Help Needed: 1/4 Time RE Director
Pathways RE Professional Job Description
RESPONSIBILITIES: The religious education professional (RE) is primarily overseeing our Sunday morning programming. The RE should plan on teaching in the children’s RE program at least twice each month with an assistant teacher and be available most Sundays primarily in order to greet visiting families with children and youth of all ages prior to the service.
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and teach lesson plans following UU religious education curricula guidelines
- Manage the teachers’ schedule
- Maintain RE records and supplies
- Recruit and support RE volunteers
- Work closely with Pathways board and RE Committee in planning and execution of RE programming and events.
- Works well with children of diverse ages
- Familiarity with the values, principles, and practices of Unitarian Universalism
- Good organizational skills
- Ability to facilitate group activities and excellent team-building skills
- Ability to coordinate, support and co-teach with a team of volunteers
The RE works closely with the Pathways Board and RE Committee (volunteers appointed by board members). Currently, Pathways Church is a congregation of about 50 members, with less than 10 children enrolled in religious education.
SUGGESTED 10 HOUR SCHEDULE:
Sunday (2 hours)
- 9:30 – 10:00 Visit with families and visitors / Assist families with preschool children to nursery / Prep classroom
- 10 – 11 Attend service or teach Children’s RE
- 11:00 – 11:30 Visit with families/Report any concerns when appropriate
Various (7 hours):
- Lesson planning following UUA curricula guidelines
- Facilitate effective communication with teachers, families, and board
- Provide support to RE teachers
- Attend to and/or report any concerns or issues in RE classes
- (30 min) Maintain notes/files on attendance, lesson plan, let scheduled teachers know about the coming Sunday lesson plan
- (30 min) Tuesday noon deadline email notices for Weekly newsletter and for announcements
- Weekly review via email of RE information in the Sunday service slide presentation and script and in the online Weekly.
- Submit reports via email for review at board meetings
- Submit budget information to board and obtain approval for RE expenses
- Attend training or meetings or designate volunteer teachers or parents as needed to attend training
- With support of the board, ensure the safety policy’s screening process for RE volunteers is done
- Update the Teacher’s Manual and appropriate RE forms and train volunteers in their use (attendance, injury forms, registration, notes on lesson plan, etc.)
- Review and update RE safety policy on yearly basis. Get trained by appropriate board member and train volunteers reporting to you in emergency procedures (evacuation, etc.) Contacts for nursery, cleaning, facilities, budget, etc.
- With input from the board, establish a plan for professional development
- Plan and organize at least 2 or more teacher orientations and retreats
- oMid-August/September – RE team mini-retreat (Short and Long-term Planning and Teacher/Volunteer Orientation
- oWinter RE team Mini-Retreat (Budgeting and Strategic Planning)
- Prepare winter-spring prospectus listing classes for children
- Send Budget and Strategic plan to the board
- Prepare summer prospectus and provide current RE info for website
- Recruit lead and assistant teachers and/or recruit congregation members/friends to do presentations/workshops
- Provide organization of supplies for teachers
- Register RE students
- Document RE events with photos/videos as permitted with parent/guardian forms approving video and photo release of children
- Facilitate OWL programs for congregation (facilitate appropriate training and recruitment of teachers for these programs)
- Provide logistical and administrative support to OWL teachers
- Coordinating volunteers for the maintenance of garden boxes. The garden boxes facilitate multigenerational participation.