Director of Youth and Family Ministries

 

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption   

Seattle, WA

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Growing in Faith and Love Through Christ

 

Position Description

  • Director of Youth and Family Ministries:  A full-time salaried staff position, reporting to the Parish Priest.
  • Purpose of Position:  To develop a comprehensive Youth and Family Ministry at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption. Serve as a spiritual leader and role model to the youth of the Parish.

Position Responsibilities

  • Leadership:   Working closely with the Parish Priest, establish a Youth and Family Leadership Council, composed of parents and other ministry leaders, designed to coordinate the various youth ministries and create a unified annual calendar of events. Administer the Youth Protection Program.
  • Budget Management:   Work with the Parish Council to develop, submit, manage, and regularly report on, a yearly Youth and Family Ministry Budget.
  • Ministry Design:  Design a unique Youth and Family Ministry that incorporates elements of successful ministries in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco and referencing external youth and family ministries and resources. Lead the revitalization of HOPE/JOY/GOYA/YAL ministries. Define and grow a family ministry based on the Parish’s Strategic Plan. Participate in the planning and execution of All Saints Camp. Engage with local Orthodox Christian Fellowship members.
  • Constituency Support:  Actively engage and energize parish leadership, volunteers, parents and youth regarding the Youth and Family Ministry. Engage and connect families into the life of the Parish through Youth Ministries. Contact disconnected parishioner families to re-engage into Parish Life. Survey Parish families to determine event preferences.
  • Volunteer Support:   Enlist volunteers where needed to help coordinate, run or participate in various ministries.
  • Liturgy participation: Increase youth and family participation and understanding of services. Coordinate a plan for teaching liturgies with the Parish Priest. Assist in the creation of an acolyte training program. Re-imagine how to involve children in Liturgy. Seek to incorporate sacraments into youth events. 
  • Reporting:   Develop regular updates to the Priest, Parish Council and the Youth Leadership Council on progress and impacts of ministries. Maintain regular communication with youth and families through weekly and monthly bulletins, website, social media, and personal contact. Provide written monthly updates to Parish via monthly bulletin and website (including ministry activity and photos of events).
  • Internet and Social Media:   Expand the use of internet, social media and other digital communications to keep youth connected to the Parish.
  • Presentations:   Provide updates and outlooks at requested meetings, including:  Parish Council meetings and the Parish General Assembly.
  • Youth and Family Events: Plan and conduct youth and family gatherings and activities for spiritual growth of all involved.  Make all necessary arrangements (discussions, transportation, speakers, food, etc.) and notify advisors, parents, youth groups and/or young adults, as required.  Example activities are, but not limited to:
    • Harvest Festival
    • Greek Orthodox and Pan-Orthodox activities such as the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival.
    • Encourage participation in Orthodox Summer Camps as well as the Ionian Village, and the CrossRoad ministry of the Archdiocese.
    • Organization of service projects for young people and their families, providing opportunities to learn the Christian understanding of service to others.
    • Work with other Parish youth ministries such as the Church School, Acolytes, etc.
    • Participation in Archdiocesan and Metropolis Youth Director educational programs.
    • Coordinate with other local Parishes on joint events.

Qualifications

  • A member in good standing of the Orthodox Church, knowledgeable about the beliefs and practices of the Church, with a deep love for Christ and a sense of calling to share His love with young people.
  • An ideal candidate would have attended an Orthodox seminary, or have completed other theological training.
  • In addition to laypeople, the Parish will consider candidates that intend to pursue clerical paths. We will support candidates in their journey towards ordination.
  • Prior experience with youth ministries, either through participation or leadership.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Competence in basic lay counseling and listening skills appropriate for youth ministry.
  • Awareness of, and agreement with, the Youth Protection Manual and all other Youth Ministry guidelines, policies and procedures of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
  • The passing of a complete background check that will include a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check and DMV record check.

Salary $65,000-$68,000/yearly DOE.  Medical, PTO, moving expenses included. 

Send resume and cover letter to:

Assumption GOC, Attn: Penny Peppes

1804 13th Ave 

Seattle, WA 98122

email: officemanager@assumptionseattle.org

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Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption

Address: 1804 13th AveSeattle, WA 98122

Web: assumptionseattle.org

Email: officemanager@assumptionseattle.org

Phone: 206-323-8557

 

Posted on: July 19, 2022