Director of Religious Education

Hope Unitarian Church
Published
March 15, 2019
Location
Tulsa, OK
Category
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Position Description:

Want to make a difference in the spiritual lives of children and families? “The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own.”
—William Ellery Channing

We’re looking for a Director of Religious Education (DRE) for Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The position is part-time including Sunday mornings.

  • Approximately 10-15 hrs/week
  • Compensation range $14-$17/ hour depending on experience
  • Oversee small staff plus volunteers
  • Must be available Sunday mornings

Hope Unitarian Church is a small, liberal congregation located in south Tulsa. We welcome people from diverse religious backgrounds. We are open and affirming. We do not have a formal creed. Instead, we offer an opportunity to explore an individualized spiritual path while enjoying the fellowship of a loving community. The church is set atop a wooded hill. It has been designated as an urban wilderness. The property features a nature trail, rain gardens, beautiful flowers, playground, and assorted wildlife.
The children’s program is small (8 to 15 each Sunday) and energetic. We do not tell children what to believe; rather, we encourage them to ask questions, to explore the world they see in front of them, and to seek answers from a variety of sources. The job as a religious educator is to provide a safe environment for children to experience the joy of belonging to a community. It also entails overseeing a small staff and working with parents and church volunteers

Position Qualifications:

  • Training and experience working with children and youth in an educational and/or religious setting. Bachelor’s Degree desired.
  • Understanding and personal acceptance of UU values as expressed in the UU principles and purposes, and in worship and curriculum materials and hungry for practicing UU values.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Honest, forward-looking, inspiring, tolerant, patient, able to learn and grow, possessing a sense of humor.
  • Love for working with children and youth.
  • High level of initiative, self-direction, and flexibility.
  • Computer skills and social media familiarity.
  • Experience in coordinating and supporting volunteers.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the pastoral concerns of children, families, and the whole congregation.
  • Healthy personal and professional boundaries.

Position Requirements:

This position is vital to the life of this congregation. The Director will work Sunday mornings from at least 9:30 – 12:30 (possibly more hours on Sunday) and use flexible time during the week to plan for Sundays. On Sunday mornings, the program is focused on providing developmentally appropriate religious education, including what it means to be Unitarian Universalist (UU), spiritual practices and education about other faiths.
This position reports to the minister and works closely with part-time staff and committed volunteers including the Children’s Religious Education Committee to develop and lead developmentally-appropriate programs. The job includes scheduling, planning, and organizing people, worship, special events, curricula, classroom environments, field trips, and social justice projects. The classrooms are multi-age.

Building on current traditions, we encourage developing new milestones to support children and youth on their spiritual journeys. This individual should be committed to Hope’s vision and mission. The position calls for wisdom, humor, compassion, flexibility, organization and joy in working with all ages. We commit to supporting the Director in this same spirit.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, leads, supports, trains, and motivates volunteers.
  • Communicates with families, staff, and church as a whole.
  • Prepares materials and space for church school.
  • Collaborates in selecting curricula, plan and adapt rotating thematic programming ideas for children and youth in multi-age settings.
  • Completes general administrative tasks including record keeping, budget monitoring, and development.
  • Plans budget planning with Minister and RE committee.
  • Co-ordinates childcare for special events.
  • Integrates Unitarian Universalist specific milestones and traditions such as Coming of Age, Youth Sunday, sexuality curricula Our Whole Lives (OWL), Summer Camp, regional rallies, and others.
  • Supervises classes on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Participates in meaningful professional development
  • Follows national, state and church ethical and legal guidelines for child care.

You can learn more about the church on Hope’s Website at www.hopeuu.org and the UUA’s website at www.uua.org . Spending some time reviewing these websites will give you a good idea (and probably lots of questions) about our faith and church.

If you are interested in this position, please know you will be required to answer the following questions in an email for your application to be considered:

  1. Please describe your childcare or teaching experience as well as any training or education in this field.
  2. Are you experienced and comfortable working with people who are different from you in appearance, ability, ideas, religion, non-binary gender identity or sexuality? If yes, please provide details.
  3. Do you have obligations that keep you from being available every Sunday morning from 9:30 (possible earlier) until 12:30 (or later)?If earlier or later than the stated hours, please explain.

Position Reports to:

Hope Church Minister

Hours and Salary:

Approximately 10-15 hrs/week • Compensation range $14-$17/ hour depending on experience

To Apply for this Job:

Hope Unitarian Church (hopeuu.org) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, gender, national origin, disability, color, and/or age.
To apply send full resume & cover letter to JOBOPEN@HOPEUU.ORG with “DRE Position” in the subject line.
For full consideration, applications should be received by March 22, 2019

Application Deadline:

Monday, April 22, 2019

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