Jobs and Volunteering
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (NUUC): Part-time Director of Lifespan Learning
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a liberal, progressive, multi-faith congregation in Leslieville, Toronto, is seeking a Director of Lifespan Learning who enjoys working with children and has the ability to creatively teach them about meaning and spirituality in our culture. The candidate does not need to be Unitarian, but should feel comfortable teaching and modeling our Seven Principles (https://cuc.ca/unitarian-universalism/principles-sources/).
The position is currently being offered as a short-term contract but there is potential for growth with the right candidate. This position is 12 hours/week @ $20/hr.
Curriculum and Programming
- Develop programs consistent with the themes of the congregation
- Engage and utilize program volunteers, with the support of the Lifespan Learning Committee
- Identify and use existing program curriculum from sources such as Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
- Organize materials and curriculum for all programs
- Organize volunteers for all Sunday morning children’s programming
- Register children/families for the program
- Develop relationships with parents
- Use and monitor program budget in a responsible manner
- Attend weekly staff and monthly meetings with the Lifespan Learning Committee
- Significant work or volunteer background in children’s learning or spirituality (summer camp or children’s program counsellor, Sunday school teacher) and/or post-secondary certification (ECE diploma; degree in education, theology, social work)
- A love of and respect for children and a sense of fun are essential
- The candidate should be comfortable with children’s spiritual questioning and curiosity
The following skills are also required:
- Demonstrated skills in the development of curriculum; previous experience teaching and/or organizing a UU LL or Religious Education program would be an asset
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills along with the ability to manage priorities
- Proven ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with parents, children, youth, volunteers and Board Members
- Ability to motivate and provide leadership to volunteers
- Demonstrated sensitivity in dealing with diverse needs and learning styles and managing conflict.
Applications to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14, 2018 with Lifespan Learning Director clearly stated in the subject line.
First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo: Ministerial Search
The First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo (FUFON) is looking for a two-thirds-time consulting minister to lead us into the future. We are located on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada in a region with a population of 160,942. As an affordable harbour town, Nanaimo offers residents the west coast lifestyle with breathtaking scenery, a mild climate, outdoor recreational activities, a vibrant arts scene, and a burgeoning local food culture.
The Minister We Are Looking For
We seek someone who can help us achieve our desired future! That means our ideal minister will be growth-oriented, forward-thinking, and charismatic. We desire sermons to inspire and challenge us intellectually that are followed by warm interactions as we invest time and energy in getting to know each other. Our survey respondents identified three duties as most important for our next minister: (1) Sunday Sermons; (2) Building Community Within the Fellowship; and (3) Expansion of Membership and Vitality. When asked how the minister should prioritize ministerial responsibilities, these same themes appear with the number one priority being Spiritual Leadership; the second, Congregational Growth and Leadership; and the third, Facilitation.
While we want to be entranced by your sermons, struck by your warmth and charm, and delighted with your ability to attract new folks to our doors, it is only fair that we share with you challenges you may face with our congregation. After all, we are a mature and gifted group. And, while we express a desire for change, we will still want to keep many of our long-standing traditions. Change may be hard for us at times. You, as our spiritual leader, will need to engage us in creating that future even as you guide us. Survey respondents suggested that you, as our minister, will need to be comfortable with a shared leadership role and competent and experienced in managing conflict in constructive ways. We seek a leader who will walk side-by-side with us on our journey and be willing to go all in.
If this sounds like a good fit for you, we would love to speak with you. Interested candidates can reach the Search Committee by emailing the Committee Chair at email@example.com.
Additional congregational survey information is available upon request and more information about FUFON is available on UUA’s Settlement System.
Read the complete FUFON Job Description (pdf)
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