BACKGROUND

Ambassadors Football (formerly Ambassadors in Sport) is an international Christian football outreach organisation with over 100 staff in more than 20 countries worldwide. Founded in 1990, the mission of Ambassadors Football is to communicate the good news of Jesus through football and the vision is the transformation of individuals and communities through indigenous football outreach. Ambassadors Football pursues its mission and vision primarily through six strategic programs: clubs, camps, academies, tours, training and associations.

Ambassadors Football Australia (“Ambassadors”) was launched in 2009, initially focusing on camps and more recently also on training. In 2013 close to 300 children attended Ambassadors camps and over 45 adults attended Ambassadors coach training courses nationally. Ambassadors is committed to helping churches reach out to their communities with the gospel: in 2013 over 80% of children (and families) attending Ambassadors camps had no previous connection to the church hosting the camp.

Ambassadors currently consists of three part-time staff, a Board of five members and countless volunteers who help deliver the camps ministry. From 2009 to 2013 a solid foundation has been laid and the Board now believes it is time to expand the scope and impact of Ambassadors’ ministry. To achieve this we are looking for the right person to join the Ambassadors team in a newly created role, the Partnerships and Development Director.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Partner Engagement: Ambassadors partners with a range of companies, government and community organisations to deliver its programs. The PDD will be responsible for both developing new partnerships and cultivating existing ones, particularly with local churches and other community outreach organisations.

Volunteer Recruitment: the ministry of Ambassadors relies on volunteers who give their time to be trained and deliver football outreach programs around Australia. The PDD will be responsible for identifying, inspiring and connecting these volunteers with Ambassadors programs and staff.

Fundraising: Ambassadors depends on the generosity of churches and individuals to conduct its ministry each year. The PDD will develop and implement a fundraising plan, which will provide a sustainable foundation for long-term growth, including both existing and new sources of funding.

Education: football outreach is not a very well understood concept or practice in Australia. The PDD will actively promote greater understanding of Ambassadors’ work and football outreach in general to secular and Christian audiences, large and small.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

The successful candidate will initially be employed on a part-time (one day per week) basis, with a contract term of one year. Upon completion of the one-year term, the contract may be renewed for additional years, depending on job performance and the organisation’s financial capacity. Salary is by agreement and in accordance with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Excellent job performance and a demonstrated aptitude for organisational leadership may result in this position being expanded and/or converted into a National Director (CEO) position. Any such expansion or conversion will only occur by agreement of both parties and may occur before or at the completion of the initial one-year contract term.

WHO MIGHT THIS OPPORTUNITY SUIT?

This opportunity might suit a Bible College Student looking to make a significant ministry impact while continuing their studies. Additionally, it might suit a Youth or Assistant Pastor who is excited about how a football outreach role may complement their pastoral work. Alternately, this opportunity might suit someone on a career break (parental, educational or other) from a business or non-profit career, who nevertheless desires to stay engaged and explore different options for his or her future. Or perhaps it might suit a personal trainer, aspiring coach or teacher with enough flexibility in their schedule to take on a second job.

The above scenarios are in no way exhaustive. If you think this opportunity might suit you and you meet at least the essential requirements listed below then we’d love to hear from you.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • A strong Christian faith that expresses itself in worship, discipleship, outreach and active membership in a local church.
  • The ability to affirm and commit to the foundational statements of Ambassadors Football (see http://ambassadorsfootball.org/mission-vision-values).
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, and comfort with the most popular forms of digital communication.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for engaging, inspiring and uniting others behind a common cause.
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills, as well as the ability to work in a flexible and collaborative team environment.
  • A current drivers licence and willingness to travel as needed.

Desirable

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g. business, communications, theology/ministry, PE).
  • Long-term involvement in football and a genuine passion for the game.
  • Experience in a sales/account management role or in a fundraising role for a non-profit.
  • Experience designing and implementing successful social media campaigns and strategies.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please email resume and cover letter, including a list of at least three people who can provide a reference for you if required, to Andrew Cameron, Ambassadors Football Australia National Director, at acameron@ambassadorsfootball.org. Applications close when the right candidate is found!