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Children’s Religious Ed Teacher

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Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
Position Description

Title: Children’s Religious Education Teacher
Effective: July 1, 2017
Reports to: Director of Children’s Religious Education
Status: Hourly, Contract Employee
Pay: $18 per hour
Directly Supervises: Volunteers

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Job Summary: The Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Teacher is responsible for reviewing and preparing to teach lessons, setting up classroom space and materials, leading and cleaning up after CRE sessions on Sunday mornings. The CRE Teacher is also responsible for supporting the function of several special events throughout the year (i.e. hosting a craft table, providing supervision for children’s activities, organization of materials, set up, and clean up). The CRE Teacher works independently under the general supervision of the Director of Children’s Religious Education and is part of a multi-staff team.

Essential Functions:
• Provides instruction in classrooms from 9:30-11:30am on second and fourth Sundays of each month, September through June, with one hour of prep time during those weeks (summer schedule is slightly different)
• Provides clerical support for CRE programs
• Maintains and prepares the CRE classrooms and meeting spaces
• Maintains and organizes CRE resources, materials, and supplies
• Provides support to volunteers
• Provides Sunday morning substitute teaching on third Sundays as necessary
• Assists and supports multi-generational events (Sundays, 8am-1pm ≈7 times per year)
• Other Duties as assigned by Director of Children’s Religious Education

Minimum Qualifications:
• High School Diploma with Associate or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
• Minimum 3 years experience in childcare or education related field preferred
• Demonstrates initiative and ability to encourage and lead others.
• Able to communicate effectively through a variety of mediums including writing, public speaking, and electronic forums.
• Familiarity with Harry Potter preferred.
• Must sign and uphold the Code of Ethics for Adult Advisors provided by the UUA and the USSB Abuse Prevention policy and successfully complete a background check.
• Identifies with the Unitarian Universalist community and understands and upholds the principals, standards, and values of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.

Physical Requirements: Standing, sitting, bending, stooping and lifting required. Able to move freely in and out of different church, business and home settings, including climbing stairs and carrying up to 20 pounds.

Core Competencies:
Organizational & Administrative Skills: Able to gather and organize resources (people, material, support) to get things done; able to orchestrate multiple activities at once; able to use resources effectively and efficiently; able to prioritize tasks consistent with work plan established in conjunction with Director of Children’s Religious Education.

Developing & Managing Volunteers: effectively delegates routine and special tasks and decisions; motivates and excites others; maintains open and active dialogue with volunteers; communicates expectations clearly and holds people accountable.

Interpersonal Relationships: Outgoing and sociable personality that relates well to individuals of all ages, parents and non-parent, children, youth, young adults and middle-aged to older adults; builds appropriate rapport; builds effective and constructive relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; has a positive and constructive sense of humor; is appropriately funny and can use humor to ease tension.

Effective Team Member: Is regarded as a team player; works as a positive and productive member of a staff team; defines success in terms of the whole team; fosters open dialogue; shares wins, successes and challenges; creates strong morale and spirit on teams; blends people into teams when needed; will share responsibility and work; willing to subordinate personal goals to the good of the congregation; helpful to others in getting work done and setting a tone of cooperation.

Maturity: reads situations quickly, steps up to conflicts and seeing conflict as an opportunity; good at focused listening; can settle disputes equitably; establishes and consistently holds to ground rules and behavioral expectations; holds appropriate boundaries. Able to maintain perspective and exhibits flexibility.

Compassion: Genuinely cares about people; available and ready to help; demonstrates real empathy with the joys and pains of others.

Trust and integrity: Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values during good and bad times; acts in line with those values; practices what he or she preaches.

Planning: Accurately assesses the length and difficulty of a project; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

Commitment: Is committed to the goals and objectives of USSB; identifies with Unitarian Universalist principals, can produce measurable results, and exemplifies deep dedication.

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