Youth & Young Adult Leader Needed (Part-time)

January 17, 2018

Carter Memorial United Methodist Church ( is seeking applicants to fill the Youth & Young Adult Leader position (part-time). All interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

Purpose of the job: The Youth & Young Adult Leader is vital to the overall educational mission of Carter Memorial UMC by ensuring quality programs and mentoring for youth in grades 6-12 and young adults. The role of the Youth & Young Adult Leader is to build a sense of community within the youth and young adults of the church that provides an opportunity for both spiritual and social development. The Youth & Young Adult Leader is an integral part of the staff and reports directly to the Director of Faith Formation (DFF) and the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: Actively lead the youth program at Carter and provide guidance and teaching for its members • Create a welcoming, fun, and enthusiastic environment for youth to connect with one another and grow in their faith. • Work with the youth, their parents, and volunteers to develop and publish a yearly plan of at least one social, educational, spiritual, and/or mission oriented event per month. • Serve as the staff liaison to the Missions and Social Justice Committee (MSJ) to plan mission activities that encourage maximum involvement of the youth. • Recruit and train adult mentors to participate in youth activities. • With the help of the Youth Curriculum Committee, select and/or develop relevant curriculum for the youth Sunday school classes (grades 6-8 and grades 9-12) and coordinate and train volunteers to teach the classes. Participate regularly in the Sunday morning instructional time as both a leader and mentor. • Serve as the presiding staff member and adult supervisor of Youth Council. This includes recommending students to the council and convening meetings. • Partner with the Senior Pastor and/or Director of Faith Formation (DFF) to lead a confirmation program that meets the needs of confirmands and learning goals of the Christian Education program. • Coordinate with the DFF in developing and managing the annual budget as it relates to youth and young adult activities. • Attend staff meetings as directed by the DFF and/or Senior Pastor to communicate and connect youth and young adult activities to the broader themes of the church. Facilitate fellowship activities and faith formation opportunities for young adults • Connect with young adults, explore fellowship opportunity ideas, and develop programs to encourage spiritual, emotional and community growth amongst young adults and the rest of the congregation. Build strong relationships with the youth and their families • Grow the emerging youth program by proactively reaching out to youth within the church to assess their spiritual needs and encourage them to participate in activities like worship, Sunday school, youth fellowship, choirs, retreats, mission trips, etc. • Establish and maintain supportive appropriate relationships with youth and their families (for example, attending events of importance in their lives). • Connect the youth with the various interfaith opportunities in the area and United Methodist Youth activities in the New England Conference. Encourage growing levels of participation through strong marketing of the programs • Communicate in timely and effective ways with parents, youth, young adult and church staff. • Provide communication and publicity for youth and young adult events through the web, social media, email, and monthly newsletter to inform the youth and young adults and their families and encourage church-wide support of the youth and young adult programs. • Maintain ongoing and open dialogue with youth, families, and young adults via email, text message, and social media about upcoming events as well as responses to current events and other timely information. • Engage in dialogue and partnerships with other youth leaders in the area, including other Needham congregations and other United Methodist congregations in the district/conference.

Qualifications: • A personal commitment to Christ and Christian education and support for the United Methodist tradition. • Passionate about inspiring youth and young adults and building relationships and a community of faith. • Experience in Christian education leadership roles. • Experience leading groups of youth—experience as a community service leader or as a youth counselor is preferred. • Strong organization, planning, and communication skills • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (or equivalent) and familiarity with Social Media • The candidate must also read and agree to the Safe Sanctuary policy as adopted by Carter Memorial United Methodist Church. This includes agreeing to a CORI background check and acting in accordance with the provisions set forth by the Safe Sanctuary policy. Salary and Benefits: •

The starting salary is between $12,500 - $15,000 per year • Benefits include: • FICA • Work-related mileage at the IRS allowed rate • National holidays as designated by the SPRC • Four weeks of paid vacation - two weeks (i.e., Sunday Services) during the summer and two during the school year All interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

Address: 800 Highland Ave. Needham MA 02494

Phone: (781) 444-2460