Children’s Program Coordinator (2 positions available)
Reports to: Minister, Faith Formation Team, Ministry & Personnel Committee
St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ontario is a progressive and inclusive congregation of The United Church of Canada. The SPUC Faith Formation (formerly known as Christian Education) Team is responsible for delivering children’s, family, and adult Christian education programming to the SPUC and Paris community.
SPUC is home to the “Secret Garden,” a large garden plot with additional raised beds and boxes and large composters. For the last 4 summers the garden was used to grow organic produce, supplying the SUPC Community Supper (a free meal open to anyone) and the Paris Food Bank.
The Children’s Program Coordinator(s) is a summer student position which will provide leadership, planning and support for summer children and family programming, using the “Secret Garden” as an educational tool.
Role of the Children’s Program Coordinator(s)
- To maintain garden plots at SPUC using mainstream and alternative gardening methods to demonstrate the potential of different growing spaces and resources
- To inform the SPUC congregation and local community about sustainable, family-friendly, and ecologically sound gardening and food-sharing practices
- To offer children’s programming at SPUC through the summer, including Friday Family Fun Night, Sunday School, and 2 one-week children’s day camps with a focus on environmental stewardship – Theme: “The Whole World is in OUR Hands.”
- To create and implement a plan to organize the “Sunday School office” and classrooms to be effective work and storage spaces for children’s programming
Under the supervision of the Minister and members of the FF Team and M&P Committee, the Children’s Program Coordinator(s) will:
- Provide planning, maintenance, and guidance to volunteers in the SPUC “Secret Garden” and Butterfly Garden
- Design and maintain a family-friendly bulletin board in SPUC with up-to-date information and pictures about sustainable urban gardening practices and the garden’s progress
- Provide content (ie. photos, videos, and short written pieces) for SPUC social media and worship bulletins 2-3 times per week (for example, gardening tips, environmental facts, garden and summer camp updates)
- Plan, market, and lead 3 family-friendly workshops to the local community on topics related to urban food growing (such as container gardening, indoor gardening, growing food for a family, gardening for children, etc.)
- Lead children’s programming on Sunday mornings using curriculum provided
- Plan July’s “Friday Family Fun Night,” including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (Friday, July 28)
- Plan and lead 2 one-week children’s day camps, including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (August 8-11 and August 21-25, 2017)
- Create and implement a plan to inventory and organize the “Sunday School office” and Sunday school classrooms
- Liaise with local organizations and groups such as the municipality, SPUC and Paris community members, Paris Mommas, WIW W.I. Advocacy Group, Paris Library, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, etc., and other churches to share information, market educational opportunities, organize camp outings
- Promote and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all participants and be prepared to implement fire, safety, first aid and other emergency procedures if needed
Skills and Abilities
- Experience and high level of comfort planning and implementing children’s programs
- Experience and high level of comfort offering strong leadership to diverse groups of people of all ages and abilities
- Highly motivated and high level of comfort working independently
- Excellent organization, planning, and budgeting skills
- High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations (such as weather, number of volunteers, level of volunteer skill, etc.)
- Willingness to deliver progressive faith-based programming
- Knowledge of gardening, especially sustainable and organic practices, is an asset, but not required; a successful candidate will be able to research and learn as they go
- First Aid and CPR certification an asset
The successful candidate(s) will be engaged in full-time education (secondary or post-secondary) in the year prior to and the year following the term of employment and will provide a provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check showing no concerns.
The Children’s Programming Coordinator(s) report directly and are accountable to the SPUC Minister, FF Team, and M&P Committee.
$11.40 per hour for 30 hours per week for 8 weeks
Time/Dates of Work
The position begins July 3, 2017 and ends August 25, 2017. Hours and days of work are highly flexible except for Sunday mornings (10:00-12:00), Friday, July 28 (4:30-8:30) and the weeks of camp (August 8-11 and 21-25, 8:00-4:00).
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 16, 2017