Youth Engagement Coordinator, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Posted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on August 28, 2017

Job Description: Youth Engagement Coordinator
35 Hours per Week (Full Time)

Position Summary: The Youth Engagement Coordinator plays a leadership role in framing, articulating and championing a vision for families, children, and youth in our yearly meeting community that inspires, connects and strengthens. The Coordinator serves as a primary point of contact for Friends across monthly and quarterly meetings, Friends Schools, staff, committees, and other leaders relating to the religious life of families, children, and youth. The Youth Engagement Coordinator supervises and leads a team of Youth Program Facilitators and Assistants whose work enhances the spiritual development of youth in our community.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Provide support, coordination and, as appropriate, direction, for the youth program staff, and youth program governance structures. Manage the youth program staff in a manner that encourages and directs their programs to nurture and deepen the spiritual life of the yearly meeting and its members.
2. Support Youth Program Facilitators and Assistants to run events, retreats and gatherings in the Children and Families, Middle School Friends, and Young Friends Programs. Lead Youth Program Facilitators and Assistants as a collaborative team. Contribute to the implementation of a curriculum arc across all three programs. Ensure Youth Program Facilitators and Assistants receive necessary training.
3. Develop and lead a community of practice made of youth program staff, volunteers, program participants, and parents from the monthly, quarterly, and yearly meeting levels.
4. Develop and lead a Resource Friends Practice Area related to youth work.
5. Nurture relationships and communication among staff, committees, meetings and PYM members about issues and concerns related to religious education and youth work.
6. Facilitate the development and distribution of resources for nurturing the spiritual life of our families, children, and youth, including curricula, best practices, newsletters, websites, and other publications.
7. Serve as a liaison between the work and activities of the religious education and youth programs of our Yearly Meeting and the Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life and clerks of pertinent committees.
8. Maintain relationships with, and utilize resources of other Quaker-related organizations involved with Friends’ religious life (e.g., Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, Friends Schools, AFSC, FGC, PYM monthly and quarterly meetings, and other Yearly Meetings).
9. Other duties as assigned

Accountability, Annual Review and Salary Range: This position reports to the Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life, who will conduct an annual review. This is a Band 3 position.

● The ideal candidate is an active member of the Religious Society of Friends and/or experienced with Quaker Faith & Practice.
● Seven or more years’ relevant experience in program development, religious education, youth work and/or closely related fields are required. The seven years can include education.
● Able to work with children, youth and adults, and to facilitate groups to develop their interests, gifts and skills
● Understands inclusivity dynamics, especially in relationship to age, gifts, LGBTQIA+, ability, gender, sexuality, race and class; knowledgeable in crisis intervention
● Supervisory experience, plus familiarity with budget preparation and stewardship are a plus.
● Superior skills in written and oral communication, public speaking, group facilitation, and community organizing are preferred.
● Able to travel; able to drive and rent cars
● Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening work
● Experience in Microsoft Office Suite and SalesForce are preferred.
● Pass a criminal and child abuse background check, per PYM requirement for those working with children

Note:   All Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff members work in a collaborative manner to support the concrete and spiritual goals of the Yearly Meeting as a whole.  In that context all are expected to be flexible, collegial, and willing to accept a variety of assignments.

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