Job Posting for Director of Religious Education
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1025 Mount Vernon Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30327
Posting closes March 31, 2017
Start date July 1, 2017
Annual salary of $21,660 for an average 22 hour work week.
- Two weeks of vacation
- 4-1/2 hours of holiday pay for 12 holidays
- Sick leave
- Retirement at 10% of salary
- Health benefits
- $2000 professional expenses
- Congregational support of LREDA credentialing
- Must share our UU values
- Previous experience working with children in an educational setting
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience with volunteer recruitment and administration prefered
- Ensure that a Sunday religious program for children and youth is planned, staffed and executed for the 10-month program year (September – June) using UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum and/or other resources that provide education about our UU faith and values.
- Recruit volunteer teachers/advisors to lead classes for children in grades K-12. Provide them with orientation to curriculum, training and other support to ensure their success (including OWL and CoA when offered).
- Manage and support Nursery staff (currently which consists of one lead childcare provider and two assistant providers). Provide staff hours to Office Administrator for bi-monthly payroll.
- In collaboration with the Minister, develop a weekly Sunday “story for all ages” (Story Wisdom) to be delivered by the DRE during the worship service.
- Meet weekly with Minister to review program goals and progress. Attend weekly staff and worship planning meeting (Wednesdays at 2:00 PM) and consider elements as needed (including child chalice lighter and music for children’s RE program, as appropriate).
- Meet monthly with the volunteer advisory RE Team to review goals and progress. Schedule Saturday retreats at least twice a year for long-range planning. Recruit new team members as needed. Meet monthly with Northwest Ministry Team leaders (second Monday of the month).
- Develop, plan and execute special programs and events for children and youth as appropriate, including “Seven on the 7th” (third Sunday of the month), Children’s Chapel (periodically), the children’s program for the all-congregation retreat at The Mountain (Oct. 7 – 9), Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Holiday Pageant.
- Write monthly RE newsletter column and submit to Publications Team (due on the 15th of the month). Consult with Communications Ministry Team Leader to update RE pages on nwuuc.org.
- Become familiar with and support Northwest policies that support the safety and welfare of children and youth, especially the Northwest Sexually Safer Congregation Policy.
- In collaboration with Minister and Finance Trustee, develop annual RE budget.
- Submit expenses monthly to Bookkeeper per agreed-upon schedule.
Under the leadership of the Director of Religious Education, the Northwest RE program for children and youth strives to:
- Teach children how to become part of a faith community;
- Offer a rich and diverse curriculum that will engage Northwest children and families;
- Introduce and facilitate a deep understanding of Unitarian Universalist principles so that children and youth are able to articulate their faith in an age-appropriate manner;
- Lift up the many ways children can make a difference in the world they live and how to act on principles inspired by their UU faith;
- Teach children to celebrate personal uniqueness and the uniqueness of others.
- Promote a truly intergenerational congregation
Sample of Yearly Important Programs and Events
August 28 – RE Parent Reception & Student Enrollment
September 18 – Worship Café (multi-generational worship service)
September 18 – RE Program Kick-off
November 20 – Worship Café and Bread Communion Sunday (multi-generational worship service)
December 4 – Child Dedication Ceremony (TBD)
December 18 – Holiday Pageant (multi-generational worship service)
December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Northwest Youth read “lessons”)
January 15 – Worship Café and MLK Sunday (multi-generational worship service)
January 28 – Parent Potluck (fundraiser for Youth Group)
February 25 – RE Family Game Night
March 19 – Worship Café (multi-generational worship service)
April 16 – Easter and Flower Communion Sunday (multi-generational worship service)
April 16 – Easter Egg Hunt
May 7 – Coming of Age & Bridging Ceremony (multi-generational worship service)
May 21 – Worship Café (multi-generational worship service)
June 4 – Blessing of the Animals (multi-generational worship service)
June 18 – Outgathering and Community Potluck