Position Opening: Children's Christian Education Coordinator
Saint Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church is seeking a Children's Christian Education Coordinator for its English language service. The Coordinator oversees and provides spiritual education for children of all ages for a 10:30am Sunday morning service. The Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and overseeing volunteers to provide classroom instruction and communicating with the parish about children’s education. The Coordinator supervises the caretaker for children ages infant to 3 years. Hours are approximately 5 per week, including service time of 10:30am – 12 noon on Sundays. The Children's Christian Education Coordinator will report to the Senior Priest. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 11, 2018.
Note: St. Stephen’s is also hiring a Spanish language Christian Education Coordinator for our Sunday evening Misa Alegria service from 5:30 – 7pm. Bilingual candidates who are interested in filling both roles are strongly encouraged to apply.
About St. Stephen’s
St. Stephen and the Incarnation is a multi-cultural and bilingual parish located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. We are an open and growing Episcopal church with roots in social justice and the movement for more inclusiveness. Our building is home to a dozen non-profit organizations and frequently offers hospitality to visiting social justice groups. We draw strength from our great diversity of backgrounds and callings.
Children are an integral part of our ministry and a growing segment of our parishioners. In recent years, we have expanded and deepened our children’s ministry and are delighted to welcome a growing number of families to the parish. Our 10:30am congregation uses a babysitter for children ages 0-3, a Godly Play curriculum for ages 3-8, and a Connect curriculum for children 9 and older. We encourage children ages 10 and older to be trained to assist in the worship service as acolytes.
Teaching and supervision
Provide supervision and lead Sunday school during the 10:30am Sunday worship service
Supervise a babysitter for children ages 0-3 during Sunday services
In addition to the set curricula, plan engaging, age-appropriate Sunday school activities for the children, such as service projects in the neighborhood
Work with the Senior Priest and worship leaders to integrate children into the service in an age-appropriate way
Get to know the families with children and communicate with them about content of children’s lessons and any issues that arise in class
Recruit and schedule volunteers to support Sunday school classes; oversee and mentor volunteers during Sunday school
Coordinate trainings for volunteers (e.g., set up training sessions, publicize to volunteers)
Work with volunteers and parents to plan future children’s education programs
Manage the children’s program budget and purchase needed supplies
Work with the church leadership to ensure the safety of children and compliance with diocesan safety and training requirements
Identify changes needed to space, curriculum, and supplies for children’s program; work with parish leadership to implement recommended changes
Report to vestry as requested
Strong communication, organization, and interpersonal skills
Energetic, friendly demeanor
Creative and flexible
Experience managing common childhood challenges and behavioral issues in a constructive, loving, and effective way
Experience managing relationships with children, parents, and volunteers
For the safety of our children, candidates must be willing to undergo a background check (completed post offer but prior to start date)
Must complete 3-hour Safeguarding God’s Children training (free) within 30 days of hire
First Aid/CPR training
Previous Sunday school leadership experience
Familiarity with the Godly Play and Connect curricula
Familiarity with the liturgical practices of the Episcopal Church
Previous experience as an early childhood, elementary, or middle school educator