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Youth For Christ

President/CEO


Englewood, Colorado

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Snapshot

Location: Englewood, Colorado

The Opportunity: Youth For Christ is currently searching for their next President/CEO who will serve as the organization's chief spiritual leader and mission mobilizer.

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Meet Youth For Christ

Youth For Christ, located outside of Denver in Englewood, Colorado, has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944 when Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and always about the message of Jesus. 

Throughout YFC's history, there has been an unwavering commitment to youth evangelism and biblical Christianity.

One of YFC's slogans over the past fifty years has been "Anchored to the Rock, Geared to the Times.” YFC strives to both demonstrate and communicate this message of hope, grace, and love in a variety of different cultural settings, and always pursuing teens in personal relationships. 

Every day at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. Their focus as a movement is on multiplying fruitful and sustainable ministry sites across the nation and around the world.

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.

Youth For Christ wholeheartedly embraces the “and” of Mark 10:45. Jesus came to serve and to deliver the message of transformation. He came to embrace and to liberate. The entire organization looks to Him as they carry out that “and” — the call to act, with an eternal perspective.

YFC has a passion to minister in the name of Jesus--choosing to walk the very same bridge He used; the “and” bridge combining Christian service with Christ’s sacrifice.

Staff operate knowing they are liberated by His forgiveness and propelled by His love, to continually declare mercy and truth. They are ministers of His grace, on campuses and in juvenile halls… in wide-open spaces and on congested street corners… to the outcasts, the transparent, the terrified.

Mission

“YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.”

About the President/CEO

The President/CEO is the chief spiritual leader and mobilizer of Youth For Christ USA. This position exists to lead YFC USA with integrity, passion, wisdom and honor. That leadership includes overseeing and administering activities related to establishing a solid financial foundation and strategic direction for the organization; developing an organizational vision and leading strategies to accomplish that vision; and creating and implementing sound operational practices that help to assure the sustainability of YFC USA’s mission. These responsibilities are accomplished in a manner that is supportive of and consistent with YFC’s Cultural Attributes: Christ-centered, Enduring Humility, Relentless Trust, Joyful Camaraderie, Courageous Faithfulness and Kingdom Inspired Diversity.

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The Opportunity:

Youth For Christ is currently searching for the next President/CEO--a leader who will bring a unique set of skills and experiences. A single candidate may not possess every single one of these characteristics, however, they are listed for consideration. These qualities have been prayerfully developed by Youth For Christ’s various constituencies and stakeholders. The Search Committee remains open to the leading of the Holy Spirit as candidates are engaged and considered. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a proven leader who can drive new growth, product and program development, and energy like a founding entrepreneur, but with the respect, grace, and care for an organization and team with longevity. 

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to take risk, both risks that have failed, and risks that have been successful.

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to run an organization that “doesn’t have to say yes.” YFC functions as a movement of interdependent local chapters, rather than a corporation. The ideal candidate will have a track record of leading by influence and not merely by position.

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to build a team that compliments their entrepreneurial drive and passion.

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to be entrepreneurial with focused goals, strategies, and objectives that support and further the mission.

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to engage with major donors, as well as cultivate new donors committed to YFC and its vision.

  • Have a demonstrable track record of “gracious grit” in growth initiatives with proven success.

  • Have experience building and leveraging a diverse team that supports and drives mission.

Core Competencies

  • Christ-centered leader who points people to Jesus through personal example and communication of God’s word. 

  • Mission- and Movement-Focused.

  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that mission comes before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.

  • Collaborator: Can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.

  • Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.

  • Brand Steward: Steward of the YFC USA brand and understands the need to grow and protect the reputation and results of the organization.

  • Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in God and in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.

  • Team-Builder: First ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right times; fostering commitment, trust, and collaboration among diverse leaders and stakeholders.

  • Outward Focused: Understands the dynamics of local, regional, and national environments, and works on agendas rooted in a community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations.

  • Business Acumen: Possesses a high-level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating financial support for the organization.

  • Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks and interdependence.

  • Donor-Engaged: Advances the mission through donor engagement and fundraising initiatives.

  • Globally Focused: Collaboratively engage  with YFC International (YFCI) in furthering the mission together.

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Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrate a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and a faithful Christian walk.

  • Committed servant-leader who exhibits inspiration, authenticity, generosity, and humility through an engaging and shepherding style of leadership.

  • Ability to cast a compelling vision and execute strategic operations.

  • Demonstrate a complete commitment to the Gospel with the utmost level of integrity.

  • Display an exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships with all constituents.

  • An authentic and unwavering ability to represent the ministry well, both in person and in written form.

  • Exhibit trust in team and trustworthiness as a leader.

  • Demonstrate generosity, passion, and care in all relationships and operational management.

  • Passionately embrace the roles of coach and motivator at an executive level.

  • Display an ability to execute vision and implement strategy in order to fulfill mission.

Knowledge & Expertise

  • Excellent communicator (verbal and written), visionary strategist, team developer, ministry developer, resource developer and steward, spiritual developer and equipper.

  • Training, experience or advanced degree preferred in business, public administration, or not-for-profit management.

  • 7-10 years’ experience in a Senior Strategic Leadership role preferred. 

  • Proven track record of leadership in attracting, developing and retaining talented staff who deliver results.

  • Experience with Public and Media Relations.

  • Proven personal involvement in fundraising, building revenue and increasing financial support.

  • Experience with youth ministry leadership (staff or volunteer).

  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector and interacting with volunteers and boards.

  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.

  • A demonstrated track record in recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce.

  • An ability to build collaborative relationships.

  • Experience in building teams and conflict management.

  • A demonstrated track record of growing organizations.

  • Frequent travel is included in the responsibilities of the role.

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What it's like to live in Englewood, Colorado: 

Englewood is a full-service city 20 minutes south of downtown Denver, where residents and businesses benefit from major transportation corridors and a central location. The city is known for its small-town charm and its proximity to a major metropolitan area. Here residential, commercial and cultural facilities blend to form a civic patchwork, connected by grassy walkways and accessible by car, bus, bike, and light rail.

The private University of Denver is located here, responsible for the city's college-town character. An area must-see is the newly restored Gothic Theatre, a beautiful art-deco venue dating back to the 1920s. Meanwhile, the Museum of Outdoor Arts at the Englewood Civic Center boasts a collection of public art and an amphitheater that hosts the Sounds of Summer Concert Series and a variety of other musical and dramatic performances.

The city sits adjacent to Cherry Creek Reservoir, where visitors enjoy swimming, sailing, boating and water skiing. Englewood is also home to a well-designed recreation center, a skateboard park, and several athletic fields. Meanwhile, hiking, skiing, camping, and other forms of alpine recreation are just an hour's drive west.

Public education opportunities are excellent and many residents own their own home in Englewood. Many young professionals also call Englewood home for both its affordability and proximity to the bigger city of Denver. 

A review of resume materials will begin in late February and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to materials submitted prior to April 1, 2020.

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