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JOB POSTING: RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, is seeking one part-time Religious Education Coordinator and two part-time Lead Teachers to work during the fall and spring semesters during the 2014-2015 year.

Duties of the Coordinator: The Religious Education Coordinator will administer a growing Religious Education program designed to inspire the moral, intellectual, and faith development of children and youth. The Coordinator will welcome and register new families and orient them to the program, the facilities, and to Unitarian Universalism. The Coordinator will play a critical role in the visitor to member process for new families, helping build upon the congregation’s success of welcoming more than 200 new members in the last seven years. The Coordinator will support the Lead Teachers in ordering supplies, curricula, and snacks, as well as help to prepare a welcoming and safe community. At times, the Coordinator may be asked to assist with the emotional or physical needs of children. The Coordinator will work closely with the Lead Teachers and with volunteers on the Children’s Religious Education Ministry Team to send monthly or weekly e-newsletters to the parents and to communicate curriculum details to volunteer teachers. The Coordinator will manage the Religious Education database, collect attendance, and collaborate with the Business Administrator to manage the master calendars. The Coordinator will partner with the Communications Director to distribute mailings to parents and visitors and maintain the education content on the church website.

Duties of the Lead Teachers: Each Lead Teacher has the opportunity to propose to teach a subject of their choice for children in grades K-6 or to teach from an existing Unitarian Universalist curriculum. Educators with backgrounds in the arts, music, peace, justice, or environmentalism are encouraged to apply. During the 2013-2014 church year, one lead teacher taught the Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum, while the other created a new curriculum titled Patchwork, a religious literacy program designed to expose students to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In previous years, religious educators have taught on a wide range of topics such as food justice and environmentalism; literary figures in Unitarian Universalism; Neighboring Faiths, a world religions curriculum; Holidays and Holy Days; Race to Justice, a diversity program; and In Our Hands, a peace and social justice program. In all contexts, the curricula were designed to promote and affirm the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism. See more at www.philauu.org/beliefs.

Congregation: The church’s vibrant and contemporary religious education program draws from many sources, including sacred texts and music from all the world's religions and cultures. 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 Religious Education program currently consists of approximately 20 students, equally divided between two groups, grades K-3 and 4-6. In the past, Lead Teachers have alternated teaching these classes.

Qualifications: The Religious Educators must possess superior interpersonal skills to successfully manage the extensive interaction with a wide range of individuals and groups. Essential qualities include kindness, patience, flexibility, clear communication, a high degree of organization, an eye for detail, plus a drama-free approach to problem solving. Ability to work as part of a team is essential. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding communication skills, as well as proficiency in MS Office. In addition, the Coordinator must demonstrate experience with website content management and social networking, specifically Facebook and MailChimp. Training in education and experience with Unitarian Universalism is preferred for all three positions, but someone with comparable experiences may be considered.

Hours and Compensation: The Coordinator will be paid biweekly at the rate of $18 an hour for 8 hours a week for 40 weeks and the Lead Teachers will be paid biweekly at the rate of $15 an hour for 5 hours a week for 35 weeks. The Religious Education classes meet from 11 am to 12:30 pm from Sunday, September 7, 2014, to May 17, 2015, and will be closed on Sundays November 30, December 28, and January 4. The religious education personnel may also take one Sunday off during the spring of 2015. Both the Coordinator and Lead Teachers will be required to work a minimum of 3 hours on Sundays, with 1.5 hours dedicated to teaching; the remaining hours are flexible, to be scheduled in coordination with the direct supervisor, the Interim Minister.

To Apply: Send electronic cover letter and résumé by Monday, July 28, 2014, to work@philauu.org to the attention of Reverend Dr. Susan Veronica Rak, Interim Minister, and Amy Hillier Fraatz, Chair of the Children's Religious Education Ministry Team. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for. If you are applying to serve as a Lead Teacher, in your cover letter please describe the curriculum you would like to teach and provide a statement of your educational philosophy. All applicants will receive an automatic reply with a link to a survey, which will serve as the first interview. Please complete this by Monday, July 28, 2014. In person interviews will take place in late July and early August. For further information about the church and religious education program visit www.philauu.org.

The First Unitarian Church 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 friendly) and has a historic commitment to racial justice.

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