Employment Opportunities at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton

We currently have 2 available positions available – Director for Children and Middle School Ministry and Audio-Visual Coordinator.

Director for Children and Middle School Ministry

Hours: Full time (40 hours a week); hours vary seasonally with school year, some nights and most weekends included.

Summary: The Director for Children and Middle School Ministry provides leadership for birth through 8th grade. This position directs and coordinates the instruction of children in activities designed to promote spiritual, social, physical and intellectual growth for infants, toddlers, children and middle school youth. The Director implements a ministry that promotes a sense of belonging, helps children embrace a deep and sustainable Christian faith, and offers them leadership opportunities both through Church School and our Middle School ministry.

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

Children and Middle School Ministry:

  • Directly develop faith-filled relationships with children, youth, parents and volunteers by taking interest in their lives and weaving the children’s ministries into the intergenerational life of First Congregational UCC.
  • Recruit, coach, deploy and coordinate volunteers using a ministry team approach in collaboration with the children’s and youth ministry teams.
  • Assume a coaching and resourcing role to the entire program. Plan, resource and lead or co-lead the Sunday morning church school. Plan, resource and directly lead the Wednesday evening Middle School Ministry.
  • Develop and implement curriculum in conjunction with key lay leaders and the Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry. Implement the Youth Ministry Architects model developed by FCUCC.
  • Assist in coordinating student leadership.
  • Supervise, coordinate and facilitate Family Worship Area during designated services in lieu of church school programming.
  • Serve as a key voice and advocate for children and youth ministry in an interdisciplinary, collegial environment.
  • Direct specific ministry related events.
  • Possibly lead overnight and/or weekend retreats or camps.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively develop and consistently communicate ministry events and opportunities to children, youth, parents, staff and the church. Attend staff and designated ministry team meetings.
  • Maintain budget, records for registration, attendance, and offerings in accordance with the SafeConduct™ policy.
  • Ensure appropriate paid and/or volunteer child care coverage is present for church events.
  • Oversee and maintain the church school resource center and other rooms in the Children, Youth and Families wing.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise infant and toddler child care workers.
  • 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 Master’s) 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.
  • Possess a heart for shepherding and encouraging children and youth in their faith and personal journeys. Display a faith supportive of the United Church of Christ.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; comfortable using audiovisual equipment.
  • Possess strong administrative, planning, organizational and communication skills.
  • Valid driver license; background check required.

Compensation:

  • Salaried with family health benefit.

Physical Functions:

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

Application:

  • Please submit a cover letter and resumé, with at least 3 references not related to the applicant, to [email protected]

Audio-Visual Coordinator

Hours: 15 hours per week, four hours on Sunday, with occasional weeknight services & events.

Summary: The Audio-Visual Coordinator serves as our point person for all audio-visual elements of worship, including special services, weddings, funerals, and congregational events.  In collaboration with staff and volunteers, you’ll manage our live streams, and produce high quality video capsules of our shared life here at First Congregational UCC.
BIPOC and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply. Participation in the life of the church itself is not a job requirement or expectation, but you are certainly welcome.

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

Sunday mornings:

  • In collaboration with AV volunteers, prep the Sanctuary, ensuring all microphones, cameras, and other equipment are set and prepared for worship
  • Coordinate with worship staff and clergy on weekly worship script
  • Record and stream the AV elements of worship using a variety of camera and sound engineering techniques
  • Seamlessly incorporate pre-recorded audio and visual elements of worship
  • Monitor livestream comments and adjust as problems arise
  • Manage clean-up and storage of AV technology equipment used in worship
  • Collaborate with technology team regarding any need for upgrades or repairs of the systems in use

Special Services:

  • In collaboration with worship staff and clergy, manage live stream and AV elements for off-Sunday liturgical services (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Blue Christmas, etc.)

Video creation:

  • In collaboration with communications administrator, worship staff, clergy, and lay volunteers, create brief video capsules of events in the life of the church: fellowship gatherings, mission projects, etc. Film, edit, and produce these outreach capsules.

Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and / or relevant vocational training
  • Advanced knowledge of videography and video editing
  • Advanced knowledge of audio production
  • Advanced knowledge of livestreaming via Facebook live, YouTube, or similar streaming service
  • Prompt, reliable, communicative, and collaborative
  • Collaborative and flexible in a fast-moving, team-based environment
  • Resourceful problem solving skills
  • Commitment to providing high quality results in service of our community

Application: please submit via email to [email protected]:

  • A cover letter letting us know why you’d like this role and what you would bring to the team
  • Your resume detailing relevant experience
  • Two professional references
  • Two brief (three to five minutes is fine) samples of your video production work should be downloaded to  AV Coordinator Position Videos  (be sure to label the video with your name)

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.