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Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church is accepting applications for the following position:

Lifespan Religious Education Coordinator at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church
PUUC Lifespan RE Coordinator posting pdf

Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church is a flourishing, vibrant, and radically welcoming congregation that promotes diversity and social justice, and provides a safe haven for creative intellectual growth, spiritual development, and a deep sense of community for all who join us.

Piedmont UU Church seeks a part-time (25 hours per week) Lifespan Religious Education Coordinator to revitalize the previous program. This individual will develop, organize, and oversee an integrated religious education program in our two worship locations in Charlotte and Salisbury. We strive to create engaging and dynamic programming and build connections within our congregation. A key to this role and revitalizing the program will be recruiting and welcoming families and volunteers. This role will initially focus on building the program for children and youth and connecting to the existing adult education opportunities with the goal of developing a lifespan education program. The work week includes Sundays, with other times during the week being flexible around standard programming and staff meetings.

Lifespan Religious Education Vision Statement –
We are dedicated to providing developmentally appropriate education for individuals across the life span to support their spiritual growth and search for truth and meaning, while affirming their worth and dignity and strengthening connection to community.

Core Responsibilities
The description below details the goals and responsibilities of the Lifespan Religious Education Coordinator. This will take place over time, with short and long term goals and implementation.
Program Planning and Administration:
○ Collaborate with lay leaders and the Minister to establish, maintain, and/or update Lifespan RE program vision, mission, and policies as needed.
○ Coordinate with lay leaders to recruit, support, and train volunteer teachers, assistants, and substitutes for our Nursery, Lifespan RE classes, and Youth Group programming while adhering to our Safe Congregation guidelines.
○ Select, review, and evaluate from available age-appropriate materials to maintain cohesive programming with the support and partnership of RE Team and Minister.
○ Ensure that there are child-appropriate plans for every Sunday of the year (this could include multigenerational services).
○ Keep appropriate documentation and records of people involved in RE, as well as potential involvement; ensure appropriate background checks are performed.
○ Participate in our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity within our congregation and in the community at large.
○ Provide support for rites of passage scheduled during the church year (Dedication, Coming of Age, and High School Bridging ceremonies)
○ Participate in the planning and execution of periodic children and youth focused services
○ In collaboration with the Minister or worship associates, coordinate (and sometimes lead) a “Time for All Ages” on a regular basis during our regular Sunday Worship Service.
○ Track expenses for necessary supplies and manage the overall RE Program budget.
○ Supervise nursery coordinator.
○ Other duties as assigned by the Minister.

Outreach and Communication:
● Represent the RE program to visitors, members, and families in the community.
● Meet with participants of RE programs and parents as needed.
● Provide updated RE content for the church website and monthly newsletter as needed.
● Create an annual RE report to be included in the Annual Report.
● Attend regular staff meetings, with a monthly report to the Lead Minister for the Board.
● Lead the RE Team with regular meetings.
● Connect with area UU and other faith organizations to collaborate on programming as needed

Professional Development
Attend gatherings and trainings for religious education professionals offered by the UUA, including UUA credentialing if needed. A budget is provided for professional development expenses.

Qualifications
● Although not required to be a Unitarian Universalist, a commitment to and knowledge of UU principles is important.
● Relates well to children and adults in a warm, professional, and caring manner.
● Ability to determine priorities, handle a wide variety of tasks efficiently, and work both independently and in collaboration with professionals and volunteers to implement program goals and objectives.
● Ability to recruit, train, and motivate volunteer staff at both worship locations
● Awareness of, or willingness to learn procedures and practices of, and to commit to UUA Safe Congregations standards.
● Strong ethical character, including respect for personal and professional boundaries and the established confidentiality policies of the church.
● Strong written and verbal communication skills.
● Competence with technology, including Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
● Knowledge of various learning styles and methods that engage participants of all ages.
● Preference to candidates with knowledge of UU curriculum and training in Our Whole Lives (OWL) Lifespan Sexuality Education Programming. Support for training offered for interested candidates.
● Required to pass a background check.

Reports to Lead Minister
Compensation – range ($27,500-$32,000 annual salary), vacation available, benefits negotiable, UUA credentialing costs covered

To apply – Submit your resume with a cover letter and three references to jobs@puuc.org. For Questions, please email jobs@puuc.org