Job Opportunities in the Pacific Southwest District

Part-time Music Director

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, CA


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Dr., Ventura, CA 93001, seeks a part-time Music Director.

 UUCV draws over 200 adults and children on most Sundays and has a membership of around 230 adults. We have active justice and spiritual growth programming and we are open to a variety of worship styles.

 The primary role of the Music Director is to provide music for Sunday worship services and special services and, depending on qualifications and the needs of the congregation, to direct an all-volunteer choir. The Music Director will work with the Minister or Worship Coordinators to ensure that the music reflects the worship theme.


 Through a combination of academic education and on-the-job experience, the ideal candidate will display:

 Familiarity with the Unitarian Universalist hymn books and with UU music resources, or the aptitude and eagerness to develop that familiarity;

  • Familiarity with a wide range of music, both sacred and secular;

  • Expertise in reading music and, at a minimum, in playing the piano - other instruments a plus;

  • Experience in music selection that is supportive of a worship theme and integrated into the worship service;

  • Ability to teach and lead music in the worship service;

  • Ability to work as a member of a team;

  • Ability to work with members to provide special music during services;

  • Willingness to provide music outside the regular Sunday services (generally less than four times a year);

  • Ability to direct and inspire a volunteer church choir, depending upon the needs of the congregation.


 The Music Director is expected to work with the minister or assigned Worship Associate to choose music that respects our current and hoped for diversity. The Music Director will accompany hymns each Sunday and preferably lead and teach hymns as needed. The Music Director will provide or arrange for musical interludes during the service on a weekly basis. The congregation has many musicians who share in this worship element, and there is a small budget for guest musicians, as well.

 The Music Director may be responsible for recruiting and directing a church choir and scheduling practices as necessary (generally on a weekly basis from September through May). The choir is expected to sing at Sunday services eight times per year and at one Christmas Eve service. (This responsibility is currently negotiable).

 The Music Director will preview each Sunday worship program well in advance and provide musical selections in time for inclusion in the order of service at a time indicated by the Office Manager. The Music Director is expected to obtain membership in the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.

 The pay is expected to be $23 an hour. This may be negotiable depending on qualifications. Annual pay, absent choir duties, would be around $9,000 for approximately seven hours a week. With choir duties, pay would be around $12,000 for ten hours a week (1/4 FTE).

 For information about our congregation, visit our website at Additional information about Unitarian Universalism is available at The Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network is at

 To apply, direct a letter of interest and qualifications along with a résumé and three professional references to

 Position is open until filled and a start date of January 1 is anticipated.

(posted November 2, 2014)

Youth Religious Education Program Assistant

Neighborhood Church, Pasadena, CA


Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, a liberal, religious community, seeks a part-time, (25 hours per week), assistant for our Youth Religious Education (YRE) Program. Sundays and some holidays/evenings required. The YRE Assistant supports the YRE Program and reports directly to the Director of Religious Education (DRE). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Maintain and purchase classroom resources and supplies 
  • Update and maintain program information for Sunday visitors 
  • Sunday duties: classroom and campus preparation; assist volunteer teachers, childcare providers, students and their families; substitute in classrooms as needed  
  • Support DRE in program communications, including: brochures, reminders, sign-up sheets and other communications  
  • Hire, train and supervise childcare staff 
  • Act as registrar for YRE classes and track attendance 
  • Assist DRE with parent volunteer coordination and reminders 
  • Manage and support program related events 
  • Attend monthly YRE committee meetings; record and distribute meeting minutes 
  • Attend weekly meetings with DRE and staff team 
  • Run offsite errands on a regular basis (Mileage is reimbursed) 
  • Coordinate childcare requests for church events, classes and meetings 

The YRE Assistant shall be off-duty eight Sundays during a one year period. Benefits: Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and matching retirement plan after 1 year of continuous service. 


Skills, and Abilities:


Proficiency in Microsoft Office, (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher), skilled in written and oral communication, database management, demonstrated organizational skills, internet research skills, and ability to work independently as well as function as part of staff team.


This position is primarily an administrative, support staff position in a friendly, inclusive environment with a great staff team. 


Experience & Knowledge:


Prior administrative work, experience working with children and families, experience in supervising and supporting volunteers, comfort with liberal religious values and philosophy essential, familiarity with Unitarian Universalism helpful. 


Salary: $15 per hour or based upon relevant experience 


Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to Sara LaWall at no later than October 3, 2014.  Please familiarize yourself with our church by visiting our website at 

(posted 10/3/2014) 

Minister of Music and Worship Arts

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA



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  


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  

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

(posted on 9-24-2014)

Director of Religious Education

Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, CA

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City has an immediate opening for a part-time Director of Religious Exploration (DRE). We are looking for someone who is thoughtful about the Religious Exploration (RE) program and motivated to attract others to participate in it and promote it within the church and in the greater community.  

The DRE will show creativity in running the program as well as in building relationships with the Minister, children, teens, and adults, as well as volunteer teachers and parents. He or she will work collaboratively with the RE Committee, teachers, church staff and other groups in developing the program, and be self-motivated and organized in all aspects of the job, including coordinating RE activities, maintaining schedules, event planning, and record-keeping.  

The successful candidate will have a basic knowledge of UU history, tradition and philosophy, and will carry a vision of that philosophy into every aspect of the RE program. Based on their own education and experience, they will honor diversity of parenting and education styles in the program, where relevant, and use this experience as a resource for parents and teachers.

Full description at: 

Please email cover letter and resume as attachments for consideration to: 

(posted August 4, 2014)  

Religious Education Coordinator

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA 

The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA seeks an organized, caring and enthusiastic person to fill the Religious Education Coordinator position, supporting both the Children and Adult Religious Education programs.

The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is a vibrant and welcoming community dedicated to the search for truth and meaning. We are a loving community of seekers, dedicated to living with integrity, nurturing wonder, and inspiring action.

The Religious Education Coordinator is responsible for supporting the administration and operation of the Religious Education programs. Part of a multi-staff team, the RE Coordinator works independently under the general supervision of the Acting Director of Religious Education.

This position is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) and is eligible for benefits. Workdays include Sundays and most Wednesdays and occasional evenings.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Jena Foster, Acting Director of Religious Education,

A more detailed job description can be found at

(posted on 7/3/2014)

Director of Congregational Life
Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Escondido, CA
Chalice congregation in Escondido, CA has a job opening for a half-time Director of Congregational Life.

The full description can be found at

(posted June 17, 2014)