Job Opportunities in the Pacific Southwest District

Director of Religious Education

Pacific Unitarian Church (PUC)

 

Pacific Unitarian Church (PUC) is seeking a bold, visionary leader to facilitate our faith formation as we move into a new and exciting future. PUC is a growing Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation of 250 members with a Family Religious Education (RE) Ministry of 55 children and youth. This half-time position will begin as soon as possible and report to the Lead Minister. 

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provide inspiring leadership and vision for nurturing the spiritual growth of children, and youth.
  • Develop a comprehensive 40 week curriculum for Sunday programming and calendar of events for each year.
  • Collaborate with Lead Minister, Family RE Committee and others to develop and articulate an innovative intergenerational RE ministry vision, mission and policies.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and direction of the Family RE Ministry, including program design; curriculum research and selection, review and evaluation; administrative tasks.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, supervising, and supporting RE volunteers, teachers, and nursery caregivers.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the RE program on Sunday mornings and at major church events. This includes welcoming and orienting visiting families, marketing and PR for RE programs and cultivating relationships with current families.
  • Advocate for the integration of children, youth, and families into all aspects of congregational life.
  • Work with Lead Minister to ensure children, youth and families receive pastoral care for.
  • Develop, lead, and participate in various multigenerational worship services and rites of passage and programs including Our Whole Lives (OWL), Faith in Action, Youth Chapels, and Coming of Age.
  • Create long-range plan for innovative faith formation of PUC’s children, youth, and families.
  • Develop special Sunday programs for summer months.
  • Continue professional development including being an active member of LREDA.
 The ideal candidate will have: 
  • 3+ years of increasing responsibility in faith formation programs or experience in a related field
  • Will have strong ability to relate to adults and children and lead with enthusiasm.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree desired
  • Knowledge of:
    • UU RE philosophy, teaching/learning theories and methodologies, and programming; RE Certification desired.
    • Family, organizational, and church systems.
    • Standard computer programs to include Microsoft Office and social media.
    • Multimedia education in a non-teaching role.
  • Skills in:
    • Supervising paid and volunteer staff.
    • Developing curricula and creative programming.
    • Group facilitation.
    • Communicating and interacting with all ages and groups.
  • Ability to:
    • Work collegially with Lead Minister, staff team, lay leaders and parents.
    • Nurture spiritual development at all age levels.
    • Exercise leadership, including openness to change.
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Salary and benefits, including professional expenses, health, dental and long term disability insurance and a pension equal to 10% of salary will be in accordance with UUA and LREDA guidelines and the selectee’s credentials and experience.

Phone and in-person interviews will be required. Criminal background check and drug testing will be required. 

Submit PDF version of:

  1. Your resume.

  2. Three professional references. Include full name, address, phone, email and relationship.

  3. A description of your personal vision for religious education/faith formation in no more than 500 words.

 Send the above documents to Rev. John Morehouse, Lead Minister: minister@pacificunitarian.org.  

Minister of Music and Worship Arts

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA

 

Description: 

The Minister of Music and Worship Arts acts as a partner in worship creation, creates and administers a vibrant and engaging music program for the entire congregation, and serves as a resource in supporting the creation of music throughout the congregation’s work. The Minister of Music and Worship Arts will incorporate the mission and the four goals of the current Strategic Plan into the music program at appropriate age and developmental levels. This will include working with the Ministerial Team and the Worship and Program team to develop and implement a vision for expanding the kinds of music used in worship and other church events. Applicants for the position of Minister of Music and Worship Arts should be UU Ministers in Fellowship with the UUA (or be on the path to ordination and fellowship). Applicants should also possess: Excellent musicianship, A record of collaborative leadership, Good people skills, Fluency in Spanish is desirable. To read the full job description, please visit our website  

Compensation: 

This full-time position (40 hours per week) includes directing the music program at both campuses and working with a hired or staff accompanist; the salary range for this position is in the low-to-mid 60K depending on credentials/experience. Details about compensation and benefits will be discussed during the interview process. 

For the full job description, please visit http://www.firstuusandiego.org/minister-of-music-and-worship-arts-job-posting  

Cover letter, resume and related materials to must be submitted electronically by e-mail to min.music.and.worship.arts@gmail.com  to the Minister of Music and Worship Arts Task Force by October 15, 2014.

(posted on 9-24-2014)

Choir Director

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles

 

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles  

2936 W 8th St 

Los Angeles CA 90005 

uula.org

 

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles is seeking a choir director to provide high quality,inspirational leadership for our vocal programs. The choir director will work with the music director to enhance worship services by providing music that reflects our multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational spiritual community and neighborhood. 

Responsibilities:

  • Direct the Chalice Choir during worship; two Sunday mornings per month during the choir season of September through June.
  • Direct the Chalice Choir at up to three special services as scheduled throughout the year (e.g., Christmas Eve, choir festival, memorial service, etc.)
  • Lead weeknight rehearsals of the Chalice Choir during the choir season, and additional morning rehearsals during weeks the choir performs.
  • Consult with the music director to select music and schedule performances of the Community Choir, which opens up the Chalice Choir to additional singers from the congregation for the performance of more accessible repertoire without extensive rehearsal 
  • Work with the music director to increase the musicianship and musical literacy of the choir and congregation at large, both in rehearsal and through informal instruction during worship. 

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Professional training in music required (Bachelors in Music or experiential equivalent).
  • Experience in choral direction required.
  • Familiarity with an eclectic variety of music for choir preferred.
  • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalist principles and services preferred, but not required.
 

Compensation:

  •  Monthly salary: $600
  • A professional development fund is available for attendance at trainings or conferences.
  • Membership in the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network will be provided by the church.
  • Unpaid time off may be arranged in advance with the music director.
 

 Please send applications including a statement of interest and a professional resume to

 uula.search@gmail.com or to the address provided above