Director of Religious Education
First Unitarian Universalist Society
25 South Main St., Middleboro, MA 02346
Duties and Expectations
The DRE, working in conjunction with the Minister and the Religious Education Committee, has the overall responsibility of developing and delivering a comprehensive, quality Religious Education program for the children, youth, and adults in the Congregation.
Overall Purposes of the Program
- To provide a safe, respectful, and caring learning environment for children, youth, and adults.
- To support all in their search for meaning and spirituality.
- To encourage our children to explore their own questions.
- To provide our children with information about Unitarian Universalism and other religions, and to foster respect for the beliefs of others.
- To encourage our children to enjoy, appreciate, and care for the natural world.
- To develop and provide quality programs for adults.
- To address and respect the diverse needs of our community.
- To work towards a peaceful, just, and free world.
- Formulate the philosophy and select curricula with input from the RE Committee.
- Produce a yearly prospectus of the RE program, including a calendar of events.
- Plan/administer the RE budget in collaboration with the RE Committee, as needed.
- Assist the RE Committee in recruiting volunteers; provide training and support for volunteers.
- Interpret and articulate the goals and activities of the RE program to the Congregation through the use of the newsletter, new member meetings, reports, conversations, and technology.
- Share responsibility with the Minister for multigenerational worship, with primary responsibility for children and youth-led worship services.
- Work with youth advisors to coordinate programs and activities for youth.
- Support parents, as necessary, with conversations about their children and youth.
- Act as a resource to committees and individuals on matters relating to Religious Education.
- Maintain RE resource files.
- Meet with the Minister and the Music Director regularly (ideally weekly), and as needed to coordinate all activities.
- Attend the monthly RE Committee meetings.
- Prepare an annual Director’s report to the Congregation, and other reports as needed and requested throughout the year.
- Keep informed of Congregational activities and concerns.
- Participate in district and denominational activities, as possible.
- Attend to self-care, personal growth, and professional development with the support of the RE Committee and the Minister.
Terms and Conditions
The position is part-time, salaried exempt, with an average of 20 hours per week. The DRE is expected to work on Sunday mornings during the Church year, with the exception of up to four Sundays which the DRE may have off. The DRE shall maintain a regular schedule of hours each week when he/she will be accessible.
The DRE is supervised by the Minister. The DRE also is accountable to and works collaboratively with the RE Committee to accomplish the goals of the RE Program. The DRE relates to the Parish Committee through the RE Liaison.
Education and Experience
- High School diploma is required.
- Additional education/training is preferred.
- Experience working with children is required.
- Teaching experience, especially in a spiritual, religious context, is preferred.
- Experience in roles that demonstrate leadership, administrative, and organizational skills is desired.
- Experience with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers is desired.
- General life experiences that demonstrate applicable skills and competencies will be considered.
Licenses or Certifications
- None required, but would be considered a plus.
- A self-identified Unitarian Universalist is preferred.
- Communication skills – verbal and written
- Interpersonal skills, especially with children and youth
- Supervisory/leadership/administrative skills
- Collaborative skills and ability to support and encourage others
- Attention to detail
- Presentation skills
- Ability to handle/protect confidential information
- Conflict management/resolution skills
- Personal initiative and ability to work independently
- Ability to work and excel in a multi-cultural, multi-generational environment and feel comfortable with a wide variety of religious views.
- Technical skills – computer literacy, proficiency with social media sites
- Knowledge of and commitment to Unitarian Universalism and its values
- Knowledge of UU religious education philosophy
- Spiritual maturity
- Must be able to work on Sunday mornings.
- Must be able to attend meetings in the evenings and on weekends.
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro strives to be a practicing Fair Compensation Congregation. A compensation package commensurate with experience, qualifications, and abilities will be negotiated.
Interested Persons Please Contact:
Interested persons may contact Bob Waterman at
email@example.com for more information or to submit their resume and letter of interest in the above position.