Open Position: Director of Family Engagement

Position Summary: First Congregational Church Williamstown is a dynamic, hospitable, family-friendly hub where social justice, contemplation, and the arts intersect. The Director of Family Engagement develops and oversees youth programs serving nursery-age to 12th grade, serving as the primary point of contact for church families and youth. The Director is responsible for three tiers of youth engagement in the church: 1) overseeing nursery and Sunday School classes through seventh grade, while creating growing and regular 2) Junior High and 3) Senior High programs. This position is an initial two-year entrepreneurial position requiring strong relational skills building partnerships with church families and non-church community families with a particular focus on social justice actions and opportunities. Church leadership is enthusiastic and flexible to work with and learn from the strengths of the right dedicated candidate to craft the position’s emphasis.

Working Relationships: Relationships with church families and youth are the core aspect of the work. The position works closely with the Pastor in consultation with the Education & Fellowship Ministry Team. S/he will interface with the church staff as needed and attend weekly staff meetings. The chair of the Personnel Committee is available at any time for consultation.

Compensation: Position is 20 hours per week year round. Compensation is up to $20,000/year, does not include benefits, and will be commensurate with training and experience.

Programming: 12 hrs/week (60 percent of position time)

  • Oversee and lead enriching Sunday school program for children nursery-age to seventh grade.
  • Create a program that engages weekly or bi-weekly a growing number of Junior and Senior High students. Note: This could be in conjunction or in concert with bullet #2 under Community Engagement.
  • Build relationships and ongoing communication with all parents of youth in church, through in-person, electronic, and social media channels.
  • Plan and promote all major events in such a way that the targeted number of youth participate.

Community Engagement: 6 hr/week (30%) percent of position time

  • Develop and implement specific youth events for wider community in summer and periodically through year.
  • Expand relationship network through small group events or interest activities with church youth, families, and non-church friends (i.e. attending soccer games or concerts, summer cookouts)
  • Partner with local arts institutions, social justice organizations, and interfaith congregations for youth engagement opportunities.
  • Seek input from United Church of Christ curricula and progressive Christian organizations.

Supervision and Administration: 2 hrs / week (10 percent of position time)

  • Recruit, train, and supervise Sunday school teachers and nursery care providers.
  • Establish and adhere to administrative documents in timely fashion (youth ministry calendar, attendance records, registration forms).
  • Update, distribute, and adhere to Safe Church policies (background checks, yearly staff update).
  • Assist with budget planning in consultation with Pastor and Education & Fellowship Ministry Team.

Qualifications

  • Background in Christianity with social justice commitments
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate events of 25 people or more.
    • Skills: ability to conceive, develop and implement group activities, volunteer service and action opportunities; effective communications ability to ensure interest and attendance; ability to coordinate in timely fashion with families, church community and staff.
  • Capacity to cultivate lasting relationships with families and youth both in church and in wider community
    • Skills: Proven networking ability to expand relationships; successful experience in strategic relationship building (i.e. through one on one in-person and small group meetings to build support for emerging programs and events).
  • Track record of building new programs, from small-scale group events (i.e. 5-10 people gathering for film night or arts performance) to larger scale events (i.e. forming chaperone team for 25+ youth to attend Washington, D.C. social justice demonstration).
  • Experience utilizing social media for event promotion and ongoing community communication (Facebook, Instagram, and video)
  • Project-management abilities
    • Skills: event calendar planning; adaptability and task-prioritization in context of multiple demands; flexibility in planning and ability to adjust strategies and plans as focus a need shifts.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
    • Skills: Ability to speak publicly to persuade others to point of view or inspire participation; ability to write attention-generating pieces such as press releases, newsletter or bulletin articles.
  • Proficiency in Google and Office Suites; willingness to participate in ongoing training to enhance technical skills.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Lynn Chick at lynnchick124@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. First Congregational Church is an equal opportunity employer.

Open Position: Office Administrator

 

Position Summary: First Congregational Church Williamstown is a dynamic, hospitable, family-friendly hub where social justice, contemplation, and the arts intersect. We seek an office administrator to carry out spoken and written communications with the congregation and the community, to manage daily operations of the church office and building, and to provide administrative support to the pastor and church leaders.

Working Relationships: This position requires effective communications and working relationships with church members, building renters, community groups, church staff, and visitors. The individual serves as the public face of the church during office hours, while at the same time carrying out assigned projects. The person reports to the pastor in consultation with the Stewardship Ministry Team. 

Hours and Compensation: This position is 25 hours a week, with reduced hours in the summer, and with benefits. Salaried compensation will be in the range of $20,000-$25,000 per year and will depend on skills and experience.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • Proficiency in writing and editing; excellent verbal skills
  • Commitment to confidentiality in handling sensitive material and situations
  • Flexibility and task-prioritization in context of multiple demands
  • Proficiency in Google, Office, Mail Chimp or Constant Contact, and Adobe Suites; familiarity with QuickBooks and financial record-keeping
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing training to enhance technical skills
  • College degree preferred; church membership not required

Communications

  • Produce and often create electronic and printed materials in collaboration with pastor, staff, and lay leaders, including weekly worship bulletins, annual report, directories, paid advertising, press releases, flyers, newsletter, etc.
  • Distribute church information and news updates via weekly electronic communications, updates to church website, social media and printed material
  • Maintain records of church policies, meeting minutes, etc.

