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Palo Alto Vineyard Church (PAVC) is part of the Vineyard Association of Churches, located in Palo Alto, CA. We are a come as you are, “everyone gets to play” type of congregation, coming from all over the Peninsula. We are not a mega or hyped-up, flashy church. We are an authentic congregation that believes in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to be a tangible reality in our homes, communities, and in our worship. Our mission is to empower people from all backgrounds to have intimacy with God and influence for His Kingdom.

Director of Family Ministries

The Director of Family Ministries position is full time (40 hours per week) responsible for leading our children’s and youth programs. The Children and Youth Director will also participate as a member of the staff team to vision and strategically plan for the future of the church and develop disciples for Jesus.

Compensation: $60-$90K/ year DOE, with benefits 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategically plan and oversee development of the youth and children’s ministries aligning them with our church vision and meeting the needs of youth growing up in Silicon Valley/Bay Area.
  • Organize, lead and equip Children and Youth Leadership Teams.
  • Recruit, train and support adult and youth volunteers – conduct appropriate background checks and implement safety procedures.
  • Oversee selection, development and implementation of children and youth curriculum – to include fellowship, worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, and evangelism as well as provide youth hands-on ministry and mission opportunities both within and outside the church. 
  • Oversee or lead implementation of Youth Church, Children’s Church and other youth activities throughout the year, including but not limited to VBS, Youth Retreats, Missions trips, and fundraising events.
  • Proactively communicate and work with parents in a way that encourages partnership and involvement in our vision of  raising up children and youth in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of Children and Youth Ministry budget.
  • Foster a culture that is intentionally intergenerational and multicultural, with a focus on leading families, children and youth toward a thriving relationship with God.
  • Provide support for children’s program and child-care to accompany church-wide events, such as Sunday morning services, church-wide retreats and trainings.
  • Manage purchasing, storage, and organization of Children and Youth Ministry materials and supplies.  We are a church-in-a-box type of church, and therefore a strong effort to manage storage and supplies is important.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Previous pastoral experience or significant lay leadership experience within Youth and Children’s ministries is required.  Clear calling to pastor and teach children and youth, with experience and references to support it.  
  • Seminary/Bible college degree in Children and Youth Ministry is preferred but not required.
  • Well rounded Biblical knowledge and spiritual gifting to lead and teach children and youth in a way that is relevant and compelling to their current context, with special importance in the ability to communicate the gospel message, to contextualize biblical concepts, and the ability to train other adult volunteers to do the same.
  • Able to lead independently but also work well on a team.  
  • Able to partner with pastors and other staff to accomplish overall church vision.
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Spiritual maturity: broad knowledge of the scriptures, an active prayer life, and an understanding and experience of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Experience not only training and leading Children and Youth within the church, but also reading youth outside of the church context and leading them into it.
  • Passionate about reaching the Silicon Valley/Bay Area’s youth and children. An understanding of the uniqueness of this area and genuine compassion for the youth and children that live in it. 
  • Familiar with the Association of Vineyard Churches and alignment with its core values and ministry philosophy.  As a member of the staff team, you will need to show that you are in agreement with its theology and practice.
  • Experience working in a church or community-based social service or social justice organization with socially and economically marginalized individuals is preferred.
Please send a cover letter including your reasons for applying, along with a resume.

Director of Operations


Summary

PAVC seeks a Director of Operations to strengthen and advance the church’s day-to-day operations, especially Sunday services. This role reports to the Lead Pastor, and supports the church’s mission, vision, and values by leading the church’s operations, finance, human resources, and communications. This role is responsible for overseeing our facilities, facilities staff and Sunday volunteers across key functional areas. The Director of Operations will be expected to work on Sundays and selected holidays when the church is in operation. 

Compensation: 20-25 hours/week, $30-45K DOE
Candidates interested in a full-time position could also consider another role on our staff team.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure operational readiness of the church through leadership and oversight of church administration, finance, human resources, facilities management and communications.
  • Lead processes and planning efforts to achieve overall church operations objectives.
  • Design, implement and manage logistics and operational programming and support for Sunday Services, volunteer management, and special events.
  • Interpret, implement, and ensure compliance with church policies and procedures.
  • Recommend and/or formulate internal administrative policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Influence staff leadership on recommendations for current operations and future development.
  • Oversight of church finances, as well as developing, monitoring, and analyzing a consolidated annual budget.
  • Oversight of church payroll, insurance, finance, and benefits programs and corresponding vendor management.
  • Participate and/or support regularly scheduled church life meetings and events.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly leads and supervises the church facilities team. Dotted line relationship to Administrative Assistant.
  • Works closely with relevant team members on hiring and retaining staff, ensuring required training is completed, and giving input to the performance management process.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of ministry or organizational leadership experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including conflict resolution.
  • Sound judgment and strong leadership skills; experience developing staff professionally and building solid teams.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • HR Compensation & Benefits skills & experience, especially salary administration experience preferred.
  • Strong financial expertise in budget planning and financial forecasting.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and communicate written and verbal reports of key ideas to senior leadership. Strong analytical skills. Ability to evaluate programs and interpret outcomes.
  • Ability to work with a variety of internal and external constituencies. A team player who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding work environment.
  • Ability to effectively run meetings and lead workgroups to achieve defined goals.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and thrive in a complex environment with multiple and shifting priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to work effectively across cultures. Demonstrates a commitment to learning, communicating, and working respectfully with people different from themselves.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and philosophy of Palo Alto Vineyard Church.
  • Resilience in response to setbacks, and an ability to anticipate and overcome barriers to success. Ability to respond proactively and positively to ambiguity and change.
  • Experience working in a church or community-based social service or social justice organization with socially and economically marginalized individuals is preferred.
Please send a cover letter including your reasons for applying, along with a resume.