Director of Youth Ministries

United Methodist Church of Los Altos

Job Description

Job Summary: The Director of Youth Ministries is responsible for all ministry to Youth (defined as middle school and high school students). The Director will share ministry functions with other staff related to ministry with families, youth, and children. $75,000 - $80,000 per year

Strategic Leadership

  • Help design and implement the overall vision, style, and program structure with the involvement of youth, parents, and other adults as the Senior Pastor directs.
  • Work collaboratively with the LAUMC Ministry Team in designing a program to grow and expand the reach of the church’s ministries to children, youth, and their families. 
  • Recruit, cultivate, coordinate, and sustain a highly engaged team of volunteer adult leaders who consistently build empowering relationships with the youth of LAUMC and their families.
  • Train and empower volunteer leaders to partner in leading all significant areas of youth ministry.
  • Work toward a smooth transition between Tween and Middle School, High School, and College ministry.
  • Provide leadership that embodies a deep understanding of the values for the inclusion of all persons regardless of age, cultural background, disabilities, ethnicity, financial circumstances, gender identity, marital status, religious tradition, or sexual orientation.

Program Leadership

  • Take primary responsibility for providing formative ministry for the youth and youths’ families touched by LAUMC.
  •   Design curriculum and coordinate with the Senior Pastor the church’s confirmation program.
  •  Design, promote, and provide leadership for mission trips and retreats aligned with the youth ministries' mission and values. 

Relational Leadership

  • Design a relational ministry strategy that empowers a team of caring adults to support students through being present at activities of LAUMC youth (games, recitals, concerts, etc.)
  • Build positive and formative relationships with LAUMC youth and their families. 
  • Work with the Senior Pastor to coordinate pastoral care to LAUMC youth and their families, maintaining appropriate confidentiality and a referral list of available counselors in the area.

About United Methodist Church of Los Altos

Los Altos United Methodist Church is a 2,400-member, multi-staffed church located in the heart of Silicon Valley of Northern California. We have national reputations for excellence in our worship, music, and youth ministries. We are a progressive and engaged congregation committed to children and youth. The Children’s Center is recognized as one of the area's most vibrant and dynamic preschools.

Los Altos UMC is changing the world. We do so by inspiring and nurturing personal transformation. We do so here and around the world by directly participating in and supporting efforts to address poverty, addiction, and homelessness. We do so by offering our children a safe place to grow spiritually.

LAUMC is in a unique situation. We are right in the middle of California’s Silicon Valley. Our community is economically privileged, has an extraordinary degree of higher education, and has an outstanding commitment to young people. As a congregation, we reflect our community’s values in many ways. Most importantly, we can share God’s goodness by word and example with a community that is shaping the future.

Experience Required
1-5 years


Education Required
Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted
1 year ago
Los Altos, California

United Methodist

Church Size
1,000-2,500 people

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