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Director for Youth and Their Families, Severna Park, MD


Summary of Position: The primary responsibility of the Director for Youth and Their Families (YTF) is to direct, train and recruit a team of youth leadership and adult volunteers to serve the spiritual needs of young people (grades 6-12) and their families by creating an environment where youth, their families and their adult leaders can engage in life-long Christian growth and discipleship.

Reports To: Director of Family Life at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
  Duties and Responsibilities
The Director for Youth and their Families is a leader of leaders. He/she is responsible (with the assistance of the YTF Ministry and administrative staff) for overseeing the coordination and implementation of Woods’ youth and family ministry including Bible study, confirmation, middle- and high-school youth fellowship, youth small groups, mission trips, and conferences. Specifically, this individual will serve as the following.
Leadership Developer - The Director for Youth and their Families will:
  • Train and equip youth and families for ministry in the church and community
  • Identify adult advisors, volunteers, youth, and the Youth and Their Families Ministry (YTF) chairs
  • Encourage the congregation to participate in the ministry for youth and their families
  • Supervise YTF interns
  • Work cooperatively with the Session, YTF Ministry, Confirmation Task Force, WoodsWork Committee and other subcommittees and groups to provide broad support to our multi-faceted youth ministry

  Spiritual Guide - The Director for Youth and their Families will:
  • Provide spiritual guidance and support to the leaders of youth, both adultsand teens
  • Nurture and lead youth and their families toward a relationship with God and with each other through prayer, study of scripture and the Reformed tradition
  • Collaborate with a team of people (to include Woods pastors, deacons and Stephen Ministers) who provide high quality pastoral care for youth and their families
  • Coordinate with other ministries of the church, Baltimore Presbytery and other PCUSA congregations to provide ministry opportunities for youth and their families

Worship Leader - The Director for Youth and their Families will:
  • Proclaim the gospel as teacher and speaker at youth gatherings
  • Serve as a colleague in ministry and member of the senior leadership staff
  • Encourage full participation of youth and families in worship

Director - The Director for Youth and their Families will:
  • Evaluate, update and implement Woods’ vision for youth and family ministry
  • Direct the creation and planning of youth retreats, activities, and events for the year
  • Foster a high level of participation by youth and families in the overall life of the church and in service to the larger community

Administrator - The Director for Youth and their Families will:
  • Serve as staff resource for the Youth and their Families ministry
  • Oversee the preparation and distribution of youth ministry publications, including written materials, website, texts, e-mails, and all other forms of communication
  • Working with the YTF Ministry, establish a budget and ensure that it is monitored
  • Provide pertinent resources and materials for leader training and youth education
  • Maintain strict adherence to Woods’ Child Protection Policy
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues on the church staff and in the Presbytery, as well as in the community

Ministry Beyond the Local Church - The Director for Youth and their Families will:

  • Participate in the ecumenical community and connect with local youth organizations
  • Be aware at all times that he /she is a witness to the nature of Jesus Christ and a representative of Woods Church to the congregation, to visitors and to the public

  General Terms of Employment and Benefits
  • Up to 18 months of professional coaching from Ministry Architects (under contract)
  • General terms of employment and benefits are set forth in the current Personnel Manual
  • Salary is established annually by the congregation through the Session and the Human Resources Ministry
  • Work Time: This is a salaried, full-time, exempt, position. Overtime is not available. Work week includes Sunday, another weekday off is provided.
  • Retirement and Health: available
  • Vacation Time: Based on service as specified in the Personnel Manual
  • Study Leave: available
  • Continuing Education, Automobile and Discretionary Expenses will be provided.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, or some other related field.