Purpose: To assist in development and supervise all programs for youth in grades 6-12
Reports to: Director of Religious Education (DRE)
Supervises: Supervise unpaid staff (volunteers)
Work Schedule: 18-20 hours per week which includes most Sundays (9 am – 3 pm). Hours are flexible to allow for youth events, overnights and meetings.
- 8th Grade OWL Class- Recruit and support 8th Grade OWL Leadership Team, including facilitators and volunteer coordinators to: teach OWL classes, prepare class supplies, plan and conduct parent orientations, parent communication and calendar coordination, maintain records, support inclusion of Sexuality and Our Faith in curriculum.
- High School Youth Group- Recruit, train, and support adult leadership team of advisors to coordinate HSYG weekly meeting and event planning; youth lock-ins, trips and conferences; parent communication, calendar, and snack and form coordination; preparing supplies; youth worship and spiritual practice opportunities; community service and social justice opportunities, Bridging Ceremony into and out of HSYG; youth leadership development; communicate and implement the big picture of RE ministry to HSYG; increase UU faith development of HS experience.
- Middle School Youth Group- Recruit, train, and support adult leadership team of advisors to coordinate MSYG meetings and event planning; youth lock-ins, trips and conferences; parent communication, calendar, and snack and form coordination; youth worship and spiritual practice opportunities; community service and social justice opportunities, Bridging Ceremony into and out of MSYG; and youth leadership development.
- Coordinate Coming of Age Class- Recruit and grow adult leadership team of teachers and mentors to support each of the following activities for the Coming of Age program: planning classes, retreats, and special events; creating curriculum for retreats and programs; recruiting workshop leaders for Spiritual Practices retreat; planning and coordinating youth fundraising; overseeing planning of COA service with youth; planning and coordinating the Boston UU Heritage trip; communicating with youth, families, teachers, mentors, staff, and congregation about COA program; preparing supplies; maintaining youth ministry budget; creating and updating calendar.
Across Youth Ministry Programming
- Provide support for behavioral issues that arise
- Create and hold the vision for Youth Ministry program outcomes with key stakeholders
- Support youth leadership development and connect youth with leadership training opportunities
- Advocate for Youth Ministry and build strong relationships with ERUUF members
- Meet regularly with current advisors/teachers and youth to support planning programs and events; follow-up and contact advisors/teachers prior to and following major or off campus events
- Work with the DRE, Middle and High School youth advisors and COA and OWL teachers, youth and parents to ensure that program needs are identified, developed and successfully implemented
- Locate and review resources and activities for youth and adult advisors/teachers
- Organize or lead worship opportunities for youth
- Recruit COA, OWL, and HSYG/MSYG teachers/advisors and substitutes, and plan long-term leadership development for these leaders
- Integrate youth into groups and events at ERUUF
- Provide outreach to families not active or attending
- Participate on the RE Ministry Team
- Create an environment where youth feel welcome and are welcoming to each other, visitors, and all ERUUFians
- Collaborate with key stakeholders to create a clear vision for Youth Ministry outcomes
- Strong background in Unitarian Universalism
- Foundation in youth empowerment and leadership development
- Knowledge and experience in community service and social justice work
- An inherent interest in working with youth to counsel, guide, and advise them in their spiritual journey
- Energy, enthusiasm, a good sense of humor, and an ability to work with and lead young people.
- Leadership and organizational skills to plan activities and programs, work effectively with volunteers in a supportive and collegial manner and to gather necessary resources for programming.
- Experience in leading youth learning trips
- Tolerance of the values of others, coupled with a centered and grounded ownership of one's own values.
- Openness, good listening skills and ability to be a good verbal communicator.
- Empathy for and understanding of the issues and challenges faced by youth.
- Ability to plan, create and lead worship.