which supports Divisional & Corps Youth programs with resources and training in various methods of Youth Development, including but not limited to the 40 Developmental Assets, “4 Points of Contact”, Corps Community Centers, Character Building Programs, After School Programs and Summer Camping Ministries. 

The Summer Camping Ministries at Camp Mihaska is a vital part of the Youth Department’s ministry. Attendance and participation at camp is necessary to meet the demands and intentions of this position. Camp Mihaska is the location of our work during the summer months (late May – early Aug.). Position is expected to comply with and meet The Salvation Army, Federal, State and Local policies and standards.

This position reports to Divisional Youth Secretaries (DYS). Position does not normally supervise other staff; however as assigned by the DYS this position may temporarily supervise Summer Camp staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties)

1. Develop a Youth Development culture in Corps and Programs:
a. Assist Corps Community Centers as they develop and strengthen Army youth programs.
b. Encourage implementation and development of After School Programs
c. Assist Corps and encourage partnerships with public schools and other community partners. 
d. Develop new programs and services as needed: gaining approval through official channels. 
e. Provide resources and expertise to Corps regarding various aspects of Christian Education (VBS, Sunday School, Day Camp, etc.)
2. Provide and encourage a Spiritual Direction in all elements of Youth Programs, and emphasize this when meeting with Corps Officers and Youth Leaders:
a. As laid out in the Midland Division’s Vision/ Mission statement; Provide opportunities and structure activities for young people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, form a mature Christian character, and serve others. 
b. Assist DYS/ DYCS with follow up of young people who have made a spiritual decision. (Salvation, Holiness, Calling, etc.).
3. Visit Corps, during times of youth/young adult programming, worship services and/ or times of review or training. 
a. Visit 1-2 corps each month and each corps bi-annually.
b. Serve as a youth representative on a Corps Review Team/ STEPs.
4. Provide oversight to Character Building Programs (Girl Guards, Sunbeam, Adventure Corps):
a. Work with Admin Assistant to coordinate Reports to and from Territorial Headquarters & Corps and to receive and process emblem and higher award requests.
b. Train and encourage Corps Leaders.
5. Provide oversight of Summer Camping Ministries:
a. Work with the Admin Assistant to coordinate applications, schedules and daily operations for summer camping season at Camp Mihaska.
b. Assist with recruiting of seasonal summer camp staff.
c. Supervise the seasonal Camp Ministry Team (CMT) which will result in overnight Camp stays.
6. Assist the DYS/DYCS and other members of the Youth Department to plan and implement and attend Youth Councils, Youth Rallies, Retreats and other Youth related special events.
7. Attend appropriate Territorial Youth/Youth Development conferences and events as requested or approved by the DYS. 
8. Perform public speaking and conduct workshops as requested.
9. Monitor department budget and advise DYS of any deviations.
10. In conjunction with both Divisional and Corps STEPs reviews, establish and work toward annual goals/objectives.
11. Maintain confidentiality and enforce/comply with Salvation Army Safe From Harm guidelines.
12. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships with supervisors and co-workers. This includes, but is not limited to, such actions as: resolution of conflicts in a professional manner; courteous treatment of staff, visitors and clients; respect of others’ property and person; and professional and appropriate communication to and about clients, co-workers and supervisors.

Required Experience:
Mental and Physical Abilities: 
• Ability to meet attendance requirements.
• Ability to read, write, and speak the English language.
• Ability to perform mathematical calculations and statistical analysis.
• Ability to type and enter data/information into a computer.
• Ability to exert mental/visual effort required due to sustained periods of concentration, working under pressure of deadlines, and continual interruptions from staff requiring assistance.
• To present leadership training sessions, program components or other information relating to Boys’ Work and Camping.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Candidate must fully embrace The Salvation Army’s mission and be an Active Salvationist.
• Requires a bachelors’ degree in youth related field and at least 2 years of experience in a similar field, OR have at least six (6) years relevant experience in The Salvation Army’s youth programs.
• Be able to attend and actively participate in Summer Camping Program
• Have excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills.
• Have the ability to work in a team and independently.
• Must be a self-starter, possess a positive attitude, good conflict resolution skills, handle conflict in a professional manner, and work well with others. 
• Be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Lotus Notes.
• Must possess a valid drivers’ license, past TSA MVR check and must be capable of overnight stays away from home. 

Physical and Work Environment Requirements: Ability to serve at Camp Mihaska which will require overnight stays as directed. Physical ability to participate in camping and physical activity. Must be capable of performing the above essential duties in an office environment to include: using a computer, answering phones, etc. Work will be indoors in a temperature-controlled environment and also outdoors during camp which will be hot in the summer.

Required Education:
Requires a bachelors’ degree in youth related field and at least 2 years of experience in a similar field, OR have at least six (6) years relevant experience in The Salvation Army’s youth programs.

The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1958. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to 

The Salvation Army Mission Statement: 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.

Additional Comments:
CONTACT PERSON: Rochelle Jenkins – Recruiter, Midland Division
ADDRESS: 1130 Hampton Ave, St Louis, MO 63139
FAX: 314.646.3060

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please call (314) 646-3164 or email the above contact.

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