The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Youth Program Specialist - DHQ

    Job Locations US-WI-Wauwatosa
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Responsible for the development, promotion, and administration of youth ministries programming for Salvation programs for grade 6 through Young Adult. Leadership will be given in ministries and events initiated and conducted on a divisional level, while support is provided for programs carried out at the corps level. 


    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 mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 


    This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of the position. Other job related responsibilities and tasks may be assigned. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


    • Assists DYS/DYCS in administration of Corps Cadet Program for the WUM division.
    • Provides program oversight and service through the Corps Cadets, Young Leaders Development, Teen/YPL-type resourcing, and Young Adults (including support, promotion and registration for Divisional & Territorial events).
    • Plans, organizes and carries out regular Prayer-N-Praise gatherings.
    • Participates in the planning and conducting of the War College, also providing support and continuity to participants.
    • Assumes a primary role in the creation and planning of programming and the execution of Teen and Young Adult divisional and territorial events - Youth Councils, Teen Camp, Regional Young Adult events, and CBLI.
    • Provides statistical analysis of related Corps & Divisional Youth & Young Adult events to DYS/DYSC when needed.
    • Learns and utilizes various websites specializing in providing youth ministry resources, including,, and other relevant sites. Teaches officers and leaders how to maximize use of these resources.
    • Utilizes and gives direction to Corps Officers and youth leaders on use of various TSA program registration sites, and specifically with the Corps Cadet Database.
    • Maintains Department's College and Young Adult Roster
    • Advocates for the spiritual development of Youth & Young Adults through direct use and maintenance of media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for promoting TSA youth, events, programs, and happenings.
    • Learns the STEPs process and serves as assigned on a STEPs Corps Review team.
    • Schedules periodic visits to units and keeps supervisor informed as to program strengths and concerns.
    • Works within approved budget, submitting appropriate expense vouchers, etc. Participates in budget preparation as requested.
    • Supports and participates in all youth department events as needed and assigned, e.g. Youth Councils and Camps.
    • Maintains a working knowledge of Youth Department resources.  Notifies supervisor of needed replacements and repairs in a timely manner.  


    The requirements listed below are representative of the minimal education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position.


    Christian Walk: Demonstrates an authentic personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

    Education: 2 years of college

    Certifications: Valid Wisconsin Driver's License with clearance to drive from TSA's insurance carrier. 

    Experience: 3 years experience in youth ministry 


    • Must be able to uphold the Christian standards and ministries of The Salvation Army in all areas of job responsibilities. 
    • Solid knowledge of the policies and procedures of youth programs. 
    • Experience and training in the management of special events. 
    • Possess a high level of self-motivation, creativity, origination, and the ability to delegate. 
    • Strong group leadership skills. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse socio-economic groups. Respect and honor cultural and human diversity. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse socio-economic groups. Respect and honor cultural and human diversity. 
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to clearly communicate information and expectations; ability to speak effectively in front of groups. 
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Internet and e-mail/ 
    • Must be knowledgeable and supportive of The Salvation Army doctrinal beliefs and position statements. 

    Supervisory Responsibility: N/A 


    Physical Requirements: 

    The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of this job. 


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; occasionally climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Requires the ability to listen to others, observe others actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals.


    Travel: Travel throughout the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division is required to make corps visits and attend special events, which often include overnight travel.  Travel to Army Lake Camp in East Troy is required at times; for certain events and during the summer Camp season, this will require overnight stay at the Camp. Travel (including overnight) to various events and conferences throughout the U.S. may be required at times.


    Working Conditions: Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    This job is performed at times in an office environment at normal room temperature. The noise level in this work environment is usually low. For duties at special events and youth events, the noise level will often be moderate to loud.

    For other duties (special events, Camp, etc.) the employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions, with extreme cold in the winter and occasional high heat and humidity during the summer. Exposure to moderate to heavy mosquito population is common during the summer at Camp.

    At times the duties will involve working with individuals having infectious and/or communicable diseases.


    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.


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