Title: Senior High Youth Director
The Senior High Youth Director at OPC will serve the Lord by providing leadership and support in developing programming to help youth in the 9th through 12th grades. This person will have a passion for leading youth to discover and fulfill their purpose in Christ and demonstrate a consistent witness to their love of God. By providing a model of Christ’s love to the youth and adults of OPC through teaching, evangelizing, and mentoring, this person will be committed to the Mission and Vision of OPC.
- Passion for working with youth and their families.
- A self-starter, well organized, and good at multi-tasking.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Energetic and able to motivate and engage others.
- Strong relational and collaboration skills with the ability to be flexible as needed.
- Can operate within the theological framework and accountability structure of Oswego Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Church (USA).
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
Personal Spiritual Role
The ideal candidate will have a vibrant Christian faith that is demonstrated in their knowledge and in their personal walk and should have the ability to talk with others about what they believe. Familiarity with Reformed/Presbyterian theology is expected, as well as a willingness to participate in the life and worship of the Oswego Presbyterian Church.
Spiritual Growth & Relationships
- Ignite a desire for OPC Youth to have a genuine relationship with Christ.
- Disciple youth by encouraging students to find their gifts and share their faith through service.
- Implement ministries and build community for Youth and Youth volunteers that will help them grow.
- Prepare the youth spiritually for challenges in young adulthood, provide empathy and facilitate a nurturing relationship with God.
- Participate in the transition between Jr High and Senior High Youth groups in order to encourage faith development throughout the various stages of one’s church life.
- Connect the youth with all aspects of congregational life providing community care and service, Discipleship, Outreach and Mission, Stewardship, and Worship.
- Cultivate and grow congregational relationships with all generations.
- Create a welcoming environment to reach out to all youth, including those on the periphery and identify students that are struggling, burdened, or in need of encouragement.
- Maintain an open line of communication with parents.
Program Growth & Retention
- Encourage growth in the youth program by proactively reaching out to youth inside and outside of OPC and encourage them to participate in activities like worship, Sunday school, youth group, retreats, mission trips, volunteer activities, etc
- Develop, promote and support ministries that connect youth and their families to Christ.
- Represent OPC in various local community activities throughout the year to promote spiritual growth in our youth members as well as visitors from the surrounding community.
- Encourage youth service and mission in the local community.
- Collaborate with other staff, lay leadership and volunteers.
- Oversee and manage the budget for Youth Ministry and other duties as assigned.
- Communicate regarding upcoming ministry opportunities for youth and families through the OPC Newsletter, website, social media and local news sources.
- Encourage participation in worship services and other facets of OPC’s ministries.
Head of Staff, Christian Education Team, and Personnel Team
Senior high youth, youth’s parents, congregation, volunteers, Junior High Youth Director, staff, pastors, and members of the Christian Education and Personnel Committees as well as the Session.
Terms of Employment:
This is a salaried position requiring the person to work 20 - 25 hrs in a typical week. Flexibility of schedule is allowed, considering that mission trips, for example, require many more than 25 hours per week.
Relationship can be terminated with 30 day notice by Senior High Youth Director or OPC.
For more information, contact Dr. Richard Shaffer at 630-554-8194.