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JOB SEARCH: Director for Children and Youth ministries


Help us make a real difference in the lives of children, youth, and their families, here at First Congregational Church of San Jose. Come join us as our new Director of Children and Youth Ministry.

We are seeking someone who can help us carry our progressive,  inclusive, Open and Affirming, welcoming,  perspective through for our younger generation.

We want to hire an outstanding, energetic leader who is passionate about the lives of children and youth, can work with their families, and wants to become an important part of our leadership team. We offer a welcoming community, meaningful purpose, and a competitive salary.

The part-time director for our children and youth programs will work closely with our Family Ministries Committee to organize and implement engaging faith-building programs for children and youth.

The position is 20 hours per week and pays $20-$25 per hour (depending on experience).

CONTACT

Applicants may apply to this posting at [email protected] with your resume and cover letter, and a list of four references.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We anticipate that our new Director for Children and Youth Ministry will be prepared to:

YOUTH (grades 6-12)

  • As the Youth Group Leader. Create, administer, and lead regular (approx. bi-weekly) programs and activities for spiritual growth, service, and community formation, including appropriate opportunities for the Youth to connect with our own wider church family. The scheduling of regular Youth Group meetings and activities to be established in consultation with our Youth and their families, the Family Ministries Committee, and the Church Office.
  • Serve as a mentor and advisor to youth and their families, providing an objective and safe listening environment, promoting and fostering healthy communication between the youth, their families, their peers, and the greater church community.
  • Participate in selected UCC youth-oriented conference activities such as camps, NCNC Annual Gathering, and/or Fall Youth Event, in order to establish and nurture relationships with other youth leaders, gather ideas for our program, and look for opportunities to involve our youth in broader church activities.
  • Help the Family Ministries Committee develop and implement strategies for identifying and inviting new youth into our youth ministry programs.

CHILDREN (nursery – 5th grade)

  • Help recruit, train, coordinate, oversee, and offer continuing support for nursery through 5th grade Church school teachers and helpers.
  • Be on-site Sunday mornings when the Children’s Program is offered to meet the needs of nursery through 5th grade Church school teachers and children.
  • Be prepared to serve as Church school lead teacher should the need arise.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Attend the Family Ministries Committee meetings monthly. Report on current programs, answer administrative questions and discuss future plans, and work with the Committee on the publicity and promotion for those programs.
  • In consultation with the Family Ministries Committee, help prepare a budget for Children and Youth Ministry programs.
  • Keep in regular touch with youth, children, and their families through (for example) weekly e-mail newsletter, periodic direct e-mails or phone calls to families, birthday cards, etc.
  • Report on the accomplishments of the preceding year at the church’s annual meeting.

 TIME REQUIRED

20 hours per week on average. The specific use of these hours will be somewhat flexible but we anticipate approximately 10 hours per week devoted to Children’s Ministry and 10 hours per week devoted to Youth Ministry.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

PERSONAL:

  • The ability to receive all the people of God with love, goodwill, cooperation, and respect
  • An awareness of, and willingness to promote, a progressive view of the Christian Faith, in ways appropriate for our children and youth
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Willingness to seek advice and assistance when needed
  • A great sense of enthusiasm and creativity
  • Self-motivation and leadership skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Current compliance with relevant vaccination protocols.

PROFESSIONAL:

  • Coursework and/or ordination within a recognized Protestant Tradition, degree work in education or social work will be preferred, but not required.
  • Relevant professional experience working with youth and children will be strongly preferred.
  • Prepared to submit to the criminal background check that we require of everyone working with children and youth.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Knowledge of and experience in leading faith formation programs for children.
  • Effective administrator with a team approach to leadership, experience in recruiting and coordinating volunteers is desirable.
  • Basic familiarity with working with children with special needs, i.e. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.
  • Valid driver’s license and current insurance

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Senior Minister

RESPONSIBLE COMMITTEES: Family Ministry Committee

EVALUATION PROCEDURE: According to the Personnel Policy Committee guidelines