A2U2 Search for a Director of Religious Education

Director of Religious Education

 

Vibrant mid-sized Unitarian Universalist church in Portland, Maine is looking for a 25 hours/per week Director of Religious Education starting August 2013. Our ideal candidate will be passionate about creating support and community for parents and families. A primary focus of the position will be to offer leadership and guidance to our volunteer group leaders during our Sunday religious education program.

 

Congregation

Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

Our mission:

At Allen Avenue UU Church we are growing a community

that transforms lives through the power of love.

We celebrate diversity, encourage spiritual growth,

and promote social responsibility as we walk with care on this earth.

We empower our members to share their gifts

to build a world of compassion, equality, and freedom.

 

We are a welcoming congregation, a green sanctuary, and an equal opportunity employer. Learn more about our church at www.a2u2.org.

 

Qualifications:

We are looking for an enthusiastic professional who is self-motivated, has excellent communication skills, displays obvious love for children and youth, and has an understanding of and commitment to UU principles of education and shared ministry. The right person will be comfortable with electronic communication and database applications.

 

We prefer a candidate with some combination of the following:

  • Experience leading a UU Religious Education program
  • Educational degree or experience in Child Development and/or Education
  • Other comparable work with children and youth
  • Experience in project management and volunteer coordination

 

Job Description:

The Director of Religious Education will offer leadership, support, and oversight to our Sunday religious education programs for preschool through senior high youth, and supervise our paid nursery care providers. She or he will provide support for our volunteer group leaders, attention to the families and children of our religious community, and welcome and orientation to new families. She or he will work with the minister to include children in worship, and create opportunities for multigenerational worship and community building. During 2013, our RE enrollment was 67 children and youth, and we have 263 adult members.

 

We have two Sunday services. At 9 a.m., there is a full religious education program with age appropriate curricula. At 11 a.m., there is nursery care. During this coming year, there will also be a Coming of Age program, that the DRE will coordinate. Our departing DRE will be working to set up the program for the 2013-14 year, so that the transition might be a smooth one.

During the coming year, our church is planning a review of our religious education program, and would appreciate your leadership and creativity in that process.

 

 

Other duties:

Maintain RE program records, oversee RE budget, work with RE committee in regard to curricula, planning family oriented events.

 

Reporting: 

The DRE reports to and works in close collaboration with the Minister, Rev. Myke Johnson.

 

Salary/Compensation: 

Negotiable depending on experience, from $20125 to 24655. We follow UUA fair compensation guidelines. This is a full year position at 25 hours per week with one month's paid vacation. Benefits include 10% retirement for UUA eligible employees, disability and life insurance, 50% of individual health insurance premiums with the UUA plan, and professional expenses of $1200.

 

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume via email to Personnel Committee c/o Sonia Tonelli. Resumes will be considered as they are received, in order to fill the position as soon as possible.