Seeking Imaginative, Experienced Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte (UUCC) is seeking a full-time Interim Lifespan Religious Educator to join our professional staff this coming summer. The UUCC is North Carolina’s oldest Unitarian congregation and has been a large UU congregation for many years. Guided now by a bold new Vision and Mission, we are committed to spiritual, societal and environmental transformation. With around 600 adult members and a sizeable contingent of children and youth, we’re able to create comprehensive programming across the life span.

With the retirements of both our Adult Programming Coordinator and our Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, we are now seeking an experienced Unitarian Universalist interim religious educator. We’re hoping to welcome a professional able both to guide our current work and, importantly, to reimagine what it might mean to offer courageous lifespan faith development programming in these times. While honoring our history and the remarkable work done by two beloved members of our professional staff, we also invite bold change, new opportunities and ways to invigorate and reorganize how we think about and offer such programming. The person in this interim position will be given a great deal of freedom and flexibility to take risks and to propose ways our ambitious Vision and Mission can best be served through innovative religious education programming for children, youth and adults. A complete job description is below.

Though our Religious Education programming is predominantly virtual for the time being, we are hopeful that we will be able to transition toward some in-person offerings this calendar year. We would expect our Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education to join us in Charlotte summer of 2021.

We are aware that the ideal candidate must have a particularly deft capacity both to manage what is and to imagine what could be. We expect to continue offering substantive programming in the coming months and need the direction an educated professional can offer. We’ll look to this person to help us shape an appropriate job description for a settled Lifespan Religious Educator, a position we anticipate filling by mid-summer 2022.

The UUCC is a fair compensation congregation offering the full array of benefits expected to attain that standing. We are a Large Congregation in Geo Index 3.

Cover letter and resumes should be sent to lifespansearch@uuccharlotte.org by March 1, 2021. Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

— Job Description —

Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte

Purpose of Position:

  1. To assist in accomplishing the UUCC’s Vision, Mission and organizational Ends within the Policies and Limitations established and monitored by the Board of Trustees;
  2. To work in a supervised relationship with a Minister, collegial relationship with the professional staff, and a supervisory relationship to the program assistant to help sustain, evaluate, reimagine and implement the UUCC’s religious education programming; and
  3. To provide primary management and supervision of all volunteer staff in the areas as described in “Duties and Responsibilities” below.

Accountability: Reports to a Minister; is monitored by the Board of Trustees in the areas of primary responsibility as listed below.

Supervises: Program assistant and all volunteer staff in the areas of primary responsibility

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Adult Spiritual Development/ Religious Education

Manage the work of Adult Religious Education/Spiritual Development in conjunction with the Adult Religious Education/Spiritual Development Team.

  • Lead Team in devising Means to accomplish UUCC’s Ends within the Policies and Limitations established by the Board of Trustees guided by the Board’s “Call to Action.”
  • Develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive programming designed to inspire adults to commit to and experience spiritual, societal and environmental transformation as described in the UUCC Vision.
  • Help coordinate Adult Spiritual Development/Religious Education with other program areas including, but not limited to, Children and Youth Religious Education and Family Ministry.
  • Propose and manage program budget in this area in communication with the Coordinating Team.

2. Children and Youth Religious Education

Manage the work of Children and Youth Religious Education in conjunction with the Children and Youth Religious Education Team.

  • Lead Team in devising Means to accomplish UUCC’s Ends within the Policies and Limitations established by the Board of Trustees guided by the Board’s “Call to Action.”
  • Develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive programming designed to inspire children and youth to commit to and experience spiritual, societal and environmental transformation as described in the UUCC Vision.
  • Help coordinate Children and Youth Religious Education with other program areas including, but not limited to, Adult Religious Education/Spiritual Development and Family Ministry.
  • Propose and manage program budget in this area in communication with the Coordinating Team.

3. Family Ministry

Manage the work of Family Ministry in conjunction with the Family Ministry Team.

  • Lead Team in devising Means to accomplish UUCC’s Ends within the Policies and Limitations established by the Board of Trustees guided by the Board’s “Call to Action.”
  • Develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive programming designed to inspire families to commit to and experience spiritual, societal and environmental transformation as described in the UUCC Vision.
  • Help coordinate Family Ministry with other program areas including, but not limited to, Adult Religious Education/Spiritual Development and Children and Youth Religious Education.
  • Propose and manage program budget in this area in communication with the Coordinating Team.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Familiarity and agreement with the UUCC Vision and Mission and Unitarian Universalist principles required
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious beliefs
  • Professional and/or volunteer supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with principles of Policy Governance preferred

UUCC Vision and Board of Trustees’ “Call to Action”

We are a loving, liberating religious community inspiring spiritual, societal, and environmental transformation in the larger community, in our congregation, and in the personal lives of children, youth, and adults.

This vision statement was formally adopted by the membership at the Congregational Conversation (annual meeting) on June 5, 2016.

Our Dimensions of Transformation

In February 2017 our Board issued a “Call to Action” intended to guide our initial efforts under the new Vision.

Mission

Challenged by our liberating faith, we discover deeper spiritual meaning, nurture loving community, cultivate courageous connections, and partner in the work of justice.

This statement of our mission was adopted by the congregation at its annual meeting on June 3, 2018.

Ends

  1. We are a joyful, loving, religious community of people who are deeply connected to each other. Here people are heard, included and respected.
  2. Our policies, programming and practices reflect an integrated understanding and experience of spiritual, societal and environmental transformation.
  3. We understand our personal, institutional and community involvement with systemic injustice and inequity and we demonstrate a commitment to dismantling these systems.
  4. We have deep and meaningful connections with others in our community invested in working to end injustice and inequity.
  5. Environmental stewardship is a priority in our personal lives, within our congregation and with the larger community.
  6. We are advocates for environmental justice alongside marginalized communities who are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and injustice.

These statements of “the ends to which we aspire” were adopted by the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017.