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EARLY CHILDHOOD COORDINATOR

The early childhood coordinator is responsible for supporting students, creating learning environments, serving as liaisons between students, parents and other contacts to help solve problems while providing support by performing duties assigned by the children's department.

 Lakeland, FL  //  40 hrs / week

PURPOSE

We seek to reshape the perception of the Church's relevance by becoming the first place people look to for identity, community, and help. We will be a church that is "obsessed with the one", focused on reaching those who are doubting, done with religion, and disengaged from faith; a church that feels such urgency to share the good news of Jesus and help others claim their divine purpose that our comfort no longer factors into the equation.

DIRECT REPORT

Children's Pastor

YOU ARE:

  • A Team Player: Humble, Hungry, Emotionally Intelligent

  • A People-Person: Ministry is about people. You care more about people than preference or performance. You engage with people, you listen to them, you give them a voice, and you genuinely care for them.

  • An Advocate for Healthy Culture: You embody our Trust Code. You prioritize healthy culture above excellence. 

  • A Leader: You understand that the best things happen not in groups, not in your effort alone. You are a good steward of your influence, and you lead people because you care about them.

  • Growing Spiritually: You make an effort to grow & activate your faith by spending time with God, engaging in conversations with people your faith, and using your time + gifts to glorify God and further His church. 

  • Call Highland Park Home: You call HP your home church, you believe in the vision of our church, and you are committed to what God is doing here. 

SCOPE OF WORK

The early childhood coordinator is responsible for supporting students, creating learning environments, serving as liaisons between students, parents and other contacts to help solve problems while providing support by performing duties assigned by the children's department.

LEADERS HERE ARE:

  • Available

  • Called

  • Humble

  • Loving

  • Courageous

LEADERS HERE WILL:

  • Make The Ask: We don’t shy away from inviting people to step into what God is doing in them & in our church.

  • Clarify, Communicate, and Make Decisions Around The Vision: The vision of our church is our reference for all of our decisions. What we communicate flows from it, and we use it to help clarify what’s important and what isn’t.

  • Cultivate Community: We are able to rally people together and create community in a multitude of scenarios. We value the importance of healthy community and are active in contributing to our team’s culture.

  • Ministry Specific: We are ministry-minded. Every moment is an opportunity to point something or someone to Jesus. Ministry isn’t something we do, it’s who we are.

  • Make It Better: We are always looking for ways to make what we do, better. We don’t turn a blind eye to our gaps, and we go out of our way to improve and contribute to God’s work in our church.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Classroom set up and break down, including teaching materials for volunteer

  • Manage tech in the Treehouse for our whole-group worship experience

  • Interact with families

  • Provide supporting learning environments across 6 classrooms

  • Provide support to students with special needs

  • Create least-restrictive environments to optimize learning for special needs students

  • Document attendance for ministry follow up

  • Create and track child behavior reports for specialty cases with supervisor

  • Evaluate and assess children individually or in groups to determine if additional services required to meet their needs

  • Serve as liaisons between students, parents, and other contacts to help children who face problems, such as disabilities, trauma or abuse

  • Address and report issues, such as child abuse or neglect.

  • Consult with parents, teachers and/or HP kids’ team to determine causes of problems and to implement solutions.

  • Lead group counseling sessions for children that provide support in such areas as grief, stress, or abuse (Celebrate Recovery)

  • Conduct social research related to attention deficit disorder, behavior issues, autism and foster care for the purposes of implementing best practice in HP kids programming.

  • Encourage children to express their feelings and assist with coregulation

  • Create sensory boxes to cater to the needs of children.

  • Perform crisis interventions with children.

  • Collect information about children through interactions and observation and modify reaching methods accordingly.

  • Act as children's advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.

  • Consult with the supervisor concerning specific needs for individual children.

  • Develop and implement behavioral management and care plans for children.

  • Assess clients' cognitive abilities and physical and emotional needs to determine appropriate interventions

  • Contribute ideas and input at the HP Kids team meetings

  • Work with Planning Center Database for student and volunteer management

  • Plan age-appropriate Sunday lessons based on developmental needs of students

  • Help to select media and music to support the teaching topics

  • Prepare lessons and supplies for preschool services

  • Assist and provide guidance to 3-5 childcare workers on Wednesday evening, Sunday morning and at special events.

WORK SCHEDULE:

  • Number of hours per week: 40 hours per week.

  • Daily Work Schedule:

    • Mon/Tues: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (1hr lunch)

    • Wed: 9.30a.m. - 8.30p.m. (1hr lunch)

    • Thurs 11.00a.m – 8.30pm (30 min lunch)

    • Sun: 7:15am-12:30pm (15min lunch)

PRIMARY REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Psychology

  • 6 months of experience as a Pre-school Worker, Ministry Intern or closely related occupation. Experience to include, 6 months of experience with a Christian ministry or Christian School supervising at least 15 children in a classroom.

ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Bachelor’s degree in Children’s Ministry

  • 6 months of experience as a Childcare worker or closely related occupation. Experience to include, 6 months of experience working with children that have special needs or suffered physical and/or emotional trauma.

WORK LOCATION:

4777 Lakeland Highlands Road

Lakeland, FL 33813

EMPLOYER NAME

4777 Lakeland Highlands Road

Lakeland, FL 33813

MAIL RESUME:

Max Rector, Executive Pastor 

Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, Inc. 

4777 Lakeland Highlands Road 

Lakeland, FL 33813

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