The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Director of Athletic & Community Ministries

    Job Locations US-IN-Indianapolis
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Health and Fitness
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Director of Athletic and Community Ministries will provide leadership and accountability for managing all aspects of the corps community center ministries; e.g. athletic complex and ministries, leagues, staff and clinics along with supervising officials, coaches and volunteers. This individual will develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive portfolio of ministries which enhance experience of a diverse array of community and corps member through exposure to and participation in youth, athletic and recreational ministries and services. Additionally, there will be engagement of community relations and departmental resource/budget management.


    • Manage the daily oversight of activities for Eagle Creek Youth, Community Center, Athletics ministries, including leagues, clinics and community activities.
    • Work collaboratively on an on-going basis with schools, community groups, colleges and academic ministries to foster buy-in, participation and support for sports ministries
    • Be willing and able to communicate the needs and success of the Community Center to schools, service clubs and/or media.
    • Emphasize learning and development in the areas of self-efficacy, leadership, teamwork and problem solving within sports ministries.
    • Oversee the hiring, training, supervision, evaluation and necessary discipline of assistants/attendants, paid staff, and volunteers who work in/for the Eagle Creek Corps Community Center athletic and youth ministries.
    • Execute and maintain existing recreational sports ministries; continually reassess the population for changes in demographics, interests, and needs and propose new ministries as needed to respond to those changes.
    • Develop, implement and update promotional plans for ministries to ensure maximum member and community participation.
    • Continually assess ministries and make recommendations for improving upon them as needed; ensure that all ministries are accessible and appealing to a diverse range of abilities, interests and experiences.
    • Evaluate the funding needs of events and leagues on an ongoing basis; ensure that all expenditures are in compliance with applicable budgets, policies and state/federal laws; develop and submit budget proposals for new ministries for view and consideration by the corps officer; create an annual budget for approval and monitor expenditures based on funding allocations authorized by the corps officer, under the guidance of the approved budget.
    • Coordinate the scheduling of league and day events.
    • Work in a timely, effective manner with Office Manager to oversee the presence of staff when the facility is being rented/utilized.
    • Oversee coordination of Athletic Complex usage with Play Ball Indiana.
    • Be willing to seek and adapt successful ministries models from outside sources that fulfill the ministry needs of the Corps Community Center
    • Ensure compliance with The Salvation Army policies and procedures in all activities/events/ministries, and ensure appropriate risk management procedures are utilized at all times.
    • Maintain computer-based calendars and descriptions; remain abreast of technology and software updates and their application in this setting.
    • Maintain collegial communication with divisional headquarters and serve on approved committees as needed.
    • Engage in actions and communications at all times which demonstrate a commitment to the success of the Eagle Creek corps.
    • Provide a role model example for staff, members, and participants in ethical decision-making, personal leadership, respectful communication, and sensitivity to difference/diversity.
    • Demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to the well-being and personal development of all people, regardless of their identity or background.
    • Be supportive of and exemplify the mission of The Salvation Army
    • Coordinate building usage with the Office Manager
    • Ensure an environment, ministries and services that welcome families and persons of all ages and ethnicities.
    • Ensure a healthy, safe and productive environment for ministries which follow all SFH guidelines
    • Develop collaborative partnerships with other agencies to meet the needs of the Community. Maintain contact with external community and school groups, member’s parents and others to assist in resolving problems and to market and promote the Corps Community Center.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the following:
    o Principles of Guidance and Disciplines
    o Principles of Youth Development
    o Community relations and brand management
    o Public speaking and presentation
    o Knowledge of information and technology systems
    o A working knowledge of service organizations and community action groups in the Indianapolis area
    o Business communications
    o Resource management
    • Coordinate learning opportunities for the after school ministry involving the computer lab.
    • Help with transportation to summer camp and other Divisional events as needed
    • Assist with the Kettle Campaign as needed; including but not limited to, bell ringer scheduling, driving, management of kettle/bell ringer emergencies, providing breakfast for bell ringers, counting kettles, and overseeing drivers.
    • Be involved and take leadership within the church. This includes; Sunday school leadership, Sunday worship participation, junior church rotation, attends Corps Council meetings.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


    Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in organized recreation or physical education or a related major, from an accredited college or university and three years’ experience in related field, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


    Experience: Experience in organizing youth ministries, athletic ministries (e.g. events and leagues), along with experience and knowledge of fitness and/or exercise regiments.

    Certifications: Safe from Harm certification, CPR and first aid certifications, a valid driver’s license and must meet the eligibility of insurance company regulations for operating Corps vehicles. Must be or be willing to become a Salvation Army soldier.


    Skills/Abilities: Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively communicate electronically, verbally and in writing are essential. The ability to write reports, to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.

    Supervisory Responsibility: Position supervises Community Center paid staff and volunteer staff.


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