Program Coordinator for Local Ministries - Center for Student Action (S508)

Azusa, Los Angeles County / Irwindale, Los Angeles County
Feb 20, 2014
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment. Job Description

Under the supervision of the Director for Mobilization, the Program Coordinator for Local Ministries is a full-time employee with the Center for Student Action. The Program Coordinator plays a key role in connecting undergraduate students with local service opportunities, promoting service opportunities and recruiting students, overseeing the leadership development of particular student service leaders, facilitating the growth and development of City Links, and facilitating educational programming connected to student learning outcomes and university values.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s Degree preferred – Practical Theology, Social Work, Student Development or equivalent

Required Experience

  • Commitment to Christian Faith
  • Commitment to the Azusa Pacific University mission and core values
  • 1-3 years professional experience in higher education or related field required, experience in working in a ministry-related field

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  1. Supervise graduate assistants from the College Counseling and Student Development program
  2. Supervise undergraduate student coordinators charged with facilitating local service opportunities for fellow undergraduate students
    1. Meet weekly with students to encourage increased professional and personal growth
    2. Encourage life-long commitments to faith, reconciliation, education, and action consistent with university values and ethos
  3. Mobilize undergraduate students to serve in local organizations in Azusa, San Gabriel Valley and the greater Los Angeles area
    1. Foster on-going relationships with local service providers in an effort to provide on-going service opportunities for undergraduate students
    2. Work in collaboration with local service providers and other on-campus departments to facilitate one-time service opportunities
    3. Create events and programs that connect students to local service opportunities
  4. Coordinate the planning and implementation of City Links, a one-day service experience for undergraduate students in collaboration with various Student Life Offices
    1. Organize community churches, organizations, and city entities as community sites for service during the fall and spring semesters
    2. Work directly with Orientation and Transitions Office to mobilize first-year students to serve during the three Saturdays in the fall semester
    3. Work directly with Residence Life to mobilize students to serve in the spring semester
  5. Administrate the Lead Volunteer program that connects an additional 25-30 student leaders to intentional leadership positions within each local student ministry facilitated through the Center for Student Action
    1. Plan and implement meetings for lead volunteers that emphasize leadership development and personal spiritual formation.
    2. Organize a spring recruitment process for lead volunteer positions.
    3. Advocate for volunteers as integral members of the Center for Student Action
  6. Work collaboratively with the Associate Director to represent Local Ministries in the overall marketing strategy of the Center for Student Action
    1. Develop consistent communication with student volunteers that promote increased involvement and awareness of local service opportunities
    2. Produce on-going articles and updates on student service experiences and programs
  7. Participate in the educational programming efforts that increase knowledge, awareness, and dialogue around local issues of biblically-based values of justice, compassion, and stewardship.
    1. Participate in on-going programs targeting particular learning outcomes in collaboration with Educational Programs Working Group
    2. Coordinate theme week events in collaboration with partnering student life offices and faculty members
  8. Support the day-to-day functions of the Center for Student Action: Mobilization Office in conjunction with the Director, Associate Director, Sr. Coordinator for Short-Term Service Trips and Office Manager
  9. Other duties as assigned


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage details and follow through
  • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder
  • Must have high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently

Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to exercise good judgment
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances

Physical Demands

  • Requires repetitive motion and sitting at computer keyboard.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone.
  • Meetings may require walking and/or driving to various University locations.
  • Ability to pull, push, bend, grasp, reach and lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb stairs multiple times in a work day.

Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.


  • Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.
  • Busy office with, at times, multiple conversations occurring simultaneously


  • Proficient in Google Apps, Calendar and Drive
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.