Youth Program Facilitator, Young Friends Program

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) seeks a facilitator for our Young Friends Program, working with high school-age youth. The Young Friends Program Facilitator is responsible for creating spiritually grounded programs for a community of 9th-12th graders. The facilitator helps to steward a sense of community, safety, and meaningful relationships among the high school age Quakers (or Quaker-interested youth) and their integration into the life of the wider yearly meeting. We are looking for a reliable and engaging individual who values diversity.

This is a part-time and field-based position for up to 800 hours per year that reports to the Youth Religious Life Coordinator. Pay rate is $20 per hour.


Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Youth Religious Life Coordinator, plans and implements the program and logistics for gatherings that encourage and support the spiritual and personal growth of Young Friends.
  • 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.
  • Works closely with the Youth Religious Life Coordinator and other Youth Program Facilitators to ensure a mutual support and flow between the respective programs.
  • In partnership with the Youth Religious Life Coordinator, recruits, develops, nurtures, and trains adults and older youth who work with the program.
  • On occasion, as creativity and time allow, supports programs and events other than gatherings which support the community.
  • Functions as an integral member of 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 day to day activities are always a means of attending to the meaning, purpose and goal of the work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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 high 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

All staff members work in a collaborative manner. In that context, all are expected to be flexible, collegial, and willing to accept a variety of assignments. PYM is an EOE; diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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