Job Position Opening

Director of Lifespan Religious Education. Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, membership 375, seeks full-time experienced, professional Director of Lifespan Religious Education to join our staff team during a time of new beginnings and growing energy in the congregation. Current enrollment for the children/youth Religious Education program is 134; programs include nursery-through-high school curricula, Coming of Age, Our Whole Lives, (OWL), and expanding Adult Faith Development offerings.

The DLRE coordinates and shapes these programs and collaborates with active lay leaders and the Congregational Life Coordinator. We have commitments to excellence in worship, spiritual deepening, social justice engagement, and being an anti-oppressive, multicultural community.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and skilled Religious Educator, eager to serve in a dynamic congregation that cares about children, youth, adults, and families and their faith formation, in the spirit of liberation. We have fantastic volunteers that teach classes, facilitate Coming of Age, and lead O.W.L. at various age levels, as well as newly called Co-ministers who are eager to partner with our next Director of Lifespan Religious Education. We value professional development including participation in LREDA and the credentialing process.

UU Schenectady is a UUA fair compensation employer located in the upstate Capital Region of New York. Start date is early to mid-January 2018.  More information about our program may be found here:

Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resumé outlining relevant experience and interest in the position, and a statement of your philosophy of religious education to uussdlrehiring@gmail.com.

For preferred consideration, send application materials by Nov. 28, 2017. Interviews will begin Nov. 30. Resumes will be accepted until the vitally important position is filled.

If this opportunity is of interest to you,we hope to from you!

The DLRE Hiring Team, Allison Lee, Dani Regan, Glen D’Arcy, Kamryn Almas, Rev. Lynn Gardner, Noah Best,Trish Williams, and Rev. Wendy Bartel.

 

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Position Description

POSITION TITLE: Director of Lifespan Religious Education

POSITION TYPE: Full Time 12 months/year

EXEMPTION STATUS:  Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE:  To facilitate and organize religious education and faith development for people of all ages in the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.

REPORTS TO: Minister

HOURS, COMPENSATION, BENEFITS: 

  • This position is full time, 12 professional units/week, 12 months/year
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Exempt (Professional Exemption)
  • Vacation: four weeks
  • Professional Development/ Continuing Education: two weeks
  • Salary and benefits are determined on a yearly basis according to UUA fair compensation and congregation personnel policies.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description lists only those responsibilities and qualifications deemed essential to the position.

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. However, these statements are not exhaustive and cannot anticipate all possible duties and requirements which may arise.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Religious Education Program Development

  • Recruits, trains, supervises and supports teachers and other volunteers in the Religious Education Program for those in nursery through 12th grade to support the faith development and growth of the children and youth in the program.
  • Supervises and supports the Nursery Coordinators and any other religious education staff.
  • Selects, plans and adapts appropriate curriculum for faith formation including Our Whole Lives (OWL) programs, Coming of Age and Senior Youth group
  • Collaborates in planning and implementing worship services, both in children and youth RE, and with the entire congregation, working with the ministers, Worship Team and other staff and congregants as appropriate.
  • Coordinates teacher/facilitator appreciation events and rites of passage to acknowledge and celebrate different stages of faith development and learning
  • Develops and implements programs offering parent/family education and support, including parent orientation.
  • Welcomes visiting families, assists new member families to become oriented to the congregation and its religious education program, and supports pastoral connection with families in the program

Adult Faith Development

  • Collaborates with the ministers, other staff, congregational leadership, and the Adult Faith Development Ministry Team to develop and support a program of adult faith development, which includes spiritual, historical, theological and leadership deepening.

Administration

  • Manages and oversees the budgets for Lifespan Religious Education and other related programs.
  • Manages and oversees the collection and entry of data on enrollment, attendance, and volunteer involvement in child, youth and adult education/faith development.
  • Attends church staff meetings and other committee meetings as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with the staff team to further the mission of the congregation.
  • Maintains the Religious Education Office and Library.
  • Publicizes the Religious Education and adult faith development programs through web pages, social media, brochures, announcements, parent letters, teacher/volunteer news and other means of communication. Composes information for website, weekly Order of Service and electronic announcements, monthly Newsletter, and yearly Congregational Reports.
  • Prepares, implements and monitors a yearly calendar, designing a program for the year that is well balanced and appropriate to the needs and interests of the congregation.
  • Participates in a cycle of program monitoring in a way that includes feedback from participants and leaders.

Professional Development

  • Maintains membership in appropriate professional organizations (LREDA and Religious Educators’ Association).
  • Attends professional conferences and meetings, and pursues a program of continuing education and professional growth as a religious educator.

RELATIONSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attends staff meetings, and works with other staff members to realize the ministry of the congregation.
  • Works with Religious Education Team and other congregational committees, teams, and task forces in program development and implementation
  • Provides information about innovations in religious education theory, classes, activities outside of the classroom and resources available to the congregations’ committees, teams and task forces.
  • Supports and encourages parent/family involvement in the children/youth RE program.
  • Organizes, facilitates or provides parent education.
  • Coordinates children/youth RE family social events.
  • Participates in congregation wide social events.
  • Maintains positive contact with and awareness of the circumstances of the lives of children and youth in the congregation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

High School Diploma required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.  UUA Religious Education Credential highly desirable.

Experience:

2-3 years’ experience in coordinating programs of religious faith development and religious education, as a volunteer and/or staff member

Skills:

  • Knowledge of the spiritual and emotional development in children, teens and adults
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work comfortably with computer and database systems; e-mail, word processing and data management skills
  • Ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Facilitation, collaboration and group leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, and listening

Physical and Mental Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Collect, interpret, and/or analyze complex data and information.
  • Operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate. The employee is frequently required to move, including to cross a street. The current facility includes three flights of stairs.

Other Requirements:

  • This position requires work on Sunday, as well as having set office hours during the week, and attending staff and congregational meetings as appropriate.
  • The successful candidate will complete required background checks

SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS:

  • The Director of Lifespan Religious Education is supervised by one of the Co-Ministers.
  • The Director of Lifespan Religious Education supervises the Nursery Coordinator(s) and other paid and volunteer staff in child, youth and adult religious education.
  • The Director of Lifespan Religious Education provides staff support to the Religious Education Team, the Adult Faith Development team, and other teams and task forces in the area of religious education, and works closely with the co-ministers, and other staff to ensure that programs effectively meet the goals of the church, as articulated by the Board of Trustees in the annual focus of ministry, church policies and other documents.