Director of Urban Youth Mission

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The Director of Urban Youth Mission is responsible for all aspects of the Urban Youth Mission (UYM) program at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The program invites groups of youth to explore diverse city neighborhoods while performing valuable hands-on service and reflecting on God, faith, and the Christian call to justice. It offers a weeklong experience during the summer and weekend experiences during the school year. In addition, UYM offers accommodation for groups of youth and college students who are conducting their own programs.

Urban Youth Mission is part of the larger Youth Ministry program at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It provides opportunities to deepen students’ experience of mission and ministry and works with a broad range of partner organizations that address poverty, homelessness, hunger, violence, and education.


Full time, 40 hours/week, including both weekend and weeklong programs, and some travel.


  • Continually discern, articulate, and implement the vision of the Urban Youth Mission program in collaboration with the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry Program Manager, and the Youth Ministry Committee
  • Develop and oversee the execution of a year-round program for visiting youth groups, including arrangements for groups’ food, lodging, service, and reflection
  • Serve as the staff liaison between Fourth Church and guest youth or college groups
  • Recruit youth groups to participate in UYM summer sessions as well as weekend UYM programs during the school year
  • Manage marketing and social media for Urban Youth Mission
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise staff for the UYM summer session and UYM school-year programs as needed
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with service organizations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area
  • Manage the UYM program budget
  • Develop, nurture, and lead a team of volunteers to support the program
  • Maintain office hours during the week for planning and consultation purposes
  • Attend and contribute to monthly Youth Ministry Committee meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Training or experience in youth ministry
  • An understanding of the basic tenets and practices of the Reformed Christian tradition, especially as it is expressed in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Experience developing volunteer teams and opportunities
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience facilitating large and small group programs
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • A familiarity with the city of Chicago, both in terms of its physical layout and its culture, history, and politics
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and take initiative and experiment
  • Mature judgment, good problem-solving skills, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-through
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in a Windows environment
  • Use of the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
  • Desire and aptitude for working within a faith-based and a multicultural, diverse environment

Please send cover letters and resumes to
No phone calls, please.