Sports and Recreation Ministry Director

Emerald Youth Foundation
Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:  The Sports & Recreation Director develops, plans, and manages sports and recreation programs for Emerald Youth Foundation’s assigned neighborhood, connecting and engaging with young people in the community, offering an avenue for youth to engage in a multi-sport offerings allowing them to become physically and spiritually active, and instilling life-long active lifestyles.  This role will recruit players, coaches, and volunteers for neighborhood sports and recreation program, execute core sports as assigned, implements and expands recreational opportunities, and is the liaison for the urban FCA ministry in the neighborhood.  The director organizes programming and upholds quality of the offerings; allowing Emerald to engage in the community and broaden its reach in the city, helping to enable a strategy for day-to-day sports ministry that helps young people become *comprehensively engaged, and achieve critical youth development outcomes



  • Work with the sports team to develop and implement approaches that identify and recruit neighborhood participants to connect with Emerald Youth middle school, neighborhood and competitive sports programs, ensuring comprehensive engagement in faith, learning, relationships, and health.
  • Implement each middle school and neighborhood sports season within the assigned parameters provided by Soccer & Field Sports and Gym Sports Managers.  Manage teams for the assigned neighborhood and middle school, including the recruitment of players and coaches, collection of fees, distribution of uniforms, organization of teams, the scheduling and implementation of practices and games including referees, scorekeepers, clock operators, etc. if at neighborhood facility, and organizing parent meetings and celebrations.  Ensure participation in leagues, camps, clinics, tournaments, tryouts, training, and special events with city-wide sports team.  Work with assigned school/s to support the organizing of campus sports teams. 
  • Market competitive team offerings to neighborhood.  Be present at tryouts and visit teams during season. Oversee and manage any competitive sports teams representing the neighborhood, working closely with coaches to ensure teams are assembled, appropriately trained, compete in competitive leagues, and engage more long term.
  •  Identify coaches, volunteers, and FCA chaplains for teams and attend sports league meetings as needed.  Work with HR to ensure appropriate background screenings are conducted on coaches and other program volunteers.
  • Be the liaison for the urban FCA ministry partnership in the neighborhood.  Develop huddles at identified schools, and ensure coaches/chaplains are trained in and utilize FCA curriculum.  Work with program development to ensure FCA and Emerald Youth consistently align in themes and values.
  • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across sports and recreation initiatives to ensure consistent high-quality performance is met and development opportunities are recognized and addressed.  Train staff and coaches in areas as needed and serve in training role through Emerald University or during sports training as needed.  Instill and encourage spiritual disciplines for all members and help the team to grow and become better through high standards, discipleship, and modeling the teachings of Jesus Christ. 
  • Ensure that sports and recreations programs for the neighborhood maintain sound fiscal management by ensuring compliance with organizational policies and procedures; and developing and maintaining sports related budgets for assigned area and ensure budget compliance with direct reports that have spending authority.  Submit budget recommendations as required.  Responsible for and working with identified team members to ensure assigned revenue is generated through sports programs; including tournaments, fees, and camps.
  • Track and report participation, BMI, and outcome data as required, provide measurements as needed, and create and analyze reports to create improvement plans. Participate in neighborhood meetings to help ensure target numbers of young people are getting comprehensively engaged.



  • Dedicated Christian with clear knowledge of the Gospel and a passion for the mission of Emerald Youth Foundation; connected to a church community; possesses a strong reputation for honesty, integrity, and high moral standards.
  • Sports Management or related bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience as collegiate athlete preferred.
  • 3-5 Years of Experience in a similar role.
  • Good driving record.  Ability and willingness to obtain CDL with P endorsement and drive large vehicles/buses.


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