Program and Recruitment Coordinator, Future of Hope

The Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative at Johnson University invites applications for a full-time Program and Recruitment Coordinator. Successful candidates will be college graduates (master’s degree preferred) demonstrating proven interest, experience, and aptitude for urban life; excellent written and verbal communication; the ability to relate, collaborate, and empower student workers and nonprofit leaders; as well as a passion for the mission, vision, and values of Johnson University.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information (complete contact information and statement of relationship to the candidate) for three professional references to .

Position Title: Program and Recruitment Coordinator, Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative
Organization: Johnson University
Work Location: Multicultural Student Affairs Center, 7903 Brown Dr., Knoxville, TN 37920
Reports to: Program Director, Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative
Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience
Classification: Hourly, full-time (40 hours per week)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Required experience: Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and three years of work-related experience

Job Summary

The Future of Hope Institute (FoHI)—funded in part by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment—provides Knoxville-area high school students with an opportunity to engage their city by inspiring them to think theologically about the challenges of living in a contemporary urban context. FoHI carries out its mission through the following components:

  • The Future of Hope Institute is a selective program designed for rising juniors and seniors from Knoxville-area inner-city high schools. The program begins with a three-day retreat followed by a week-long institute on the Johnson University campus.
  • The Faith and Justice Summit is an opportunity for high school students and youth leaders to reflect on injustice in our society, engage in biblical conversation, and connect with like-minded students from different backgrounds. Through workshops, a keynote speaker, and roundtable discussions, students will gain knowledge about how to respond to injustice and be empowered to take biblical action that will impact the Knoxville community.


  • Programming and Administrative:
    • Provide leadership for Future of Hope programming activities, including monthly meetings, FoHI Immersion Institute, Faith and Justice Summit, and the annual Recognition Banquet.
    • Support the operational needs of Future of Hope, including financial reporting and record-keeping for the Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative.
    • Assist the director in leading/co-leading workshops, training, meetings, and other programmatic activities.
    • Serve as on-site chaperone and group leader for all overnight trips and weeklong institutes.
    • Assist the Director and Assistant Director in fundraising to ensure the long-term sustainability of Future of Hope.
    • Provide administrative support to the Diversity Taskforce and the Multicultural Student Affairs Director as needed.
  • Recruitment:
    • Serve as primary point of contact with high school personnel related to high school visits and monthly lunch check-ins.
    • Coordinate internal and external communication, marketing and public relations, including social media accounts for the Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative.
    • Collaborate with JU Admissions counselor to support the recruitment needs of Future of Hope and Johnson University, specifically related to our six target high schools.


  • Education, Training, & Related Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree (required). Master’s degree preferred.
    •  Minimum of three years experience with youth outreach and program development.
    • Demonstrated skill in digital environments (Microsoft Office, email, social media, etc.
  • Knowledge & Skill Requirements
    • An exemplary Christian witness
    • Excellent organizational and high functioning interpersonal skills
    • High standard of excellence and professionalism
    • Highly organized, attentive to details, with an eye for design
    • Takes initiative to solve problems
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills via telephone, text, email, social media, and face-to-face with a diverse audience/clientele
    • People person who works well empowering others and is not threatened by creativity
  • Documents required from candidates chosen as finalists: official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts and a signed Johnson University Statement of Faith and Community Covenant.

Faith Context

Johnson University’s vision to bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry and other strategic vocations is rooted in our deep historic commitment to Christian community. Johnson University is associated with churches identifying with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ (a cappella), and the independent Christian Churches. The Stone-Campbell Movement’s ideal, always imperfectly realized, is to pursue Christian unity under biblical authority that transcends and obviates denominational division.

Working Conditions

This position is primarily sedentary, working at a desk in a climate-controlled office.  The ability to drive campus vehicles is required. Travel throughout the city of Knoxville required on a frequent basis. Some overnight travel is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.