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Corps Program Assistant/St. Charles, IL

Company: Salvation Army USA
Location: Saint Charles
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


POSITION TITLE: Corps Program Assistant

LOCATION/DEPT: Tri-City/St. Charles Corps

REPORTS TO: Corps Officers




To assist in accomplishing the mission of The Salvation Army to save the lost, serve suffering humanity and make disciples for Jesus, by providing leadership to community and Corps programming, developing partnerships with community agencies and contacts, representing the Army at community events, and developing comprehensive expertise and leadership skills in order to build and maintain corps programming. This person will recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing to undermine its religious mission.


Participates in corps programming. Represents the Salvation Army in the community. Responsible for corps program related statistics. Facilitates corps officers in planning and implementing corps programs. Develops and supports leadership for corps programming.



Assists the Corps Officers to

  • Establish programming in the corps utilizing existing Army programs (e.g., Women's Ministry, Character Building, Men's Ministry, Community Care and Bible Study).
  • Give leadership for initiating and presenting new program proposals.
  • Facilitate in establishing and leading focus groups.
  • Equip the leaders of all corps programs and activities, including the direct supervision of after school and summer day camp staff.
  • Serve as a resource person for all group leaders, providing support and encouragement and ensuring training opportunities.
  • Be a liaison between program group leaders and Advisory Board and will attend monthly meetings.
  • Assist leaders in scheduling and promoting upcoming events and programs to corps members and the public through various methods, including social media, posters, marquee signs and personal invitations or other methods as instructed by corps officers.
  • Recruit and develop leaders for corps programs, arranging training events as required.
  • Arrange with Corps Officers special corps events and outreach events (e.g., corps retreat, vacation bible school, fall fest, holiday meals).
  • Plan after school schedule of activities, including field trips off site.
  • Act as lead counselor for after school program and summer day camp.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Administrative Duties

  • Keep detailed records of group members and statistics.
  • Collect and record payments for after school program/summer day camp as well as dues for any other corps programs.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise after school program and summer day camp.
  • Create and provide informational materials and support.
  • Analyze statistical reports and develops strategic plans to address changes.
  • Manage the budget and coordinating with the officers regarding budget needs for programs.
  • Plan, develop and distribute a regular newsletter via email, Facebook and/or mail promoting awareness, information, and involvement in corps programs.


This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved as evidenced by adult corps programming, youth programming (including but not limited to afterschool program) and outreach events. Timeliness and accuracy of accomplishing assigned goals will be reviewed monthly. An evaluation of how effectively this individual performs their responsibilities will be given by the corps officers in writing annually.



  • Associates degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum of two years' experience in programming for The Salvation Army or a religious institution.
  • Valid driver's license and MVR clearance.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel.
  • Proficient in virtual platforms and use of social media.
  • Salvation Army soldier preferred, but not required. Sunday church attendance preferred, required if a soldier.
  • Agrees to understanding and investment in the Salvation Army doctrines and mission statement.


  • Willing to promote the mission of The Salvation Army.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Uses diplomacy and good judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and be a self-starter.
  • An attention to detail, procedures, processes, and policies.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible considering changing job positions/priorities.
  • An ability to manage projects, priorities, and programs in a constantly changing environment.
  • A communication and management style that exhibits the principles and values of the Army as well as fosters team relationships and effectively communicates information.


  • This position is required to do moderate physical work and must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and other office machines.
  • The work environment for this position includes an office with a low noise level and a community environment with a high noise level.
  • Must be able to drive, walk stairs, and spend a lot of time on their feet.
  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters and maintains positive relationships with co-workers and supervisors. This would include but not be limited to such actions: resolution of conflicts in a positive manner; courteous treatment of staff, clients, and visitors; respect of others' property and person, professional and appropriate communication to and about co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates. Support the Mission of The Salvation Army by treating every donor, contact and colleague with respect and dignity, and without discrimination of any kind.

Keywords: Salvation Army USA, Elgin , Corps Program Assistant/St. Charles, IL, Other , Saint Charles, Illinois

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