Storydwelling is searching for our new Children and Families Organizer!
This is a .25 PTE position with a pay range of $14,560-$18,200 DOE
Benefits include programmatic budget, continuing education, and generous PTO
Start date: October 1, 2023
This is a short-term position for 18 months with the potential to extend longer.

Storydwelling–a small but growing web of community in Bend, rooted in the liberation threads of Christianity–seeks a creative, nurturing, and relational person to develop our community’s accompaniment of children and families in their spiritual development. To learn more about Storydwelling’s values and commitments, please visit our website:

This person will lead:

  • a regular rhythm of spiritual practices for preschool and elementary-aged children during our Sunday-morning gatherings
  • creative ways of meaning-making with children, including but not limited to skits, storytelling events, art, and adventures and outdoor activities
  • children’s participation of and leadership in special community events and holidays
  • a structure that supports parents/caregivers in developing practices and rituals at home
  • the development of resources that other communities can learn from

This person will be a collaborator with the pastor and other leaders on:

  • designing rituals around life transitions (welcoming a child, back-to-school, physical changes, teenagehood, interpersonal relationships)
  • parent/caregiver accompaniment circle
  • leadership development of children and adults
  • a one-week summertime, full-day “spacious spirituality” camp, in partnership with other area congregations
  • fundraising for the work

Qualities and Qualifications


  • At least 2 years of experience working with children ages 2-12 in an educational setting
  • Can catch the vision and imagination of a generous spiritual formation process
  • Enthusiasm for ecumenical and multifaith partnerships
  • Commits to upholding and modeling the values of our Affirmation Statement:
  • Demonstrates successful work in relating with adults/caregivers
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to model personal boundaries when working with children and adults
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a prioritization of relationship
  • Creativity and imagination for doing a new thing


  • Past or current participation in a public community (eg church, synagogue, civic organization)
  • Familiarity with biblical stories and Christian ritual (communion, prayer)
  • Experience in volunteer management and/or community organizing
  • Ability to self motivate and generate own work plan

This person must pass a background check and be CPR/First Aid certified. They must be available most Sunday mornings. Strong preference that this person also be available on Christmas and Easter.

Fundamental practices we will invite this person to commit to:

  • listening listening listening! to children and adults
  • creative/expansive approaches to the Bible and other sacred stories
  • peer and intergenerational relationship instead of “programs” or “curriculums”
  • leadership development of children and adults
  • development of their own leadership and facilitation skills

Primary hopes for this person’s time and energy:

  • build bonds of community and friendship among our children, as well as among their parents/caregivers
  • bring families out of isolation and deeper into community
  • companion our children as they make meaning and develop resiliency in a complex world and in a web of relationship
  • offer children access to biblical stories in ways that are accessible, affirming and just
  • steep children in our shared values as a community (relationship, care, justice, liberation)
  • ritualize important moments in life for our children, their families and our community.

To apply, email with a resume and cover letter. We know our community is richer when people of diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives are in leadership. LGBTQIA+ people, BILAPOC, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.