Monday, February 16, 2015

So You Want to Be the Key Man Youth Director

How To Apply and Interview to Become the Key Man Youth Director

by "Dad" Zack Panitzke, 

President, Key Man University 2015

At last year’s Key Man University, we received a lot of great feedback about everything from the classes to the meals to the sporting events. The most consistent question I heard was: how can I be next year’s Youth Director?

After long discussions and intense debate (really; it lasted a whole ten minutes), we've made a decision. Beginning today, we’re accepting applications to be the 2015 Key Man University Youth Director.  

We’ll accept applications (see link below) until Friday, March 6, 2015. If your application is accepted, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview. Interviews will begin at the PA DeMolay Basketball Tournament and run through March 20, 2015. After that date, we’ll announce our selection.

In order to qualify, you must have attended at least one Key Man Conference in the past. It is not necessary to be a DeMolay in Pennsylvania, but you must be an Active DeMolay under age 21 through the end of the Conference.  You also must be able to arrive at the Masonic Conference Center--Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, PA no later than Saturday, August 1 and leave no earlier than noon Saturday, August 8.

Read through the responsibilities and application process below. You might also review the Key Man University online materials to see what the program is like if you didn’t attend in 2014. Finding out what you can about the job and the employer is an essential part of any job application process.


As the Youth Director, you’re responsible to be the face of Key Man University. You’ll get to work with the Directors and the rest of the staff to plan and execute the conference. Before the conference, there are a few specific responsibilities, including:
●  Develop the “Department Crown” award program for outstanding achievement.
  Assist with curriculum idea generation.
●  Write introductory and closing speech material for the beginning and end of the Conference.
  Attend regular virtual Director meetings.
During the week, you’ll have a few other responsibilities as well:
  Run the “Department Crown” award program.
 Preside at opening session, closing session, awards banquet, and other public presentations such as activities with the Masonic Village.
  Host distinguished visitors at meals at the Directors' Table.
  Supervise all flag raising and lowering events.
  Participate in disciplinary discussions involving Key Men and staff unrelated to zero tolerance issues. You will be the youth advocate, helping the young men communicate through the conflict.
  Be the “eyes and ears” for feedback from the attendees.
  Courteous lights out enforcement.

A complete list of responsibilities can be seen here.
Application Process
So how do you apply to be Youth Director? Follow these steps!
2. If you’re selected for interview, we’ll notify you by March 6, 2015.
3. Once you've been selected, we’ll schedule an interview with you sometime between March 6 and March 20, 2015.
4. The interview will be much like a real job interview, because this job comes with real responsibility. You won’t need to wear a suit, but you should look presentable and be ready to discuss your qualifications.
5. We hope to make a final selection within a week of the interviews, so by March 27, 2015. We’ll send you an email and an official invitation by mail.

That’s it! Fill out your application and get it to us as soon as possible. We look forward to reading it!

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