Children’s Program Coordinator (3 positions available)
Report directly and are accountable to the Faith Formation Team, Ministry & Personnel Committee, Summer Program Supervisor
$14.00 per hour for 30 hours per week for 8 weeks
Position runs July 3, 2018 – Aug 28, 2018. Hours and days of work are highly flexible except for Sundays (10am-12pm) and camp weeks (July 30-Aug 3 & Aug 13-17, 8am-4pm).
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.
St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ontario is a progressive and inclusive congregation of The United Church of Canada. We seek to celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and to be a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.
As a settler institution, we acknowledge that SPUC is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishnawbe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral peoples and we recognize their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.
The SPUC Faith Formation Team is responsible for delivering children’s, family, and adult Christian education programming to the SPUC and Paris community.
The Children’s Program Coordinator(s) is a summer student position which will provide leadership, planning and support for summer children and family programming with a focus on promoting diversity, social justice, and volunteerism.
Role of the Children’s Program Coordinator(s)
- 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 diversity, social justice, and volunteerism – Theme: “Stronger Together”
- To organize the “Sunday School office” and classrooms to be effective spaces for children’s programming and organize lesson planning for the coming year
- To inform the SPUC congregation and local community about the importance of celebrating diversity to make our community Stronger Together
Working as a team of equals under the supervision of the Summer Program Supervisor and members of the FF Team and M&P Committee, the Children’s Program Coordinator(s) will:
- Provide content (ie. photos, videos, and short written pieces) for SPUC social media and worship bulletins 2-3 times per week on topics related to diversity and social justice (eg. information about Affirming Ministries, Truth & Reconciliation and right relations with First Nations, volunteer opportunities, summer camp updates)
- Design and maintain a family-friendly bulletin board in SPUC with information as above
- Lead children’s programming on Sunday mornings using curriculum provided
- Plan and lead 2 one-week children’s day camps, including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (July 30-August 3 and August 13-17, 2018)
- Inventory and organize the “Sunday School office” and Sunday school classrooms
- Using curriculum provided, create “lesson packs” to be used for Sunday School throughout the year
- Weed, water, and harvest garden plots as needed
- Liaise with local organizations and groups such as the municipality, SPUC and Paris community members, Woodland Cultural Centre, KAIROS, LSPIRG, Paris Mommas, WIW W.I. Advocacy Group, Paris Library, Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre, etc., and other faith communities, to share information and organize camp guests and 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 and as part of a team
- 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
- Commitment to providing a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.
- Basic understanding of issues of oppression and privilege is an asset but not required; a successful candidate will be dedicated to continually learning more and self-reflecting on how these issues impact and are impacted by them and the people around them.
- For non-indigenous (settler) candidates: Commitment to the ongoing, continual process of self-reflection and acting in solidarity with Indigenous folks.
- First Aid and CPR certification an asset.
Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com by June 15, 2018