The Youth Director reports directly to the Associate Pastor and is responsible for:
- Overseeing the youth ministry for grades 5-12 bringing to life our church’s mission and vision through our youth.
- Coordinate and facilitate opportunities for youth (grades 5 – 12) to gather together, develop relationships with one another and engage in the building & practice of Christian community.
- Contribute to and support activities and events, that allow youth to encounter Christ through worship, education, activities and fellowship
- Providing input in the development of a restructuring plan for the youth ministry in conjunction with the adult volunteers, Youth Council and Staff Parish committees.
- Assisting church staff in spiritually preparing our youth for challenges ahead in young adulthood and nurturing in them a sense of clear Christian identity through an understanding of God-given gifts and talents.
Part-time/Nonexempt; Salaried 20 - 28 hours per week; supervised by the Associate Pastor
Recruiting and Supervision: The Youth Director coordinates and supervises all youth ministry activities for grades 5-12 working with adult volunteers and church staff to ensure that the efforts of all adult leaders and staff members are coordinated to maximize
Programs: The Youth Director ensures all details of youth programs and special events are taken care of so that an atmosphere of belonging and fellowship is created.
Relationships: The Youth Director is to facilitate building rapport and strong personal relationships between the youth of the church and key adult volunteers.
Important Personal Qualities
- Love God and his people.
- Have a Growth Mindset – willingness to continue learning and developing one’s youth ministry skills.
- Possess strong leadership skills.
- Take initiative; self-starter with the ability to follow through. Responsible, reliable and organized.
- Flexible and willing to adjust plans to meet the changing needs of youth ministry.
- Tenacious; willing to continue on with ministry if/when something fails.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
- Pastoral care/counseling, education, or experience working with youth.
- Basic understanding of the theology of the United Methodist denomination and a willingness to lead the youth ministries in a way consistent with the United Methodist theology
- Understanding of and ability to relate to people at many places along the Christian theological spectrum.
- Ability to communicate clearly and regularly through written, verbal and electronic means.
- Computer literacy; social media savvy.
- Ability to relate to youth and their unique interests.
- Understanding and training in Christian theology a plus.
- Knowledge and understanding of issues and spiritual growth dynamics of youth (grades 5 – 12) a plus.
- CPR/First Aid certification a plus.
The Youth Director may endure nights each year with minimal sleep, particularly if participating on retreats and trips with students. In addition, there will be seasons when the physical demands of the youth ministry can be exhausting, particularly when
preparing for a major event or multiple major events. Assisting event volunteers with cleanup and staff cleanup days can require some heavy lifting as the staff person’s ability allows.
In addition to programs that take place on the church grounds and in the homes of members, some of the work of the Youth Director will require work that takes place away from the office.