First UMC Portland: Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministries

Date Posted: 5/18/2021

First UMC Portland, Portland, OR

Job Description

This position is responsible for facilitating the coordination, development and the administration of the ministry of Christian education for children, youth and families of FUMC. The Director staffs the Children/Family Ministries Council, Youth Ministry Committee and attends Ministry Conference meetings. The Director will develop volunteers and committees as are necessary to implement an education effort for age level ministries. This position also oversees Nursery Staffing.

Staff members are expected to perform their duties in such a manner and spirit as becomes a Christian, and which will make people feel at home in the church. In addition to this description, staff members are expected to recognize tasks which need to be done and to undertake them on their own initiative, or to draw them to the attention of their supervisor, if the tasks are beyond their ability or time.


  • Full time, salaried at 40 hours/week
  • Present on Sunday with regularly scheduled weekly office hours
  • Involves some field trips, camps and other travel


Administrative (25% of time):

  • Orders and administers curriculum
  • Assures that curriculum materials, equipment and other supplies are available for Church School; assures that equipment, classrooms and Supply Room and bulletin boards are inventoried and maintained
  • Maintains education area attendance records for annual reporting
  • Maintain communication with staff and volunteers via email and phone contact
  • Maintain up to date volunteer forms: Background checks & Driver Forms

Program facilitation and volunteer coordination (40% of time): 

  • Works with staff, volunteers, Children and Family Ministry Committee, and Youth Ministry Committee to create and develop programs for children, youth, and families.
  • Recruits volunteers for programs such as: Sunday school for Youth, Sunday school for Elementary Age children, Special Events, Youth Group Events, Worship participation (including acolytes, lay readers, communion servers), Mission/Service projects.
  • Provides direct leadership of youth events and children/family events
  • Maintains schedules for volunteer teachers and conducts screening of volunteers.
  • Ensures appropriate youth/adult ratios in all church functions.
  • Work with Chair of Children and Family Ministry Committee to plan meetings and programs.
  • Educates volunteers concerning Safe Church Policies and Church School curricula.
  • Coordinate communications related to Children, Youth, and Family Ministry via: Weekly emails, weekly website posting, Facebook posting, Phone calls, USPS mailings, Bulletin and Newsletter announcements.
  • Recruits volunteers to plan and staff special event programs and fund raising.
  • Contacting visitors with families in coordination with other staff.
  • Assists clergy in worship opportunities for children, leading Children’s Time as needed.
  • Assists Minister of Discipleship in the development of a successful Confirmation program for youth.

Special Programs (15% of time):

  • Camp Promotion
  • Volunteering with OR-ID Camp and Retreat Ministry to dean one camp for children in the summer
  • All Church Retreat planning and promotion
  • Special Events for youth, including:
    • Youth Sunday
    • Chili Feed/Pancake Lunch fundraisers
    • Lock-Ins
    • Mission Trips and other service opportunities
  • Special Events for Children and Families, including:
    • Third Grade Bible Award and Class
    • Advent Wreath Making Festival
    • Harvest/Halloween Party
    • Family Hikes/Field Trips
    • Welcome Home Sunday (Rally Day)
    • Sunday School Open House
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • Christmas Pageant
    • Parents Night Out/Super Sunday/Food and Friends

Nursery Staff Supervisor (20% of time):

  • Hire, train, manage and evaluate nursery staff
  • Create monthly schedule of required shifts and assign to staff
  • Works with church administrator and staff to schedule nursery care for outside groups, or special requests from church groups
  • Annual performance reviews with nursery staff

Such other duties as may be assigned 


  • Hiring, evaluating and recommending continuation of program volunteers and nursery staff.
  • Purchasing of equipment, curriculum, church school supplies with age-level approved budgets.


Submitting budget recommendations, coordinating the appropriate age level education and youth budgets and special funds. Coordinating fund raising activities within appropriate parameters. The Director is authorized to sign time sheets for nursery personnel.


  • Ability to lift and carry moderate weight (15-45 lbs.) with moderate relative frequency (25-50% of the time)
  • Ability to bend, crawl and crouch while working with infants and toddlers.
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Ability to drive
  • Ability to work on the computer and type

REVIEW OF WORK Reports to the Minister of Discipleship (Associate Pastor)


Nursery staff and volunteers in Children’s and Youth programs


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in Christian Education
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Experience in Youth Ministry
  • Experienced work with children and families preferred
  • Strong planning and organization skills
  • Ability to be self-directed
  • Team player
  • Sense of humor
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal

PAY: $52,000 - $58,000 per year

COVID-19 considerations: We require masks and social distancing, even for folks with vaccinations.

How to Apply

Email resume to Rev. Ethan Gregory, Associate Pastor, at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 940-452-8165


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