Director of Children’s Education

Yorkfield Presbyterian Church | Elmhurst, IL
Date posted: April 22, 2019
Director of Children’s Education
Contact Name: Anne Callen
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (630) 930-9620
Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Our mission is to be a “Community of Disciples with a Heart for God and Hands to Help Others.” Founded in 1943, we are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 200+ in weekly worship: infants – 97-year-olds, multi-generational, young families and older adults with growing racial diversity.

We have as many former Catholics as well as life-long Presbyterians. Characterized by strong children & youth programs: Nursery, Sunday School, mid-week Logos TOWN for grade-school aged kids, Middle School Youth Fellowship, Senior High Youth Fellowship. We regularly have 165 children in our Vacation Bible School – 2/3 of whom are not from our congregation.

We conduct two distinct worship services during the school year: 9:00am Traditional (Organ) and 11:15am Praise (Band), and a single 10:00am summer service that combines both styles.

We have an emphasis on outreach to those who are hurting in the world. We house the largest food pantry in Elmhurst, regularly staff a PADS site for the homeless in the winter, host the “Run for Hunger 5K,” send both adults and youth on mission work trips and support many other causes with our mission dollars.

The Director of Children’s Education (DCE) has the primary staff responsibility for oversight and management of the children and youth Christian Education programs at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. The Christian Education program includes congregation members from 3 year olds through high school, including Sunday School, the mid-week after school program for grades 1-8 and Vacation Bible School.

A. The DCE will work closely with the Christian Education Commission (CE) to recruit and manage volunteers to provide meaningful Christian Education for the congregation’s children and youth.
B. S/he will recruit and train all volunteers who work with children and youth.
C. S/he will evaluate and select age and content-appropriate curriculum for the Sunday School, mid-week programs and Confirmation classes, in consultation with teachers, the Pastor and CE.
The DCE is responsible for the development of the yearly budget for Education and has day-to-day oversight of all Education-related budget items in consultation with CE.
D. S/he is responsible for coordinating and participating in the grade 1-5 mid-week program.
E. S/he will organize and direct Vacation Bible School.
F. S/he will oversee the Safe Practices Committee and see that all are properly trained, and members are informed of a policy in place.
G. S/he will meet regularly for staff meetings to plan and coordinate programming.
H. S/he will continue to educate him/herself through participation in ongoing continuing education events.
I. S/he will be the point of contact for new families visiting the church and work to build the family into church membership.
J. Other duties or responsibilities assigned by Head of Staff.

A. The DCE is an employee of the Church, hired by the Session and accountable to the Pastor.
B. The DCE will provide brief written monthly reports to Session.

A. The DCE will need to have regularly scheduled office hours and be present on Sundays from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
B. S/he must have a flexible schedule to accommodate the program schedule.

Required Skills and Experience
A. The DCE may be a lay person or ordained clergy.
B. Display strong organizational and communication skills to coordinate volunteers, staff and families.
C. Be creative and seek ways to continue offering exciting programs.
D. Demonstrate enthusiasm, skill and a passion for working with children in a Church setting.
E. Demonstrate an ability to understand and implement Christian & Reformed curriculum.
F. Have an ability to interpret and integrate religious education into the ministry of the church.
G. Demonstrate proficiency in computer programs, including Google docs, PowerPoint, Excel and Word.

The average time is 20 hrs/wk. During the program year (especially when the mid-week program is in session) there will be weeks when the hours will be higher, and other times (Summer, except for the week of Vacation Bible School) when the hours are less. The DCE may exercise flexibility in the use of his/her hours, but the following will be normal components:

A. Weekly attendance at Sunday School (September-May) & the Wednesday after-school (3:30-7:30pm) program (September-March)
B. Vacation Bible School
C. Training/planning meetings with teachers prior the start of each program
D. Monthly attendance at Christian Education meetings
E. Weekly attendance at Staff Meetings, or with Pastor

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