Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Manassas, Virginia

General Description:
The Bull Run Unitarian Universalists Congregation (BRUU) invites a confident and dynamic leader to work with people of all ages in building our religious education program. We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic individual who can help co-create a multi-generational environment of love, leadership, and self-awareness, embracing Unitarian Universalist ethics and values.

The person chosen for this position will work with a professional staff team, coordinate with lay leaders and develop congregation-wide commitment, advocacy and appreciation for religious education programs and services, primarily focused on curriculum and programming for Preschool-12th grade. She or he will directly report to the Minister.

Our Congregation:

  • BRUU offers Sunday morning RE for youth of all ages (nursery – 12th grade) with average weekly attendance of 40. Multiple adult RE classes are offered at various times during the year.
  • The Director of Religious Education is supported by a strong Religious Education Council that works with the director in helping guide curriculum planning and develop volunteer coordination.
  • Religious Education goes hand-in-hand with our music and arts ministry. Our combined choirs (adult, youth and children) include around seventy-five people. Music and cultural arts are very important to the BRUU community, evidenced by a Mime Troupe, the BRUU Players and creative family activities.
  • BRUU is a vibrant congregation located in Oldtown Manassas. The county boasts an excellent public school system, a strong home-schooling community, and many educational options for children and adults. The Metro DC area has the highest concentration of Unitarian Universalists in the world, and there are many professional colleagues with whom to network.
  • In the UUA's Joseph Priestly District, BRUU currently has approximately 272 members and many friends. We are a Welcoming Congregation, a Green Sanctuary, and a Breakthrough Congregation. We actively participate in social justice activities within the community, the region and Washington, DC.

Desired Qualities:

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience working with children of different ages and abilities;
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple aspects of program development, design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human development and faith formation;
  • Demonstrated appreciation and respect for diversity;
  • Ability and experience working collaboratively with lay leaders and staff;
  • Basic knowledge of, or appreciation for, UU history, polity and theology;
  • Professional RE experience in multiple settings;
  • Clear evidence of strong administrative skills including: communication, organization, and technology use (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Social Media sites).

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct and manage the Religious Education program.
    • Guide and oversee curriculum for the religious education of children and youth;
    • Direct and administer the RE program for children and youth;
    • Supervise the recruitment, safety clearances, training and support for teachers, facilitators, advisors and other volunteers;
    • Provide leadership in intergenerational worship services and monthly Story for All Ages;
    • Work collaboratively with the Religious Education Council;
    • Maintain policies and practices that support the religious education program;
    • Articulate and promote children's religious education through church communication venues;
    • Manage those who provide nursery care;
    • Coordinate and prepare families for child dedications and bridging ceremonies.
    • Coordinate special programming such as Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives (OWL).
  • Direct and Manage Interim Tasks
    • Help manage the religious education program's transition to a new minister and a new curriculum design plan;
    • Develop a plan for building special programs for Middle and High School age youth, such as OWL and Coming of Age; Guide BRUU through a process of envisioning the future of its educational ministry and ministry to children and families;

Conditions of Employment:
We are seeking an acting Religious Education Director to join our community of faith. This is an exempt ¾ time (average 30 hrs/wk), year round. With mutual interest, a successful candidate will be invited to apply for a permanent position after six months. Ideal start date: August 1st, 2014. BRUU is a Fair Share Congregation dedicated to paying its staff in accordance with UUA's Fair Compensation guidelines. Compensation package of up to $40,000 to include retirement contributions, health benefits, sick leave, holiday and vacation time, and professional expenses.

To apply, please e-mail:
1. A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position at BRUU
2. A detailed resume
3. Contact information for at least three references

Preference will be given to those who send materials by March 31st, 2014. Please e-mail all materials (hard copies will not be accepted): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information regarding our community please visit our website at www.bruu.org.

Rev. Greg Ward, Interim Minister
Bull Run Unitarian Universalists
9350 Main Street
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 361-6269


The position is full time and begins Summer 2014 (starting date negotiable)

Job Description
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