St. John’s seeks a Religious Education Director

St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, a beacon of liberal religious thought in Cincinnati since 1814, is looking for a Director of Religious Education for Children to rebuild our children’s religious education program. This person must be available most Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.; other work hours are flexible. The position will require 15 hours a week and will be paid at a starting rate of $21-$25 per hour. To apply, please submit a résumé to jobs@stjohnsuu.org.

Director of Religious Education for Children

  • Reports to: Minister
  • Compensation: a range based on experience from $21 to $25 an hour.
  • Status: 15 hours per week. This is a year-round position.
  • Supervises: Nursery Workers (when/if employed)

Job Summary:

The Director of Religious Education directs the children’s education program at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church. The age range is from birth through high school. The DRE works under the supervision of the minister and collaboratively with the minister, staff, and the Religious Education team. The DRE recruits, trains, and supports religious education volunteers. The DRE ensures that the Safe Congregation policy and protocols are followed. The DRE supervises childcare providers.

All programs at St. John’s assume we form in faith more fully when we integrate academic learning, hands-on service, and spiritual reflection. This head, hands, and heart model is used throughout the church.

St. John’s is seeking more multi-generational opportunities for faith formation. A significant part of this position will be rebuilding and reestablishing the program; this includes reaching out to families.

Core competencies

  • Dedication to the mission and purpose of St. John’s.
  • Commitment to Unitarian Universalist (UU) values/principles.
  • Facilitating learning and community building.
  • Ability to inspire, train, and supervise volunteers.
  • A creative and flexible approach to meeting the needs of children and families.
  • Clear, consistent communication with the congregation and staff.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Responsibilities

  • Guiding an overall structure of what the children/youth will be learning and doing as a part of the Religious Education time.
  • Plan special and intergenerational events (such as the gingerbread house building).
  • Work with the minister to plan intergenerational worship.
  • Prepare an annual report and monthly updates for the congregation.
  • Supervise RE volunteers and staff.
  • Manage budget, resources, supplies, and equipment.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining a Religious Education Advisory Team.
  • Attend meetings of the RE team and staff.
  • Ensure background checks are completed for all volunteers.
  • Implement all policies related to children’s religious education.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Regular hours on Sunday morning.

Qualifications

  • Awareness of stages of faith development/child development.
  • Ability to manage a budget.
  • Ability to include anti-racism / anti-oppression in programming.
  • Ability to speak in a public forum.
  • Some college preferred.
  • Pass background check.

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