The First Parish in Lincoln is seeking a Religious Education Coordinator, 25 hours per week.
The First Parish in Lincoln, UUA and UCC
14 Bedford Road
P.O. Box 6218
Lincoln, MA 01773-6218
Office Phone: (781) 295-8118
Fax: (781) 259-9212
Web address: www.firstparishinlincoln.org/
Email: email@example.com (Ms. Gert McDermott, Church Administrator)
Applications and Inquiries:
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Ms. Gert McDermott, Church Administrator, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Ms. McDermott will direct applications, inquiries, and any questions to appropriate members of our search committee. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Located just minutes from Walden Pond, The First Parish in Lincoln offers the right person an exciting opportunity to gain experience in a congregation that is a full member of both the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). We are a community of approximately 350 adult members and 100 children and youth, total, with an average of 15-30 children and teens on any given Sunday. Given our dual denominational standing, we span a wide range of theological diversity, embracing liberal Christians, Buddhists, humanists, and agnostics; our members claim affinity with more than 25 faith traditions/denominations. As a spiritually inclusive congregation, there is strong support for each person’s individual journey as well as personal and collective spiritual growth. We have a highly accomplished and engaged lay leadership that actively participates in nurturing the spiritual life of the community. We are a socially engaged congregation, giving away a sizeable percentage of our annual budget in support of justice causes. In recent years, we have been engaged in the work of justice building through immigration/border justice, racial justice, disaster and refugee relief efforts, and the environment/climate change. We are a healthy, stable church community, with a long history of having supportive and collaborative relationships with our staff. We invite you to explore the possibility of helping lead and coordinate our religious education program.
Scope of Responsibilities:
The Religious Education Coordinator position will be compensated at 25 hours per week. The responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to:
- Volunteer recruitment and support, with a heavy emphasis on strong, healthy, and productive ongoing communication with lay RE and youth group volunteers, using demographically appropriate methods (in person, phone, email, text, social media, etc.).
- Timely and ongoing communication with RE and youth group families about upcoming programs and program needs.
- Maintenance of RE and youth group spaces, materials, and resources.
- Coordination and maintenance of accurate registration and attendance records for all RE activities and programs.
- Implementation of RE “safe congregations” policies and other RE policies.
- Regular monthly participation in our Youth Programs Committee (YPC), weekly participation in church staff meetings and/or supervisory meetings, and other meetings as assigned. Strong, healthy, and mutually supportive collaboration with lay volunteers and other staff is expected.
- Regular and high quality leadership of our Sunday worship “Time for All Ages,” a brief (5 minutes or less) children’s homily, typically 3-4 Sundays a month during the September-June church year.
- Periodic and high quality leadership of Children’s Chapel services, approximately 4 or 5 times a year.
- Coordination of seasonal RE activities, during Halloween, Advent, Christmas, and Easter, and other holidays/special events as assigned.
- Respect for the unique theological and historical traditions of The First Parish and a commitment to learning about and honoring that history, including but not limited to our congregation’s historical and spiritual ties to the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
- An innovative eye towards any/all possibilities of successfully expanding the breadth of participation in our RE and youth group programs.
- Minimum bachelor’s degree preferred, with a focus on religious studies desirable. An M.Div. would be ideal, but is not required. Other backgrounds will be considered.
- Our successful applicant must be detail-oriented and highly reliable.
- Proficiency with basic computer, Word, spreadsheet, and communication technologies (including listserve management software and social media platforms) are essential.
- The individual must have a warm, affable, and flexible personality, as their work and disposition represents our spiritual community to the wider world.
- A love of people and especially children and youth should be evident through the applicant’s demeanor and work history.
- Our successful applicant will likely need a car, as public transportation to/from Lincoln is limited.
- The RE Coordinator will report directly to our Senior Minister, The Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti, and be expected to maintain a strong, mutually supportive, and collaborative relationship with our church’s lay-led Youth Programs Committee (YPC). Supervision will be by our Senior Minister and the work of the position will be undertaken in close collaboration and partnership with the laity.
Typical hours: 25 hours per week, on average. On a weekly basis, approximately 3 hours per Sunday (roughly 9am to 12 noon), approximately 2 hours per week in staff meetings and/or direct supervision (typically on Tuesday afternoons), and on average ½ hour per week dedicated to the monthly Youth Program Committee meeting (one 2 hour meeting, once a month). This will leave approximately 19.5 hours per week for managing, in a prioritized manner, the other responsibilities described herein.
Salary: $40,000.00 per annum (12 month basis) plus competitive benefits, including a professional expenses budget and paid time off.
Start Date: August 15, 2017 (tentative)
Contract terms: The position will be initially offered on a one year contract basis, subject to mutual review regarding fit and suitability. We hope that our successful candidate would be one that we could develop a long-term relationship with. In our ideal scenario, we foresee the opportunity to increase the hours and compensation of this position as participation in our RE and youth group programs substantially increases.