Office and Building Use Management

  • Serve as administrative liaison for staff, church ministry teams, and community partners
  • Welcome and assist church members and visitors while maintaining focus on task completion
  • Oversee and manage church building use needs, including scheduling, processing building use requests, planning for events, and maintaining church electronic calendar. Apply relevant church policies.
  • Work with the building manager, pastor, congregants, staff, and community members to ensure effective communication and coordination between renters and church teams
  • Assist the pastor in all work as requested, including building use logistics, special events and worship services

Applications with resume and cover letter should be sent to susan.clarke@firstchurchwilliamstown.org. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. First Congregational Church is an equal opportunity employee.

 

 

 

Open Position: Community Outreach Organizer

First Congregational Church of Williamstown

Community Outreach Organizer

Brief Description

The First Congregational Church of Williamstown is a lively, progressive congregation active from our earliest days to the present speaking out for the oppressed in our society. Converting faith into action is a central theme of the outreach efforts at First Church today. To help address the pressing social justice needs of the Berkshires and beyond, we are eager to grow our efforts through deepened partnership and advocacy.

First Church therefore seeks an energetic and collaborative professional with organizing and faith-based experience to serve as Community Outreach Organizer. Working closely with the Pastor and members of the church’s Outreach Ministry Team, the Outreach Organizer will help to expand the reach of First Church and its beliefs of justice, inclusion, and equality into the community. They will help build positive and constructive working relationships with other northern Berkshire faith communities and community partners with the goal of carrying out actions and lifting voices in support of shared values of justice, mutual respect, compassion, truth, and universal human rights.

Responsibilities

  1. Help strengthen existing relationships and build new ones between and among First Church, the Northern Berkshire interfaith community, and community partners.
  2. Promote better understanding among partners of our common values and beliefs and document aligned work on social justice issues that is underway or in planning.
  3. Identify and select three initiatives in the areas of social justice on which interfaith and community partners wish to have greater impact, which initiatives involve families and people of all ages.
  4. In close relationship with the Pastor, the Outreach Mission team and the interfaith community, lead the collaborative design of actions and initiatives aligned with our faith-based mission that draw in community members of all ages with a shared sense of purpose.
  5. Organize and manage specific events and engagement opportunities that strengthen participants’ commitment to the initiatives and highlight the faith community’s role in the struggle for justice and compassion in our country.
  6. Promote activities and share outcomes with the community at large in order to share the faith communities’ commitment to this outreach work.

Qualities & Attributes Sought

  • Organizing experience
  • College degree preferred
  • Faith-based experience
  • Cultural diversity experience
  • Outgoing personality
  • Organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the Northern Berkshire Community
  • Preferably Spanish speaking

First Church is an equal opportunity employer.

Hours & Office

This is a part-time position. Hours in any given day or week will be very flexible given the activity in any given day or week, but the work overall would be for a maximum of 80 hours a month. While office space will be provided as needed, it is expected that most of the Outreach Organizer’s work will be done from home or at the organizing locations, using their own equipment and transportation and setting their own hours. The Organizer is required to keep a time sheet showing their hours worked and tasks accomplished. The Organizer will be subject to the Church’s personnel policy.

Reporting

The Outreach Organizer will report to the Pastor and a representative of the Church Outreach team. The Organizer will be expected to prepare a summary report of activities each week and meet with the Pastor and/or Outreach representative once a week.

Remuneration

Annual compensation will be between $ 15,000-20,000, depending on candidate experience. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of continuing for additional years.

Applications & Inquiries

To apply, please send a current resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position by email at office@firstchurchwilliamstown.org or by mail at First Congregational Church, Attn: Terry Plumb-Clark, 906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267.

All candidates for employment will be subject to background and reference checks.

Please direct all inquiries about the position to the Search Committee at office@firstchurchwilliamstown.org or 413-458-4273.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

Interim Pastor Advertisement

The First Congregational Church, Williamstown, Massachusetts seeks a designated pastor (with possibility to become the settled pastor)–a dynamic, committed person to carry out pastoral roles and to deepen community-building in a diverse, multi-generational congregation. In anticipation of its 250th anniversary in 2015 and looking toward another 250 years, the landmark church has completed a self-assessment, including goals for its future.  Members of the congregation, which has 101 primary financial supporters, lead in social and environmental issues in the community and nationally. Lay leaders and staff members deal with administrative matters within an annual budget of approximately $385,000. Located in the middle of the Williams College campus, in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, the Colonial-style church building is shared by “mission partners,” local non-profits that enhance outreach activities. The Williamstown community includes academic, artistic and intellectual resources, college chaplains and ministers of other churches, and excellent public schools. Salary and benefits are negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Revised 3.25.2013

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