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Seeking a Religious Educator


We're currently seeking a full-time Religious Educator!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (UUFA) in central Iowa, seeks a full-time Religious Educator for our birth-12th grade religious education program.

The Religious Educator plans and administers a comprehensive religious education program for children (birth - 12th grade) using UU religious education curricula and programs. This staff member supports the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (UUFA) mission and RE vision by ensuring that all parts of the RE program operate smoothly, including recruitment, training, and coordinating of volunteers. 

The Religious Educator works 40 hours per week, including Sunday mornings and occasional evening/weekend hours. The Religious Educator reports to the UUFA Minister or a designated staff member.

     

We are looking for a candidate with:
  • A passion for nurturing and educating children and youth! 
  • The ability to embrace the principles and values of Unitarian Universalism or similar liberal religious tradition.
  • Strong planning and coordinating skills. Someone who can: structure classrooms; select curricula; plan yearly scope and sequence for classes; and coordinate special programs.
  • Technical skills and experience using various technologies to facilitate multi-platform programming, including virtual platforms.
  • Skills to supervise and support staff and volunteers. Someone who can: hire, train, and coordinate childcare providers; recruit, train, and support volunteer religious education teachers. 
Salary and Benefits

The UUFA is committed to following UUA guidelines for our size (Midsize I) and geoindex (2) with a starting salary of $38,000–$52,000 annually for a full-time Religious Educator. Level of experience and UUA RE credentialing will affect salary. The UUFA also provides benefits in accordance with UUA recommendations including: paid leave, retirement and disability benefits, UUA health insurance, and annual professional development funds. 

Position is open until filled.

 

Click here to apply!

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to the application link above at their nearest opportunity. We're actively reviewing applications as they come in! Contact the RE Search Committee (research@uufames.org) with any questions. 

 

Need more information? Check out the job description and details below! 

About Our Congregation

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (UUFA) is a welcoming community, seeking to provide opportunities for people of all ages to grow in their spiritual and ethical lives, and finding the means to engage the world in creative and transformative ways. Here members and friends are encouraged and empowered.  Here they are excited and involved.  Here we express the true meaning of fellowship and togetherness.

Members are encouraged to "dive in," to get involved and make an impact.  From Sunday morning programs to budget decisions, we foster a high degree of participation by everyone in the congregation, reaching throughout our congregational life and into the community.  Expressions of our religious beliefs are manifest in our lives; what we do is what we believe. These expressions are apparent as we teach our children of their own value as human beings and help them gain an appreciation for the strength in the human diversity of our world. They are apparent as we embrace the plurality of life and expressions of self and identity by being a Welcoming Congregation, or as we seek to become a Green Sanctuary, a program that helps us monitor and reduce our negative impact on the world's environment.

Theologically, the UUFA is home to liberal Christians, pagans, Hindus, Buddhists, religious humanists and those for whom any definition would feel limiting. Theists and atheists alike seek answers to the difficult question of living in our religious home. The Fellowship is not a place for everyone or every idea, but we seek to keep our hearts and minds open, learning from each other ways to help create a world based on the principles of compassion, love, and justice.

 
Our Facility Today

The UUFA is located on a forested hillside, with natural space all around. In addition to the main sanctuary, we have a large multipurpose room, a large and a small kitchen, a nursery, a library, five meeting/class rooms, and staff offices.

 

Our Congregational Activities Today

Our congregation has our weekly, multi-platform service on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am CT. Our typical attendance is 80, including online attendees via Zoom. Religious education classes are offered to children in preschool through high school on Sunday mornings throughout the program year (September-May). 

Small Group Activities - We offer numerous groups focused on different spiritual, musical, social, therapeutic, and other interests. More information can be found here.

 

RE During the Pandemic

We transitioned to online-only programming in March 2020. For two years, almost all activities at the UUFA were held via Zoom. We went back to in-person gathering in the fall of 2021 and tried a new model of religious education programming that was held entirely outdoors. During the Omicron surge in the winter of 2021/22, we transitioned back to all virtual programming for the safety of our community. In March 2022, we went back to in-person, outdoor religious education. We’re still working back towards “normal”.

 

Current RE Activities

This spring, due to the popularity last fall, we've resumed RE in the Park. Our classes are meeting at a park near the Fellowship and our program is currently focusing on climate change education, action, and justice. 

 

About Our Community

Beneath the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. As a growing city, with a population of more than 65,000, Ames continues to focus on building a strong community filled with opportunities for all. The City of Ames has won numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community. We have been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for our schools, creativity, amenities, commitment to the environment, and quality of life. More information on Ames is available through the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau at thinkames.com.

Ames has recently been named  #15 of Top 100 Places to Live (Livability, 2020); #2 Top 10 Cities for Working Parents (SmartAsset, 2020), #6 Best U.S. Cities to Live in After the Pandemic (Business Insider, 2020),  #21 Most Livable College Towns (SmartAsset, 2021).

Ames is also just 35 miles north of the Des Moines metro area, Iowa's capital city and home to numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Find out more at catchdesmoines.com.

 

 

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