Part-Time Employment Opportunity - Children, Youth, and Family Director @ Woodland Presbyterian Church @ 42nd/Pine

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Job Title: Director of Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) Ministries

Hours per Week: 15-25

Paid?: Yes

Start Date: Negotiable (prefer Summer 2011)

Overview of Position and Opening:

Woodland Presbyterian Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational
church located in an urban setting at the intersection of campuses and
community. We are a PC-USA congregation that was first formed in the
1860’s. Our Sunday morning worship service typically draws 100
worshippers, including 15-25 children. We believe that children,
youth, and families are all important members of the family of God,
and therefore their spiritual growth is an integral part of the
overall health of the church and its mission to the neighborhood
around us. The Director of Children, Youth, and Family (CYF)
Ministries works in collaboration with other staff, Session, and
volunteers from the congregation towards that end. There is always
more to do than the time allotted each week, so prioritization,
efficiency, and delegation are important components of a successful
CYF Director, as is the ability to work with a wide range of children,
youth, families, volunteers, and staff members.

Woodland’s staff presently includes a full-time Interim Senior Pastor,
a full-time Sexton, a part-time Administrative Associate, and a
part-time Music Minister. It is our preference that we are able to
fill this position in time for a Summer 2011 start date. If you are
interested in this position, please submit your cover letter and
resume to Lee Huang, Chairperson of the Personnel Team, at
jobs@woodlandpres.net (email), fax (215 386-1725), or mail (42nd and
Pine Streets, Philadelphia PA 19104). We will try to answer all
inquiries and will contact you if we would like to set up an



• Connect the work of CYF to Woodland’s larger work, and communicate
that work to congregants and to other stakeholders

• Serve as a public face, point person, and final decision-maker for
all aspects of CYF

• Represent CYF and its agenda via interfaces with internal (worship,
building and property, outreach, education) and external (partners,
community, Presbytery) entities

Recruit, Train, and Disciple Members of the Congregation into CYF Ministry

• Encourage those with a heart for children and family ministries to
get involved

• Recruit and support volunteer leaders

• Direct the training of volunteers in teaching and in working with children

Direct Ministry Responsibilities

• Supervise volunteers in the following programmatic activities and age groups:

 Sunday School for infants (0 to 18 months), toddlers (18 months to 4
years), children (4 years to 9 years)

 One-week Vacation Bible School summer camp

 Other offerings as mutually determined with staff and Session
(examples: Christmas pageant, service opportunities, missions trips)

• Establish relationships with parents and families and be sensitive
to their needs and concerns

• Become an active member of Woodland and participate in Sunday
worship service periodically as a member of the ministry staff, for
purposes of promoting and forwarding the ministry of CYF

• Explore and supervise ministry initiatives for pre-teens and teens,
including connection to other churches to pool youth ministry

• Explore and supervise family ministry initiatives, including
connection to other local resources to provide spiritual guidance to
young families

• Commit to pray regularly for CYF leaders and volunteers, children,
and families


• Attend weekly staff meetings

• File a quarterly report of past and future activities and
accomplishments to Session

• Develop and enforce policies relating to all aspects of CYF
ministries (for example, ensuring that the appropriate back ground
checks are carried out on all volunteers working with children)

• Develop and monitor CYF portion of the church’s budget

Oversight and Support:

The Director of CYF Ministries will report to the Head of Staff and
will attend weekly Staff Meetings.

The Session will ensure that the following support mechanisms are in
place so that Employee is in the best position possible to serve in a
way that is fulfilling to her and productive for the church:

a) inclusion in a staff team in which everyone's position description
is known to one another so that staff members can better support and
collaborate with one another,

b) 1-2 deacons assigned to pray for and support Employee in her work
and to help advocate for the work of CYF in the broader work of the

c) Annual check-in sessions with the Personnel Team for purposes of
receiving encouragement and advice as well as together clarifying the
position description going forward.


Salary, benefits, and vacation are negotiable. Consideration will be
given to funding and enabling various professional development
avenues, such as books and conferences.

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