Reporting to the Regional Executive Minister, the Program Staff for Youth and Young Adults position supports the work of the YAYA committee and provides leadership to the region in the area of youth and young adult and family ministry in cooperation with the elected members. Specific Outcomes and/or Key Position Functions will be to:
- meet the unique spiritual needs of children, youth and young adults within the Region 13;
- create new and support existing ministries;
- provide programming, training and meaningful experiences of church to people between the ages of 1-35 and to foster an environment within the United Church of Canada which meets the specific needs of this group;
- use “virtual desk” of social networking to share information and develop relationship building strategies;
- develop new and expand/modify current youth & young adult programs to meet evolving needs with special attention to developing meaningful connections;
- create a network of volunteers and existing staff working with youth to provide support, education and opportunities for growth;
- provide an outlet and referral system for youth and young adults needing pastoral care;
- plan and execute multiple regional events geared towards youth, young adults and families. Ie: Youth forum, Young adult retreat, Family camps etc.;
- manage planning teams and volunteers who help run events, assure that they meet the requirements for duty of care;
- support and manage human resources for United Spirit Camp, and provide networking and promotional support for other UCC camps in Region 13;
- plan new/support existing regional contemporary worship programs such as Messy Church or Young adult worship services;
- engage Youth and Young adults in the wider United Church, encouraging participation in National events and opportunities;
- coordinate the Annual General Meeting YAYA program;
- work in a team-centered staff, sharing information, contributing to the planning of avenues to serve the Region and its Communities of Faith
- participate as part of the staff team serving the regional council;
- participate in joint staff activities.
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. We are an equal opportunity employer:
- a university degree preferably with a focus on youth work/education or religion/theology/spirituality or the equivalent.
- demonstrated experience within the courts of the church and experience with children and youth;
- computer literacy and networking skills;
- active membership in the United Church of Canada, and demonstrates a strong faith commitment and theological fluency;
- ability to communicate effectively in English and French, with a particular emphasis on oral fluency;
- a collegial, consultative working style with an ability to build trust and to energize the Conference as it follows its YAYA mission and ministry;
- an ability to discern appropriate opportunities,
- a high respect for confidentiality is necessary;
- a clear sense of personal and professional boundaries and the ability to discern appropriate pro-active and re-active responses;
- ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other members of the staff team and volunteers;
- recognition of personal and professional boundaries;
- ability to plan and organize, to set priorities, manage time, and respond to a high volume of inquiries efficiently and personably;
- strong relational skills with an ability to relate to people from a variety of ethnic, racial, and faith backgrounds with various sexual orientations and gender identities;
- willingness and ability to travel throughout the region.
This incumbent will work primarily from a home office and is expected to be present in the various areas of the region regularly. They are expected to be at the regional office to attend and participate in staff meetings. These days will be devoted to team building, information sharing and regular one-on-one supervision, approximately every two months. All staff will be provided with appropriate business tools. This role demands considerable travel within the regions and will involve some evening and weekend meetings.