The Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, Alabama is seeking to fill a part-time Director of Religious Education (DRE) position, which will begin in the summer of 2019.
Guided by our Unitarian Universalist Principles, sources, and tradition, the Director of Religious Education (DRE) directs and leads the Religious Education (RE) programs for children and youth of the Church, ranging in age from birth to 18 years. This includes planning and administering a comprehensive program that nurtures the spiritual and religious growth of children and youth and nurtures their UU identity.
Our program currently welcomes between 35-50 children and youth each week. The DRE recruits, trains and supports volunteers and staff to play a role in facilitating programs.
We are open to hiring a candidate who does not identify as Unitarian Universalist, and are prepared to train and educate the chosen candidate in UU values.
The Church is looking for a candidate who is energetic, creative, takes initiative, plans ahead, can work independently as well as in a team, and is open to more hours as the church expands the program.
Hours: 20-40 hours/week; Sunday mornings are essential.
Reports to: Minister
● Nurtures children, youth, and families by building and maintaining caring and responsible relationships with the families in our program.
● Communicates regularly and clearly with families, including via church publications, RE brochures, social media, and personal conversations.
● Provide leadership for goal-setting and development of philosophy of spiritual growth and learning.
● Facilitating programs which teach and reflect our UU principles, values, history, and worship, including, but not limited to: the rights of marginalized persons, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, persons of color, persons with disabilities; respecting the inherent worth of all people; and appreciating a variety of spiritual, religious, and humanist beliefs.
● With the minister and appropriate lay leaders, implements and oversees intergenerational activities, events, and worship that involve all ages working, playing, serving, and learning together.
● Organizes people, curricula, funding, materials and support to accomplish multiple, concurrent goals and activities, including the development of volunteers. Works closely with RE Committee and other lay leaders.
● Schedules childcare for UUCB events. Recruits, trains, supervises, and motivates volunteer and paid RE staff and others who work with children and youth in RE programs. Performs regular background checks for all persons working with children and youth in UUCB programs in keeping with our Safe Congregations Policy.
● Implements special programs such as OWL (Our Whole Lives), Bridging, and Coming of Age.
● Recognizes and resolves conflicts effectively, applying principles of active listening, collaboration, and equity.
● Communicates clearly, effectively, and compassionately. Provides monthly reports to the Board and membership regarding RE programs.
● Monitors the Religious Education budget and makes sure that expenses, files, and records are kept current in cooperation with the Church Administrator.
Manages the RE Program budget, the Childcare budget, and the RE Restricted Fund in consultation with the RE Committee.
● Will maintain active membership in and abide by the professional covenant of the professional organization for UU religious educators, LREDA. Pursues continuing education and professional development, including representing UUCB at regional and national UU and LREDA events when possible.
Essential Skills and Personal Traits
● Ability to keep confidences, admit errors, and adhere to a transparent set of personal and professional values.
● Demonstrates leadership skills, including the ability to set priorities, work independently, delegate appropriately, and manage work time effectively.
● Demonstrates facilitation skills: for meetings, parent gatherings, and classes as needed.
● Proven administrative and relational skills.
● Ability to use verbal and written communication effectively across all constituencies.
● Awareness of or willingness to learn about the anti-oppression, anti-racism, and multiculturalism work within Unitarian Universalism and the wider community.
● Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to conduct of
programs for youth and children.
● Able to use modern technology to effectively communicate.
● Experience working with children and youth
● Experience supervising volunteers and/or staff
● Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e., education, social work, religious studies, etc.). Master’s degree or applicable experience a plus.
● Demonstrated experience working with and inspiring volunteers to increasing levels of leadership.
● Ability to lift 40 pounds and move around entire church premises quickly.
● Ability to pass a background check.
● Two years of experience in leadership of a UU religious education program.
● Experience in the design and administration of religious education programming.
● Full or partial completion of the Religious Education Credentialing Program administered by the UUA and LREDA (or equivalent).
● Completion of the Our Whole Lives Facilitator training if not already certified.
Based on experience, education, and number of hours decided in conversation
● It is the goal of this church to expand this position into a full-time position within the next couple of years. Expansion of the job description may contain responsibilities for youth programs and adult programs.
● The policies of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham prevent church leaders from hiring recent church members, in an effort to exemplify best practices and healthy boundaries.
● Membership in LREDA required upon hire.