First Congregational Church, Boulder, United Church of Christ (the Church), is a regional congregation drawing members from Boulder County and beyond. We are a progressive Christian congregation committed to faith as a journey, compassionate service, and inclusion of all. Six Covenants, in addition to our Membership Covenant, guide our life together: Inclusive Language, Just Peace, Whole Earth (care for all creation), Open and Affirming (full inclusion of LGBTQ persons), A2A (Accessible to All), and WISE (welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged in mental health).
Summary: The role of the Director of Youth Ministry is to support the youth of the congregation in navigating their spiritual journeys, connecting with each other and connecting to the larger congregation. The Director of Youth Ministry seeks to promote the empowerment of youth for service in the world and connection with the larger church. The Director of Youth Ministry reports to the Director of Christian Education. This position is a salaried 30 hours per week position and includes paid vacation and benefits.
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First Congregational Church
1128 Pine St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Community Building and Faith Formation
- Design and create programs that attract youth into conversation and relationships that support them in their faith journey.
- Model and facilitate activities for middle and high school students that seek to embody God’s love and inclusiveness in community.
- Recruit and empower youth to participate in worship and connect with the larger church community.
- Recruit and train volunteers in supporting the community life of the youth. Define and lead the strategy for the engagement of teachers and their connections with the programs.
- Promote and integrate church covenants into the community life of the youth.
- Collaborate and lead cooperative programing with other regional churches, including maintaining relationships with the Conference and La Foret.
- Recruit and empower youth to participate in service work and Christian social action ministries; coordinate relationships with community partners.
- Facilitate Confirmation Program.
- Communicate and develop relationships with the parents of the youth.
- Serve as staff liaison to promote the needs, contributions, and connections of the youth to the larger church community.
- Follow up with visitors and incorporate new members into the life of the youth programing.
- Plan and lead retreats.
- Create safe space to facilitate difficult conversations with follow up.
- Counsel and advise youth seeking guidance, and refer them to other counseling services when appropriate.
- Shepherd the youth of the community in exploring their faith as a journey and how we live out that faith in our choices in work, education, and connections to the larger community.
Administration, planning, and management
- Oversee and coordinate fundraising activities including recruitment of adult support and publicity for fundraising events.
- Use a variety of communication methods to promote connection between youth and coordination with parents and to follow up as necessary.
- Plan for and coordinate a significant week long service trip for high school students.
- Work with other staff members to communicate with the congregation and the wider community the activities and concerns of our youth.
- Actively follows safety procedures including the Children and Youth Protection Policy.
- Train and support adult volunteers in following policies meant to keep children and youth safe from physical harm and protected from emotional or sexual exploitation and harassment or abuse in any form.
- Celebrate the covenants of the church.
- Help to cultivate an environment for experiential worship and creative expressions of faith including music and art.
- Cultivate an environment in which youth feel safe to share questions, weaknesses, doubts, and fears.
- Celebrate youth both as a group and as individuals with unique gifts.
- Plan special services with the youth – Youth Sunday, Confirmation Sunday, Dinner Church Worship occasionally, and other opportunities as they arise in the church calendar.
Education and Experience
- Experience working with youth, including the identification, development, and empowerment of their gifts.
- Experience recruiting and coordinating the efforts of volunteers.
- Educational background that provides a theological foundation for developing programs for our progressive Christian church.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies
- Demonstrated excellence in communications that promote connections between people.
- Demonstrated ability and passion to incorporate music and art into programing.
- Diversity (including LGBTQ+) awareness and support, and cultural competency.
- Relationship oriented with a demonstrated sensitivity to community dynamics, able to discern when they need to intervene and when to get out of the way.
- Approachable demeanor.
- Creative and entrepreneurial, embracing a test and learn approach.
- Self awareness and knowledge as relates to appropriate boundaries.
- Organization and project management skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of the need for a policy such as the Children and Youth Protection Policy of First Congregational Church of Boulder, UCC.
- Ability to connect individual talents and passions to the broader mission of the church.
- Confident and secure in own faith in order to be open and curious about the journey of others.
- Ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality around sensitive topics and appropriate boundaries in working with youth.
- Ability to act in accordance with strong moral principles and trustworthiness.
- Sense of fun.
- Integrity of faith and practice.