University United Methodist Church in Austin, TX is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries and Justice Associate to build a welcoming community that guides and supports youth on their Christian journeys and to facilitate conversations, rituals, and ministries of and justice for all members of the church and the wider community. UUMC is a thriving medium sized, downtown church with a focus on social justice ministries. The position is salaried for 30 hours a week with benefits. Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with 3 references by June 30th. Interviews will be conducted as potential candidates surface.
STATUS: ¾ time, Salaried
HOURS: 30 Hours per week
BENEFITS: Health Insurance and Pension
General Purpose of Position:
To build a welcoming community that guides and supports youth on their Christian journeys and to facilitate conversations, rituals, and ministries of and justice for all members of the church and the wider community.
Organizational Relationship and Supervision:
The Director of Youth Ministries & Justice Associate (DYMJA) reports to the Senior Pastor for spiritual and ministry guidance. The Senior Pastor, in cooperation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee, provides an annual evaluation of the DYM’s performance. Attendance at all staff meetings pertaining to the work of the DYMJA is expected as well as regular participation in weekly worship and all major church events.
Responsibilities as Youth Director:
1. Be an advocate for youth and educate the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of youth in the local church and community.
2. Help plan, develop, and implement all aspects of a balanced youth ministry in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and education.
3. Support and guide the work of the Sustainable Youth Committee or equivalent body in an annual process of evaluating the vision and goals of the youth ministry and directing monthly planning sessions.
4. Mentor youth in developing their leadership skills.
5. Coordinate with other youth directors and youth groups of the tri-church youth co-op for regular grouped events.
6. Recruit and train volunteers who work with youth in all aspects of youth ministry and ensure adequate volunteer support and adult to youth ratios.
7. Coordinate Sunday school curriculum for youth (grades 6-12) and recruit teachers in partnership.
8. Coordinate and teach Confirmation classes in partnership with the pastor(s) and provide leadership for confirmands, mentors, and parents beyond the classroom.
9. Manage the youth ministry budget.
10. Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, newsletter, bulletin board, etc.). Ensure communication with church staff and leadership, parents, and the congregation as a whole.
11. Make yourself available to youth in a variety of ways (i.e. lunch at school, attendance at extracurricular activities, visitation, times of crisis, etc.)
12. Work in concert with the gifts and talents of other staff members and maintain a teamwork mentality.
13. Ensure that the Safe Sanctuary Policy is observed in all youth ministry settings.
Responsibilities of Justice Associate
1. Act as Staff liaison to Church & Society Board by attending meetings, assisting in brainstorming and execution of events, supporting lay members, and offering direction to connect with the overall church’s vision.
2. Support justice ministries (Bridge Builders, RMN Team, Friends of Zavala, Economic Justice Group, MFSA, TCADP, etc) at UUMC by attending meetings of leadership groups, attending events and partnering in preparation and execution of ministries.
3. Maintain Praxis (Mission & Justice Announcements of UUMC and local Austin opportunities) via regular updates on Wordpress site, connection with Communications Director, and promotion on Facebook.
4. Act as a justice liaison to larger Austin Community by responding to justice inquiries from nonprofits, attending local justice events when requested, meeting with representatives of justice concerns looking for a church to connect with, and facilitating educational opportunities for UUMC through area representatives.
5. Contribute ideas and resources to connect current events with the worship experience and overall vision of UUMC
6. Meet with congregants over coffee/lunch to help them connect with justice ministries at UUMC or in local community.
7. Other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor.
Qualifications and Aptitudes:
1. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is minimum requirement. A Master in Theology or Divinity is preferred.
2. Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement programs.
3. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict
management skills, and computer skills.
4. Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with youth, diverse
individuals, and teams of volunteers.
5. Must have knowledge of basic approaches to justice concerns and ministries.
Experience with community organizing or local advocacy preferred.