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General Summary of the Position
St. Francis of Assisi Parish is looking for a Christ-centered, innovative, visionary and passionate individual to serve as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator and to support the vision of the Youth and Faith Formation Director through the Parish’s Faith Formation initiatives. The Children’s Ministry Coordinator’s main objective is to support the Youth and Faith Formation Director’s vision of forming youth into disciples of Jesus Christ and ministering to the family.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will oversee Children’s formation for K-5th grade in English and working closely with the Children’s Ministry Coordinator in Spanish. This will include collaborating and helping lead the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion. This position will also collaborate with a passionate team seeking to advance the Kingdom of God. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and able to perform key tasks independently in a timely manner. This person should enjoy working in a collaborative team environment and is excited to join a growing Catholic parish with a vibrant culture and innovative community. This role will require a firm understanding of our Parish’s vision and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position
Prayer and Discipleship

• The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will report to and collaborate with the Youth and Faith Formation Director to establish and pursue a mission of evangelization and discipleship for the children and families of the parish.
• Participate in a weekly holy hour with the Faith Formation Team as well as staff retreats and days of outreach as they are scheduled.
• Work closely with the Faith Formation Department Team to build a community of vibrant Christ-centered families through various evangelization efforts.
• Responsible for implementing a culture that seeks to invite the broken and lost into unity with Christ. This includes seeking to establish a culture of discipleship and not simply sacramentalizing children, but empowering families into a Gospel centered life.
• Establish consistent sessions for children that provide engaging, prayerful, and orthodox formation.
• Oversee K-5th grade formation and catechesis and builds a culture of discipleship within children, parents and volunteers.
• Work together with the Faith Formation Department to foster a culture of evangelization for the parish through programs, events, retreats, and everyday interaction with families.

Sacramental Support
• Responsible for helping foster the spiritual growth and preparation for children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion and create a culture of ongoing formation for children and the family.
• Responsible for planning and overseeing the sacramental program, in tandem with the Youth and Faith Formation Director. This includes recommending to the Pastor and Youth and Faith Formation Director the “readiness” of each candidate. Also includes coordinating all content and formation objectives for each session as well as planning any events as needed.
• Responsible for thoroughly understanding our First Communion process for children and the theology behind the Sacrament to ensure orthodox and formative preparation for each child.
• Responsible for coordinating with the parish Liturgy team to plan Sacrament Masses and all related liturgy needs.

Communications/Safe Environment
• Responsible for building strong relationships centered on a foundation of trust and great communications with parents to give direction for their children and what is in the best interest of the family for their spiritual development and growth in the Church.
• Also responsible for ensuring all information is communicated to parents in a timely fashion (session dates, meeting dates, retreat information, etc.)
• Responsible for coordinating with Ministry Team to ensure that all volunteers and catechists are safe environment cleared. Also works proactively with the Youth and Faith Formation Director, safe environment staff, and Senior Director of Operations if needed to proactively address any safe environment needs or issues in an effort to mitigate risk and ensure the safest environment and setting possible for all youth.

Ministerial Support
• Assists the Youth and Faith Formation Director with ongoing training and spiritual formation of all volunteers to build a culture of discipleship and prayer for the faith formation department and parish. Candidate should follow all safe environment protocols flawlessly.
• Foster a place of belonging for children and their family in a way that shows the visibility and importance of children having a place to belong in the Church.
• Maintains a high degree of visibility and involvement with the community and their families.
• Works with the Youth and Faith Formation Director to ensure involvement in Diocese and community activities.
• Encourages families to pursue volunteer opportunities in the program and parish.
• Assists the Faith Formation Team with any fundraising efforts needed for the department.
• Serves as an active member of the parish staff. Attends staff and other meetings as required.
• Represents the needs of parish children and their families to the Youth and Faith Formation Director, Pastor, Senior Director of Operations, and Parish Leadership Team (PLT).
• Collaborates with other members of pastoral staff to determine direction of discipleship for families and related activities to support the parish mission.
• Collaborates with other Faith Formation peers within the diocese (and elsewhere) to learn best practices, seek solutions and ideas.
• Responsible for ongoing formation and education to ensure personal spiritual development and growth is consistent, including attending diocesean meetings, retreats/conferences as needed and directed.
• Ability to work collaboratively on a team and have an appreciation for the common good.

Position Requirements
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Must possess a servant-leadership mindset.
• Must maintain a positive, upbeat, self-starting, solutions-centered, can-do attitude.
• Must be adept at problem solving.
• Must understand the importance of the parishioners and the community served by St. Francis of Assisi.
• Must be able to thrive with minimal supervision.
• Must possess the ability to easily interact and relate with a wide assortment of personality types.
• Must have the ability to listen carefully and take direction well.
• Ability to manage time and prioritize accordingly.
• Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing and demonstrate an active commitment to the Church’s mission and to the sharing of that mission with youth.
• Must have the ability and experience to design and implement a variety of social, service, and worship opportunities for children and families.
• Comprehensive knowledge of generational development and best practices of ministry towards children and families.
• Exceptional listening and empathic skills required; ability to recognize and handle problems within scope of job duties and to refer problems outside of the scope of job duties to the appropriate party.
• Outstanding organizational skills, including time management, delegation, planning, and budgeting.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with adults and children of all ages.
• Outstanding computer skills, with intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products and social media.
• Advanced MS Office experience, including Outlook (email and calendar/scheduling), Word, PowerPoint, Excel; Apple (iOS) and various social medial platforms experience.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s in theology, Religious Education, or Youth Ministry preferred.
• Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in teaching, education, or managing youth/children.

Special Requirements:
• The nature of this position requires a highly flexible schedule comprised of day, evening, and weekend hours.
• Other duties as assigned by Pastor, Director of Operations, or Director of Youth and Faith Formation

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