MISSION: To lead the youth of the parish to the fullness of the faith and likeness of God. To integrate the youth into the active life of the Orthodox Christian faith. To foster servant leadership. To guide the youth in participating in the church’s mission and ministry.
FUNCTION OF WORK: Under the direction of the Parish Priest, the Youth Director is responsible for the evaluation, development, and implementation of programs/activities that balance worship, witness, service, and fellowship for all youth in the parish. The Director establishes and directs the work of the Youth volunteers, working closely with the other ministry team leaders.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include but not limited to):
- With the help of the Parish Priest and youth workers, promoting to the youth an active liturgical life, service projects and events of the parish and local community
- Organizing and participating in HOPE, JOY, GOYA, YAL, and OCF programs and participating in area, Archdiocesan District retreats, rallies, conventions, Direct Archdiocesan District Youth Ministry etc.
- Developing and overseeing all athletic programs
- Developing and overseeing Youth Catechism
- Developing and overseeing cultural programming (except for language schools)
- Interfacing with other ministries dealing with youth
Administration and Training
- Ensuring that proper documentation (i.e., permission slips, health records, and insurance information) is acquired and maintained for all young people participating in trips and programs
- Developing and administering a Parent/Youth Conduct Code
- Maintaining an annual chronicle (i.e., photo album/scrapbook) of Youth Programs
- Preparing and managing the Youth Ministry Budget
- Keeping abreast of, participating in, and sharing with youth workers: training requirements, resources, publications, and programs for youth ministries and volunteers
Communication and Planning
- Working with and meeting regularly with the Parish Priest, and the parish’s Youth Committee to promote cohesion and coordination in all aspects of youth ministry
- Developing and coordinating the Youth Ministry’s annual calendar of events with the assistance of the Youth Committee and working within the parish’s timeline for developing the overall parish calendar
- Maintaining active and timely lines of communication with the youth, young adults, their parents, and the parish in general or inserts in the parish’s established forms of communication, through phone calls, through email or website, and most importantly, through one-on-one contact with young people and others
- Finding parents and appropriate adults to serve as chaperones and as youth workers with the approval of the Youth Committee
- Performing duties and responsibilities in a safe manner
- Keeping confidential sensitive communications with Clergy, Parish Council, and Youth Committee
- Keeping abreast of catechetical resources and training opportunities
- Four-year College Degree and 2-3 years of youth work experience preferred
- Excellent leadership, administrative, time management, and interpersonal/communication skills
- Knowledge of ecclesiology required
- Knowledge of Greek Orthodox culture is desirable
- Working knowledge of computers, use of Internet and computer programs: e.g. Word and Excel.
- Familiarity with existing religious education and youth programs of the Archdiocese and elsewhere
- Background in education and an understanding of child development
- Active in the liturgical life of the parish, with conscientious attendance at services of the church and a steward in good standing
- Enjoys spending time with youth, remembering that he/she will be looked upon as a role model
- Dependable, flexible, punctual and conscientious, honest, trustworthy, and self-motivated
- The Youth Coordinator reports directly to the Parish Priest on all spiritual matters and reports to the Parish Council/Youth Committee on all administrative matters and program development.
- Monthly written report to the Parish Council. Attend meetings as requested.
- Written report and presentation to the General Assembly at least annually.