Director of Religious Education - San Luis Obispo, CA
This position is presently approximately half time / 20-22 hours per week in a 200+ member (40+ children and youth) congregation, starting Sept 1, 2018, and reporting to the minister. The Director of Religious Education works collaboratively with the minister, staff, lay leaders, and volunteers to ensure a robust RE experience for children and youth and to promote and facilitate the participation of children and youth in all aspects of congregational life.
- Providing leadership for the year-round Sunday morning Religious Education Program for Children and Youth with an emphasis on spiritual growth within a Unitarian Universalist context including intentional multiculturalism.
- Assessing and evaluating present RE programs with Minister and Religious Education Committee (REC).
- Recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers for the RE programs.
- Coordinate all programming for Nursery, kindergarten through primary grades, middle and high school youth, including Youth Advisors.
- Assuring adequate facilities, staffing and appropriate programming for a Nursery; supervising volunteers and paid Nursery staff.
- Developing, conducting, and providing administrative support for multigenerational worship services, rites of passage, and special programs and events.
- Promoting, arranging and facilitating children and youth participation in all aspects of congregational life.
- Maintaining communications with the congregation regarding RE via News and Notes, a weekly publication. In addition, attending the second Sunday conversation and Ministry Council meetings. Attend bi-annual UU&You meetings to share RE programs.
- Maintaining contact and professional relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association congregational life staff and local colleagues.
- Adhering to professional conduct and standards as recommended by LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association).
- Implementing requirements and recommendations for Safe Congregations in RE.
- Tracking RE budget and expenses during the year.
- Leading faith formation programs or experience in a related field.
- Working in congregations as a lay leader and/or staff member.
- Unitarian Universalism and UU RE philosophy, teaching/learning theories and methodologies, and programming.
- Family, organizational, and congregational systems.
- Standard office software programs and social media.
- Multimedia education tools and techniques.
- Supervising paid and volunteer staff.
- Developing curricula and creative programming.
- Group facilitation.
- Communicating and interacting with all ages.
- Work collaboratively with Minister, staff team, lay leaders, volunteers, and parents.
- Nurture spiritual development at all age levels.
Salary will be based on UUA guidelines and the candidate’s experience and credentials. Benefits include the recommended 10% contribution to the UUA retirement plan and a contribution toward health insurance. Vacation and time off: 2 weeks vacation (48 hours) to start; 1 Sunday off per month. Professional Expenses: up to 10% of salary. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter (including a brief statement on your vision of Religious Education in congregational life), and contact information for three references.
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