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Assistant Director, Christian Workers Initiative - APU Center for Vocational Ministry (SOT)

Administrative Professionals

Azusa, CA
ID: S1581


APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is edifying to God and to one another.

The mission of the APU Center for Vocational Ministry is to cultivate resilience in ministry students and leaders through formational research, resources, and relationships. A key component of this mission involves identifying potential pastoral and ministry leadership partnerships and cultivating those relationships.

The Assistant Director for the Christian Workers Initiative will be part of the core leadership team of the CVM overall, and will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Mentoring and Formation in leading the Lilly-grant funded Thriving in Ministry and Compelling Preaching programs. The opportunities for pastors in this initiative, those we have already designed and those we will offer in the coming years, are designed to be comprehensive, encompassing all levels of the relational ecosystem of clergy. We have offered workshops for clergy at various stages of their career (e.g. emerging leaders, mid-career, etc.) as part of this program, and we intend to continue to integrate opportunities for clergy at various stages as we continue our programming through this initiative. We will continue to offer communities of practice that are research-based and will be systematically evaluated for efficacy. This program will also enable the advanced development of a robust coaching training as a key component, and requires clergy to participate in cohorts. Given APU’s identity, history, and location, we continue to offer special focus to women in ministry and pastors of color, and those serving in urban contexts. This is a grant funded position.


Required Education

  • MDiv preferred
  • Familiarity with Wesleyan theological heritage of APU


Required Experience

  • 5 years professional church and/or parachurch ministry experience.
  • Experience in preaching and pastoral ministry.
  • Experience with executive coaching preferred.


Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Working alongside the Executive Director of CVM, will provide program leadership of all aspects of Lilly-funded Thriving in Ministry and Compelling Preaching program.
  • Network and collaborate with internal departments and faculty, i.e. School of Theology, College of the Arts, Student Life, Campus Ministries, Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, Undergraduate Admissions, University Advancement, Conference Services, and University Integrated Marketing. Special attention will be given to the collaboration with the School of Theology.
  • Network and collaborate with ministry partners external to the university, i.e. key churches in community (as determined by CVM strategic conversations), Christian Denominations and Nonprofit organizations (as determined by CVM strategic conversations).
  • Provide day-to-day leadership of Thriving in Ministry and Compelling Preaching programs, including planning and implementation of activities and events with specific responsibilities including, but limited to, recruitment, training, conference planning, and certificate development. 
  • Build and maintain connections with key partners internally and externally.
  • Identify and recruit potential participants in programming.
  • Lead focus groups of pastors and ministry leaders.
  • Lead participants through established curriculum.
  • Participate in planning gatherings, events, and conferences.
  • Provide leadership for relevant gatherings, and pastor follow-up as needed.
  • Lead in event planning and coordination as needed.
  • Participate in securing future grant funding as needed.
  • Readiness to present on and/or represent the Center for Vocational Ministry to internal and external partners.
  • Participate in Faculty/Staff Training Workshops and APU Community Gatherings.
  • Collaborate with other university departments, staff, and faculty.
  • Develop and manage an integrated marketing plan for programming for the programs.
  • Working with the vision outlined by the strategic team, plan, direct, and implement Christian Workers Initiative marketing operations,strategies and communications.
  • Develop and implement content, campaign and brand strategy for programming.
  • Conduct and/or collaborate in relevant research projects.
  • Commitment to updated scholarship on pastoral ministry.
  • Writing and speaking on CVM related research.
  • Provide oversight to various CVM projects as assigned by supervisor. 



  • Strong pastoral, relational, networking, and mentoring/coaching skills in various venues and formats.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Teaching, influencing gifts.
  • Self-starter.
  • Some management and administrative skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage details and follow through. 
  • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.
  • High capacity for theological and pastoral reflection.


Mental Demands

  • Ability to work under pressure, exuding a mature demeanor while multi-tasking in a deadline oriented environment with accuracy and consistency.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team, as well as an independent contributor.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretionary skills in determining when to act independently and when to consult management prior to taking action.
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude.
  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.


Physical Demands

  • Requires repetitive motions and sitting at computer keyboard. 
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone. 
  • Able to conduct business at other offices on campus. 
  • Able to lift, bend, grasp, reach, lift up to 20 lbs. occasionally.
  • Able to travel (car, air, etc) for grant-related purposes.


 Visual Demands

  • Reading, writing notes, and computer monitor.



  •      Pleasant office, comfortable temperature also many meetings with students around the        APU campus.



  •         Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, Social Media.



  • Grade 10: $25.94 to $29.83 is the hourly compensation for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Please click the links to learn more about 'what we believe', our 'mission statement', and our 'statement of faith'.


You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here:


Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.


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, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This position is located at 901 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.