DCFM Position and Application

MISSION STATEMENT: Westwood Presbyterian Church journeys as a welcoming and inclusive community, seeking to model the grace of God through Jesus Christ by “doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God.” —Micah 6:8


POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Children & Family Ministries is responsible for nurturing faith and belonging among our youngest members and visitors, while building a community of families.  This position will expand and maintain a variety of programs, from newborns up to 5th grade, all in partnership with the CFM Committee and WPC Pastoral Staff.

 

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRIES JOB RESPONSIBILITIES


Sunday School (Preschool through 5th grade)

●      Establish a Sunday School experience that is fun, engaging and inspiring

●      Adopt and adjust curriculum needs based on the age range and developmental needs of the participating children

●      Recruit, train and nurture volunteers from the congregation


Nursery (Newborn through Age 4)

●      Establish and maintain childcare policies to ensure a safe, nurturing environment

●      Interview, hire and train staff to care for the children during Sunday morning worship and additional church-related family events

●      Supervise childcare workers to ensure they fulfill their obligations as outlined in their job description and covenant

 

Seasonal and Family Activities

●      Plan, coordinate and implement Vacation Bible School (VBS) each summer

●      Plan, coordinate and implement two children’s musicals annually, one during the Christmas season and one in the summer, including recruiting volunteers to assist with musical accompaniment, sets, props, costumes, blocking and rehearsing scenes with children

●      Coordinate and organize in partnership with the CFM committee the following: annual family retreat, regular family mixers (at least two/year; more preferred), Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, family camping trip, mentoring activities with Student Ministries (6th-12th grade), Advent and Christmas activities, and a stewardship plan for children, including opportunities to give

 

Congregational Connections

●      Ensure that the church-wide calendar is updated with family-related events and that these events are listed in News and Concerns

●      Plan and deliver the “Children’s Message” the 2nd Sunday of each month

●      Maintain communication with the WPC Preschool Director to make sure that preschoolers and their parents are invited to church-related family events 

●      Serve as a staff member on the WPC preschool committee

 

Administration

●      Ensure children’s attendance records are kept

●      Maintain records of expenditures for CFM; help develop and stay within CFM budget

●      Monitor and maintain supplies for CFM including purchasing, developing and distributing curriculum materials, with assistance from office staff

●      Fulfill safe child policies for all volunteers with assistance from office staff

 

Communications

●      Establish connections with new families attending WPC

●      Maintain and work with CFM committee to develop a calendar of family events

●      Regularly reach out to families who are members of WPC, engaging them and inviting them to be a part of church events

 

CHARACTERISTICS, QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

●      Sense of calling to the spiritual development and Christian education of children

●      Strong Christian faith, a commitment to Christian values and a spirit of inclusiveness (including our LGBTQ+ members)

●      Ability to engage children in an age-appropriate manner, respecting their unique traits and quirks; inspire them to have fun while learning about God

●      Proven experience working with young children in large and small groups; excellent classroom management skills; ability to discern children’s needs to provide developmentally appropriate work

●      Ability to find creative solutions to staffing and structuring programs

●      Ability to be flexible and to adapt programming in light of the pandemic and future construction and remodel of the church

●      Proven ability to nurture, train and inspire volunteers

●      Ability to work independently and in association with Pastoral Staff

●      Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel) and budgeting

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

●      Bachelor’s degree, preferably in related field and/or certified Christian Educator

●      Background in child development, teaching techniques, classroom management, preparing and implementing curricula, and planning events

 

ACCOUNTABILITY AND REVIEW

The DCFM reports to the Pastor/Head of Staff, or their designee, and is accountable to the Session through the Personnel Committee.  Performance review annually.

 

POSITION SPECIFICS

Hours:  Part time – 30 hours; required to work Sunday mornings

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Benefits:  Health, vacation and other paid benefits outlined in the WPC Employee Handbook

Notes:  Vacation not to be taken during Advent, Holy Week/Easter or Christmas

Background and reference checks required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to DCFMSearch@westwoodpres.org.