The Director of Religious Education oversees the Religious Exploration program for families, children, and youth from August through June, participates in leading All-Ages worship, and collaborates with the Minister and the Religious Education Committee to make Worship services and Religious Exploration activities accessible to children, welcoming to families, and empowering for our youth. Other than Sundays, hours are flexible and some work may be done from home.
Manage and direct First Parish’s Family Ministry Program, in collaboration with the Minister and the Religious Education Committee.
Plan and lead multi-generation worship services that integrate all ages in collaboration with the Minister, Music Director, and Worship Committee.
Suggest, evaluate, and implement curricula for children, youth, and family religious education programming that helps nurture spiritual development and Unitarian Universalist values.
Coordinate, train, recruit, and provide support and guidance for Sunday Morning religious education teachers and volunteers.
Help to orient and welcome new families and children to the congregation.
Hire and supervise paid nursery and childcare workers during services and other events.
Manage the administrative tasks of the Religious Education Program.
Explore new ideas of what Family Ministry might look like in collaboration with the Minister, Religious Education Committee and congregation.
The ability to manage and connect with groups of children, youth, and adults.
Organizational and administrative skills.
A creative and experimental spirit.
Knowledge and understanding of Unitarian Universalist values, principles, and faith.
An understanding of systems of oppression.
Experience in education.
Experience with Unitarian Universalism, particularly experience in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and an understanding of Unitarian Universalist Family Ministry.
Experience working with children, youth, and/or families in a congregational setting.
Good Standing with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Credentialing Program.
Note that qualifications may be met as a result of lived experience, volunteer work, professional experience, or formal and informal training.
Mission: Upholds the values of the church; makes worship and religious exploration accessible to children, welcoming to families, and empowering to youth; is mindful of educating others as to the values of the church especially during worship, rehearsal and other church related activities; is a role model by one’s actions but most especially during all church related activities; works hand-in-hand with others towards a common vision for the church.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to lead, especially in group settings including classrooms and Religious Education Committee meetings.; works well with RE teachers, volunteers, paid childcare staff, and other church members openly accepting advice and criticism while diplomatically defending the values of the church; resolves any interpersonal conflicts; engages in bridging the gap between other conflicted parties; stays positive and maintain a spirit of love, humor and optimism.
Team Building Skills: Contributes constructively and creatively in all situations; thinks carefully before speaking; is sensitive to others’ diverse mental and physical health needs; aids in resolving team conflicts; works with other team members always striving towards a common vision for the church.
Process Management: Properly plans in advance for all religious exploration activities; prepares others so that they can perform to the best of their abilities; demonstrates courageous expression of new ideas
Problem Solving: Utilizes logical processes in solving difficult problems; explores all possible avenues for solutions; sees the potential for problems and attempts to address them before they arise.
Anti-Oppression in Family Ministry: Demonstrates an understanding of systemic racism and other forms of oppression, particularly LGBTQ+ oppression; works well with people of diverse abilities and racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; evaluates programs and resources through lens of systemic oppression; promotes multicultural approaches to religious exploration .
Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on UUA guidelines for position and level of credentialing.
About First Parish in Malden, Unitarian Universalist
About First Parish in Malden
First Parish in Malden is a historic Unitarian Universalist congregation in Malden, just north of Boston and a close walk to the Malden Center MBTA stop (on the Orange Line). We are an city congregation that strives to be welcoming to people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and stages of life, and committed to justice and compassion for all, on Sunday and every day. Learn more at www.fpmalden.org.
We, the people of First Parish, are a welcoming mid-size congregation that brings its love beyond the walls of our church. We share our worship and gathering space with neighbors and allies for progressive change. We are challenged by our Unitarian Universalist principles and committed to justice and compassion for all, on Sunday and every day.
Worship is what we do when we gather together, take risks for justice, embrace difference, and give back. Worship is what we do. This is what it looks like.