- Degree Level
- High School
Title: Children’s Director
Summary: The Children’s Director is a full-time employee of The First United Methodist Church of Anniston. The Children’s Director plans, organizes, coordinates and implements the total children’s program of the church, from babies up to 6th graders, in a manner that offers children the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ and empowers them to become Disciples of Christ to transform our community. Additionally, the Director is responsible for the recruitment and training of adult volunteers and the hiring and training of nursery staff while implementing Anniston First’s mission and vision. The Director coordinates with the leadership, committees and other ministries within the church to assure a supportive environment created for successful growth.
I. Job Relations:
Reports To: Associate Pastor
Supervises: Nursery Coordinator
Maintains frequent contact with children, parents, other church members, church staff, nursery staff and the general public.
A. Children Management:
On an ongoing basis the Director plans, implements, and participates in children’s activities and programs for babies up to 6th grade, including, but not limited to:
i. Weekly opportunities for Bible based learning, fellowship (Sunday School, Children’s Church, weekday evening program, etc.), and service through the acolyte program.
ii. Kid Friendly Missions and Outreach such as working with Day of Service, Christmas Shoebox, health kits assembly
iii. Holiday Parties or Activities: (Ex) Fall Festival, Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Activity, Back to School Night
iv. Coordinates with Director of Music for Fine Arts Camp, Children’s Sabbath Worship, a Children's musical, and Summer Day Trip
v. Vacation Bible School
vi. Coordinate with pastor for Confirmation Program, recruits mentors, and helps pastor with classes as needed.
vii. Develops a process for evaluating activities. Completes an evaluation of the children’s ministry with children, parents, and adult volunteers at least once a year.
viii. Directs, supervises and coordinates with Nursery Coordinator regarding all nursery operations; regularly keeping SPPRC aware of any changes regarding staff and new hires.
2. Recruits adult teachers, chaperones and mentors for children’s programs and activities. Provides leadership development, guidance, and training for adult volunteers.
3. Designs, coordinates and provides an effective Wednesday night program during the school year.
4. Selects and/or develops curriculum to be approved by the Children’s Ministry Team.
5. Maintains regular contact with parents and their children, clergy and church staff to communicate children’s scheduled activities.
Notifies the pastors immediately of any issues regarding children, both good and bad, and any incidents that may cause concern to the church.
6. Participates in worship services to greet new families and keep up with attendance and information of families through “Lamb’s List” software.
Meets quarterly with the Children’s Ministry Team to schedule and plan details for well-executed activities.
Develops a good working relationship with all staff and coordinates closely with the Directors of Youth Ministry, TCP, and Music Ministry. Provides the office staff with notices and scheduling details prior to deadlines. Attends weekly staff meetings as available.
Works cooperatively with the Board of Stewards and other committees to coordinate with church-wide programs.
Coordinates with Youth Director to plan Safe Sanctuary Training and gives information needed for the Youth Director to perform all background checks as necessary.
Engages parents, children and volunteers with the goal of connecting them to other ministries of the church.
Attends children’s ministry conferences and/or training events in order to stay up-to-date with current programs, activities, curriculum, etc.
Helps to recruit, encourage, and schedule acolytes by staying in contact with parents. Makes sure the acolytes are in the sanctuary on time before the Traditional Service begins on the days they acolyte.
Turns in weekly attendance of Sunday morning activities to Church Secretary by Monday.
Develops and maintains an accurate three-month calendar of children’s events and activities to facilitate communication and coordination.
Consults with pastors and Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) to establish annual performance goals for self, individuals mentored, and children’s program. Identifies resources necessary to meet these goals. Establishes a strategic action plan for achievement.
Develops an annual budget for the children’s program of the church and administers the budget when approved.
Purchases supplies within budget allocations. Completes financial request forms for every purchase and turns in receipts in a timely manner.
Fully supports and enforces Anniston FUMC Child Abuse Prevention Policy. Completes a favorable Child Abuse and Neglect background check on all teachers, chaperones, and mentors working with children and notifies Pastor immediately in the case of sexual misconduct.
Sends Nursery Attendance to Pastor and Secretary every Monday morning.
Notifies Pastor if an emergency requires the Director to miss a scheduled work period.
D. Property Management:
Ensures facilities are inviting, safe and maintained in good order as well as child friendly.
Administers and cares for property and other materials related to the children’s program of the church.
E. Other Duties: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, or requirements associated with the job. While this is intended to be a broadly accurate reflection of the position, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, expanding needs, or technological developments).
A. Education: High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
▪ Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills required.
▪ Proven background in effectively imparting information to a wide constituency.
▪ Knowledge of Christian theology, and in particular Methodist theology—or the intention to learn about Methodism is required.
▪ Prior experience leading Christian children’s programs, Sunday School Classes, or Bible Studies is required.
▪ Prior experience developing long-range plans and executing plans with minimal supervision is required.
▪ Software experience and proficiency in the following is required: Microsoft Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, Internet Explorer (or other internet access software), and Outlook (or other email software).
▪ Social media proficiency and ethical conduct.
C. Special Qualifications and Knowledge:
▪ Must be skilled in human relations with the ability to deal with a variety of people in a pleasant, professional manner. Must be able to exercise tact, patience, discretion, and confidentiality in communications.
▪ Must be able to organize materials, files and data while coordinating and managing many activities concurrently with an attention to detail.
▪ Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing at all levels.
▪ Must be a self-starter and able to work with no supervision, while showing creativity and innovation in areas of responsibility.
▪ Must reflect professionalism, pride, loyalty, consideration, respect, and a team spirit.
▪ Must demonstrate courtesy, presence, initiative, judgment, and concern for personal appearance and affect.
▪ Must be flexible and adaptable in order to meet the demands and priorities of the church.
▪ Must demonstrate integrity in maintaining confidentiality of files and communications of the church.
VI. Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical activities include walking, jogging, running, light and heavy lifting, reading, keyboard and computer use, and keeping up with babies up to 6th Graders. VII. Hours of Work: The position is full-time. The Children’s Director is required to work varied hours to meet deadlines which may include evenings or weekends to accommodate the needs of the church.
IV. Other Duties: This position description is an accurate summary of the Children’s Director’s duties and responsibilities; however, the Director may be called upon to assume other duties as assigned.