Careers at First Congregational UCC, Appleton

Are you searching for a welcoming, rewarding and faith-filled career? A place where you can make a real difference in your community and the world as a whole? The opportunity to live your truth of who God is calling you to be? 

Look no further than First Congregational UCC.

Current Openings


Full-time positions

Director for Christian Education

Reports to: Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry
Prepared by: Human Resources Committee
Effective Start Date: Immediately 
Hours: Full-time position

Summary: The Director for Christian Education provides leadership for our Children's Ministry and Adult Education. The children's ministry is considered this persons primary responsibility. This position directs and coordinates the instruction of children in activities designed to promote spiritual, social, physical and intellectual growth for infants, toddlers and children in grades K–6. Additionally, in collaboration with the Pastoral team, this position oversees the development, organization, and communication of our Adult Education program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include, but are not limited to, the following:

Children's Ministry:

  • Ensure that relationships are built between the children’s ministry volunteers, the children, and their families, and ensure that all are growing in their faith through these relationships.
  • Implement the Children’s Ministry Architects model developed by First Congregational UCC in all aspects of this ministry.
  • Assume a coaching and resourcing role to the entire program. Directly lead tween (4th–6th grade) ministry and Wednesday evening Church Mice program.
  • Serve as a key voice and advocate for children’s ministry in an interdisciplinary, collegial environment. Attend staff meetings.
  • Develop and implement curriculum in conjunction with key lay leaders and the Pastor for Youth and Spiritual Outreach.
  • Oversee and maintain the church school resource center, computer lab and other rooms in the Children, Youth and Families wing.
  • Maintain records for registration, attendance and offerings in accordance with the SafeConduct™ policy.
  • Works with staff to ensure and facilitate regular communication with the congregation regarding children’s ministry.
  • Direct two special children’s programs (Christmas Eve “Do-it-Yourself Nativity” and Christmas Pageant). Direct one week long summer experience for children (ex: VBS or week at one of the UCCI camps)..
  • Ensure appropriate paid and/or volunteer child care coverage is present for church events including PrayGround.


Adult Education:

  • Act in consultation with the pastors and Adult Education Team to establish and communicate a yearly focus.
  • Meet with lay adult education facilitators as a team, twice per year to: build team unity, orient content around strategic mission statement, and comprehensively asses overall program. Teach annually within the program as time allows.
  • Serve as a resource to lay adult education facilitators, offer training, and coordinate their work with the larger programmatic mission, calendars, and communication of church.
  • Observe all adult education offerings a minimum of one time per year.
  • Maintain adult education budget.
  • Serve as staff liaison to Church Library Committee.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise infant and toddler child care workers.
  • Supervise the housekeeping staff for the Children, Youth and Families wing and ministry area in conjunction with the Head Custodian.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include recruiting, interviewing and training volunteer teachers; planning, assigning and directing work; evaluating performance; rewarding and disciplining volunteers; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.


Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s (or higher) degree in education or other related field, 3 years of related experience, or some combination of the above.
  • Christian Educator Certification preferred.
  • Experience at a programmatic or corporate-sized church or institution preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; comfortable in using audiovisual equipment.
  • An arts background (e.g., music, art, theater) desirable.
  • A faith supportive of the values of the United Church of Christ.
  • Valid driver license; background check required.


Compensation:

  • Per HR


Physical Functions:

  • Able to use staircases, walk, sit, bend and lift. Ability to lift 20 pounds.


Application:


Part-time positions

Coordinator of Lay Hospitality Ministries

Reports to: Pastor for Missions and Congregational Life
Prepared by: Human Resources Committee
Effective Start Date: Immediately
Hours: 20 hours per week, half-time position. Flexible hours, some nights and weekends.

Summary: The Coordinator of Lay Hospitality Ministries works collaboratively with the entire staff and appropriate ministry teams of First Congregational UCC to grow lay ministry in the church.  This person oversees the planning and preparation of New Members classes, tracks their integration into vital engagement in the church’s ministries, and helps the staff to identify and train lay leaders in collaboration with the Hospitality Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Hospitality Team: include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate, resource, recruit, and encourage the work of the Hospitality Team which includes New Members, Fellowship, and Volunteer Management.
  • Educate Hospitality ministry team and staff on effective lay engagement strategies.
  • Plan and communicate a yearly calendar inclusive of all the Hospitality Team events.
  • Help structure the Hospitality Team with clearly written descriptions of their volunteer roles.
  • Oversee and be present at most hospitality events including Rally Sunday, year end picnic, and other meals and events traditionally associated with the Fellowship Team.


Volunteer management: include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establish and maintain member ministry information in computer database.
  • Write promotional copy to promote the mission and ministry of the church.
  • Develop, maintain and improve the church’s volunteer recruitment efforts in all digital, and print resources and communications.
  • Work with the Stewardship Team in seeking regular pledges of time and talent for lay ministry.
  • Work with the Vice Moderator and others in preparing an annual slate of lay officers;
  • Establish recruitment-training materials to assist staff in their recruitment efforts. Work with individual staff on recruitment possibilities.


New Members : include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan and prepare three to four new members classes each year in collaboration with the Pastoral Staff.
  • Work with appropriate staff and teams to oversee integration of new members into the life of the church.
  • Moderate online interactions.


Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate will have an associates degree, appropriate vocational training, or 3 or more years of experience.
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office. Ability to learn applicable computer programs and related equipment and systems.
  • Strong interpersonal, time-management and delegation skills.
  • Displays good judgment, a positive attitude and professional conduct, including the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Valid driver license.


Compensation:

  • Per HR


Physical Functions:

  • Able to use staircases, walk, sit and bend. Ability to lift 20 pounds.


Application:

Please submit a cover letter and resume, with at least 3 non-related references to HCSearch@firstcongoappleton.org.

Nursery/Toddler Care Provider

Do you like rocking babies to sleep or playing peekaboo with toddlers? We have the job for you! Our nursery/toddler room is looking for a loving, competent, spirit-led staff presence to care for our youngest members every Sunday. Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma (or equivalency) and education in and/or experience caring for infants and toddlers.

This person will be expected to work every Sunday (including holiday weekends, Easter and all Christmas Eve services) and additional times as needed. Program year (September through May) hours are 8:00 AM–12:00 PM; summer hours are 9:00–11:00 AM. Salary is very competitive.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with at least three non-related references to Joel Morien.

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