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.
- 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 email@example.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.