Mariners Church is a community of ordinary people from all walks of life courageously trusting God to do the extraordinary. Simply put, we trust God to do what we can’t—heal, transform, renew, forgive, provide and sustain. Through the redemption story of each believer at Mariners, God is glorified, lives are changed and communities are impacted in a significant way.
The Mariners Exceptional Families Director will champion those with exceptional needs at Mariners Church. This person will work closely with the Mariners Kids team and multiple other ministries to ensure that kids, teenagers and adults with exceptional needs belong at Mariners Church.
The Exceptional Families Director will:
- Advocate and implement a plan to welcome and create a culture of inclusion for exceptional individuals during the weekend for all kids, junior high, and high school students.
- Report to the Children’s Pastor but will collaborate with various ministries (youth, mens, womens, marriage, worship/production) to create inclusive ministries across the church.
- Recruit, lead, and develop a team of coaches, leaders, and volunteers who lead our exceptional needs community.
- Empower and intentionally develop ministry coaches (volunteers) who both lead and care for all volunteers.
- Develop and maintain a pipeline of volunteer development, providing opportunities for volunteers to grow in ministry opportunities and leadership (involving preteen junior leaders, Junior High and High School volunteers).
- Coordinate with the Mariners Kids team to onboard and train a growing volunteer team, ensuring each volunteer is knowledgeable and well-equipped.
- Work closely with the community center director and other ministries to offer support programs that serve the exceptional needs community (ie. community resources, expecting parents, newly diagnosed support groups, and marriage/parenting support groups).
- Coordinate with ministry leaders to find ways for exceptional individuals to serve in the ministry.
- Champion accessibility and safe places for exceptional needs families at Mariners, ensuring there are clean and equipped spaces with appropriate furniture, activities and supplies.
- Advocate for those with exceptional needs in the planning of all major events to ensure this community is welcomed and supported.
- Provide care and support for families by responding to exceptional needs inquiries and concerns in a timely and professional manner.
- Build community partners to assist in training opportunities and learning experiences for staff and volunteers.
- Be excellent at conflict management and responsive to conflict when it happens.
- Attend and participate in Mariners Kids special events and training meetings throughout the year.
- Uphold values around safety and security, ensuring thorough training of all volunteers and leaders.
- Represent Mariners Kids in church-wide opportunities as requested.
- Authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Commitment to personal spiritual growth.
- Proven work experience with exceptional needs children, families and volunteers.
- An understanding of and heart for special needs children and families.
- Experience in Children’s Ministry or education is preferred.
- Highly organized and strong eye for detail.
- Strong oral and written skills.
- Highly relational, flexible and able to work well with others.
- Strong learner; adaptable.
- Enjoys challenges and is highly adaptive to new ideas.
- Knowledge of varying age levels, teaching, and learning styles of kids.
- Proactive and willing to seek out solutions.
All Mariners Church Staff:
- Love Jesus and call themselves Christians.
- Embrace a high biblical standard of personal conduct and lifestyle.
- Agree to and adhere to the church's statement of faith and leadership commitment.
- Attend Mariners Church