Job Posting: Director of Children's Ministry

Valley & Mountain seeks candidates who are passionate about helping children to develop their sense of wonder, spiritual imagination, and courage to apply for the position of Director of Children’s Ministry. 

To Apply: Position is now open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email your resume and 3 references (include at least one of your past two employers) to John Helmiere at [email protected] with the subject heading “[Your Last Name here] - Director of Children’s Ministry Application.” You may also include a cover letter, but it is neither required nor expected.

Primary Role: Designing, coordinating, and leading the children’s program on Sunday mornings. This includes creating/selecting curriculum each week for the Sunday program.

Additional Responsibilities: Casting vision; designing ways for children to be included in the whole community; training and coordinating volunteers; communicating with Children’s Ministry Associate; communicating with parents and volunteers; managing materials; setting up and taking down decorations/physical space; overseeing safety policies. 

Commitment to Diversity: We are committed to anti-oppression as an organization. We especially encourage people of color and folks who identify as LGBTQ+ to apply. 

Compensation: $1,000/month and 6 paid Sundays off per year. it may be negotiable to provide split-cost healthcare coverage. 

Time Commitment: Estimated 10 hours/week or less. The primary requirement is 3.5 hours on Sundays from about 9:30am-1pm. Other than Sunday mornings, the Director will need to spend time choosing/crafting the Sunday morning program; communicating with staff, volunteers, and families; acquiring supplies; managing the children's space; and attending occasional special events (including Easter morning and Christmas Eve service, unless special arrangements are made)

Success on the Job: The Director of Children’s Ministry will have a great deal of autonomy in their work, and will need to be able to cast vision, improve upon existing systems, and equip a team. V&M places high value on authenticity, compassion, social justice, creative thinking, innovation, personal relationships, fun, imperfection, and collaboration.

Reports to: Convener (our term for Pastor)

Direct Reports: Children’s Ministry Associate; adult volunteers. We currently have a roster of 18 adult volunteers.

About the Organization: Learn more at: www.valleyandmountain.org

Essential Traits and Skills:

  • Loves children
  • Ability to cultivate an imaginative, liberatory, non-dogmatic spiritual curiosity for kids (esp. K-5 kids). We currently use the “Joyful Path” curriculum. We have also tried and appreciated parts of the “Godly Play” curriculum. We are very open to new options.
  • Personal commitment to seeking spiritual depth
  • Self-starter
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Capable of recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Desire to connect with parents/caregivers beyond just Sunday morning
  • Commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQ+ affirmation, and inclusivity for people with disabilities

Desirable Skills and and Traits:

  • Prior experience in children’s education
  • Theological study
  • Interest in seasonal/nature-connected activities for kids and families
  • Interest in liberation theology and/or contemplative spirituality