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CRE Program Coordinator Job Posting

We are seeking a part-time Coordinator for our Children's Religious Education (CRE) program for the fall and spring semesters 2016-2017. The CRE program Coordinator is primarily responsible for administering a religious education program designed to engage learners Pre-K through “junior high,” and to help build an inter-generational community.

 

Our CRE Program: Our programming for children and families is designed to promote and affirm the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism. The CRE Program runs concurrent with worship services from September through June. Our registration includes approximately 20 students, divided between two groups, roughly grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Grades K-2 are lead by our Religious Educator. Grades 3-5 will be lead by the CRE Coordinator. Programming for grade 6 and above will be lead by volunteers, guided by the CRE Coordinator.

 

Our Congregation: As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we welcome people who identify with and draw inspiration from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism and other religious and philosophical traditions. The CRE Program draws from many sources, including sacred texts and music from all the world's religions and cultures.

 

The CRE Coordinator is responsible for the program's administration (manage the RE budget, coordinate volunteers, provide curriculum and other resources) and oversees the Nursery Director/Care Provider position. The CRE Coordinator is also responsible for being the Lead Teacher for grades 3-5, and recruiting volunteer staffing if needed for the upper-ages class (roughly grades 6 and above.)

 

The CRE Coordinator also serves as a link between CRE and families and with other church activities (e.g., Membership or Social Justice Ministry Teams), playing a critical role in orienting and engaging families in the church community.

 

Compensation and Hours: This is a part-time position at $20/hour for 18 hours/week for the approximate duration of 40 weeks. The CRE program runs concurrent with worship services from September through June. On Sundays, the CRE Coordinator will work approximately 3 hours onsite (arriving 10:00 AM; leaving after classes, by 1:00 PM) and will be responsible for leading (and recruiting volunteer staffing for) the upper-ages class. The remaining 15 hours/week are flexible and are to be used for preparation and planning (in consultation with the Minister) and for taking part in staff meetings.

 

CRE classes meet from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM from Sunday, September 11, 2016, to June 18, 2017, and will be closed on Sundays November 27, December 25, 2016; and January 1 and May 28, 2017. Other schedule changes may occur as the church year progresses.

 

Duties of the CRE Coordinator:

 

CRE program administration:

  • provide curriculum and other resources, developed in consultation with the Minister
  • manage the CRE database
    • collect and record attendance for all groups each week (Nursery, K-2 group, Grades 3-5 group and Grade 6 & above group)
    • ensure all families are registered and entered into the church database
  • manage the CRE budget
  • coordinate volunteers from the Children’s Religious Education Ministry Team
  • maintaining CRE office space and CRE materials storage and organization

 

As Supervisor of the Nursery Director/Care Provider:

  • ensure visitor registration forms are properly filled out and filed
  • respond to any classroom or program issues as reported by the Care Provider on a timely basis
  • schedule acceptable substitutes for Care Provider as needed
  • order supplies and snacks on behalf of the Care Provider

 

Working in conjunction with the Religious Educator and/or Volunteer Teachers:

  • provide ongoing curriculum support for younger children's class (roughly grades K-2)
  • responding to any feedback regarding such things as suitability of the curriculum (age-appropriateness, need for adaptation or augmentation, progress of the group, etc.) and needs of the children
  • scheduling assistance, as needed
  • order curriculum, supplies and snacks on behalf of the Religious Educator

 

As the Grades 3-5 class Teacher:

  • develop curriculum for class (roughly grades 3-5)

 

Support for Grade 6 & above:

  • recruit volunteer assistant for the Grade 6 & above class
  • help develop curriculum along with volunteer assistant

 

As link between CRE, families and the congregation:

  • welcome and register new families and orient them to the program, the facilities, and to Unitarian Universalism
  • promote and encourage the church's vision and mission through Unitarian Universalist religious education programming and original First Unitarian Church activities
  • provide worship assistance for monthly "Family Sundays" and create weekly Children's Chapel gatherings to begin each Sunday’s activities
  • help prepare a welcoming and safe community (e.g., assist with the emotional or physical needs of children)

 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • work with the Communications Director to send regular notes, messages or e-newsletters to families and to maintain the education content on the church website
  • respond to email messages and voicemail in a timely fashion
  • collaborate with the Business Administrator and Minister to coordinate important dates on the master calendar as they relate to the CRE program

 

Qualifications: Interpersonal skills to successfully manage extensive interactions with a wide range of individuals and groups. Essential qualities include kindness, patience, flexibility, an eye for detail, plus a drama-free approach to problem solving.

 

Organizational skills and ability to work in a self-directed fashion and as part of a team are essential. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding communication skills, as well as proficiency in MS Office or similar programs. Training in education and experience with Unitarian Universalism is preferred, but someone with comparable experiences may be considered. Prospective teachers with backgrounds in the arts, music, peace, justice or environmentalism are encouraged to apply.

 

First Unitarian follows UUA Safe Congregation standards for safety. Successful applicants are required to authorize and pass criminal background checks. Compliance with all Personnel Policies and Procedures as outlined in the First Unitarian Church’s personnel manual is required as well.

  

Duration:  late-August 2016 through mid-June 2017 (exact dates to be determined)

 

Compensation and Hours:  $20 an hour for 18 hours a week for approximately 40 weeks

 

To Apply: Submit a PDF of cover letter, resume and three professional references to work [ at ] philauu.org. In your cover letter, please provide a statement of your educational philosophy. In-person interviews will take place in the following weeks, or by August 10, 2016. For further information about the church and our CRE program, please visit www.philauu.org/cre

 

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer and will not allow discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. The congregation is a certified Welcoming Congregation (LGBT affirming) and has a historic commitment to racial justice. 

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