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Youth Coordinator for a liberal, progressive Unitarian Universalist Congregation
In our large, theologically liberal and progressive congregation of about 735 members, the Youth Coordinator implements extracurricular programs for youth in Grades 6 – 12 that reflects the six pillars of youth ministry: Building Community, Social Action, Worship, Learning, Leadership and Congregational Involvement.
Love and understanding of youth along with significant organizational and interpersonal skills are needed to work collaboratively with the youth, youth advisors, parents, lay leaders, ministry teams and staff. There are currently about 65 middle school and 50 high school youth enrolled in the religious education program with average participation at youth group activities ranging from 10-20 youth.
This 20-hour-a-week position requires regular availability on Sunday mornings during the RE year (Sept - May), limited office hours, regular weekly meetings with Religious Education staff, and participation in youth events which can occur in the evenings or on weekends and range from a couple of hours to overnights at the church or trips.
Must be comfortable working with youth who have different faiths and must be comfortable working with kids who identify as members of the GLBTQ+ community or as genderqueer. Must be comfortable helping youth discover their own spiritual path, as opposed to teaching them to believe in any one specific path.
Reports to, collaborates with, and is supported by: Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Areas of Responsibility:
Support and/or provide adult leadership for programs and activities for Cedar Lane youth in grades 6-12, currently participating in Middle School or a Senior High Youth Programming. Tasks include arranging social gatherings, social action programs, trips, fund-raising and other activities based on youth input and the six pillars of youth ministry with an intention of fostering the development of current and future youth leaders.
Chart a path of growth and sustainability for youth membership and participation in Middle and Senior High Youth Programming that is inclusive of all beliefs, identities, orientations, and cultures.
Recruit and coordinate a cadre of parents and other adult volunteers to support the activities of youth programming.
In collaboration with youth leaders and RE staff, organize special events such as overnights, field trips and social justice projects. Serve as a chaperone for district youth conventions, occasional overnight or weekend youth events; assist in recruiting additional chaperones.
Coordinate activities with other youth groups in the region and other churches in general (rallies, lock-ins, Cons, regional and national gatherings).
Communicate with youth, families and the congregation through social media, articles in the E-News, emails, texts and other means as needed.
Maintain confidentiality. Be a role model and offer guidance while maintaining professional relationships with youth and families.
Uphold CLUUC’s Safe Congregation Policies.
Meet regularly with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education for planning and problem solving.
Assist in coordinating a Youth-Adult Committee, participate in monthly Youth-Adult Committee (YAC) meetings once formed, and prepare monthly reports for YAC.
Facilitate integration of the youth into the life of the congregation by encouraging youth participation in congregational activities, committees, social events and church commitments.
• Must be at least 25 years of age with a valid driver’s license. • Enjoy spending time with and relate to middle and high school aged youth. • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a high comfort level interacting and communicating with teens, their families and other members of the congregation. • High levels of self-motivation, organizational skills, creativity and flexibility • Experience in coordinating and supporting volunteers • Experience working with youth and their families • Knowledge of youth development • Ability to prioritize in fast-paced environment • Proficiency with technology including the Microsoft Office suite of products and web and social media platforms popular with youth for outreach and communication. • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalist principles, values and culture; Unitarian Universalists or spiritually open and curious preferred.
Required B.A. or B.S. or equivalent experience in a youth-related field.
Compliance with requirements of Safe Congregation Policy prior to active employment including background check
Hours per week: 20
Benefits eligible: Pro-rated
Send letter of interest that includes a paragraph outlining your approach to youth programming in a liberal religious environment. Specific examples of past work with youth welcome.
Résumé with professional references
Please email to [email protected]
Deadline: Open until filled
Posted: August 2017
Job Description at https://cedarlane.org/images/YC_Job_Listing_8.10.17.pdf
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church is a community where love works. Together, we explore the eternal, nurture community, and build a more just world. Together, we dare to embody beloved community.
Being a Unitarian Universalist means taking personal responsibility for your own religious life. No one will try to remake you. We won't offer you "final and absolute truths" or rigid dogma. Instead, we try to provide a stimulating and congenial atmosphere in which you may seek answers, in which you may ask new questions, in which you are free to discover the best that is in you. We reject the idea that a book or institution is superior to the conscience and intellect of a morally responsible human being. We affirm that your spiritual well-being is yours to determine. No one else can live your own life for you.
Cedar Lane includes liberal Christians, liberal Jews, Buddhists, Humanists, atheists, and others. We do not wear these labels conspicuously, but blend together, always curious and searching for meaningful ways to look at life and religious experience. We gather each Sunday morning to hear words of wisdom and the discussion of interesting topics. We sing, reflect, and enjoy the warmth of our community. We bring our children, who have a program of their own during the service.
Who are we? We are people of faith who are not afraid of questions. We prize diversity. We enjoy discussion, and sharing insights. We welcome your curiosity and invite you to visit us.