Searching For An Amazing Kids City Director

Redemption City Church is so thankful for the way Lauren Ivanoff has led Kids City as the Interim Director of Kids City over the past 6 months. During this interim time, the Lord blessed the Ivanoff family with a baby due to arrive in October 2020! Although Lauren initially thought she’d like to lead Kids City, after a time of prayer, Lauren feels like God is calling her to stay home with her sweet child.  She loves Kids City, all that God is doing in the lives of the teachers and families in Kids City, and will continue to be involved with Kids City, but felt like this was best for her family.

In light of this, we want to invite everyone to join us in praying that God would bring us just the right leader for Kids City. We are praying that God would send us an amazing Kids City Director, one that has a passion to point the next generation towards Christ, equip families, and have a lot of fun along the way. We can imagine this role either being a full time position or two part time positions (Pre-K Director and Elementary Director). Below is a brief job description.

Director of Kids City
Purpose:
To serve on a committed staff of a growing congregation, alongside gifted lay leadership, in order to nurture children from birth through 5th grade and equip their family to disciple them in grace, love, and the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers for Kids City classes and events.
  2. Coordinate and execute various events throughout the year (i.e. Child Dedication, Kids Camp, VBS, etc.).
  3. Use and create age appropriate content that points children to Jesus.
  4. Use appropriate child development knowledge to best meet the needs of Kids City in curriculum selection, child discipline, classroom grouping, etc.
  5. Communicate the needs of Kids City to other staff and church leaders as appropriate.  
  6. Organize, set-up, and stock classrooms with necessary supplies.
  7. Coordinate sanitation and safety protocols for Kids City.
  8. Partner with families in discipling children at home.

While we are open to prayerfully considering anyone that is interested, we believe we are looking for someone with some experience leading kids ministry. Also, someone who embodies our “Leadership Behaviors,” which are listed below.

LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS
These behaviors mark the key leaders at Redemption City Church.

Own the Mission – We want our leaders to “own the mission.” We want them to be “all in,” embodying the best of what we’re trying to see happen. Leadership at RCC isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. We want people leading people in a direction they are passionately pursuing and excited about.  
 
Pursue holistic health – We want leaders who are healthy spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and physically. If you aren’t healthy personally, it won’t be long before you aren’t healthy professionally. And that’s a major “lose-lose” for the leader and the church. We care about the people who lead here. We are looking for “win-win” situations, so we pursue holistic health.  
 
Make it better – Everything we do is imperfect, which is why we want to be a staff that consistently tries to make “it” better. Whatever “it” is, whether it is an event, the sermon, the planning, our online presence, or anything else, we want to be a people who are developing, improving. We want developers. Coasting won’t cut it at Redemption City, so make it better.
 
Light up the room – Every person either tends to regularly “light up” a room with joyful energy or “darken” it. While we all have tough days, we want our leaders to be known as people whose energy, passion, humor, etc. to light up the rooms they’re in.
 
Sweat the “small stuff” – We want leaders to understand that small stuff is significant. Whether it is responsive emailing, picking up trash in the parking lot, straightening a chair at an event, or thinking about the tone of our voice, we want leaders to be people who see that small stuff is significant in Christ’s kingdom.  
 
Honor up, down, and all around – Paul says to “outdo one another in showing honor.” We want leaders who take this challenge seriously, whether it is talking about their direct report, a volunteer on their team, or anyone else. Put that person in the best light possible. Give them the benefit of the doubt. We don’t have to all agree, but we all have to honor.
 
Lead winsomely – We want to lead people winsomely with a lovingly and joyfully “win others over” approach, not an abrasive, forced leadership approach. Rejecting abrasive approaches, we want to move people in a direction that is best for them in a way that is easy for them to want to follow. We want real leadership, but winsome leadership.
 
Work as a team – While you may be able to go faster on your own, you will go further as a team. That’s why we have ministry teams everywhere. That’s why we battle against the sinful tendencies to act and speak in a way that “works against the team.” We work as a team because Jesus created us with unique skills and passions that are meant to compliment one another for strategic kingdom advancement.
 
While there have been tweaks to this list over the years, it provides a solid picture of what our leadership expectations are. We use them in hiring, developing, and assessing our staff.

HOW TO APPLY

We’re already considering great candidates. If you’re interested in applying for this role, or know someone who is, email us at lauren@redemptioncity.com. 

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