DRE Position

DRE Position

Thank you for your interest in our part-time Director of Religious Education position at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Our congregation of 250 members is excited about this position, which will partner with our minister and the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee (CYREC), to support and maintain an innovative, multigenerational religious education program.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Administer a comprehensive and forward-thinking Religious Education (RE) program that supports the principles of Unitarian Universalism. (UU)
  • Be a supportive and nurturing presence to the congregation, children, youth, and parents and RE volunteers, serving as an enthusiastic resource.
  • Work with the minister and other committees of the church to integrate the RE program into the life of the church.
    Coordinate the Sunday RE program for nursery through high school attendees.
  • Plan/coordinate a short worship experience in our chapel on Sundays for the children (Message for all Ages)
  • Plan intergenerational services and special events with the minister.
  • Actively engage all children and youth as they build connections with the RE program, one another, and with the congregation at large.
  • Seek and pursue professional development through religious education training, district and area religious education conferences, and workshops.
  • Creatively, regularly and proactively publicize the RE program and special events to the congregation and the wider community.
  • Research, review and recommend developmentally appropriate curricula to the CYREC.
  • Adapt available curricula to meet the needs of the church community.
  • Assist CYREC to recruit, train, schedule and support volunteers, facilitators and youth advisors within our cooperative teaching environment.
  • Inspire and motivate volunteers.
  • Promote and publicize the RE program through the newsletter, the religious education prospectus, e-mail, website, social media, and other means of communication.
  • Formally solicit feedback, using a variety of information gathering techniques, to evaluate the ongoing program in terms of achievement of the program vision and the needs of the church community.
  • Maintain registration, attendance and legal information; provide records to the CYREC, congregation staff and governing board.
  • Maintain an office and religious education resources, library, supplies, and equipment.
  • Create and maintain a budget for the RE program. Manage expenses within the budget.
  • Welcome and orient new families to our congregation and the RE program.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the CYREC and the congregation staff and, as needed, of the governing board.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills required:

  • Familiarity with UU principals, values, UU RE philosophy, and RE curricula.
  • Credentialed Religious Educator Status (Credentialed or Master Level) desired; in process of such credentialing or willingness to pursue same in a timely manner acceptable.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and marketing skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a wide variety of tasks efficiently.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with staff and volunteers.
  • Familiarity with different styles of learning, teaching strategies and developmental stages of children and youth.
  • Ability to recognize and respond to participants’ and volunteers’ needs.
  • Warm, inviting, individual with whom families and youth can easily engage.

Hours: This is a part time position of 20 hours a week.

Our congregation: Our church was established in 1906. Our present church building, designed by architect Bob Broward, has won many awards for its environmentally friendly and esthetic design. We share a boundary with the Tree Hill Nature Center and our church is a Green Sanctuary, having achieved all requirements set forth by the UUA. We are, at present, a congregation of about 250 adults and 25 children and youth. Our current minister, Phillip Baber, was installed in April, 2014.

About Jacksonville: Jacksonville, the largest city in area in the continental United States, is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida, with approximately 850,000 residents. One of Jacksonville’s many natural assets is one of the largest urban park systems in the country, a key part of Jacksonville’s quality of life. So are the miles of beaches and waterways, a major symphony orchestra, and a myriad of special events that this sports-loving city hosts each year. The home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the city welcomed its first Super Bowl in 2005. With a growing population, a strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive cities.

Timeline: We will begin interviewing candidates in October, 2016, and hope to have a candidate selected by December, with commencement of duties in January 2017. Send resumes to: Samantha Ledyard at careers@uucj.org or the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL. 32211.

Links: www.uujax.org, (UUCJ) www.coj.net (City of Jacksonville), www.opportunityjacksonville.com (Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce), www.treehill.org (Tree Hill Nature Center)