This is a non-exempt, half-time position (.5 FTE), which reports to the Rector. Work is prioritized by the Minister and the Rector. The Minister is expected to be present at the church on Sunday mornings and whichever day staff meeting is held weekly, with other time scheduled as needed.
The Coordinator works closely with the Rector, Staff, and lay leaders including the Mission/Ministry Team of the Vestry, in caring for and supporting the spiritual growth of children, youth, and families at Emmanuel. This work is rooted in our Anglican Christian tradition.
As a paid member of the staff, the Minister is supervised by the Rector, or in the absence of a Rector, by the Senior Warden.
Overview of Responsibilities
The Minister for Children, Youth, and Families oversees all areas of parish life pertaining to these groups. Primarily this work centers around Sunday School and Youth group. The Minister will work closely with the Rector to meet the spiritual needs of these groups and integrate them in our parish life. The Minister will be responsible for communication, volunteer training, and supporting intergenerational ministry within the congregation.
Areas of Responsibility:
● Nursery Care – Ensure that qualified nursery caregivers are scheduled and present during Sunday worship and other parish events.
● Children’s Formation (preK through 5th grade) – Shape and lead weekly children’s programs on Sunday mornings. Provide framework of curriculum, training and support for volunteer teachers.
● Youth Formation (6th-12 grade) – Shape and lead weekly youth programs. Provide, training and support for volunteers. Youth work may include but is not limited to: outreach and service, mission work, confirmation classes, and social events.
● Family-Inclusive Ministries – Create and promote multi-generational activities and increase intentional family inclusion in the life of the congregation.
● Safeguarding God’s People/Children – Using diocesan resources, schedule required Safeguarding trainings for staff and volunteers to maintain compliance with diocesan policy.
● Other Duties – As assigned by the Rector.
● experience in working with youth and children, preferably in a religious setting
● enthusiasm for spiritual formation
● knowledge of Episcopal history and tradition
● ability to work with a wide variety people, including strong personalities
● ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
● resourcefulness to seek new information and ideas
● proven communication skills, both verbal and written
● ability to use social media and electronic communication tools for organizational purposes
● experience and/or willingness to learn project planning, execution, and evaluation
● experience working with volunteers and small groups/teams
● ability to travel freely to and from our Mercer Island location at all needed times.
This position pays $25,000 per year plus pension and health benefits.