April 18, 2022
Position Title: Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth or Director of Spiritual Growth*
Desired Start Date: August 1, 2022
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (UUCSS) seeks a full-time Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth or Director of Spiritual Growth. This vibrant congregation of 236 adult members and 64 children and youth has a long history of strong religious education for children and youth, excellent music, a 20-year Deaf Access Ministry, and dedicated lay leadership.
* We encourage both ordained and non-ordained religious professionals to apply for this position!
The Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth (AMSG)/Director of Spiritual Growth (DSG) leads and administers welcoming, safe, and engaging opportunities for people of all ages to learn and grow spiritually and ethically. The primary responsibility of the AMSG/DSG is to work collaboratively with the Religious Education Committee to develop strong leaders, recruit and train volunteers, manage the Religious Education program, and build a shared vision for religious education into the future. The AMSG/DSG also works closely with the Minister on deepening UU values, UU identity, and spiritual growth outside of the classroom, including in worship, fellowship, social justice work, and our commitment to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural congregation. The AMSG/DSG demonstrates maturity as a professional and models the values we wish to nurture in our community.
The AMSG/DSG is supervised by the Minister who is chief of staff. The AMSG/DSG serves as the staff lead with both the Religious Education Committee and the Program Council. The AMSG/DSG is supported by and supervises the Religious Education Coordinator (8 hours/week) as well as the Child Care staff.
The ideal candidate will bring deep UU faith, personal integrity, experience effectively managing change in congregations, a love of children and youth, a personal and professional commitment to anti-racism, and passion for lifelong learning of all kinds.
The AMSG/DSG is expected to work primarily at the church office with some work from home possible. Evening and weekend hours are often required with one Sunday per month and two days per week free of all work duties. Like most positions in congregations, the intensity of work follows weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms and at times will require work under tight deadlines. The UUCSS Board and Minister support all staff in setting a sustainable schedule and taking their time off.
Religious Education at UUCSS may take place inside, outside, or virtually, depending on local rates of COVID-19. It is expected that all staff working with children and youth will remain masked and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These guidelines will continue to change in accordance with guidance from local and national agencies and guidance from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Covid guidelines at UUCSS can be found here: UUCSS Covid Guidelines – Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000 depending on education, experience, and credentialing. This range meets UUA guidelines for our size (mid-size 1) and geo index (6). We also offer the following benefits:
- Health and dental insurance available, with UUCSS sharing in premium costs.
- Life and long-term disability insurance available, with UUCSS paying the premium costs.
- UUA retirement plan with UUCSS contributing an amount equal to 10% of salary after a year of UUA employment. Voluntary pre-tax contributions can also be made.
- Paid holiday, vacation, and sick days.
- Workers’ compensation protection for work-related illness or injury.
Education and Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education, child development, community development, special work, or ministry-related field experience preferred.
- LREDA credentialing, progress toward credentialing, or interest in credentialing.
- Leadership and program management skills.
- Supervisory experience in a religious organization, school, or other volunteer-management setting.
- Compelling storytelling and strong writing, speaking, and other communication skills.
- Training in and understanding of anti-racism education and action within congregations.
- Knowledge of UU theologies, history, traditions, governance practices, justice work, and current events and concerns.
- The ability to engage and build rapport with people of all ages and identities.
- Solid computer skills and comfort with learning new technologies.
- Understanding of the stages of human development, faith development, and theories of learning.
How to Apply
Please send the following to Personnel@uucss.org by May 10:
- Cover letter
- One video sample of yourself leading/telling a Time for All Ages/Children’s Moment
- One sample workshop or curriculum you have created/tailored and led
- One sample of written communication (weekly Religious Education email, newsletter article, blog post, etc.)
- A description of how you have worked to break down racism and other systems of oppression through your work as a leader of religious education
- Contact information for three references
Questions? Send an email to Personnel@uucss.org.