Director of Children's & Youth Ministry

Urban Grace Church

Tacoma, WA 98402

Denomination: Other

Category: Children's Ministry

Posted on: June 09, 2021

Time Type: Part Time

Job Description:

Basic Summary
Provide leadership, teaching, preparation and to direct the staff and volunteers of Urban Grace children's and youth programs.

Essential Job Functions
1. Program Coordination: Coordination and oversight of all aspects of the children's program including recruiting and scheduling volunteers and staff, lesson planning, room and materials preparation, greeting, monitoring and ensuring safety and documentation protocol, problem solving behavior management issues, and generally ensuring that the program runs smoothly.
2. Planning: Choose consistent curriculum and methods for all Sunday School classes and then prepare lesson plans that will utilize this curriculum and be passed on to volunteer teachers. Order curriculum in a timely manner.
3. Worship & Special Events: Coordinate children's participation in worship services, including delivering children's message at least once per month. Plan and coordinate annual Christmas pageant (or equivalent event) as well as additional seasonal events (i.e. summer outdoor activities, etc.). Assistance with other family-oriented events as needed.
4. Training & Meetings: Provide consistent training for program volunteers and childcare staff (at least quarterly). Plan and lead periodic meetings with parents/families and/or attend social events in order to get to know parents/families better. (As applicable, connect with Congregational Care team to coordinate care for families in need including setting up meal trains, etc.). Meet weekly with supervisors.
5. Staff & Volunteer Coordination: Recruit and schedule staff and volunteer teachers needed to provide adequate coverage for all Sunday School classes, special programs, and nursery.
6. Communication: Consistent and clear communication to staff and volunteers about upcoming assignments, observations, requests, and concerns. Provide reports as requested.
7. Teaching: Occasionally may need to fill in as storyteller, small group leader, or other needed roles in the program.
8. Facility and Supply Use: Organize children's rooms on a regular basis and order supplies as needed. Coordinate with Urban Grace staff for any maintenance, custodial or building related concerns, or project suggestions.
9. Other duties as assigned.

About Urban Grace Church:

Urban Grace is an ecumenical church located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, WA. We seek to create a space that is truly welcoming to everyone; this is reflected in our congregation that is composed of young families, professionals, those struggling with homelessness and mental illness, those who are uncertain what they believe, and lifelong Christians who want new ways to live out their faith. We have a very ecumenical vibe with members from various Christian traditions and a worship service that varies from gospel to high liturgy.
Urban Grace serves our city through an emphasis on Social Justice, Service, and the Arts. Our mission and commitment are reflected in the use of our 40,000 sq. ft. historical building which functions as a community center for Social Service organizations, Christian ministries, and Arts organizations.

Job Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in applicable field with strong preference for additional theological education
Experience: Minimum two years experience as a leader in children or youth ministry (professional or volunteer)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms
Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
A love for children and their varying abilities and personalities
Comfortable preparing lessons and teaching scripture narratives within Urban Grace's welcoming and ecumenical environment
Able to create a safe, creative, and respectful learning environment that excites children about growing their faith life
Flexible to handle the changing needs of the church
Reliable, collaborative, self-motivated, organized, and have high integrity
Flexible schedule with Sunday mornings required
Women, Persons of Color, and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply.

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Director of Children's & Youth Ministry
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Part Time
$30,000 - 40,000
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100 - 250

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Jennifer Dean
902 Market St.
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