Director of Religious Education / Director of Lifespan Faith Development
UUCV Job Description (Updated 12/2021)
Religious lifespan education is an integral ministry of Unitarian Universalism. This ministry is vital to the health and future of the congregation, recognizing the value of the continuous spiritual growth of our congregation. The DRE/DLFD will work with the minister, staff, and volunteers to help guide, nurture, and support all people as they grow in their Unitarian Universalist faith. Because of the significant dependence on volunteers for teaching and other support services, it is expected that the Religious Education (“RE”) Team will provide strong, ongoing support. The DRE/DLFD reports directly to the Minister.
- Review, plan, prepare or otherwise coordinate the curricula for the children, youth, and adult religious education programs. (Past and/or current programs include nursery, Spirit Play, Middles, Youth Group, Adult Discussion Group, and Our Whole Lives.)
- Recruit, orient, and support volunteer RE teachers, nursery and other support staff.
- Maintain teaching materials, supplies, and resources.
- Maintain registration and attendance records for all RE classes and events in an orderly fashion.
- Work with the RE Team to prepare and submit an annual report on RE programming.
- Supervise RE programs and welcome and orient new families into the RE program on Sunday mornings. When not present on Sundays, designate and coordinate with a specific volunteer to act as director-in-charge.
- Plan special and intergenerational events for the entire UUCV community with support from and coordination with RE Team and UUCV staff.
- Provide pastoral care for families, referring families to the minister or other support when appropriate.
- Plan and maintain a calendar of RE programs, events, and volunteer assignments that is accessible to relevant staff and volunteers (i.e. Minister, Office Administrator, RE Team Chair, Music Director,…)
- Create and maintain an annual budget for the RE program.
- Attend regular meetings of the RE Team and the UUCV staff. Attend other meetings as requested and/or needed.
- Ensure that all volunteers age 18 or older who work with youth under age 18 have secured all required background clearances prior to engaging in the work.
- Serve as Chair of the Safe Congregation Response Team.
- Educate the congregation on relevant emergency procedures and conduct bi-annual safety drills.
- Integrate anti-racism, anti-oppression principles and practices in educational programs, social activities/events, and worship services.
- Publicize and communicate the goals, programs, and activities of the religious education program to the congregation and the public through the newsletter, on-line, and other means of communication.
- Advocate for greater participation and strive to attract new families to the RE program and the congregation.
- Maintain membership in the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and, when possible, participate in local gatherings and attend the annual LREDA conference.
- Other duties as assigned by the Minister.
Qualifications & Requirements
- Relevant advanced degree and/or direct experience with religious education.
- Experience with coordinating and supervising volunteers.
- Ability to perform a wide range of duties that require tact, sensitivity, independent judgment, diplomacy, organizational skills, flexibility and discretion.
- Attention to detail, including record keeping, curriculum development and assessment, and scheduling.
- Demonstrated skill, sensitivity, and experience in interacting in a positive manner with people of various ethnic, social, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and gender identities.
- Leadership skills, including the ability to recruit and nurture volunteers and delegate tasks.
- Ability to gracefully respond to changing circumstances.
- Communicate well with spoken and written word.
- Talent for graphic arts and storytelling.
- Proficient and comfortable with computers, on-line programs, and public speaking
- Supportive of Unitarian Universalist principles and the mission of UUCV, including knowledge and skills to help further diversity, equity, and inclusion within UUCV’s religious education programs, events, and ministries.
The ideal candidate will be creative, collaborative, and experience joy in working with a socially-conscious and energetic congregation. UUCV values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.
Hours & Compensation
Salaried (exempt), Full Time (40 hours / week average)
$35,000 – $40,000 per year (based on qualifications and experience)
Health Insurance & other benefits