Permanent Director of Religious Exploration – Job Description
UUMAN – Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North congregation
Title: Director of Religious Exploration
Reports to: Minister
Hours: ¾ time
Start Date: July 2021
Compensation: $30,000 plus benefits
RE Enrollment: 43
Average Weekly RE Attendance: 30 virtually
The DRE has the following primary purpose:
To lead the existing religious exploration programs for children & youth based on the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and to implement new programs to fulfill the vision for the program. They are also responsible for creating a new vision of the program when necessary.
Current vision of RE: Our goal is to build a ministry that focuses on the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism and connecting deeply with others while building a strong community. We will help each other learn, grow and celebrate each person’s unique personality and gifts. We will care for one another
We will always do our best to create a physically and emotionally safe church home where UU Principles will be both learned and lived.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- The DRE will work with the UUMAN congregation to ensure education programs for children and youth. This will include:
Planning and implementing the current educational programs as well as creating new programs.
Recruiting, motivating, training and supporting RE volunteers.
Overseeing administrative functions of UUMAN’s RE programs, including: Maintaining a current budget of $1600.00 for supplies, curricula and educational materials
Submission of a monthly written report to the Board of Directors on their professional activities.
- Review existing policies related to congregations for children and youth, and work with the congregation to revise these policies as needed and integrate them into a comprehensive Safe Congregations Policy.
- Serve as a staff team member, helping to create a positive and welcoming UUMAN staff culture; and, participating in staff meetings, board meetings, Program Council meetings, retreats and other appropriate cross-ministry events.
- Act as the chief advocate for the needs of the children and youth with regards to all UUMAN programs.
- Be responsible for coordinating age-appropriate OWL programs.
- Maintain an active RE Council made up of members of the congregation who assist and advise the DRE. Currently this is made up of five volunteers.
- Manage all paid child-care.
- A minimum of three years’ experience working and/or volunteering in an educational setting with a Unitarian Universalist congregation.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent either in Theology, Humanities, Social Science, Education or experience commensurate with learning and educating others about world religions.
- Be deeply familiar with most aspects of Unitarian Universalism and able to communicate this verbally and in writing.
- Ability to relate and to support different learning styles of a diverse range of children and youth.
- Be a flexible team player, preferably with a good sense of humor, able to work collaboratively with different stakeholders in the UUMAN congregation and other partners.
- Possess Credentials earned from UUA RE or be willing to earn them.
- Use creativity, innovation and “outside-the-box” thinking to find graceful approaches to ignite young minds and highlight children’s talents and personalities.
The DRE reports to the minister and works as part of a collaborative staff team, which include an administrative assistant, a music director and a membership coordinator.
The DRE will receive benefits (health, vacation, sick leave, pension) as outlined in the personnel policy guidelines in place at UUMAN at the time of hire, some of which include:
- four weeks paid vacation (taken in June or July)
- two weeks of continuing educational time taken during that same time period
- one Sunday off each month
- paid professional dues to LREDA and other professional development activities, subject to approval. The DRE’s time spent in participating in LREDA and UUA events will be considered part of their professional responsibilities.
How to Apply:
People with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. UUMAN is committed to developing a diverse and talented team. If you are excited about this role but are unsure whether you meet all of the requirements, we encourage you to inquire and/or apply. Please send resume or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org