POSITION SUMMARY ($200 stipend for 10 hours/week)
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The Youth Ministries Specialist (Pre-K - 5th Grade) will be responsible for supporting the SPLASH Faith Formation (Sunday School) program at Bethesda Lutheran Church. This individual will work in collaboration with the Associate Pastor, volunteer teachers and helpers and other Bethesda staff in all areas of need related to SPLASH.
This position involves a wide range of planning and organizing activities, as well as hands-on teaching. The individual in this position needs to be available to work Sunday mornings, with flexible hours during the week for office work, classroom prep, etc.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
- Prepares teachers’ SPLASH curriculum packets on a monthly basis for each grade level. This involves ordering curriculum, sorting, photocopying, and providing teacher resources as needed.
- Reviews SPLASH lesson plans on a weekly basis and ensures each classroom is prepared for that lesson. (Current curriculum uses a variety of learning opportunities, such as cooking, science experiments, drama and so on.)
- Attends worship service and is present and available in the Christian Education area for the entire morning of SPLASH activities.
- Serves as the primary teacher each week, finding a replacement as needed.
- Recruits and schedules Sunday School SPLASH teachers and helpers, ensuring adequate coverage each week.
- Organizes and leads beginning of each SPLASH session. This includes announcements, music time and video lesson.
- Ensures attendance and offering collection is taken for each SPLASH class, following outlined financial procedures.
- Follows policies and procedures as outlined in the Bethesda Lutheran Church Child and Youth Safety Program.
- Works with office staff in August to register SPLASH participants via website, target emails, bulletin inserts, etc.
- Assists Youth Ministries Specialist (6th – 12th Grade) with other children’s events as requested.
- Performs other duties as requested.
The Youth Ministries Specialist will interact with the following: Pastor(s) and other church staff, SPLASH Faith Formation (Sunday School) volunteers, parents – and most importantly – the children of Bethesda.
PROBLEM SOLVING / DECISION MAKING:
Exercising discretion and maintaining confidences are a must when working with youth. This position has access to confidential information due to many interactions with Bethesda’s families. Work typically follows established procedures and schedules; however, must be able to identify an emergency situation and act quickly and calmly.
EQUIPMENT / MATERIAL / PROPERTY / WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Computer, keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer, copy machine, telephone, files, reports, manuals and other
general office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; often subject to interruptions and inquiries during Sunday mornings. The noise level in the work environment can be loud, due to various youth activities.
MENTAL and PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk. The employee frequently is required to stand; sit; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The Youth Ministries Specialist coordinates weekly SPLASH teaching schedules and organizes teachers and parent volunteers.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred. May substitute with combination of education/work experience.
- Strong communication skills, written and verbal required.
- Experience in a church-related ministry, including coordinating the work of a volunteer staff preferred.
- Understanding of the stages of growth and development in children and how these practically apply to the planning of activities is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and ability to work with others as a team member.
- A commitment to actively promote an inclusive and welcoming community and to work for racial justice.