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Director of Christian Education

Private Profile
New York, New York, United States

Date Posted: 10/04/2017
Categories: Christian Education
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 2001 to 2500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


To inspire and direct faith formation for children, their families, and adults in a nurturing and safe Christian community at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and to provide age-appropriate spiritual, educational, social and service programs and opportunities that meet the needs of these populations, and are in line with the greater vision and mission of the FAPC community.

Administrative:  Work with Family Ministries and Christian Education staff and lay leaders to oversee and implement Christian Education programming for infants through 5th grade, as well as both family and adult programming; manage and balance an annual budget of $100,000+; organize and oversee the logistics of Sunday morning programming, classes, retreats, events, and Vacation Bible School.
Supervisor:  Supervise volunteer Sunday School teachers, a part time Nursery Coordinator, a part time Director of Children’s Music.  
Recruiter/Coordinator:  Work with Family Ministries committees and staff to recruit, train, and support the extensive volunteer base needed to implement programming for more than 60 registered families.  Work with Adult Education committees to craft and implement educational programming for more than 1,500 adults.
Visionary/Program Builder:  Further develop programming/staffing in creative, spiritually guided directions to better utilize our resources and facilities to: 

1) meet the growing needs of families at FAPC and to more effectively reach out to families outside our church walls.    

2) meet the diverse needs of adults in varying stages of life and faith development and to increase engagement of adults within and without our church walls. 
Pastoral:  Provide basic pastoral care to families, children, and adults; regularly communicate needs and concerns with the pastoral staff.  

1.   Provide a safe, welcoming, and stimulating environment where children, parents, and adults can learn about Jesus Christ and the life of the church through exciting and well-planned programs that purposefully involve servant leaders/parents/families/adults.

2.   Serve as a staff liaison to the Family Ministries and Adult Education Committees of the Session; assist the chair with agenda planning, preparation of minutes, the nominating of officers, sub-committee chairs and committee members; and assist committees in prudent financial planning, develop and monitor all aspects of FM and AE budget. 

3.   Work with the Family Ministries, Adult Education committees and staff to coordinate, recruit, train, encourage and recognize volunteers.  

4.   Oversee efficient communication to families, volunteers, FAPC staff, and congregation, including weekly email to all families, weekly email to Sunday School teachers, event flyers and posters, special mailings, weekly bulletin announcements, regular VOICE articles, and thank you notes when applicable.  Work with administrative assistant to develop and update database on all contact information.   
5.   Participate in regular meetings with the Family Ministries and Adult Education committees, as well as Senior Staff and Staff meetings.  

6.   Meet regularly and work closely with Family Ministries and Adult Education departments, committees, and lay leadership providing leadership, vision, care and administrative support and structure to insure efficient and effective program implementation. 

a.   Departments: 

i.   Sunday School – recruit and train Sunday School teachers; plan, organize, edit and supplement curriculum for 9:30 am Sunday School and 11:00 am Children’s Church; communicate lesson plans with Sunday School teachers; order and maintain necessary supplies; coordinate set ups; and schedule advanced calendaring.

ii.   Nursery - work with Nursery Coordinator to screen, schedule and oversee nursery employees; maintain personnel files; increase volunteer involvement of parents; integrate new families; acknowledge new births; implement safety measures; order supplies; and coordinate events.

iii.   Children’s Choir (under Music Department) - Synchronize and coordinate with the Director of Music and Associate Director of Children’s & Youth Music as music events interact with and supplement Family Ministries programs.

iv.   Adult Education — design, plan, resource, and implement relevant, substantive, and engaging programming; recruit and liaise with outside experts, professors, theologians, and speakers when necessary, monitor and nurture congregational involvement. 


b.   Committees:

i.   Family Ministries:

1.   Events – work with the committee to help plan the calendar and logistics for Family Ministries annual events (Fall Festival, Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, Service Project), recruit volunteers, brainstorm new events as needed.

2.   Summer Programs – work with the committee to plan, invite, and organize Family Camp and Vacation Bible School.

3.   Hospitality - work with the committee to establish Angel Families, follow up with New Members and baptism, acknowledge new attendees and births, get new attendees involved as servant leaders.

ii.   Adult Education :
1.   Courses -work with the committee to craft and curate meaningful and consistent programs throughout the program year (Sept. – May). 

2.   Engagement — work with the committee to maintain and increase involvement in Adult Educational programming by publicizing, inviting, and surveying. 

3.   Innovation — work with committee to renew as needed FAPC’s understanding of Adult Education, and to imagine new models of meaningful faith formation.

1.   Strong commitment to Jesus Christ and the ability to work with diverse theological perspectives of the greater New York City community.

2.   Masters in Christian Education, Masters of Divinity, Masters in Education or equivalent experience in school or multi-functional management.

3.   Experience and measurable success in program building in a multi-faceted educational environment.  Insight into changing needs and composition of families, children and youth.

4.   Commitment to the growth and strengthening of the Christian church in general and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in particular.

5.   Ability to effectively plan and efficiently coordinate the programming, logistics, and execution of a Christian Education ministry.
DEPARTMENT:   Family Ministries & Adult Education

REPORTS TO:     Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and Community Groups



Salary: Competitive and commensurate to experience.

Benefits: Full health benefits and pension.