600 Hours Per Year
600 hours averages to approximately 11.5 per week, but the bulk of this average is actually concentrated over a number of weekends throughout the year along with one full week in the summer. This means that the Facilitator will spend minimal time in the office during the week, with the exception of some team building, supervision, and supporting the Youth Engagement Coordinator occasionally with shared administrative tasks.”
The Middle School Friends Program Facilitator is responsible for creating space for experiencing the movement of Spirit within and among the community of 6-8th graders. The Facilitator stewards the sense of community and meaningful relationships among middle school age Quakers, their parents and their families. The facilitator supports their integration into the life of the wider Yearly Meeting.
1. In partnership with the Youth Engagement Coordinator, plans and implements the program and logistics for gatherings that encourage and support the spiritual and personal growth of Middle School Friends.
2. Nurtures and empowers spiritual grounding and full capacities of youth involved in the program, individually and corporately, through the structure of the program and by supporting their involvement in the larger PYM community.
3. Works closely with the Youth Engagement Coordinator and other Youth Program Facilitators to ensure a mutual support and flow between the respective programs.
4. In partnership with the Youth Engagement Coordinator, recruits, develops, nurtures, and trains adults and older youth who work with the program.
5. On occasion, as creativity and time allow, supports programs and events other than gatherings which support the community.
6. Functions within the Program and Religious Life team; contributes to team goals; implements the work and the tasks of the position with an intention to manifest the Spirit; attends to the importance of fun, fellowship, worship, learning and service in carrying out the work; ensures that work activities are always a means of attending to the meaning, purpose and goal of the work.
7. Other duties as assigned.
Accountability, Annual Review and Salary Range: This position reports directly to the Youth Engagement Coordinator, who will conduct an annual review.
• An active Friend or extensive experience with Friends’ meetings; knowledge of Quaker principles and practice
• Two or more years of experience in a related field, which can include related educational attainment, is required.
• Two or more years’ substantial experience working with middle school age youth is required.
• Able to work with children, youth and adults, and to facilitate groups to develop their interests, gifts and skills
• Understands inclusivity dynamics, especially in relationship to age, gifts, LGBTQIA+, ability, gender, sexuality, race and class; knowledgeable in crisis intervention
• Strong communication skills are needed, including the ability to speak clearly, to listen deeply, and to write well.
• Able to travel
• Able to drive and rent cars
• Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening work
• Able to commit to serving in the position for three years
• Pass a criminal and child abuse background check, per PYM requirement for those working with children
Note: All Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff members work in a collaborative manner to support the concrete and spiritual goals of the Yearly Meeting as a whole. In that context all are expected to be flexible, collegial, and willing to accept a variety of assignments.
To apply to this position, send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2017.