Youth Development Worker Recruitment

St Bartholomew’s and St Christopher’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Enquiries are prayerfully invited for the position of Youth Development Worker in the Parish of St Bartholomew’s and St Christopher’s, Haslemere, Surrey.  We are a Church of England parish in the Guildford Diocese, as parish of a Benefice including the village of Grayswood, including two Church of England primary schools for approximately 700 children and a local secondary school.  Haslemere is town of approximately 16,000 people, with a wide population of youth across a range of neighbourhoods and demographics. 

Job title:

Youth Development Worker

Salary:

Salary according to experience and skills, in the range of JNC Scale 12-16 (approximately £26,000), with pension provision and expenses.

Hours of employment:

Initially, 40 hours weekly (flexible), with review points as the role develops.  Actual working days and hours are negotiable to suit activities, family responsibilities or school holidays.

Annual leave:

5 weeks annually, plus Bank Holidays.

Based in:

Church Premises, Haslemere Youth Hub and local schools / clubs. Own home for administration.

Employed by

St Bartholomew’s and St Christopher’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The Parish of St Bartholomew’s and St Christopher’s

Youth work is a central part of our commitment to the whole community of Haslemere, alongside other children’s and all-age ministry.  We wish to engage practically and spiritually with all children and youth, working in conjunction with other Christian denominations in the town.  We understand ourselves to be seeking to grow God’s Kingdom in the hearts and minds of all people, so that they may establish and deepen their faith, and serving each other with goodness and love.

The PCC are seeking an enthusiastic and proactive person who will bring new ideas to develop the youth ministry of the parish and work with the church leadership to establish and implement a series of strategic aims for a healthy youth ministry.  In recent years there has not been a full-time salaried youth worker role, although we do have a Children and Families Worker in post.  This post is a new initiative to build upon experiences of the past, but primarily to look to the future.  Considerable latitude will be given to our new Youth Development Worker to innovate ideas and areas of ministry.

Comprehensive staff changes over the last eighteen months have provided the opportunity for a long-term look at redeveloping the youth work ministry alongside a new strategy for children and families, which is currently under way.  Therefore, this is a youth work development role, suitable for an experienced Christian youth worker.  In character, the Youth Development Worker should be creative, energetic and a good communicator with youth.   They will have knowledge of the Christian faith, the teachings of Christ, and have some familiarity with the Church of England’s traditions.  The successful applicant is to be supported by a team of parishioners, who will work to ensure that the Youth Development Worker has all the resources and assistance they require.

Initially the plan is to devise a long-term strategy to enhance the youth work ministry as a part of the whole church.  Both dedicated long-term financial provision and space are available to support this.  The long-term vision of the parish is to grow our church as a reflection of the age demographic of the community.  St Bartholomew’s church has an excellent and modern audio-visual system, with full live streaming capabilities.  Improved provision is being planned for St Christopher’s church also. We have a strong ministry team in the parish, covering all aspects of church life.  Collaborative working is key to our future, and the Youth Worker will be part of that team.  In addition, we have local secondary schools and established youth facilities in the town, alongside a network of secular and Christian youth workers in neighbouring parishes.

The Parish of Haslemere is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all those who are vulnerable. We expect all of our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure (DBS) and identity check. You will be required to attend Guildford Diocese Safeguarding training if you have not already completed a similar course.

 

How to apply:

The full job description and application can be downloaded here:

Although not mandatory, you may wish tobegin with an informal chat with Revd. Chris Bessant before the application forms are completed. 

   

The Application Form

This is in Microsoft Word format, so can be completed on screen, attached and emailed to the Rector's email address at rector@haslemereparish.org

Closing date:

Applications should be submitted by Monday 29th March with interviews to take place at a time agreed.