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Leadership Development Manager, Upper Midwest

Location: Aurora, IL, United States
Job ID: 12288
Date Posted: Aug 26, 2021

Job Description

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Samaritan’s Purse is seeking a Leadership Development Manager to serve with Operation Christmas Child in the Upper Midwest region.  This position is based in the Aurora, IL OCC Ministry Center.  Remote work is available from the following locations only: Minneapolis, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Des Moines, IA; Milwaukee, WI.  As the Leadership Development Manager, you will have the opportunity to identify, cultivate and develop leaders (Area Coordinators) who will in turn establish volunteer teams to carry out the mission and vision of OCC in their own communities and churches.  Join the team and use your gifts and talents for God’s glory!

A day in the life of a Leadership Development Manager:

At Samaritan’s Purse, the Gospel really is the center of all we do!  We start each day with a time of devotions and spend time praying for each other, our staff and volunteers who serve around the globe. 

In the role of Leadership Development Manager, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Maintain your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be an effective witness for Him
  • Recruit, select, equip, lead, and develop year-round leader volunteers according to the High Impact model of volunteer ministry
  • Lead volunteer teams in a defined geographic area to accomplish goals in the areas of church, community, media, prayer, and the establishment and retention of a collection network
  • Ensure volunteer teams are both spiritually healthy and well equipped with resources to build relationships with local churches, groups and individual donors
  • Coordinate with Regional Staff and volunteers to create and implement strategic plans and initiatives to accomplish measurable ministry goals
  • Travel throughout the assigned Region; including 4 trips per year outside of Region; and possibly 1 international trip per year. Yearly travel averages 60 - 75 nights per year.
  • Potential to serve on the Management Team in an Operation Christmas Child Processing Center for 4-6 weeks in November and December (could involve temporary relocation during that time)
  • All other duties as assigned

Check out why people love serving with Samaritan’s Purse:

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four year college or university; five to seven years of experience leading volunteers and teams to meet goals and expectations; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proven experience managing, coaching and leading volunteer teams to implement and achieve program goals (required)
  • Experience working with the local church; interaction with pastors, leadership and members
  • Comfortable presenting and training to both small and large groups
  • Highly organized, self-starter who takes initiative to reach goals and deadlines
  • Passionate about raising awareness and participation in OCC, and establishing more life-long donors for OCC and Samaritan’s Purse
  • 12 credit hours of college-level Biblical Studies (strongly preferred)

Job Location: Aurora, IL (Chicagoland) OR Remote from Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Sioux Falls, or Des Moines ONLY

Type:  Full-Time

Language Requirement: Fluency in English (required)

Travel Expectations: 60-75 nights/year; 1 international trip (TBD)


  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Long-term and Short-term disability insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
  • 401 (k) retirement savings plan
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 12 vacation days
  • 10 sick/personal days
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Location: Aurora, IL, United States
Date Posted: Aug 26, 2021

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