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)

FLSA: $15-17/hr

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.

Essential Functions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. Provide support for behavioral issues that arise
  2. Create and hold the vision for Youth Ministry program outcomes with key stakeholders
  3. Support youth leadership development and connect youth with leadership training opportunities
  4. Advocate for Youth Ministry and build strong relationships with ERUUF members
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Locate and review resources and activities for youth and adult advisors/teachers
  8. Organize or lead worship opportunities for youth
  9. Recruit COA, OWL, and HSYG/MSYG teachers/advisors and substitutes, and plan long-term leadership development for these leaders
  10. Integrate youth into groups and events at ERUUF
  11. Provide outreach to families not active or attending
  12. Participate on the RE Ministry Team 
  13. Create an environment where youth feel welcome and are welcoming to each other, visitors, and all ERUUFians 
  14. Collaborate with key stakeholders to create a clear vision for Youth Ministry outcomes

Core Competencies

  1. Strong background in Unitarian Universalism
  2. Foundation in youth empowerment and leadership development
  3. Knowledge and experience in community service and social justice work
  4. An inherent interest in working with youth to counsel, guide, and advise them in their spiritual journey
  5. Energy, enthusiasm, a good sense of humor, and an ability to work with and lead young people.
  6. 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.
  7. Experience in leading youth learning trips
  8. Tolerance of the values of others, coupled with a centered and grounded ownership of one's own values.
  9. Openness, good listening skills and ability to be a good verbal communicator.
  10. Empathy for and understanding of the issues and challenges faced by youth.
  11. Ability to plan, create and lead worship.

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