Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Position open: Director for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

Over the past several years St. Paul’s Cathedral’s ministry to children, youth, and families has steadily grown: some twenty children and ten youth attend our weekly programming and more than two dozen families are actively involved. St. Paul’s seeks an energetic and imaginative individual with a passion for children and education. In consultation with a member of the clergy, the Director is responsible for all aspects of the Cathedral’s programming for children and youth aged 0-18 and their families, including Sunday activities and seasonal programs, communication with the parish, oversight of volunteers, and coordination with parish staff.

Position Title: Director for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Status: Twenty hours a week, non-exempt 
Compensation: $21/hour
Reports To: Clergy staff individual responsible for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Schedule: Sunday 8 to noon, other days/times flexible

Major Responsibilities: In consultation with supporting clergy, the director coordinates and oversees all aspects of Sunday morning Christian formation and worship for ages 0-18, including:
  • Curriculum review, selection, and purchase (Godly Play and J2A are programs to which we are committed for the 4-8 and 13-18 age groups, respectively, but more research is needed on a curriculum for ages 9-12) 
  • Recruitment, training, and support of program leads and teachers who are passionate about and prepared for working with children and youth, and 
  • Overseeing, training, and evaluating teachers on a regular basis 
  • Registration of children and youth and maintaining appropriate records 
  • Working with the Youth Council and the clergy member, coordinate and oversee all youth activities, programs, and ministries, including confirmation and Senior Baccalaureate program 
  • Design and implement a summer Vacation Bible School for children 
  • Work with clergy and director of music in ensuring that worship opportunities are appropriate for children, youth, and families, which includes: 
    • Planning occasional special children- and youth-focused services 
  • Work with clergy to design and implement a regular family-friendly worship opportunity outside the normal Sunday worship services 
  • Provide opportunities for parents, grandparents, and families to engage in their own spiritual lives 
    • Working with clergy in developing Sunday morning formation programs for parents and grandparents 
    • Developing programs for families to use at home to go deeper in faith lives together 
    • Be a resource for families in questions of faith and parenting 
    • Work with staff and volunteers in developing, organizing, and implementing one intergenerational activities per month 
  • Ensure that all Safe Church principles, procedures, and policies are being followed. 
  • Oversee and support nursery program leads and caregivers, assisting with: recruiting volunteers, ensuring sufficient supplies and materials are maintained, maintaining procedures, and assisting as needed 
  • Build relationships at local (convocation), diocesan, and national levels, including: 
    • maintaining membership with Forma (network of Episcopal Christian Formation specialists) 
    • Working with key staff, develop and maintain operating budgets for all Children, Youth, and Family programming 
    • Communicate with key constituents (families, youth, teachers, youth leaders, etc.) using a variety of tools: email, texting, web, facebook, twitter, etc. 
  • Maintain children and youth spaces, making enhancements as see fit and as is necessary, making sure that all spaces are safe, friendly, and welcoming 
  • Attend weekly staff leadership meetings 
Essential Job Related Skills:
  • Exceptional ability to relate effectively with children, youth, parents/guardians, and young families 
  • Maintaining a passion for the spiritual development of children, youth, and families 
  • Energy and excitement for participating in activities that will engage children and youth 
  • Strong interpersonal, advocacy, and communication skills 
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills 
  • Strong ability to implement and manage multi-faceted programming using volunteer teams 
  • Strong ability to manage time and resources within a dynamic team setting 
  • Ability to think creatively and adapt easily with a happy spirit 
  • Ability to reflect and grow theologically and spiritually 
  • Ability to listen and be a steward of this faith community’s hopes for Christian formation 
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred 
  • Preference given to candidates willing to make at least a three-year commitment to this position 
  • On-going attention to personal spiritual growth and growth in Christian discipleship 
  • Basic understanding of Holy Scriptures and Christian Doctrine as articulated in the Catechism found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 845 
  • Strong understanding of Christian Formation with interest in age-appropriate formation of children, youth, parents, and young families 
  • Understanding current trends, dynamics, and pressures in American society, churches and family structures 
  • Mastery of Outlook, Word, Excel, publishing programs, telephone, texting, and social media 
  • Prior experience in managing teams and implementing programming 
  • Criminal background and child abuse background checks required 
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
  • Ability to work on Sundays, Holy Days, occasional evenings, and occasional Saturdays 
  • Ability to climb stairs 
  • Ability to travel to locations in and around San Diego and surrounding areas 
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally for mission trips, pilgrimages, and other trips 
Applications accepted through October 26. Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to 
The Rev. Colin Mathewson

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