Monday, November 16, 2015

So You Want to Be the Key Man Youth Director

Today we have a guest post written by "Dad" Zack Panitzke, Director of Key Man University.

It’s that time of year again. Beginning today, we’re accepting applications to be the 2016 KeyMan University Youth Director.

The application is available [here]. We’ll accept applications until Sunday, December 6, 2015. After that date, we’ll evaluate applications and present the best candidates with a special, open-ended project. No details on the project are available now - you’ll have to apply to find out more!

In order to qualify, you must have attended at least one Key Man Conference in the past. You also must be able to arrive at Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, PA no later than 9 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and stay until Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Read through the responsibilities and application process below. You might also review the Key Man University online materials. 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 a unique program to complement the coursework and extracurricular activities at KMU.
  • 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:
  • Implement your unique program, including instruction, observation, and gathering feedback.
  • Preside at opening session, closing session, awards banquet, and other public presentations such as activities at the Masonic Village.
  • Host distinguished visitors during meals.
  • 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, including observing all aspects of the program and interacting with the members as they experience the week.
  • Provide courteous lights out enforcement.
Application Process
So how do you apply to be Youth Director? Follow these steps!
  1. Submit your application by filling out [this form].
  2. If you’re selected, we’ll notify you within one week of the application deadline.
  3. We’ll present you with the challenge project. You’ll have one month to complete it as you see fit - it’s completely open-ended and intended to test you on your planning and coordination abilities.
  4. At the end of the project period, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview. The interview will offer you an opportunity to talk about your project and convince the Directors that you are the best candidate for the job.

    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 concluding the interviews. 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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