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The Youth Outreach (YO) program at SGM exists to help children in our community to flourish spiritually, academically, emotionally, and physically. This is accomplished through after school programs for elementary and middle school students, and evening programs for high school students. There are also camp and other programs for students of all ages during the summer. In each program area the goals are the same. To ensure that students are provided with a safe, loving and caring space where mentoring relationships can be fostered. To ensure students are told and shown that God loves them and are introduced to the Gospel. To ensure the 40 Developmental Assets are taught and reinforced. To ensure students are provided with homework assistance and academic enrichment. And to ensure that students are exposed to the different arts allowing them to discover unique ways of self-expression. The Youth Outreach Director oversees a team of staff and volunteers to accomplish these goals in each of the program areas. The Youth Outreach Director is a member of the leadership team for Sunshine Gospel Ministries. As such, in
addition to the specified duties, general attributes this leader should demonstrate include:
- Being spiritually minded, humble and committed to ongoing learning.
- Emotionally & culturally intelligence
- Maintaining a core commitment to Sunshine’s philosophy of ministry
- Collaboratively participating in critical decisions striving to foster unity while valuing diversity of opinion and perspective
- Servant Leadership
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide overall leadership, oversight and support to each of the different YO program areas – elementary, middle school, high school, and summer programs.
- Work to ensure that God and the Gospel is at the heart of the YO team and is the core of each of the program areas.
- Provide oversight, mentorship and spiritual leadership of the YO staff.
- Work to ensure the YO staff is provided opportunities for professional development and self-care to maintain the health of the individuals and the YO team.
- Oversee and manage the team of YO staff and volunteers in each program area to develop and implement the program content and structure to best accomplish each of the program goals.
- Work to ensure that each member of the YO staff and the volunteers are able to best utilize their individual strengths and gifts to accomplish the program goals.
- Ensure that the curriculum for the 40 Developmental Assets remains the fundamental basis of the YO programs.
- Provide administrative support for the YO program staff as needed.
- Work with the YO team to recruit, coordinate, train and prep volunteers to maximize their effectiveness.
- Work with the YO team to maintain consistent contact with parents of students.
- Work with the YO team to maintain consistent contact with our partner schools.
- Work with the YO team to provide parameters for dealing with emotional and discipline issues with students.
- Lead the YO team in the implementation of program metrics to measure the effectiveness of the YO programs.
- Work with the YO team to coordinate scheduled outside activities and events throughout the school year and summer.
- Participate in Sunshine Gospel Ministries ministry-wide events such as Open House, Christmas Store, and other events that may be planned throughout the year.
Required Skills and Abilities
NOTE: Sunshine Gospel Ministries is a not for profit religious organization. This position is a ministerial role and will perform all or some of the following responsibilities: sharing the Gospel, leading Bible studies, and
modeling behavior that is consistent with Christ’s teaching.
Minimum Education and Experience
A bachelor’s degree in Education, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, or a related field is required.
Seven years of youth work experience including but not limited to:
- Developing and maintaining relationships with students, families, schools and community partners.
- Leading groups of students in academic, extra-curricular and spiritually enriching programs and activities.
- Experience leading a team of staff and volunteers in a youth educational or ministry setting.
- Generally, this position operates in a professional office environment.
- Reliable and predictable attendance is required.
Physical Demands and Work Requirements
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
- Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position for at least 50% of the time. The employee in this role needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, meet with co- workers, etc. The general level of physical activity would be defined as sedentary. The employee is regularly required to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone, copy machine and printer. Some movements of the hands, arms, and wrists may involve repetitive motions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to detect, determine, perceive, identify, recognize, judge, observe, inspect, estimate and assess various activities and the employee’s surroundings.
- Cognitive/Mental Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to comprehend and use basic language, either written or spoken, to communicate information and ideas, both simple and complex and exchange information, both simple and complex. The employee is also required to use logic to define problems, collect information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret information and deal with abstract variables for unique or unfamiliar situations; also requires use of problem solving skills including formulating and applying appropriate course of action for routine or familiar situations. The employee may be required to perform numerical operations including basic counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing or more complex quantitative calculations.
- Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is inside a central heat and air-conditioned office building. The noise level in the work environment is minimal.