Are you the person we are looking for to lead
our vibrant Lifespan Religious Education Program?
We are seeking a full-time Acting Director of Religious Education to oversee and shape programming for children, youth, adults, and families in partnership with our religious education teams and other core leaders of our congregation. (We are hiring an Acting DRE given the shorter search timeframe before the fall opening of our children and youth RE Programming, but we are hopeful for the possibility of finding a candidate who may become our permanent DRE.)
Our congregation places a high value on religious education. In fact, we were initially founded to create a UU lifespan religious education program in Morris County. We know the benefits that come from having individuals and families from every decade of life in community together, and we are looking for a leader to nurture and develop our learning and faith formation program, multigenerational community building, and volunteer engagement. The religious educator who will be successful with us will also have strong communications and organizational skills.
The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is a dynamic, creative, and diverse congregation of 375 members and pledging friends and 100 children and youth. We were designated a Threshold Congregation in 2012 by the UUA’s Central East Region and were awarded the O. Eugene Pickett Award for Institutional Growth from the Metro-NY District in 2015.
Morristown is in an ideal location for someone who values the beauty of nature while being located near a city. Our building is located on a beautiful 5-acre property in Morris Township, and we are only 2 miles from the town square in downtown Morristown. Morristown is the county seat of Morris County, which has a population of 500,000. New Jersey is known as the garden state, and there are many farms and hiking trails near to us. We are about 20 miles from the city of Newark and 35 miles west of New York City. We are near big hub airports and train stations, so travel from this location is easy.
The Fellowship follows UUA guidelines on salary and offers a competitive benefits package that includes professional development expenses. Please send resume, letter of interest, and a statement of Religious Education philosophy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preferred start in the month of September.
(See Job Description below)
MORRISTOWN UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP
Director of Religious Education Job Description
We are a dynamic congregation, growing in spirit, community, numbers, and impact seeking to transform ourselves and the world beyond us.
The Director of Religious Education (DRE) job is a full-time position which is supervised by the Minister and partners with the Religious Education Council, the Youth Activities Committee, and the Adult Learning Committee. The DRE is a skilled leader, who maintains and develops a comprehensive RE program that includes worship, education, social action, leadership development, and community building. The DRE provides the overall administration for Lifespan Religious Education program for children, youth and adults.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruits and coordinates volunteer teachers and aides
- Supervises RE support staff and key volunteer leaders
- Provides leadership and collaborates with Lifespan Religious Education committees and other key leadership teams
- Maintains and cultivates RE resources and supplies
- Maintains and assists in developing RE budget and keeps all records current
- Attends Metro NY district, UUA and area RE conferences and workshops, as appropriate
Education and Planning
- Evaluates Religious Education program and curricula, working closely with the Minister and RE Lifespan leadership
- Provides training for volunteer teachers and aides
- Provides leadership and collaborates with the Minister in developing multigenerational programs and worship
- Oversees the worship lives of children and youth, including Children’s Chapel and Time For All Ages
- Develops and maintains the RE Library and curriculum resources
- Acts as resource and mentor for advisors and teachers of children, youth and adults
- Assists in choosing and implementing social action projects and community-building events for children, youth and families of all kinds
- Creates and delivers timely and relevant communication of calendaring and advanced program planning
- Promote and publicizes RE programs through the website, Facebook, newsletter, email, etc.
- Nurtures a welcoming environment and facilitates an integration to lifespan learning for all newcomers
- Offers parent education and support
Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Minimum education of a Bachelor’s degree; Religious Educator training, experience or credentials preferred.
- Has prior experience and demonstrated success working with children, youth and adults
- Excellent organizational, administrative, communication, personal effectiveness and volunteer management skills
- Provides leadership for goal-setting and development of philosophy of religious growth and learning
- Belief in Unitarian Universalist principles and desire to bring this ministry to our children, youth and adults
- Initiative and ability to encourage and inspire others
- Orientation toward incorporating best practices in human development and learning across the generations
- Effective public speaker
- Ability to facilitate small groups and classes for children, youth and adults
The Fellowship offers a salary in accordance with the UUA guidelines that takes into account education, experience and skills. A competitive benefits package includes paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, pension, and professional expenses.