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JOB: John Knox Presbyterian Church seeks Director of Children & Family Ministry


John Knox Presbyterian Church is looking to hire a Director of Children and Family Ministry (CFM), and here’s their full job listing:

John Knox Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, multigenerational, “worshipping church being transformed by Jesus that equips people to participate in God’s redemptive work” serving South Seattle. We are a theologically conservative member of PCUSA with 400+ active members. South Seattle is a diverse area, and JKPC is intent on being involved in God’s mission here.

We are looking for a Director of Children and Family Ministry (CFM), who will be responsible for managing and directing all ministry to children ages birth-6th grade and their families as they seek to pass their faith on and help children develop into lifelong followers of Christ.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The position includes activities associated with the Children’s Sunday AM Programs (SAM), Vacation Bible School (VBS), mid-week outreach, the nursery, special events for families and any Children’s Program for a church sponsored seminar or conference in which a children’s program is requested by Session.

The Director will work closely with the Preschool Director and the Director of Student and Family Ministries to create continuity with all three programs. The Director will also work with ministry teams to ensure that children and families are represented and welcomed to serve throughout the ministries of our church. In addition, the Director will equip and support parents and primary care givers in their efforts as the primary agents of faith formation.

Please send resume to [email protected] or call 206-769-8882.

Position Title: Director, Children and Family Ministry

Time Requirement: Fulltime – Exempt

Accountability: This position reports to the Head of Staff, is accountable to the Children and Family Ministry Team and is ultimately accountable to the Session of the John Knox Presbyterian Church (JKPC).

Summary: The Director of Children and Family Ministry (CFM) is responsible for managing and directing all Ministry to children ages birth-6th grade and their families as they seek to pass on their faith and help their children develop into lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Ensures that Children and Family Ministry operates within the church polity, aligns with John Knox Presbyterian Church’s mission and vision, and integrates with other ministries and directors. Works to equip and support parents and primary caregivers in their efforts as the primary agents of faith formation to enable their faith to be passed on from one generation to the next through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Content and Quality

  • Research, develop, and implement a high quality faith-based thematic curriculum with measurable outcomes, using scope and sequence guidelines. Effectively communicate curriculum to staff and parents.
  • Maintain excellence in academics, the facility, and volunteer staffing.
  • Develop and maintain a Chapel/Worship Program in conjunction with Sunday AM and in conjunction with other adult education/ministry/worship team offerings for the JKPC community.
  • Coordinate, review, select and purchase appropriate curriculum, Bibles and other supplies. Select and implement a cohesive Pre K – 6th grade curriculum.
  • Direct all children’s programming including, but not exclusive to: Sunday school, nursery, midweek programs, VBS, special family events, parent education and support.

Church, Staff and Session Integration

  • Represent the Children and Family Ministry of John Knox Church to the community, congregation, Session, staff, our preschool, volunteers, parents and children.
  • Work with Session, other directors on staff and CFM Team as a contributor in setting vision, goals and long term plans for John Knox which involve children and families.
  • Work with the CFM Team to define and articulate the vision, goals and activities of the Children and Family Ministry and ensure they are in concert with the vision and goals of JKPC.
  • Work with CFM elder to delegate responsibly within the CFM Team to assure that all areas of ministry are represented by leaders on the team.
  • Model best practices in leadership for the CFM team members in an effort to help members enhance their own abilities to lead their teams.
  • Encourages, equips and supports the staff, elders, teachers and caregivers in the CFM.
  • Collaborates with all ministry teams as they seek to equip and support the Christian home as the primary agent of faith formation.
  • Willing to become or currently a member.

Administration:

  • Supports all efforts of the Pastor, Staff and Session to equip Christian homes to be the primary agency of faith formation.
  • Report to the Pastor and to the Session in the areas of responsibilities.
  • Attend weekly staff meeting, and Session meetings as requested.
  • Communicate with operations administrator and others as needed to maintain budget expenditures, coordinate building use, and obtain administrative and custodial support.
  • Work with CFM Team and elder to develop, submit to Session and manage the CFM budget
  • Be responsible for communications with parents and church body by sending out newsletters, emails, and announcements in the church worship folder and an updated web-site.
  • Co-lead ministry team with CFM elder, including planning and reporting
  • Maintain all appropriate documentation regarding background checks, accident/incident reports, attendance, contact information of families and volunteers
  • Plan, produce and maintain an annual calendar of events in coordination with JKPC directors

Volunteer Leader Recruitment:

  • Work with CFM Team and other staff members to invite/recruit/train/screen volunteers to meet ministry needs, build meaningful relationships with children and maximize the impact of faith-building time the children spend at church.
  • Involve volunteer leaders in opportunities to support parents and caregivers in their role as the primary agents of faith formation in the lives of their children.

Training and Equipping of Volunteers:

  • Support teachers/caregivers in this ministry by modeling teaching as needed, providing on-site support.
  • Step into a teaching/leadership role in a large or small group/class if necessary.
  • Advise volunteers and parents and primary care givers on issues related to kids and salvation, baptism, communion, learning styles, service, discipline, and other theological and practical issues.

Parent Relations

  • Provide pertinent information and updates as needed regarding JKPC and CFM policies, activities, and events.
  • Provide warm and welcoming representation of Children and Family Ministry and John Knox Presbyterian Church.
  • Demonstrate grace, wisdom and patience, honoring confidentiality in private matters.
  • Form relationships with both parents and children; ministering to their individual needs and concerns when possible/appropriate or connecting them with others who can.
  • Be present on Sunday mornings to network with parents and others in the congregation; sharing enthusiasm for CFM and its vision of assisting parents and primary care givers in passing on their faith.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Education, Early Child Development or similar field, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Three to five years experience as Director, Children and Family Ministry or similar role
  • Knowledgeable about the Bible, Reformed Theology, Faith Formation
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills mandatory.
  • Public speaking/leading in both large group and small group environments regularly required.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office and other computer applications. Technology competence highly desirable.
  • Musical skills appreciated.

Essential Character and Values:

  • A disciple of Jesus Christ in whom the fruit of the Spirit is extremely evident. One committed to a growing and vital faith both personally and for the church wherein worshippers of all ages, being transformed by Jesus, are invited to participate in God’s redemptive work in the world.
  • A Christian who approaches leadership from a place of vision, creativity, intentionality, authenticity and above all, a commitment to Christ; one who is able to impart that vision and inspire others to join efforts to bring it to fruition.
  • A team leader who is unafraid to speak the truth in love and to lead by example. One who walks the talk of faith with authenticity and talks the walk with intelligence and passion.
  • Relates well to both children and adults. Values the spiritual capacity of children.
  • Values the Christian home as the primary agent of faith formation and is inspired to participate in the church’s role of supporting families in their efforts to pass on their faith to the next generation.

Physical Demands

  • Regularly required to talk, hear, sit and use hands to interact with students; also to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel or crouch.

  • May occasionally lift, move or carry up to 30 pounds.

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