Purpose and Scope
Under the direction of the Pastor and Director of Faith Formation, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry develops, coordinates and fosters a comprehensive youth ministry program for grades six through twelve. This position develops communication with and mutual support from families of youth and partners with other community, Parish and Diocesan youth organizations. The Coordinator of Youth Ministry fosters the goals and objectives of the USCCB document "Renewing the Vision" for youth ministry.
Essential Job Functions
• Program Development
o Recruits, trains, develops and motivates all youth, peer and adult volunteers; works in collaboration with the Diocese to provide leadership training; offers safe environment training and maintains records on each volunteer.
o Develop and facilitate a volunteer leadership team (Core Team), to help with the planning, implementation and evaluation of the youth ministry programs.
o Develops a network for reaching out to youth and families.
o Develops relationships with parents that are conducive to open communication between the parent and youth.
o Works to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
o Works with other related ministry leaders to ensure youth acquire needed trainings to serve actively in Liturgical ministries as Altar Servers, Lectors, Youth Choir and Hospitality Ministry.
o Works to foster leadership skills in youth and leadership team (Core Team)
o Provides weekly catechesis and opportunities for youth to hear and respond to the Gospel message.
o Organize annual youth fund raising events for to help support the youth ministry programs.
o Provides necessary Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Communion preparation for students in grades six through twelve.
o Plans, coordinates and implements weekend retreats and evenings of prayer reflection.
o Plans, coordinates, and implements consistent community service opportunities for youth and families.
o Coordinates and implements a peer-leadership group led by high school youth, for the spiritual growth and development of other youth in the parish.
o Builds relational ministry with teens and parents by attending St. John Bosco School events.
o Works with the sixth to eighth grade teachers at St. John Bosco School to facilitate students retreats and other campus ministry events.
o Provide input into management of budget for youth ministry programs.
o Maintains necessary office and program records.
o Maintain accurate records on youth involved in programs.
o Submits periodic reports to the Pastor and Pastoral Council as requested detailing programs in youth ministry.
o Works with parish staff to determine effective means for publicizing and promoting programs and events.
o Serve as the liaison with the diocesan office of youth ministry and their programs, services and resources.
o Maintain regular communication with youth and their families through bulletin, parish e-newsletter, website, social media, and other communication tools
o Keep the Parish community informed of youth ministry activities and goals.
o Initiate ways of gathering data on the need, interest, attitudes and beliefs of the youth.
• Parish Staff Member
o Attends regular staff meetings and participates in staff planning.
o Supervises and coordinates scheduling of youth events and activities.
o Work in collaboration with parish staff in scheduling, visioning, planning, and implementing activities, events and processes that overlap into other areas of staff responsibility.
o Communicate with staff about youth ministry activities and seek staff input in planning youth ministry activities.
• Additional Job Functions
o Perform any other position related tasks as deemed necessary or assigned by the Pastor or Faith Formation Director.
o Participate in the diocesan association of professional youth ministers and in any local youth ministers association.
o Be available to parishioners by maintaining regular published office hours.
o Church-related meetings and activities outside the parish will be secondary to any scheduled meetings and activities at the parish and at the discretion of the Pastor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to lead, inspire, and connect with 6th -12th grade students.
• Ability to lead, train, and coordinate volunteer leadership teams (Core Teams).
• Ability to engage in ongoing, professional formation; keep informed of trends in youth ministry, theology and methodology in ministry; participate in Diocesan workshops and seminars, and courses in methodology and theology where needed.
• Ability to maintain a good working relationship with the wider parish community.
• Ability to work some nights and weekends.
• Knowledge of all Diocesan guidelines and procedures.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office computer programs.
• Proficiency in use of a variety of office equipment.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Must complete annual Diocesan safe environment training.
• Must have valid AZ Driver's License and own transportation and the ability to drive on company business in conformance with the Diocese of Phoenix Transportation Policy.
• Willingness to work collaboratively with Pastoral staff and lay leaders.
• Bachelor's degree in Religious Education or Theology or National Credential in Youth Ministry or background in theology and educational methodologies with a willingness to move toward credential or degree.
• Must be an active Roman Catholic, faith-filled, spirit driven, self-motivated, imaginative, energetic, organized and reliable.