Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Church in Charleston
The Unitarian Church in Charleston, the oldest Unitarian Church in the South, is seeking a full-time, year round Director of Religious Education (DRE) to manage its vibrant and growing religious education program. The Religious Education Program serves the needs of young Unitarians ranging in age from nursery through high school. Currently, we serve approximately 130 students and their families. (The Director is often the first member of the staff that new families meet and spend time with as they see k a religious home for their children.) The Director manages a small, part-time, paid staff of 4 and a team of volunteer teachers. The DRE reports directly to the Minister and works in close collaboration with the rest of the professional staff as well as the Religious Education Committee. Working hours include Sundays, religious holidays, and occasional evenings, but week day hours are flexible. Generous benefits. Salary range from $42-47 K. If you have questions, please call the church office at 843-723-4617 or email email@example.com with the subject line “Job Questions.” Thank you.
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DRE Job Requirements
- Minimum Credential: Bachelor’s Degree Preferred.
- Preference given to candidates with at least 3 years’ experience in the direct provision of education/counseling services for children.
- Successful experience working with, managing, and recruiting volunteers.
- Preference given to candidates with direct experience in implementing Unitarian Universalist (UU) programming. Ideally, the candidate will also have UU religious education administration experience.
- Understands children’s spiritual, emotional, and physical growth and development, including those of special needs students.
- Possesses exceptional organizational, administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrates the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgment.
- Able to maintain and nurture professional working relationships with staff, volunteers and the families of the RE program.
- Can effectively use electronic and social media to coordinate and promote the RE Program.
- Preference given to candidates with Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) educational credentials or those willing to obtain those credentials.
- Preference given to those who have at least one year successful experience managing staff as well as developing and managing budgets.
- Able to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Classrooms used for the RE program are held in 2 different buildings and on different floors as well as a playground. The DRE must be physically able to climb stairs as there is no elevator.
- Must be willing to submit to a background check.
DRE Primary Responsibilities
- Coordinate and manage the provision of programs for pre-K through high school students which include: Unitarian Universalist principles, beliefs and history; world religions; social justice topics and experiences; and human sexuality (the Our Whole Lives, OWL, curriculum).
- Support RE special events and services in conjunction with other church committees.
- Manage and schedule RE volunteers and staff (RE assistant, youth group coordinator, nursery staff and others).
- Provide volunteer orientation/training, materials, support and recognition.
- Help facilitate family dinners and discussions on parenting topics.
- Develop and maintain materials to publicize RE programs and communicate with students’ families and the greater church community.
- Manage curriculum selection, planning and adaptation; the RE Curriculum Library; as well as administrative records including registration, expenditures, RE budget, and other documentation.
- Liaison duties with Vestry, other church committees, and the community.
- Participate in advanced professional development.