Associate Director of Student Ministries

Position Title: Associate Director of Student Ministries

Department: NextGen-General / Menlo Park

Supervisor: Director of Student Ministries

Direct Reports: n/a

Classification: Regular / Full time / Exempt

Pay Grade: 6




Menlo is a multisite church in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The Associate Director of Student Ministries is a key member of our team in Menlo Park, California. As part of a multisite church, our Associate Director of Student Ministries needs to have a strong collaborative nature and be able to work in a matrix organization. You’ll work closely with our Menlo Park team, report directly to the Menlo Park Director of Student Ministries, and collaborate with Student Ministry staff from other locations. All of our locations comprise one church where everyone is welcome, nobody’s perfect, and anything’s possible.


The Associate Director of Student Ministries will partner with the Director of Student Ministries in Menlo Park to serve all students and their families. We are looking for someone who is passionate about NextGen ministries, has a heart for discipling kids and students, and understands how critical it is for us to pour into the lives of middle and high school students. The Associate Director of Student Ministries will model what it means to live a faith-filled life with integrity. You must be above reproach as you provide spiritual leadership to our middle and high school students, their families, and our congregation as a whole. You will work with the Director of Student Ministries and other campus staff to implement programming and services and inspire others to love and follow Jesus more deeply.


We are looking for someone who can see the big picture as well as manage the many details necessary to run a ministry that focuses on discipling students, volunteers, and each other. The Associate Director of Student Ministries will help manage the administrative duties so we can plan, communicate, and execute in ways that are safe, fun, meaningful, and sustainable. You will help recruit, train, and develop student leaders and adult volunteers. The Associate Director of Student Ministries will disciple adult life group volunteers and work seamlessly with the Director of Student Ministries so that all students feel seen, known, and loved.


The Associate Director of Student Ministries will be passionate about building relationships with and serving students and their families. You will encourage and equip students to reflect Jesus’s love for those in need through serving neighbors and our local community. One thing COVID taught us is that things are constantly changing. It is important that our Associate Director of Student Ministries is flexible and able to easily adapt to changing circumstances. We’re looking for someone who is willing to try new things, likes to have a good time, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously (goofy humor is appreciated here). Our ideal candidate will be a strong collaborator, feel called to serve middle and high school students, and have a heart for raising up leaders. At Menlo Church, our staff is a team of humble, hopeful, and gritty Jesus-followers who do what we do so that people can find and follow Jesus.




  1. Work as a cohesive unit with our Menlo Park team, shaping the future of our campus.
  2. Work with Menlo Park campus staff to plan and execute events and services to reach our neighborhood (weekly worship services, Easter, Serve Your City, Christmas Eve, and special drive-through events).
  3. Implement the Menlo Students strategy that draws middle and high school students to Menlo Church, integrates them into the larger body of the church, and launches them into a lifetime of faith in Jesus Christ.
  4. Under the direction of the MP Director of Student Ministries, plan and execute trainings and transitional events throughout the year.
  5. Implement strategies to partner with parents and equip them to be the primary spiritual presence in their student’s life.
  6. Help recruit, train, and lead adult volunteers and student leaders to lead life groups and help own the weekly services.
  7. Responsible for the safety of all students, ensuring adult and teen leaders are screened, participate in mandated training, and maintain healthy boundaries.
  8. Shepherd and develop student leaders.
  9. Care for the spiritual health and disciple adult volunteers who serve as life group leaders.
  10. Help manage Student Ministry Life Groups that are split by gender and led by adult volunteers.
  11. Assist with weekly NextGen student experiences.
  12. Develop positive working relationship with local middle and high schools and be a physical presence on campus.
  13. Collaborate with NextGen staff from Central and other campuses to develop and implement curriculum, help train leaders, and plan and execute special events.
  14. Share administrative responsibilities by helping to manage PCO, calendaring, communication, Concur, and other project management tasks. 
  15. Manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and intelligently delegate.
  16. Develop and maintain positive working relationships by actively living out and championing our staff values of teamwork and being humble, hopeful, and gritty.
  17. Additional duties and special projects as assigned by the Director of Student Ministries at Menlo Park.


PLEASE NOTE:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Some college coursework
  • Minimum 2-years’ experience helping to lead a NextGen/Youth/Student Ministry (staff or adult volunteer)


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience overseeing and developing both staff and lay leaders in ministry
  • Experience working in a church with multiple locations
  • Event planning experience
  • College degree
  • Some seminary coursework


Knowledge and Skills

  • Solid theological foundation
  • Knowledgeable about NextGen/student/youth ministry best practices
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and high energy leadership style
  • High Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • Team player and team builder with a focus on the vision of the whole church
  • Proficiency with common office applications and collaboration tools such as Zoom, MS 365 (Outlook, Word, & Teams), and Leadr
  • Proficiency working with Planning Center Online (PCO) or other church management software
  • Familiarity with Apple TV, MailChimp, and Fellowship One
  • Comfortable learning new technology, software, and applications
  • Ability to speak effectively before small and large groups


Physical Demands

  • Stand or sit for prolonged amounts of time
  • Walk, bend, twist, and kneel
  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Finger and hand dexterity to operate computer and office equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision; and the ability to adjust focus
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 20 pounds with or without assistance


Work Conditions

  • This job typically operates in a professional office or church environment with standard office equipment such as computers, printers, filing cabinets, and telephones
  • This position will also work in large and sometimes loud gathering spaces filled with large and small equipment, cables, stage lights, and other visual stimuli.
  • This job occasionally works outdoors and will be exposed to various weather conditions including heat, cold, wind, and rain
  • Days and hours of work are generally business hours Sunday-Thursday with an occasional Friday, Saturday, or evenings, as needed
  • Effective November 1, 2021, all Menlo Staff will be required to abide by the Menlo COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.


Menlo Church Spiritual Requirements

  • Must have an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Must be a committed disciple of Christ and committed to serving God and the body of Christ
  • Must have compatible theology in alignment with ECO essential tenets
  • Must be pursuing or active in a community of believers who can speak truth into your life


Organization name:
Menlo Church

ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians


950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park


Date Posted:
June 22, 2022

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