Director of Lifespan Religious Education
- Experience Level
JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) will lead the Religious Education program, supervise the Religious Education staff, and work with lay leaders to coördinate meaningful and organized religious education programs for children, youth, and adults.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborate with lay leaders and staff to articulate a mission and identity for religious education programs, connecting to the needs of the congregation’s children, youth, and adults, Unitarian Universalist principles, and the mission and ends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.
- Plan, organize, implement, and evaluate the Religious Education programs of the congregation, using internal and external resources, including Unitarian Universalist Association curricula and Atlanta community engagement.
- Recruit, train, support, collaborate with, and manage Religious Education Volunteers.
- Support, collaborate with, and supervise Religious Education staff.
- Collaborate with the Adult Religious Education Team and the Acting Senior Minister to envision and coördinate holistic adult RE programming at UUCA.
- Develop and implement family ministry, supporting parents in their roles as their children’s primary religious educators.
- Working collaboratively with the Acting Senior Minister and lay worship associates, develop and implement Children’s Worship for K-5th graders most Sundays, coördinate the monthly Story for All Ages in the initially-multigenerational Sunday worship services and periodic fully-multigenerational Sunday worship services, and other circumstances as needed.
- Support youth ministry, guide and collaborate with leaders, connect youth ministry into the overall mission and identity of Religious Education and the mission and ends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, and evaluate the outcomes of the program.
- Foster supportive, engaged, and joyful multigenerational and multiculturally-aware environments through programming and relationships within the congregation, within the denomination, with other faith communities in Atlanta and beyond.
- Serve as a Staff Team member, helping to create a positive and welcoming church staff culture, and participating in staff meetings, retreats, and other appropriate cross-staff events.
- Seek to grow participation in the Lifespan Religious Education program in both depth and breadth.
- Ensure the safety of the children and youth in our program; coördinate the development and implementation of policy and procedures.
- Provide spiritual mentorship to children, youth, and adults, connecting them to our pastoral care resources when appropriate.
- Pursue professional development opportunities if applicable.
- Ensure the inclusion of all children, youth and adults in the RE program, organizing additional volunteers or modifications as needed for individuals with differing needs.
- Spiritual Maturity: Demonstrate personal depth, spiritual grounding and integrity in word and deed; respond with a constancy of purpose; be seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; seek the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; be able to articulate a clear and consistent Unitarian Universalist theology.
- Unitarian Universalist Faith Development and Teaching Methodology: Understand the stages of human and faith development for children and adolescents and apply that knowledge to Unitarian Universalist religious education programs and activities; show a mastery of Unitarian Universalism and its teaching resources for youth and children; select teaching curricula, topics, and stories that are relevant, provocative, and contribute to a deeper identity and understanding of Unitarian Universalism theology, and its application in our congregation; be able to identify various curricula and their application and implement them in a variety of teaching scenarios; use those tools and methodologies to engage diverse audiences and learning styles, build connections among students, support teachers, and enhance the classroom experience; facilitate learning experiences for the congregation, always considering the need for lifespan impact, especially for children, youth and beyond.
- Multicultural Competency and Antiracist Commitment: Understand the distinctions of a Status-Quo Congregation, a Multiculturally-Aware Congregation and an Antiracist Congregation; understand cross-cultural competency as a process moving towards antiracism; guide individuals and groups in continuously moving towards antiracism.
- Interpersonal Skills: Establish good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; work well with people at all levels of the congregation; build appropriate rapport; consider the impact of their actions on others; use diplomacy and tact; be approachable; speak directly to others and avoid communication triangles; demonstrate the ministry of presence; create a spirit of openness that invites those who are spiritually or emotionally troubled to confide in them; demonstrate appropriate pastoral care boundaries, recognizing their limitations as a care provider; respect confidences; appropriately refer congregants to ministers and our pastoral care system, when appropriate.
- Supervising Work: Be able to establish clear expectations and set clear direction; set stretching objectives; distribute the workload appropriately; provide regular and ongoing feedback about performance; proactively deal with substandard performance; engage disciplinary processes in a timely manner.
- Leadership Development: Encourage others to discover and engage their giftedness and skills in service to the larger community; call out the best in others; support others in the development of their skills and abilities; actively seek to engage others more directly in the leadership life of the congregation; think strategically about the continual need for a next generation of leaders and work to build the leadership base.
- Team Building: Weave new people into teams; lead each team successfully through difficulties and challenges, including conflict, and power differences within the team; create strong morale and spirit in their team; share wins and successes; define success in terms of the whole team; create a feeling of belonging and pride in the team.
- Volunteer Management: Provide direction, gain commitment, facilitate change and achieve results through the efficient, creative and responsible deployment of volunteers; engage people in their areas of giftedness and passion.
- Change Management: Seek organizational innovation with a purpose; lead others into innovative activity; create a prudent risk-taking environment; embrace life-long learning for oneself and for others; accept the mistakes of others and turn them into learning opportunities; identify alternatives to status quo and advocate system changes when barriers to change are identified.
- Process Management: Be able to figure out the processes necessary to get things done; know how to organize people and activities; understand how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; know what to measure and how to measure it; see opportunities for synergy and integration; simplify complex processes and create policy for repetitive processes.
IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THESE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Commitment to Unitarian Universalist principles
- Commitment to antiracism
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Five years of teaching experience in school or congregational setting
- Proven experience in multicultural education and culturally-responsible practices in the classroom
- Knowledge of human development and classroom management
- Strong interpersonal skills—ability to relate to a wide range of children, youth, and adults
- Organized thinker, understands pedagogy and classroom management skills
- Flexible team player, preferably with a good sense of humor, able to work collaboratively with multiple teams of lay leaders, volunteers and staff members
- Ability to support and supervise staff members and volunteers
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to manage a budget of $20,000
- Knowledge of personal computer software, including word processing & basic familiarity with database capability such as google docs, Microsoft office suite
- Willingness to work a flexible work week, including most Sundays and some evenings
- Must be able to work on a computer at least 50% of the time
- Must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment
- Must be comfortable with frequent communication with staff, lay leaders and volunteers
TO APPLY BY AUGUST 1, 2019 DEADLINE: Please send cover letter and resume, including three references, via email to: DLRE@uuca.org with “Director of Lifespan Religious Education Application” in the subject line of the email. For full consideration, deadline to apply is August 1, 2019; applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.