Children and Youth Director - Dubuque, St. Luke's UMC

Published on: 10/12/2017

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Dubuque, Iowa
Position Summary:
The Youth Director position is to serve the congregation, pastor, staff, and committees of St. Luke’s UMC for the purpose of resourcing, training and implementing the entire children and youth ministries from pre-school through high school. The Children and Youth Director will serve as a member of the church staff and be required to perform the duties of the position in accordance with the job description, the Employee Handbook, and all applicable St. Luke’s UMC policies and procedures.  Duties may be modified in consultation with the Pastor and the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC).
Responsible To: 
Pastor for day-to-day operations, Staff/Pastor-Parish Committee for fulfilling responsibilities defined in the job description, defining goals, evaluation and communication of concerns related to the performance of the position. 
Job Description:
The Children and Youth Director shall be a salaried position, working 40 hours per week.  The SPPRC and the Pastor shall agree upon the work schedule.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Develop, coordinate, promote, and implement a quality Christian education for Children and Youth: 
  • Children in the following areas - Sunday school; third grade Bible presentation; Wonderful Wednesday activities; Vacation Bible School 
  • Middle School and High School Youth in the following areas: Sunday school; Youth Groups; Wonderful Wednesday activities 
  • Seasonal/Special Events include: teacher recognition, graduation recognition, Youth Sunday, Advent and Christmas programming, Children’s Sabbath.
  • Implement Christian education program for children and youth
  • Use Safe Sanctuary principals and guidelines
  • Coordinate ministries by, with, and for youth by creating varied and wide-ranging programs that include worship, study, fellowship, service opportunities, and activities.
  • Facilitate participation of children and youth in worship services throughout the year. Interface with children’s music program/staff
  • Integrate the children and youth into all activities of church life at St. Luke’s UMC.  Visioning with and equipping them to lead, and to serve here, now and in the future
  • Participate in confirmation class and activities, at the request of the pastor.
  • Maintain responsibility for children’s worship bags
  • Recruit and facilitate volunteer nursery and childcare workers.  Supervise, resource, and maintain schedule for nursery workers.  Collect and review time sheets for paid nursery staff
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members as appropriate
  • Attend appropriate committee and planning meetings in addition to attending the meetings of Council on Ministries and Church Council
  • Recruit and train Sunday school teachers and volunteers for children and youth programs
  • Maintain spaces in which children’s activities are held, e.g. resource materials, maintenance of equipment, and cleanliness of space
  • Work with the Pastor and Spiritual Growth and Discipleship Ministry Facilitators in approving all children and ministries programs, Sunday and Vacation Bible School curricula, activities and disbursement of funds for supplies and projects, keeping within the budgeted amount
  • Consult with the Pastor on behavior problems, parent complaints or when situations that require assistance or input in the overall interest of the children’s programming.
  • Connect with parents and introduce new families to the pastor
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the position as assigned by the Pastor
  • Provide a monthly written report to the SPPRC summarizing the month’s activities
  • Communicate with organizations, people and resources in the community that relate to youth and seek to connect the congregation with the community for a strong program
  • Attend to details in a timely manner, e.g., bulletin boards, photography, social media updates, web site, newsletter communications, bulletin announcements, forms and registrations 
Education Requirements
A Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in Education and/or Christian Education.  Will give consideration to related fields and participation in training leading to certification in Christian Education.

Expected Results:
Create vibrant, energetic children and youth programs that attract new children and youth and retain existing children, youth, and families.

Work Environment:
Most of the work is performed in a normal inside office environment with appropriate heating
and cooling.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.  The building is multi-level with several sets of stairs, but is
handicapped accessible and equipped with an elevator.  It is a nonsmoking environment.
Special Requirements:
Motor vehicle operator’s license with a clear record and must have a background check.
Please send a resume and 3 professional references by November 1, 2017, to:
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Attn:  SPPRC – Marcia Young, 1199 Main St., Dubuque, IA  52001