Perkins School of Theology: Program Coordinator (Youth & Young Adult Ministry Education)

Date Posted: 4/29/2022

Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX

Job Description

The Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education will provide oversight and strategic planning for Perkins School of Theology’s programs for: youth and their families, college-aged young adults and practitioners who work with these constituencies. This individual will be the point person for connecting SMU Perkins to church and community organizations that work with youth and young adults and their families.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

About SMU: SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities, from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.


  • Plan conferences, training and programs for Perkins School of Youth Ministry, Recruit speakers & presenters, workshops and volunteers. Coordinate details including facilities, catering, scheduling, registration and planning meetings. Manage budget & initiate financial transactions related to the department.
  • Assist the Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning in identifying potential students for additional programs offered by the Office of External Programs; in particular, Youth Ministry Certification.
  • Strengthen networks between Perkins School of Theology and practitioners -- locally, regionally, and nationally -- who work with youth and their families and young adults.
  • Collaborate with the Perkins Office of External Programs to strengthen existing programs and develop new ones.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.  
  • A minimum of one year of work experience in congregational youth and/or young adult ministry is required.  Event planning experience is essential. 
  • Experience in multicultural setting is desirable.  
  • Office and database management is required.  Budget management is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher) is required. 
  • Experience with event management software, such as Asana, People, or Monday is preferred.  
  • Knowledge of and experience with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs) is required.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Candidate must have excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.   Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.  A strong customer service orientation is essential.
  • Candidate must possess a working knowledge of church and ministry operations and be able to work in a high volume, detail oriented environment, generating creative, effective event programming.  Knowledge of and appreciation for theology from a Wesleyan perspective is desirable. 
  • Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.  Must also possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems as well as devise solutions.  Attention to detail is essential.
  • Candidate must be able and willing to work evenings and weekends as required for programs.
  • Must be able to travel occasionally for training and conferences.

Physical/Environmental Demands: This position must be able to:

  • Reach above shoulders
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Carry/lift over 25-50 lbs.
  • Stand
  • Push/Pull
  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply: May 20

EEO Statement: SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected]

Benefits: SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

How to Apply

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Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 214-768-1333


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