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ABOUT OUR CULTURE:

The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative, nationally-recognized nonprofit teen community center that provides FREE holistically-designed afterschool programs and events for 7th-12th grade students. We were founded on and are driven by our Christian principles; and we provide a fast-paced, family-like work environment.

Since 2010, we have served more than 7,300 different students from 128 neighboring communities. We host an average of 200-400 students per week, and offer over 350 different programs and events per year. We receive no government funding, raising our entire $850,000+ operating budget through a diverse base of private support.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Student Engagement and Operations reports directly to the Founder and Executive Director as the co-lead (alongside the Director of Programming) of the Program Team. This position is part of our leadership team, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization, mentoring student leaders and interns, taking the lead on engaging new and existing students, and providing key support for programs and events. For a complete PDF version of the position description, please use the following link.

 

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required with a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant youth work experience, including 3+ years of experiencing leading a team. We are seeking someone with a genuine call to work with students long-term, not as a stepping stone. Must be passionate about loving and serving teenagers, with a strong desire to grow in that service outside the church walls. Applicants are asked to submit a resume and professional references to info@thebridgeteencenter.org. No phone calls or visits.

 

WILL SERVE AS THE LEAD ON:

1.  Responsible for student engagement efforts, including tours for new prospective families, representing The Bridge in the community at outreach events, executing elements of the Student Retention Plan and Student Care Plan related to engaging student members, and consistently seeking creative and intentional ways to keep students plugged in (with support from the Marketing Department and Director of Programming).

2.  Responsible for maintaining a consistent presence and fostering our welcoming and relational culture on the floor during afterschool hours. This includes having one weekly scheduled day to personally lead the floor. Afterschool hours are on T, W, Th; with daily attendance varying from 25-100 depending on semester and program schedule.

3.  Oversight of the LeadU leadership program series, including conducting programs, review and updating of content, group scheduling and school relations, participant follow-up, and set-up (reaches 500+ students annually).

4.  Provide leadership support and creative input to the Director of Programming in planning and execution of program events, including weekly Friday nights and 3 annual Signature Events.  Will serve as lead on annual summer “Guys Night In” event. Signature events attract an average of 125-175 students.

5.  Ongoing leadership of program interns and summer staff, including required human resources elements (in partnership with the Volunteer Coordinator), day-to-day management, and training (with support from Director of Programming).

6.  Ownership of the Student Ambassador program, a small group of hand-selected high school students who assist with programs, events, and outreach opportunities. Includes recruitment, ongoing training and development, relationship building, scheduling, and management of the related scholarship program.

7.  Responsible for day-to-day operations of the facility, including open and closing procedures, communicating required maintenance needs, and performing basic tasks related to keeping the facility efficient and operational.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AS A TEAM MEMBER INCLUDE:

1.       Regularly pray for the organization, our students, leadership, volunteers, and our community as a whole.

2.       Keep students “top of mind” – striving to consistently build relationships and challenge student growth.

3.       Prior to opening our doors for students, make sure we are set-up for success and ready to provide students with a meaningful and thoughtful experience each day.

4.       Provide support to the Director of Programming in the execution of our multi-tiered Student Care Plan, including actively participating in and following intake procedures as required (including parent consultations), and ongoing contact with parents and students as required.

5.       Build relationships with a wide variety of volunteers, actively seeking “teachable moments” as it relates to connecting with students, leading students, and correcting/modifying behavior.

6.       As one of our leaders, actively participate in and help “drive” Program Team Meetings, Gladiator Meetings, and Monday AM Prayer Meetings.

7.       Support The Bridge’s annual service events and fundraising events as assigned.

8.       Will work 2-3 Friday nights per month (3-11PM; scheduled in advance each semester).

9.       Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

 

MUST POSSESS:

1.       A heart that is committed to pouring into the lives of teenagers.

2.       True passion for the concept and mission of The Bridge Teen Center.

3.       A natural ability to speak publicly and engage teens, parents and other adults.

4.       A desire to be part of an entity that brings community together.

5.       A heart for meeting people where they are at, not where we want them to be.

6.       Heart for building/developing leaderships skills in others.

7.       Strong organization and time management skills.

8.       Strong and positive communication skills – both verbal and non-verbal.

9.       Ability to lead, motivate and encourage others.

10.   Outgoing, high energy, excited to come to work.

11.   Ability to be a forward thinker, think outside the box, and not rest in routine.

12.   Outwardly-focused and team-oriented mentalities.

13.   Willingness to go the extra mile and work hard at completing all tasks with excellence.

14.   Ability to seek solutions and clearly communicate issues before they become problems.

15.   Friendly, responsive and patient approach.

16.   Ability to develop authentic relationships with a wide variety of audiences.

17.   Personal and professional integrity (even in social and online settings).

18.   Sense of humor.

 

NEXT STEPS:

Candidates selected to move forward in our process will take a personality survey, be asked for personal and professional references, and participate in multiple interviews with staff and leadership.

 

COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

Competitive compensation package based on experience. Package includes employer-paid health benefits (for employee only, with option to purchase family benefits at cost), a retirement plan (IRA that is employer-matched up to 3%), plus a generous paid time off package (total of 18 days, excluding holidays The Bridge is closed).

