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We are lifelong learners

Come join a thriving and growing church where newcomers universally comment on how welcoming we are. We have a dynamic and caring Minister, an exciting music program, and a religious education program that in person included Spirit Play, OWL, a Junior and Senior youth group, and free childcare for the youngest.  Many of these learning experiences were able to be continued virtually during this past year.  

 

The DRE demonstrates or is sympathetic with the Seven Principles in their life and learning.  In partnership with our Minister and with the support of the Religious Exploration Committee, the DRE sets the tone and establishes the priorities of the educational program of our growing community encompassing 100+ adult members and 20+ children and youth. We hope that you, as our DRE, will be able to utilize your expertise as a religious educator, in collaboration with the REC, to continue the development of our vibrant religious exploration program suited to the current conditions.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton (UUSGU) is seeking a

Director of Religious Exploration (DRE)

Purpose

 

Based on the seven Unitarian Universalist principles, provides vision and leadership for the UUSGU religious exploration program, which encourages spiritual growth and provides tools to effect positive change throughout the lives and communities of our members.

 

Program Responsibilities

The Director of Religious Exploration has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide overall vision and leadership for Religious Exploration programming for all ages.

  • Lead development and implementation of curriculum for UUSGU Religious Exploration. 

  • Participate in coordinated worship services with the Minister, including Time for all Ages, multi-generational services, and children’s chapel.

  • Maintain religious educational resources, including a library.

  • Lead recruitment and administration of capable volunteers to teach Religious Exploration classes.

  • Coordinate the UUSGU childcare program

  • Lead the Religious Exploration team in planning and executing special events.

  • Manage administrative tasks, including development of the Religious Exploration budget.

  • Manage the UUSGU Child Safety Policy.​

Required Skills, Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  •  A degree in education or Religious Exploration or its equivalent. Preference is given to applicants who are credentialed or working toward credentialing through the UUA.

  • Commitment to UU principles and values

  • Creativity and the ability to incorporate different media and technology to connect with different audiences

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people of all ages

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Self-motivated, reliable professional with strong organizational skill

The selected candidate will be required to pass a national background check and Massachusetts CORI.

Time Requirements

This is a half-time, year-round position (20 hours per week), with some working hours flexibility. 

However, UUSGU is actively pursuing collaboration with other congregations in the MetroWest region and may have the ability to offer a 3/4 time position in which DRE responsibilities are shared between congregations. 

The position reports to the Minister, as a supervised member of staff.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation:  Within UUA Fair Compensation Guidelines for a half-time position.

Benefits:  As described in the UUSGU Personnel Policy Manual, plus: 

  • Retirement contribution upon eligibility 

  • Other benefits available through the UUA via Flex Compensation  

  • Employment year July 1 - June 30; formal church year September through June. 

  • Paid Time Off and professional development time

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter and resume to: Bette Lotterman at admin@uusgu.org.