Director of Children and Youth Music

Director of Children and Youth Music

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Director of Children and Youth Music is accountable to the Session through the Personnel Committee and serves under the direction of the Director of Music and Fine Arts and the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff of Second Presbyterian Church. 

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Holds and demonstrates Christian values and is comfortable sharing their Christian faith with children and adults
  • Is highly creative and passionate about working with children and youth
  • Possesses the ability to work effectively as a member of a large staff
  • Exhibits excellent planning, organizational and communication skills

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in vocal music or music education with specific study in children’s and youth voices;
  • 3-5 years successful experience teaching music or directing children’s music program
  • Orff or Kodály certification preferred Experience working in a church setting preferred
  • Experience supervising staff preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Children and Youth Music (Pre-K through 12th grade) is a full-time (32 hour/week) position.   The position has the following responsibilities:

Education

  • Engender, encourage and example a love of God, a love of church, and a love for music and the arts as a means of public worship and private devotion.
  • Educate parents, directors, church staff and congregation as to the purpose, power and meaning of Children and Youth Music Ministry.
  • Develop a progressive curriculum for the children’s choir program.
  • Provide musical and liturgical guidance for Children’s Choir Directors. 
  • Establish relationships with children, youth and families by being actively involved during Sunday and Wednesday regular programs. 

Musicianship

  • Conduct other choirs and ensembles as assigned, which may include leading sectional rehearsals for the Sanctuary Choir and acting as Substitute Director of the Summer Choir.
  • Serve as the music leader of Vacation Bible School, with the assistance of volunteers.
  • Plan and execute the spring concert or musical. 
  • Purchase appropriate music and instructional materials for children and youth music program. 
  • Maintain Children and Youth Music Ministry budget, in collaboration with the Director of Music and Fine Arts.
  • Initiate and coordinate opportunities for outreach events for each choir. 
  • Recruit volunteer parent assistants for each choir. 
  • In cooperation with the Organist/Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts, secure and equip accompanists for all children’s choirs.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee choir directors for younger choirs.
  • Conduct the elementary choirs (2nd-5th grade). 
  • Develop opportunities and prepare youth musicians (6th-12th grade), both vocal and instrumental, for participation in worship and for sharing their artistic gifts in other contexts of ministry. This may include ensembles for chorus, handbells, orchestra, etc., depending on candidate’s expertise.

Administration

  • Coordinate all activities of Second Presbyterian Children’s Choir and Youth Music program.
  • Communicate regularly with choir students and families through monthly newsletters, bulletin board, etc. 
  • Develop and maintain Children and Youth Music website page.
  • Create and distribute Children’s Choir and Youth Music Handbooks, as needed.
  • Recruit and oversee the volunteer Children/Youth Music Librarian(s).
  • Meet regularly with the Children and Youth Music Advisory Teams. 
  • Meet regularly with the Choir School faculty for training, planning and general organizational tasks. 
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Music, the Music Department Staff, and the Music and Fine Arts Ministry Team.
  • Serve as liaison between the Music and Fine Arts Department, Youth and Christian Education staff. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Music and Fine Arts.

 

 

Updated: May 2019

Please send resume/cover letter to mfa@SecondChurch.org. No phone calls please.


Pre-K Co-Teacher

Pre-K Co-Teacher

Children’s Circle Preschool of Second Presbyterian Church is accepting applications for a part time Pre-K teaching position- Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 8:45-2:45 August through mid-May.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Pre-K Co-Teacher is accountable to the Session through the Personnel Committee of Second Presbyterian Church and Children’s Circle Preschool Board and serves under the direction of Director of Children’s Circle Preschool.

 

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Holds and demonstrates Christian values
  • Works in the best interests of the children, putting their needs first
  • Communicates effectively and works cooperatively with children, parents and staff
  • Makes working at Children’s Circle Preschool a priority in his/her life
  • Is a positive spokesperson for the program in our community at large
  • Practices confidentiality and good judgment
  • Maintains physical strength (is able to carry a 40 pound child 100 feet, if necessary)

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or BS in education, elementary or early childhood development, or a college degree with at least some Early Childhood Curriculum classes or a current Child Development certification by the National Association of Education of Young Children
  • Classroom experience desired

a. Professional work experience in a daycare or preschool classroom

b. Classroom Equivalent: Considerable work with children in a group of 15 children in an early childhood age program or giving direct instruction

c. Elementary age classroom

  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certification on file with the Director

 

RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Provide a stimulating learning environment for children 4 and 5 years old.
  • Plan and conduct an effective program to meet the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of each child.
  • Plan and prepare the classroom setting which is pleasant and inviting in which children feel comfortable and secure.
  • Supervise children in the classroom and provide a supportive environment in which children can learn and practice appropriate and acceptable individual and group behaviors.
  • Provide experiences that promote individual self-expression in conversation, imaginative play, and creativity.
  • Provide experiences involving thinking skills such as generalizing, classifying, sorting, and problem solving.
  • Provide positive guidance to help children develop self-control.
  • Maintain school and classroom resources.
  • Interact with parents maintaining open and cooperative communication encouraging their involvement in the program and supporting the child's family relationships.
  • Complete regular observations, child attendance, and related reports.
  • Write and compile individual assessments of each child's development
  • Maintain complete and accurate children’s records and communicate child’s progress to child’s parents
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Contribute to the operation of the school by participating in staff meetings and sharing information gained through attendance at workshops and professional reading.
  • Work as a member of the team to ensure continuity of curriculum and a high standard of quality in all classrooms.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures as stated in the Staff Procedure Manual

 

Applicants should contact Cara Paul, Director of Children’s Circle Preschool at 317252-5517 or cpaul@secondchurch.org.