Job Posting: Director of Religious Exploration (Apply by 4/30/2019)

We are looking for someone special to head up our Religious Exploration programming for next year and possibly beyond. Could it be YOU? Read on for more information…

Why is this an “Acting” position? After the happy six year tenure of Rev. Patty Willis, SVUUS is in the process of searching for a new settled minister who will begin in the fall of 2020. Given the importance of the relationship between the minister and the Director of Religious Exploration, the SVUUS Board of Trustees wishes to give the incoming settled minister a voice in choosing a long-term DRE. The Acting DRE may well become the permanent DRE. However, this position is only guaranteed for the 2019-2020 church year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

Led for the last six years by current DRE Liz Martin, our Religious Exploration program is strong and stable. Over 40 children and youth participate each week in our Sunday classes. (Liz is leaving at the end of the 2018-19 church year to start seminary.) Our Whole Lives is an additional cornerstone of our programming. This year, the congregation offered the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality curriculum for K-1, 4-5th Grade, Junior High, and Young Adults. Nearly 30 members of the congregation are trained as OWL facilitators. We also offer two seasons (18-20 weeks total) of community-wide weeknight RE engagement called Wellspring Wednesdays. There is a supportive volunteer RE Council made up of congregants who help administer these various ministries within RE.

Job Description for
Acting Director of Religious Exploration
South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society

Employer Information:
South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
6876 South Highland Drive
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, 84121

Contact name: Rev. Bob LaVallee
Contact email:

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Guided by our Unitarian Universalist principles, sources and tradition, the acting Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) directs the Religious Exploration (RE) programs for the children and youth of the church, ranging in age from birth to 18 years old, and provides support for Adult RE. This includes planning and administering a comprehensive program that nurtures the spiritual and religious growth of the children and youth and that fosters their UU identity.

Hours: 20-30 hours a week (while we prefer 30 hours, there is room for negotiation on this). Sunday mornings are essential, although there is one Sunday off a month.
Reports to: Minister
Rate of pay: $17 to $20/hour, salaried, depending on experience and qualifications
Benefits: Holiday pay, paid vacation, paid sick leave, health insurance with employer contribution.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The DRE will work in collaboration with a group of volunteers to accomplish the following:
+ Oversee religious exploration programming for children and youth, including special programs such as OWL and youth groups.
+ Recruit, train, and support volunteer teachers.
+ Oversee curriculum mapping and provide support for lesson planning.
+ Collaborate with minister and staff to provide intergenerational worship experiences.
+ Oversee and train volunteers in safe congregation policies and practices and ensure compliance.
+ Attend weekly staff meetings.
+ Maintain administrative records, including the RE calendar.
+ Track and manage the RE budget over the course of the year.
+ Communicate RE planning and programming in a timely manner with the minister, staff, teachers, volunteers, parents and congregation.
+ Welcome new families.
+ Pursue professional development and connect with RE colleagues from other congregations in the UUA Mountain Desert District.
+ Supervise child care workers and RE Assistant.
+ Supervise and support the members of the RE Council with their portfolios: Special Events, OWL, Youth Group, Sunday Programming, Summer Programming, and Adult RE (portfolio jointly supervised with minister).

The ideal DRE is an emotionally and spiritually mature team player and consensus builder. They have emotional intelligence and enjoy working with children of all ages. They are flexible, organized, time-efficient, and are able to prioritize demands with attention to detail. They are comfortable with public speaking. The DRE is open to learning and identifying different approaches, and is comfortable with the possibility that experiments might fail. As the center of the RE community within the church, the DRE will build consensus and enthusiasm while fostering a welcoming, anti-oppressive community.

The DRE will abide by the code of professional conduct and guidelines set forth by the Liberal Religious Educators Association. (

+ Experience working with children and families.
+ Teaching experience (volunteer or professional).
+ Familiarity with and comfort teaching Unitarian Universalism (i.e. polity, history, and theology).
+ Sunday availability with one Sunday off a month.
+ Must pass a background check.

+ Experience with children who have special needs.
+ Experience supervising (either volunteers or professionals).
+ Experience in religious education in a liberal religious congregation.
+ Familiarity with UU curricula for children and youth, and evolving UU faith formation.
+ UUA religious educator credentialing or willingness to pursue RE professional development.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and a resume to No calls please. At some point in the process applicants will be asked to provide 2-3 professional references.

South Valley UU Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, genetic predisposition, ancestry, or national origin.