Diocese of Massachusettes
Christ Church Cambridge is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Coordinator of Children’s and Family Ministries, a 20-hour/week position. Christ Church is a diverse and vibrant worshiping community that is part of the Episcopal Church. Located in Harvard Square, our members come from Cambridge and surrounding towns such as Somerville and Belmont. As a Church that has been around for over 250 years, history is very alive for us, and we are also open to where God is calling us today and in the future.
We provide Christian Formation for all ages, every Sunday of our program year (September-May/June). The Godly Play curriculum has been the core of our Church school for many years and more recently, we have begun the Journey to Adulthood program. We anticipate taking our second J2A Pilgrimage in February 2016. Our goals for the coming years are to continue to solidify and grow both of these programs, recruit and train a larger base of Church School teachers and mentors, create opportunities for children and their families to engage more deeply in the worship and life of our community, and to listen deeply for where the Holy Spirit is guiding us.
Feel free to contact me with any questions at email@example.com or 617.876.0200 x. 211.
The Rev. Jonathan Eden
JOB DESCRIPTION - Coordinator of Children’s and Family Ministries
The Coordinator of Children’s and Family Ministries is a part-time staff member - lay or ordained - responsible for the oversight and direction of Christian Formation and associated ministries for families with children and youth within the parish. The position is for 20 hours per week. The broad responsibilities of the position include:
• Designing, implementing and developing the Christian Education programs from preschool through high school.
• Providing a warm welcome to all children and youth of the parish with their households to parish programs.
• Recruiting, coordinating, mentoring and training teachers and volunteers. Serving as part of the Church School Committee.
• Acting as liaison with clergy and staff to welcome children and youth into the wider life and ministry of the parish and encouraging other adults to offer that same welcome.
• Strong organizational skills. Able to coordinate a multi-faceted program involving staff and volunteer teams. Communicates effectively with teachers, parents and staff to ensure smooth-running programs. Has budgeting, word processing and database skills.
• Enjoys and has experience working with children and youth. Has a clear understanding of their developmental needs. Is willing to know the children and youth well and give them a strong sense of being valued members of the Church community.
• Is an experienced master teacher. Is able to provide teacher training, support, resources and feedback.
• Some theological training is preferred, together with experience in Christian Education and an appreciation for the Episcopal tradition. Previous knowledge and experience of the Godly Play and Journey to Adulthood programs will be helpful, and experience in the arts, music and/or children’s literature would be beneficial.
• Coordinator of Children’s and Family Ministries will receive supervision from the Associate Rector.
• Coordinator of Children’s and Family Ministries will receive a review after 60 days and an annual review from the Associate Rector
A. Organization and Administration
• In consultation with the Clergy, Choir Director and Parish Life Committee, develops and implements an annual calendar for Church School and youth programming that includes curriculum objectives, staffing and volunteer needs, Sunday morning schedule, special events and projects.
• Develops budget for the year.
• Keeps records (class lists, birth dates, etc.).
• Coordinates annual registration and welcomes, with a focus on incorporating new families.
• Communicates regularly with parents via weekly emails, the school calendar, promotion of special events, and relevant articles in the parish newsletter,
B. Program Implementation
• Ensures that the parish fulfills Safe Church teacher training requirements and all other diocesan requirements for Christian Education programs.
• Recruits, trains and coordinates Church School teachers and a team of mentors for the Journey to Adulthood youth program, ensuring that each class has as many teachers as are legally required (two per class room). Develops the teaching schedule and communicates it clearly.
• Fosters creative teaching throughout the Church School. Invites talented congregation members to participate as appropriate.
• Provides support and training for the entire team of Church School teachers in Pre-K through High School.
• Is present and takes responsibility for the smooth operation of Sunday morning programs and any other church events involving children and youth. Handles disciplinary and support issues.
• Working with the Christian Formation and Parish Life Committees, and Journey to Adulthood mentors, designs and coordinates special events
• Works on inter-generational parish events, such as Homecoming, Spring picnic, Advent wreath making, Epiphany party, Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, etc.
• In coordination with the Clergy and office staff, will hire and support nursery caregivers.
• May preach or take on liturgical roles, as assigned by the Rector.
C. Liaison and Integration
• Attends weekly staff meetings and facilitates the integration of children and youth into worship and all parish programs. Communicates relevant program details to the staff, the vestry and the parish.
• Attends vestry meetings as needed to foster strong and clear communication and cooperation between the vestry and Church School.
• Develops collegial relationships and communicates regularly with clergy, choir director, acolyte directors and scheduler, and nursery staff.
• Will assist in developing a Christian Formation Committee to discuss curriculum and all relevant Church School needs.
• Serves as a pastoral minister to meet the pastoral needs of children, youth and their families, in conjunction with parish clergy.
This is a part-time position.
Applications for this position are due July 1st.
For more information, please visit http://diomass.org/employment.
To apply, please read over the job description carefully and send your resume and cover letter to:
The Rev. Jonathan Eden
0 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Posted May 25th, 2015