Southminster Presbyterian Church

Position Description: Director of Children’s Ministry and Parent’s Day Out Preschool Teacher


This is a full-time position which encompasses two distinct yet interrelated roles. The individual needs to have a love for children, strong teaching abilities, and a heart to reach out to families and invite them to become a part of the Southminster community of faith.

Parent’s Day Out preschool teacher:

10 hours of this position serves as a preschool teacher, and team teaches a classroom of children, two mornings a week 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM during the school year. This classroom is a part of a Parents’ Day Out program at Southminster Presbyterian Church, which has been a thriving church ministry for over 15 years.  

Children’s Ministry:

The Children’s Ministry at Southminster Presbyterian Church is committed to the faith development and spiritual formation of children from infants through fifth grade as well as their parents. The ministry has a special focus on incorporating music and mission/service activities for children and their families.  The Director’s goal is to bring about transformation of minds and hearts leading them to maturity in Christian faith by teaching, planning programs, and inviting families in our local community to explore and deepen their faith.

Accountability:  Preschool teacher role, accountable to the Director of the Parents’ Day Out Program. Children’s Ministry accountable to the Council, Associate Pastor, and Head of Staff through the Personnel Ministry Team.  

Behavior Covenant: To endorse and support the Southminster Presbyterian Church staff behavior covenant.

Primary Responsibilities

• Provide vision and leadership for children

• Work with Children’s Ministry Team to provide a biblically sound and vibrant children’s program

• Recruit, equip, train, and inspire leaders

• Delegate responsibilities to a willing team of volunteers

• Maintain program growth through promotion, inviting, and personal conversations

• Draw on the spiritual gifts of the congregation

• Grow and enhance the program

• Attend Children’s ministry conferences on an annual basis

• Require a background check (done through SPC Personnel Ministry Team) and educate all adults on protocol when working with children

      Church School/Worship

• Teach one Sunday school class each Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 and recruit additional teachers as needed.  

• Direct the annual Vacation Bible School or oversee an outside group providing a summer camp  

• Organize the Christmas pageant for the chosen Christmas service

• Evaluate new curriculum as needed

Faith Development/Fellowship Events/Mission Opportunities

• Promote Grandparents weekend retreat and/or develop specific weekend locally here at Southminster.

• Oversee creation of Sunday Kindermusic class at 10:10 between the services.

• Direct family nights and the other special children’s events quarterly (i.e. Seder dinner, church picnic etc.)

• Oversee the Kid’s Christian library

• Plan communion class

• Encourage, develop and coordinate mission projects (Heifer International, Operation Christmas Child etc)

• Direct and plan Easter Children’s activity


• 3-5 years experience working with preschool age children            

• Organizational skills (self-starter, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, and can delegate)

• Ability to use Microsoft Word, create PowerPoint presentations, manage an Excel worksheet, use a digital camera, and scan pictures, etc.

• Good inter-personal skills with both children and adults

• High energy, enthusiasm, and creativity

• Warm, caring and demonstrates a willingness to know and love the families at Southminster

• A great passion for God’s children

Required Hours: Approximately 40 hours/week

Number of hours varies by the scheduled events and time of year.

Benefits:  Medical and Dental participation in the PCUSA Plan will be offered. The expense for elected participation will be the responsibility of the staff member.  Two-weeks/per year paid vacation equivalent to work week. (three weeks after five years).  Job allows for three Sundays off during school year.  Additional time off, without pay, is negotiable.  Salary commensurate with experience. Salary Range $40,000 – $42,000

Evaluation:  Send resume and cover letter to Associate Pastor Liz Nickerson, [email protected]

Estimate of weekly hours per major activities as listed above

10  hours – Teaching PDO (prep work is built in to the 10 hours, class time 8 hours)

Primary Responsibilities

5 hours – staff meetings – 2  hour weekly staff meeting, 3 hours for misc meetings each week and children’s ministry team meeting once a month.

8 hours- communication/ outreach – answering emails, lining up volunteers, creating and coordinating publicity for events, meeting with new families and inviting people to attend events.

Church School/Worship

8 hours – Teaching Sunday school ( 2 hours teaching, 1 hour mid-hour, 5 hours prep: which includes 3 hours planning lesson,  1 hour gathering supplies, and  1 hour scheduling teacher assistants)

Faith Development/Fellowship Events/Mission Opportunities

9 hours – planning and attending special events each week.  The specific event changes with the season.