Information about YouthWorks
Are you looking for a job that develops your leadership skills, builds your resume, puts you in cross-cultural settings, and even pays you? YouthWorks is a Christian, nonprofit organization that provides Christ-centered mission trips for more than 20,000 teenagers and adult leaders in over 40 communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Our staff has been creating mission trip experiences for teenagers and adult leaders for more than 25 years. We continue to hire college and post-college-age staff to be on the front lines leading this ministry on each of our sites. In the midst of managing around 70 students and adult leaders on a mission trip each week, our staff teams cultivate relationships, develop their relational and organizational skills, and deepen their faith. All of our ministry positions are paid. For more information, see our website: https://www.youthworks.com/summer-staff/.

Staff work together to create a spiritually focused and servant-centered mission site. All staff participate in evening programming in a leadership capacity and interact with youth at every opportunity. Other responsibilities include building relationships with community members, coordinating one meal a day, and having a weekly check-in time with your supervisor. Staff must be flexible, teachable, and willing to grow in all areas.

Site Director
Facilitate ministry experiences as you manage your mission site. Mentor and supervise 3-4 Site Coordinators. Assist with daily service and ministry projects. Manage finances with integrity and maintain the overall spiritual focus of the mission site. Complete, submit, and mail weekly paperwork, or including finances, evaluations and other paperwork as specified. Oversee the safety of your mission site. Provide leadership for adult leaders and help them process their mission week as they experience it alongside their youth. Continue to develop, build and protect community relationships and partnerships within the community you serve.

Qualifications:
•             College graduate or must have at least four years of post-high school experience

•             Actively pursuing a relationship with Christ

•             Desire to serve the Church

•             Able to relate to youth

•             Model servant leadership

•             Have a teachable spirit

•             Previous leadership experience

•             Ability to lead a team

•             Management experience/ability

•             Previous YW summer staff experience is helpful but not required

•             Previous experience managing a budget is helpful but not required

 

Site Coordinator Positions
·         Ministry Support Coordinator: Connect with youth on site. Support teammates in planned service projects. Coordinate cultural and relational activities for youth. Plan and facilitate evening worship, sharing, processing, and interaction with provided theme materials.

·         Community Service Coordinator: Partner with service organizations. Implement service schedules provided by YouthWorks. Coordinate logistics and execute back-up plans when needed. Serve alongside youth.

·         Kids Club Coordinator: Coordinate a daily Kids Club for children ages 5-10, with the help of youth and adult leader volunteers (create crafts, plan games, practice songs and implement the Kids Club curriculum provided by YouthWorks).

·         Work Projects Coordinator: Help youth engage in the community by leading work crews in painting, yard work and minor projects. Partner with community members, set up and complete projects, and manage crews of youth and their adult leaders throughout the day.

·         Utility Support Coordinator: May begin the summer temporarily assigned to a specific community, however, at any point during the spring or summer, may be permanently placed with a team to fill an open position. Equipped to take on multiple positions and to offer support and encouragement to staff teams.

Qualifications:
·         At least one year out of high school

·         Demonstrate good judgment and problem-solving skills

·         Able to handle responsibility

·         Leadership experience

·         Value youth

·         Passionate about serving

·         See our website for more detailed information about qualifications.

 

Site Director: $4,250 + food/gas/housing

Site Coordinator: $2,750 + food/gas/housing

The dates for full-summer employment are May 25-August 7, 2019.

Overview:

Eternal Life Baptist Church is looking for a called and committed bi-vocational youth pastor to lead our church’s efforts to minister to children and teens in our church and the broader community. The ideal candidate has experience ministering to teens, children and parents, as well as experience in recruiting and managing volunteers and equipping youth for ministry. This role requires a person who relates well with people of different ages and backgrounds. We are a healthy, growing church and we fully expect this to grow into a full time position. Please send resume to info@eternallifebaptist.com.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the church’s efforts to minister with and to youth between ages 6 to 18.
  • Reach out to unchurched youth in the community, engage them with the gospel, and involve them in the work of the church.
  • Recruit, develop, and deploy new volunteers for the church’s youth and children’s ministry.
  • Develop a Bible teaching calendar for the youth that takes into consideration the full counsel of God’s Word and the spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental needs of the youth in our church and community.
  • Regularly teach the Bible to the youth with conviction, compassion, and care.
  • Lead efforts to minister to the parenting needs of the church body.
  • Participate in general pastoral duties as needed (weddings, funerals, counseling, etc.).
  • Establish a long-term vision for how the church engages children and youth.
  • Be available to preach and teach the Bible in adult worship services when asked.
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for the youth ministries.
  • Regularly report to the senior pastor about developments in the youth and children’s ministries.
  • Plan and oversee all summer camping activities the church’s youth participate in.
  • Work with other church leaders to find ministry opportunities for youth in the broader church family.
  • Work with the senior pastor to review all curriculum used by the church’s children’s and teen ministries and ensure they are consistent with the church’s doctrinal commitments.
  • Participate in all staff meetings and retreats.

Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and willingness to serve within the doctrinal commitments of the church.
  • Verifiable experience ministering to youth and shepherding youth ministry volunteers.
  • Strong ability to lead people of varying ethnicities, socio-economic levels, and generations.
  • A desire to teach and mentor youth in biblical truth.
  • Ability to pass a mandatory background check.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A growing Christian faith and character.
  • A commitment to the mission of the church.
  • A calling to pastoral ministry.
  • A lifestyle congruent with the biblical requirements for leaders (1Tim. 3:1-13; 2Tim. 2;Titus 1:5-9).
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