Job Opportunities at Saint Mark's Church
Outreach and After-School Program Coordinator (posted 10/4/16)
Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, seeks a part-time Outreach and After-School Program Coordinator to manage and assist with two major ministries of the parish: the Food Cupboard and the Boys and Girls Choir After-School Program. Letters of interest may be submitted to the Rev. Sean Mullen. Inquiries will be considered until the position is filled.
About the Position
The Food Cupboard is a ministry that provides groceries for the needy in the city of Philadelphia. Food Cupboard clients are able to come to Saint Mark’s twice a month to receive a bag of canned and boxed goods of their own choosing. The ministry operates 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Outreach and After-School Assistant will be responsible for running each day’s food distribution, keeping track of our client’s visits, coordinating and recruiting parish volunteers, ordering necessary food, and providing paperwork to the food banks with which we have a relationship. This person will also organize our annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, as well as the Dove Tree initiative, which provides small gifts to our Food Cupboard families at Christmas.
In addition, this assistant will also be responsible for staffing our Boys and Girls Choir After-School Program, currently scheduled 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. This program provides care for the members of the choir before their rehearsals begin at 4:15 p.m. Time will be provided for the students to do their homework as well as to participate in musical enrichment activities. The assistant works with other staff members to provide a series of activities to fill this hour-long program before rehearsal begins.
On the days when the After-School Program is in session, the assistant will also be responsible for various administrative tasks in support of the Organist and Choirmaster.
The Outreach and After-School Assistant reports to the Associate Rector. This position is part-time according to the following fixed schedule:
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
About Saint Mark’s
Saint Mark’s is a growing, urban parish with strong emphases on the worship of God and service to God’s people, especially the poor and needy. A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, we treasure our Anglo-Catholic tradition and outlook, joined to a Eucharist-centered, socially progressive, deeply sacramental expression of Christian faith.
Service to those in need is the one of two markers of the parish’s identity. Saint Mark’s has operated a Food Cupboard for more than 30 years that provides staples for up to 200 families a month, and the Saturday Soup Bowl feeds nearly 200 hungry people every Saturday morning. Saint Mark’s was also instrumental in the 2011 founding of St. James School – a tuition-free independent urban middle school for children from low-income families – at an abandoned church in North Philadelphia.
Ministry to and with families with children is an area of necessary growth and renewed attention in the parish. On Sundays during the school year, the 9 a.m. Family Mass is designed to be more accessible for families with young children and the continued growth of this Mass is one of the top long-term goals identified by the parish. The Family Mass also features the Saint Mark’s Choir of Boys & Girls, established in 2013. The choir provides children and youth ages seven to 17 with an outstanding after-school music education with professional choral training, music theory, and leadership development. A Summer Choir Camp is held at Saint Mark’s annually in early August.
Saint Mark’s seeks to provide opportunities for Christian formation for young and old and for people in various stages of their spiritual journey. The parish community is always aware that this kind of formation happens best when being attentive to developing the gifts of the community, and providing individuals paths to discovery and transformation in the context of an active parish.