Director of Religious Education position opens
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist church in Portland Maine is looking for a 30 hours/per week Director of Religious Education starting August 15, 2018. Our ideal candidate will be passionate about creating community and growth for parents and families. A primary focus of the position will be training, support and recruitment of volunteer group leaders for our Sunday religious education program.
Congregation: Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
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.
Newly adopted mission of the RE program:
The Religious Education Program supports children, youth and their families
to be safe, affirmed and accepted as they join in community
to explore religious and spiritual thought, action, identity and values.
We are a welcoming congregation, a green sanctuary, and an equal opportunity employer.
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
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. They 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. They will work with the minister to include children in worship, and create opportunities for multi-generational worship and community building. During 2017-18, our RE enrollment was 62 children and youth, plus regular visitors, with an average attendance of 35. We have 233 adult members.
We have two Sunday services. At 9:00 AM there is a full religious education program with age appropriate curricula. You can find out more about our program on our website. At 11:00 there is nursery care. We also have periodic Our Whole Lives (sexuality/relationship) education for our Junior Youth, and service projects for Senior & Junior Youth. Our departing DRE will be working to set up the program for the 2018-19 year, so that the transition might be a smooth one. We have a strong Religious Education Committee and many active volunteers.
Maintain RE program records, oversee RE budget, work with RE committee in regard to curricula, plan family-oriented events.
Reporting: The DRE reports to and works in close collaboration with the Minister.
Salary/Compensation: Negotiable depending on experience, from $26000 to $30000. We follow UUA fair compensation guidelines. This is a full year salaried position at 30 hours per week with one month’s paid vacation. There will be some weeks with more than 30 hours and others with less, based on the programs and projects of that week. Benefits include 10% retirement for UUA eligible employees, disability and life insurance, 60% of individual health insurance premiums with the UUA plan, and professional expenses of $1200.
Send cover letter and resume via email to Personnel Committee. Resumes will be considered as they are received, in order to fill the position as soon as possible.