• Compensation: $25/hour
  • Part-time: 20 hours/week

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) oversees the vision, planning, management, development and evaluation of religious education programs for children and youth in order to nurture religious and spiritual growth.  

For more details about the duties and qualifications for this position, please see the position description here or below.

To apply for the Director of Religious Education position, please send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re interested in the position (and why you’d be good at it) to mjohnson@wuuc.org.

Open until filled; position begins in Fall 2022.

Director of Religious Education Position Description – Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church 

Reports to: Minister 

Status: Part-time, 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE)

FLSA: Non-exempt

Effective: July 2022

Compensation: $25 per hour, based on UUA fair compensation guidelines. Benefits include prorated health, retirement, and paid time off, study leave and professional development expenses.

Work Schedule

20 hours per week to include at least 3 Sunday mornings per month.  The remainder of the time will be split between working from home, regular office hours (to be coordinated with the minister), attendance at meetings, events and training. Some limited travel may be required.

Job Summary

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) oversees the vision, planning, management, development and evaluation of religious education programs for children and youth in order to nurture religious and spiritual growth and encourage Unitarian Universalist identity formation. 

The DRE will affirm the principles and values of Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church (WUUC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and abide by the WUUC Staff Covenant. 

Essential Functions

  • Recruit, vet (including background check), train and lead a team of volunteer teachers, youth advisors and others who support the religious education program.
  • Supervise the Childcare Supervisor staff member.
  • Coordinate with the minister and the worship team to provide support for mini-worship services, weekly Time For All Ages messages during Sunday worship services, and occasionally lead other worship for children and youth.
  • Work with the Minister to develop and lead rites of passage for children and youth; assist with other ceremonies as requested.
  • Encourage and support the involvement of children and youth in all aspects of church life, including worship services. 
  • Publicize the children and youth religious education program to the congregation and the community at large (when appropriate).
  • Integrate social justice learning opportunities for children and youth.
  • Coordinate and schedule special religious education programming and activities such as Our Whole Lives sexuality education, Coming of Age, and youth conferences and trips.
  • Manage RE program records and files. Maintain records for religious education activities, including attendance, field trips, background checks and program expenses. Manage budget for RE program.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attend staff meetings, Religious Education Committee meetings, and other meetings as requested by the Board or Minister.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Board, Ministry Council, and RE Committee.
  • Set goals and develop a plan for personal professional development.
  • Maintain the church’s resource library on religious education topics for the use of the congregation.
  • Coordinate planning for youth service trips every other year with youth input.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to model appropriate, effective and welcoming behavior and attitudes toward the children, youth and volunteers under their supervision.
  • Working knowledge of the functions and philosophy of Unitarian Universalist religious education programs.
  • Skill in coordinating, leading, and delegating to volunteers and religious education staff. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the minister and volunteers in planning creative programs, including worship, for children and youth.
  • Proficiency in English language communications, both written and verbal.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications, email, calendaring, social media and Zoom. Ability to learn membership database and other new programs as needed.
  • Ability to move and lift children’s furniture in order to set up classroom space.  Reasonable accommodations will be made according to physical ability.
  • CPR and First Aid training is strongly desired.
  • Must submit to and pass a background check.

Core Competencies

  • Compassion and Care
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Developing and Motivating Volunteers
  • Mission Ownership
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Resilience in Times of Change and Transition
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Technical Expertise