Date:  February 1, 2021

Position Available:  Manager of Youth Programming

Position Reports to:  Director of Programming

Department:  Conference Office

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Full-time; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours throughout the summer and during the year as needed; occasional travel required.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/manager-of-youth-programming/



The Manager of Youth Programming works to enhance, grow, plan, and execute the programming for Steubenville Youth Conferences and Franciscan LEAD, and any additional youth programming initiatives. This includes research, strategic planning, and collaboration with colleagues and external constituents. It also includes direct management of thematic development, schedules, speakers, hosts, worship leaders, program directors and programming execution.



1.     Manages youth conference programming which includes collaborating with the youth programming team and office staff to brainstorm and plan the theme, schedule, and content and writing a theme development document (containing talk outlines). It also consists of working with office staff and contractors to develop additional theme pieces such as logos, videos, t-shirts, etcetera.


2.     Manages Franciscan LEAD Program which includes management of programming team to enhance, adapt and edit the schedule and content as needed, overseeing the hiring and training all facilitators and directors, as well as overseeing the participant application process. This consists of supervising the coordinator of youth programming and SWOP workers who assist with some of these aspects.


3.     Manages Ministry Team members including hosts, speakers, and musicians (totaling about 60-65 people). This includes researching speakers, managing the hiring process and mentor program, assigning and communicating all Ministry Team members’ conference weekend and talk assignments and any necessary communication regarding programming. It also includes overseeing the process of receiving and sharing feedback when needed.


4.     Manages relationships with regional conference partners which includes working with them to execute the programming elements for both Franciscan LEAD and youth conferences at their sites, such as adapting various schedules.


5.     In consultation with the Director of Programming and other conference office directors, researches, creates and implements strategic growth plan, which includes programming enhancements aimed at meeting the needs of participants, increasing attendance and improving participant experience. This includes overseeing programming evaluations and implementing beneficial feedback as well as collaborating with the marketing team to develop and implement marketing efforts for both youth conferences and Franciscan LEAD.


6.     Manages all aspects of the team of Program Directors to execute the summer conferences. This includes assigning, training and preparing program directors. In addition to serving as Program Director for youth conferences, works with Director of Evangelization to develop plans and content for year-round engagement.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.




Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

·         3-5 years of experience in youth ministry, including development of Catholic ministry.



·         Interpersonal Skills: Relates well to people above, below, at a peer level, and both inside and outside the organization.  Adapts to how different team members function and uses tact to diffuse high tension situations.


·         Teamwork:  Creates and effectively uses opportunities to collaborate with others and appreciates and leverages individual differences to achieve a unified vision. Exercises leadership and is effective at gaining cooperation.  Manages conflict well among the team.


·         Planning:  Breaks projects down into key process steps and tasks and develops a roadmap that guides implementation.  Executes plan with high quality and in a timely manner and can do so independently and as team.


·         Verbal and Written Communications: Demonstrates strong communication skills with internal staff, other university departments and external constituents to share the unified vision and necessary actions to execute adult programming.


·         Strategic Thinking and Creativity:  Follows trends and anticipates future implications, demonstrates broad knowledge as well as attention to detail.  Can facilitate and contribute to brainstorming.  Develops effective strategies and implementation plans for the growth and enhancement of adult programming.



·         Bachelor’s degree in Theology and/or Catechetics and/or equivalent experience in ministry, preferably youth ministry.


Technical Skills

·         Proficient in common Microsoft Suite Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·         Experience with additional Microsoft Suite Applications (Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, etc.)

·         Experience with web-based applications, project management software, and databases such as Salesforce. (Preferred, but not required.


Workplace Factors

·         Extended hours throughout the summer and during the year, as needed.

·         Various 2-day to 3-day travel throughout the year.


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/manager-of-youth-programming/


For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer