Please submit a cover letter, resume and two letters of reference from a UU religious professional to Rev. Kathleen Rolenz.
Applications will be accepted through May 31.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis seeks an interim or permanent Director of Religious Exploration to lead our Children and Youth programs with creativity and collaboration and to serve the mission and vision of the congregation.
This is a 40-hour week position requiring a bachelor’s degree, teaching experience, organizational skills, knowledge of child development and family systems, a love of children and youth, and a willingness to learn and grow. The DRE will supervise the RE Assistant and the Youth Coordinator.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis is a diverse congregation located in the state’s capital city. The city of Annapolis provides a small-town feel with easy access to all the amenities of a bigger city, with Washington, DC, and Baltimore a short drive away.
Start Date: August 1, 2018 (may be earlier, depending on candidate and candidate’s needs).
- Knowledge of and enthusiasm for religious education philosophy and Unitarian Universalist curricula and other resources.
- Able to strike a balance between innovation and continuity.
- Shows professional presence through independence, initiative, and the ability to encourage and empower others.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills
- Knowledge of child development, childhood behavior and appropriate teaching techniques.
- Can develop good rapport with children, youth, adults and elders.
- Ease in relating to a wide variety of religious views.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to be a pastoral presence in the congregation.
- Has served as a Director of Religious Education or comparable experience.
Philosophy and Worship:
- Assist UUCA in realizing the vision for its lifespan faith development programs.
- Share responsibility with the ministerial team in planning children’s presence in worship, rites of passage, and family and intergenerational services and events.
- Works with the ministry team to coordinate and enrich the spiritual life of the church.
- In cooperation with the RE Committee, make decisions regarding appropriate curricula and evaluation of programs.
- Facilitate a program to encourage total family and whole church participation in the religious education program through study groups, personal contacts, social events, social action/responsibility projects, family worship and similar activities.
- Facilitate a process for the review and strengthening of the youth programming.
- Work with the ministers and the Middle Hour Team to develop, implement and support lifespan religious exploration opportunities.
Administration and Operations:
- Develop and administer the budget for Religious Exploration.
- Greet and register new families and follow up on new interested people.
- Keep accurate records for attendance, programs, financial expenditure and other related documentation.
- Direct the hiring, training and scheduling of paid child care workers for Sunday services and other appropriate events.
- Supervise and evaluate support staff to the Religious Exploration program.
- Supervise and evaluate the Youth Ministry Coordinator.
- Be able to articulate a Unitarian Universalist vision for children, youth, adults and elders.
- Interpret the goals and activities of the Religious Exploration program to the congregation through regular newsletter entries and other means as appropriate.
- Maintain regular communication with families and RE teachers, parents and other volunteers.
- Keep informed about congregational activities.
- Keep abreast of district, denominational and professional organization developments important to religious education and attend appropriate meetings and professional development workshops.
The Director of Religious Exploration will be supervised by the Senior Minister.