Puyallup, Washington

Position Description
Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries

OVERVIEW: Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church is a community of loving and caring Christians in Puyallup, Washington on a journey of faith, inspired by the love of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is our objective that our Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries have a mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deep love for children, youth and their families, and a passion for nurturing our children and youth so that they grow in their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Reporting to and communicating with the Pastor, Christian Education Committee and Administration Committee, and ultimately accountable to Session.


• Coordinate programs and activities involving children, youth and their families, including children's and youth groups, Christian education, mission trips and fellowship activities.
• Develop meaningful and caring relationships with children, youth and their families.
• Plan and provide opportunities for our children, youth and their families to develop and build personal relationships with God through Jesus Christ.
• Coordinate recruitment of, and provide training, support and resources for, leaders and teachers involved in children's and youth programing.
• Be an advocate for children, youth and their families in all ministries of the church
• Ensure a safe environment for our children and youth.
• Participate fully in the worship and life of the church community.
• Set aside time for personal prayer and study, relaxation and refreshment.

Children and Youth Fellowship
• Develop and maintain children's and youth programs and activities, including fellowship, mission, retreats and special events.
• Coordinate and participate in confirmation classes for youth wishing to become church members.

Children and Youth Education
• Provide oversight and guidance for Christian education programs.
• In coordination with the Christian Education Committee, participate in the selection and development of Christian education curriculum to provide continuity across all of the age groups.
• Coordinate special events throughout the year, including Vacation Bible School.

• Coordinate special worship experiences for children and youth.
• Facilitate participation of children and youth in worship services throughout the year.
• Be present for and participate as requested in weekly Sunday worship.

• Serve as a liaison to Session and to church committees.
• Provide oversight of budget matters regarding children and youth, in conjunction with the Christian Education Committee.
• Work in conjunction with church staff and attend weekly staff and leadership meetings.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Personal faith in Jesus Christ and a desire for growth in that relationship.
• Experience and training in the area of children's and youth ministries.
• Great love for those you feel called to lead.
• Grounded in the Reformed tradition.
• Bachelor’s degree with some course work in religious studies and/or youth ministry; relevant work experience/history will be considered.
• Self-starter with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, high energy, and creativity.
• Team builder who works cooperatively with others.
• Flexible, available, and willing to work varied hours.
• Love of continuous learning.
• Ability to cultivate relationships with all generations of the congregation and a wider community.
• Possess a valid driver's license and able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check.
• Agreement to work under the Policies and Core Competencies of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church.

CORE COMPETENCIES: While the specifics of the following Core Competencies may not apply in all details to the position of Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries, it is expected that the person in this position will respect and abide by the spirit of these core responsibilities, which apply to all staff positions.

MISSION OWNERSHIP: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission, values, and Reformed traditions of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church. Can teach these values to others and bring these values into the leadership team(s) of our youth.

SPIRITUAL MATURITY: Communicates their own personal faith to others in a clear, sensitive and compelling way; seeks out colleagues on faith/theology issues in developing outreach ministries and service opportunities for others. Will take the initiative to gain spiritual/personal support through the regular participation in support groups/spiritual direction.

COMMUNICATION: Exhibits an ability to involve others, listens well to others and ensures that everyone involved in shared ministry and mission knows what is happening and when, and communicates to the congregation about their respective responsibilities.

INITIATIVE: Identifies and anticipates what needs to be done to carry out essential job functions and take the necessary steps to accomplish the required tasks with a sense of excellence and quality.
ORGANIZATION: Demonstrates skills to plan events/programs, define the necessary time lines for ministry objectives, manage multiple tasks and responsibilities, prioritize objectives and marshal resources (staff, volunteers, funding, material, and support) to get things done in an efficient and timely manner.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Demonstrates the skill of active listening and openly accepts constructive criticism; identifies and solves problems; engages and resolves interpersonal conflict; demonstrates enthusiasm and compassion for others; and engages people and situations with a demeanor of optimism and abundance.

TEAM BUILDING SKILLS: Enthusiastically supports the work of other church staff; participates in all appropriate staff/leadership events and meetings; clearly communicates expectations of other church staff; remains flexible in working with other staff members and congregants and seeks to make laughter and prayerful concern of other staff members a high priority.
Expected annual salary range of $28,800 to $34,000, depending on experience, plus benefits, including paid vacation and study leave, health insurance, study allowance, and car allowance.

Please send applications and inquiries to:

Bradley Maxa, Search Committee Chair
Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church (USA)
PO Box 73426
Puyallup, WA 98373

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