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Director of Children and Youth Ministries (PT) – Episcopal News Service

GOAL: The Director of Children and Youth Ministries plays an important leadership role in overseeing and directing our dynamic and spirit-filled programs for children and youth, in collaboration with their parents, clergy and staff of St. Michael. This is a valuable and vital ministry within our church, as we benefit from a significant number of families who come to us for the education, support and community we provide for their children. We meet our children wherever they are on their spiritual journey and provide them with a loving and supportive church home where they will explore their faith and form lasting friendships.

ON: St. Michael’s Church is a 215-year-old Episcopal church, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood. Our members vary by income level, race, sexual orientation and age – from young adults to young families to parishioners in their 90s. Our community is vibrant and tight-knit, with common interests ranging from social justice and the arts to serving our neighborhood Saturday kitchen and tutoring programs.

DETAILS: This position reports to the Rector, working in collaboration with the Associate Rector. Schedules are flexible, on average 25 to 30 hours per week. The salary is $45,000 per year, paid bi-weekly.


  • Lead and direct our youth ministries to align with our faith, core values, mission, and commitment to justice and equity
  • To build and nurture the ministry of our Sunday School, youth groups, and other ministries to children, youth, and their families
  • Create and foster a supportive and inclusive environment for families and children of all backgrounds and makeups, including LGBTQ+ and with special needs
  • Create and facilitate leadership roles for children and youth, from worship ministries (readers, intercessors, acolytes, foster) to creative engagement (drama, music) and service projects
  • Develop opportunities for intergenerational ministry and community outreach
  • Recruit, train and manage adult volunteers to teach Sunday School, lead youth groups and participate in special events
  • Coordinate Safe Church training for adult volunteers
  • Provide education and resources to parents and guardians for faith in the home
  • Build relationships with individual students and connect them to other adults and students in the church, as well as other church ministries
  • Coordinate and supervise child minders for worship and other parish events
  • Plan and coordinate special events for parents and children, both separately and as a family
  • Manage the budget and finances of the Ministries of Children and Youth
  • Create and maintain communications in print and online, including social media


  • Committed Christian faith, Anglican/Episcopal experience helpful but not required
  • Sincere passion and previous experience of working with children and young people aged 4-18
  • Demonstrated interest in children’s education and programming
  • Ability to cultivate trusting relationships with adults and children
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • A collaborative work style and openness to feedback
  • Demonstrated pastoral sensitivity, with an ability to maintain confidentiality and healthy boundaries
  • Familiarity with (or willingness to be trained in) Godly Play
  • Technology proficiency: Google workspace, Zoom, social media (Instagram, TikTok), Microsoft Suite, ability to learn new software
  • Physical Skills: This is a physically active role involving standing, walking up and down stairs, occasionally lifting objects, and occasionally participating in youthful activities such as games and outdoor walks.
  • Creativity, flexibility, adaptability and highly developed sense of humor
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field preferred