Director of Christian Education
The Youth Director will help shape and lead a comprehensive program for children ages 0-18 at the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth (FCCY), that helps guide students in their spiritual and moral development at
each stage of life, in a variety of year-round activities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Oversee the entire Sunday School program on Sunday mornings, and special events for children/families in the program
- Recruit, train, support, and nurture Sunday School teachers
- Order, prepare, and implement age-appropriate curriculum in each classroom
- Integrate music into Sunday School, in partnership with Music Committee
- Plan, organize, and execute annual Vacation Bible School
- Work with pastor to facilitate children’s participation in worship
- Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Christian Education and Church Council
- Organize and host confirmation retreats and Confirmation Sunday as needed and in cooperation with the Senior Minister
- Encourage participation of children in Sunday school, VBS, outings, but also find ways to reach out to the marginally and/or unchurched youth in our community
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Communicate the activities and needs of the youth programs to FCCY staff and congregation via social media, electronic communication, and print media
- Create and distribute detailed calendars of activities to parents and guardians of the youth in the program
- Plan field trips and plan fundraisers for said field trips, if needed
- Manage budget, registration files, and attendance records of the youth programs
- Document and analyze attendance patterns
- Manage set-up and maintenance of Youth Room and equipment.
- Develop and disseminate outreach materials to promote Sunday School, VBS, and special events
- Plan inter-generational events conducive to families and students of many ages
- Oversee church participation of families in Sunday worship and all-church events
- Communicate regularly with program families
- Cooperate with BOCE and deacons in planning children’s Sunday and all-church picnic
- Follow guidelines/procedures outlined in the FCCY Employment Handbook.
- Adaptability: Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation.
- Ethics, Values and Diversity: Promotes an appropriate and effective work environment and strives to ensure that the church’s core values and beliefs are applied during all circumstances; genuinely cares about people; deals effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, lifestyle choices and genders; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all.
- Integrity and Trust: Is respectful, truthful, and transparent; keeps confidences; takes ownership and responsibility for decisions and outcomes.
- Oral and Written Communications: Speaks clearly, appropriately and effectively with a diverse group of individuals; is an active listener and gets clarification when necessary.
PREPARATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Personal faith in God through Christ, and a genuine interest in students’ lives
- Excellent project management, organizational, and communication skills
- Outstanding interpersonal/leadership skills; can recruit and support volunteers
- Ability to work independently and on a team (with staff and volunteers)
- Experience working with children and youth
- Wisdom to select age-appropriate, progressive curriculum and activities
- Basic knowledge of, and comfort with congregational life, theology, and the Bible
- A clear sense of ethical limits, confidentiality, and age-appropriate youth behaviors
- Associates degree or equivalent experience (background in education or religious studies preferred
Salary & Benefits
Can be done remote?