The Youth Ministry Program Leader is an exciting new position, responsible for leading the PULSE Program. PULSE is a Synod-wide initiative which seeks to grow vital Christian communities where emerging generations thrive. As the Program Leader, you will play a key role in both defining the vision and building the capability, by aligning the contributions of UME to other Synod entities such as Uniting, Synod Boards and Presbyteries. This position reports to the Head of Mission Strategy.

In particular, the role will take responsibility for:

  • Designing and refining the future of PULSE as a Synod-wide initiative to engage with emerging generations to ensure the ongoing development of PULSE for the benefit of the whole church
  • Leadership of the Pulse team, including oversight, development, planning and budgeting and fostering an innovative culture of learning, assessment, refinement, experimentation, and accountability
  • Development and deployment of resources for use by those involved in ministry with emerging generations
  • Overseeing a strategic portfolio of events related to emerging generations, including running events and facilitating participation in related events
  • Collaborating with the Head of Vital Leadership in development of learning pathways with emerging generations
  • Strategic support to the development of new communities of faith and campus ministries (schools, universities, TAFEs etc)
  • Overseeing the development of online environments for discipleship, evangelism and leadership development
  • Collecting and articulating insights and learnings, including sourcing and/or conducting research into effective ministry with emerging generations
  • Effective communication with key stakeholders, emerging generations and those engaged in ministry with them
  • Representing UME, developing and sustaining effective relationships within and across the Synod

We are looking for an experienced and committed professional youth program leader with:

  • Proven experience in providing effective and strategic leadership, inspiration and processes which grow capacity to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to provide strategic, financial and risk-based oversight to projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to initiate, refine and implement change
  • Demonstrated significant experience and passion for working with children, families, youth or young adults
  • Demonstrated reflective theological capacity, which includes contemporary reflections on the nature of God’s mission and the church’s place in that mission, particularly with emerging generations, and proven ability to apply this across  differing contexts
  • Intermediate skills in computing, communication and social media, and proven ability to apply this in ways which enhance relationship building and networking
  • Demonstrated ability in working effectively with diverse cultural, generational, institutional, geographic and other communities
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and develop a team of professionals
  • NSW Working with Children Clearance
  • Entitlement to work in Australia
  • Current, full NSW Driving Licence

Whilst not essential, membership of the Uniting Church in Australia, and/or theological training, as well as tertiary qualifications in a related field, would be highly desirable.

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity for you, please click ‘Apply Now‘ to send your resume and cover letter, clearly outlining how your qualifications and experience align with our requirements outlined above.

If you have any questions, please contact David Cornford, Head of Mission Strategy, at davidc@nswact.uca.org.au. Applications must be received by the close of business Friday November 16, 2018.