UUCW is Hiring! Religious Education Coordinator (Acting) Full-Time

UUCW is Hiring! Religious Education Coordinator (Acting) Full-Time

2018-06-07T15:37:07+00:00June 7th, 2018|E-News|

Unitarian Universalist Church West

13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI  53005  (262) 782-3535

Applications are being accepted at employment@uucw.org through June 20.

Position Title:  Religious Education Coordinator (Acting) Full-Time (2018)

Reports to:  Minister

Collaborative Relationships:  Publications Coordinator, Community Builder, Intern Minister, Church Administrator, Music Directors, Religious Education Council

FLSA Status:  Full-Time, Exempt

Work Schedule:  40 hours per week ; includes most Sunday mornings and some evenings

To Apply:  Send resume, cover letter and references to employment@uucw.org   DEADLINE:  June 20, 2018

Summary Description:   The RE Coordinator (Acting) will manage, sustain and promote the 2018-19 UUCW Religious Education programs for Children and Youth, as well as the Soul Matters Sharing Circles, Affinity Groups, and other adult faith formation offerings.  This work will be undertaken with the partnership, collaboration and supervision of the Rev. Suzelle Lynch, and in collaboration with the UUCW Religious Education Council.  The position requires a dependable presence on most Sunday mornings year-round, and some evening meetings.  The position is full-time for one year, beginning August 1, 2018.  Salary DOE and in keeping with Unitarian Universalist Association compensation guidelines.

Core Responsibilities

Coordinate and Implement RE Programs

  • Plan, implement, and supervise weekly RE classes for children and youth including the preparation and delivery of class materials with consideration for a variety of learning styles and needs; teach on as-needed basis.
  • Recruit, train, and support volunteer teachers and assist with finding substitutes when necessary;
  • Recruit, train and supervise nursery and religious education staff to ensure safe and positive care for all children.
  • Support and train people for small group leadership and facilitation.
  • Collect registration forms for all attending children and maintain database
  • Collect safety forms from all RE volunteers and carry out security procedures for those working with children and youth
  • Work collaboratively with Minister and RE Council to facilitate coordination of all components of RE programming
  • Coordinate with other church leaders to involve children and families in the life of the church.  May include planning and/or facilitating occasional family events, justice-oriented and/or social activities with the RE Council.  Attend Leadership Council meetings.
  • Welcome children and families on Sunday mornings; providing information, materials, and guidance as needed
  • Provide religious education resources to families
  • Manage religious education budget
  • Attend RE Council meetings
  • Initiate program planning for following years


  • Reach out to and follow-up with new families interested in the RE program
  • Schedule and send weekly reminders to volunteer teachers and families, and assist in compiling Religious Education-specific information for weekly e-news and website
  • Collect and compile weekly RE attendance and submit monthly report to the Minister
  • Communicate with families and youth through various media regarding ongoing and upcoming events
  • Respond to Religious Education-related inquiries from potential and current families and teachers, as needed
  • Foster relationships with children and parents in the RE program, and engage visiting families and help them feel welcome

Coordinate RE Initiatives with Congregation and Staff

  • Attend Staff Meetings
  • Occasionally assist with “worship for all ages” segment of Sunday services and with multigenerational worship services
  • Assist with multigenerational services scheduled by the Minister and participate in those worship services
  • Participate in sessions to discern/plan future of RE programs


  • Must enjoy working with children, teens, and parents/guardians
  • Ability to foster a spirit of open religious exploration among children and families;
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, Unitarian Universalist values and principles
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with email, social media, Microsoft Word, and Excel; ability to work with church database.  Proficiency with PowerPoint a plus
  • Selected candidate must pass a background check prior to starting employment
  • BA in education or related field preferred
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with people of varying ages, sexual orientations and gender identities, backgrounds, and abilities with an awareness of how issues of justice and equity impact our community
  • Respect for a wide range of beliefs
  • Ability to handle complex and sensitive pastoral and managerial concerns with care and confidentiality
  • Ability to work most Sundays in a month and on occasional holidays
  • Able to maintain appropriate boundaries and navigate conflict with maturity and tact
  • One to three years’ experience in Religious Education, teaching and/or youth ministry preferred
  • Understanding of human development from infancy through adulthood, and understanding of special needs/disabilities a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height and 50 pounds to waist height
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, climb stairs, walk, and reach overhead
  • Must be able to verbally communicate with the use of a telephone and be clearly understood
  • Able to utilize a keyboard
  • Must be able to travel as required, and have a valid driver’s license