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Children Youth and Family Director, Skyline Community Church, Oakland, CA

Skyline Community Church is a progressive, open and affirming, justice-oriented congregation of the United Church of Christ. We are blessed with a beautiful sanctuary, a diverse and talented faith community, and a wonderful preschool.

We want to hire an outstanding, energetic leader who is passionate about children, youth, and families to become an important part of our dedicated staff. We offer a welcoming community, meaningful purpose, and a competitive salary.

The part-time coordinator/leader for our children, youth and family programs of the church will work closely with the pastor to organize,  and with members of the congregation to create and implement, engaging faith building programs for children, youth and families, in all areas of church life and in the world.

The position is 10 hours per week and starts at $20-$25 per hour.
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More information about this position is available upon request.


Reply with your resume and cover letter, and a list of four references to

Functions of position:

I. Coordination of Children’s programs:

  • Build and nurture children, youth and family programs, including Sunday morning church school and childcare programs,  .
  • Recruit, train, hire, and support children’s ministry assistants.
  • Use our existing curriculum, with input from children, the pastor, and themes related to the church as a whole.
  • Keeps in touch with children and families through weekly e-mail newsletter, periodic direct e-mails or phone calls to families, birthday cards, etc.
  • Incorporate music, drama, and arts as much as possible in Children’s Church lesson plans.
  • Create and lead a child/youth led worship service 4-6  times a year. .
  • Coordinate childcare for special events
  • Be involved in creating special children and families programs, coordinating with the preschool such as Earth day, Easter activities, Christmas pageant, etc.
  • Orient visitors and new member families
  • Coordinate seasonal activities for children and youth, and families.

II. General staff responsibilities

  • Communicate info in weekly newsletter
    * Facilitate involvement of youth in worship
  • Meet regularly for supervision with pastor
  • Function as a member of the staff
  • Consult and work with Pastor regarding pastoral care issues that may arise as in relation to the children, youth and their families.

 Minimum requirements

  • Must be available most Sunday mornings, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Experience working with children and youth, ideally in a church setting
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a ministry team
  • Be a person of faith with background in basics of Christianity, seminary experience a plus
  • Be able to develop a program that promotes fellowship, service, social justice and Christian community within a context that is fun, respectful, and worshipful
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • willingness to complete a background check

Desired Qualifications:

  • A person of faith with a lifestyle that provides a healthy, faithful role model for children, youth, and young adults
  • Energetic, active and community oriented.
  • Experience in ministry – as a teacher, leader, event planner, etc.
  • Demonstrated passion for God and for social justice and bias prevention.
  • An effective communicator and team-builder
  • Creative capacity in music, drama and the arts is a plus!!
  • Willingness to undergo complete background and reference checks is a must
  • Weekday schedule is very flexible; ability to work with volunteers,
  • Volunteer coordination experience helpful;
  • Computer proficiency including comfort with Microsoft Word and Email, searching the internet; strong interpersonal communications skills and good writing skills.