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Posted on 09/15/2017

Elementary Curriculum Developer

Awana - Streamwood, IL

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Job Description

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking an Elementary Curriculum Developer to join the Children's Ministries team. 

The elementary curriculum developer is responsible for leading the development and implementation of elementary/primary (Sparks/T&T) curriculum and products in collaboration with the Director of Children’s Ministries. He/she maintains ownership of the elementary brand messaging and represents Awana as the elementary subject matter expert through Children’s Ministries communications channels. The elementary curriculum developer strategizes and executes ministry plans and resources, participates in revenue planning, and explores sales, distribution and delivery channels especially in the digital/mobile context.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

1.  Contributes to the overall strategy and development of the architecture for Awana Children’s Ministries Elementary/Primary (Sparks/T&T) programs and products life cycles with consideration of end user, technology, research and marketing inputs. Participate in revenue target planning and assessment. 

2.   Initiate and actively participate in creative collaboration and development of new products, ideas and services that meet the needs of our customers.

3.   Develop and write products, either personally or by directing other staff and/or freelancers. Participate in product maintenance and quality control activities as needed.

4.   Engage internally and externally as subject matter expert on elementary/primary aged children and corresponding children’s ministry environments, with specific awareness of learning/personality styles and educational trends.

5.   Assume responsibility for utilization and sales performance of programs/products within Children’s Ministries.

6.   Pursue networking opportunities to develop relationships with children’s ministry constituents and potential ministry partners.

7.   Contribute and influence cross-functional connections inside the Awana ministry.

8.   Explore and develop new ministry platforms and delivery channels, especially in the digital/mobile context.

9.   Encourage and collaborate with Children’s ministries co-workers; work closely with them to learn from and balance strengths, weaknesses, talents, perspectives and experiences. Contribute to a culture of integrated workflow and information sharing.

10. 10.  Collaborate with Marketing and Communication teams to effectively communicate both reactive and proactive ministry changes to all appropriate audiences.

11.  Make recommendations to constantly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and morale of the Children’s Ministries department.

12.  Perform other related duties as may be required from time to time.


Job Requirements


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Primary or Secondary Education, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education or related field plus three to five years ministry experience within children’s ministry contexts. Master’s degree, especially in curriculum design/instruction or similar discipline, is preferred. Previous experience in adapting technology platforms for curriculum design/instruction is desired. Strong biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding essential.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Strong writing skills and presentation skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence, invoices and purchase orders, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as larger teaching/speaking environments.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills required, including active listening and verbal communication skills.  Ability to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions. Organizational and time management skills necessary.  Solid general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, or handle, and reach with the hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Some travel may be required.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.


Internal:  Reports to the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Frequent interaction with Children’s Ministries staff members, other departments, and various committees.

External:  Frequent contact with Awana customers, constituents, missionaries, and outside partners and vendors.


This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

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