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KUF Lifespan Religious Exploration Coordinator - Part Time / À Temps Partiel

Organization Overview:

Kingston Unitarian Fellowship

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Organization Description:

The mission of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship is for all those in the Kingston area who support Unitarian Universalist principles to join together in a caring community for the development of spiritual and personal growth, in a welcoming environment where all are respected and diversity is celebrated, as we strive to make our world a better place through our actions.

Job Listing #16359

KUF Lifespan Religious Exploration Coordinator • Part Time / À Temps Partiel

Date Posted: 05 Aug 2022

Application Deadline: 05 Sep 2022

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Other / Autre

Hours Per Week: 8-10

Pay Rate: Hourly Wage / Rémunération Horaire TBD

Language Requirements: English / Anglais

Job Description:

KUF Lifespan Religious Exploration Coordinator

Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (KUF) is a welcoming, growing, lively, and theologically diverse
liberal congregation of approximately 120 adults and 20 children, youth, and senior youth. We
are seeking a Part-Time Lifespan Religious Exploration Coordinator to assist with development
and community implementation of religious exploration programs for toddlers, children, and Jr.
Youth.

The mission of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship is for all those in the Kingston area who
support Unitarian Universalist principles to join together in a caring community for the
development of spiritual and personal growth, in a welcoming environment where all are
respected and diversity is celebrated, as we strive to make our world a better place through our
actions.

Personal account from past Religious Exploration Coordinator:

“When I started as a nursery assistant at KUF I immediately fell in love with the community's
warm ,welcoming, and accepting atmosphere. As I began to learn about and fall in love with the
community, I was offered the RE coordinator position and accepted. To this day, it is one of the
best decisions I’ve ever made. Due to the community believing in me and helping me in my new
adventure, it inspired me to pursue a career in teaching and to share the same encouragement
and acceptance I was shown during my time with KUF. I believe that anyone would be lucky to
work with KUF.”
~Brook Pointon

Position Overview:

In partnership with the Religious Exploration (RE) Committee and the minister, the Lifespan
Religious Exploration Coordinator (REC) organizes and assists the community with
implementation of Soul Matters Curriculum, a monthly subscription of lesson plan ideas. The
REC works with the RE Committee and the minister to develop the children’s ministry, provides
leadership and training to volunteers, and helps foster a safe, caring, cooperative culture in the
congregation. The REC will be an important part of finding tangible ways to translate the
congregation’s values and goals into an engaging RE program.

We seek a skilled and collaborative person with the ability to organize and inspire volunteers, a
passion for helping participants grow spiritually, and assisting new families to integrate into the
life of the congregation.

At the moment the RE program includes:

  • Sunday Services, including inter-generational services (~4/year);
  • Sunday RE programming;
  • social justice initiatives;
  • and special events as needed.

Accountability:

The Lifespan Religious Exploration Coordinator (REC) reports to and is supervised by the
minister, or in the event of an extended absence of the minister an appointed interim supervisor,
and works in collaboration with the Religious Exploration (RE) Committee. The REC
coordinates, inspires, and trains RE instructors, assistant instructors, child care workers, and
volunteers in collaboration with the RE Committee.

Responsibilities - Management/Administration:
• Assist the RE Committee with coordination and implementation of RE programs (ages 0-13)
• Recruiting, screening, training, and scheduling RE volunteers;
• Scheduling and monitoring of child care employees;
• Assisting the RE Committee in choosing curricula such as Soul Matters Curriculum, a monthly
subscription of lesson plan ideas;
• Teaching or co-teaching RE programs, which usually include interactive discussions, games,
stories, songs and crafts focused on the theme of the day.
• Offering a Time for All Ages (usually a children’s picture book and reader) to increase
visibility of RE program in KUF Sunday services;
• Connecting in-person with parents, children, youth, and the congregation at large, as well as
welcoming new families throughout the year, to provide RE information, networking, etc.;
• Attending staff (weekly as needed) and RE Committee (monthly) meetings in person or via
phone, Zoom, or other electronic media;
• Assist the RE Committee with monitoring the RE budget as well as maintaining all budgetary
and administrative records (registration, attendance, etc.) with training by the RE committee;
• Maintaining RE resources, supplies, and equipment.

Communication:
• In partnership with the RE Committee, promoting and publicizing the RE program through the
newsletter, the RE brochure, e-mail, website, social media, and other means of communication;
• Assist with maintenance and use of KUF social media presence specific to RE programs;
• In partnership with the RE Committee and the minister, advocating on behalf of the children,
youth, families, and adult members at KUF to help build a culture supportive of all ages;
• Provide an end-of-year annual report in late spring to supplement the RE committee report to
the congregation;

Professional Development:
• Is welcome to become a member of and maintain membership in the Liberal Religious
Educators Association (LREDA);
• Utilizing occasional professional development opportunities through religious education
training, district and area religious education conferences, connecting with other congregations
in the region, keeping current on CUC and UUA educational resources, and workshops as
schedule allows and pending funding approval from the Board.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The successful applicant must be:
• self-motivated and highly organized;
• have an understanding of or interest in Unitarian Universalist religious education;
• have strong written and oral communication skills;
• demonstrate working effectively with children/youth, parents, leadership, and committees;
• have experience or interest in a field related to education or youth leadership
• comfortable with a wide variety of religious views and encouraging of acceptance of others
and plural worldviews;
• able to work from personal initiative to encourage and inspire others
And will preferably
• have completed some community college or university education.
• be willing to integrate music in lesson plans, perhaps leading the children to sing along
with a recording, or maybe even with a ukulele or a guitar.

Accessibility:
Our open concept RE space is on the 1st floor of our building and is wheelchair accessible. Our
Main Hall is on the 2nd floor of our space and that, plus our basement level, are wheelchair
accessible via elevator.

Compensation and Hours:
Compensation commensurate with experience, 8 - 10 hours/week TBD, 46 weeks/year, plus 4%
vacation pay and employer portion of CPP and EI.

Contact:
Please send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to office@kuf.ca or via postal mail to
Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, Rev. Rebecca Coppola, 206 Concession St. Kingston ON K7K
2B5.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Candidates must have a valid work visa in Canada or be a Canadian citizen.
Candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations are
encouraged to apply.

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