FFRE Program Coordinator

Position Title: Faith Formation & Religious Education (FFRE) Program Coordinator
First Universalist Church of Denver 4101 E. Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222

Hours & Schedule:
This position is a .75 FTE position, compensated for 30 hours per week. We do not compensate for overtime or flex time unless it is approved in advance, in writing, by your Supervisor. Weekly Sunday morning presence is required, unless time off has been requested and approved.

Overview:
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, all staff members are expected to promote and reflect the principles and values of First Universalist Church. Serving as support for FFRE programs and ministry in general, and working as part of the FFRE Staff Team as needed to support the Mission of creating a community for connection, renewal and transformation. Following Safe Congregations guidelines and completing a background check release form will also be required.

General:
Serve as support for the FFRE Staff team, programs, and ministry in general, and as needed to support the mission of creating a community for connection, renewal and transformation.
Be available to step in, if needed in the classroom or workshop, including children’s worship and social justice Sundays.
Ensure that classrooms are safe and appropriate for classes on Sunday mornings.
Coordinate Sunday morning classes for a majority of ages
Schedule and communicate with volunteers K-12th grade programs
Maintain online sign-up-genius with accurate times and dates
Adapt, modify, augment curriculum lesson plans from pre-existing vetted and written curricula as needed
Obtain, provide or prepare lesson specific materials or tools
Update FFRE website with program information & announcements
Plan upcoming yearly programming with DFF
Other job duties as assigned by a Supervisor.

Communication:
Communicate with the teachers and parents and other staff about the program for children and youth, preschool-12th Grades. Includes face-to-face conversations, phone calls, and emails.
Encourage teachers to use all of our seven sources and refer to our seven principles often.
Be aware of community needs so we can better serve our children, youth, and families.
Collaborate with FFRE Team to keep FFRE Bulletin Boards up to date and informative.
Maintain close communication and collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation, including regular updates on events, classes, volunteers, and youth, and communication about any program needs.
Attend staff meetings and FFRE staff team meetings

Volunteer Recruitment & Support:

Annual Tasks (typically completed once a year, with some exceptions)
Recruit and develop volunteers for teaching & advising teams for each class – 3-4 people per team, in accordance with Safe Congregations guidelines.
Provide support for meetings and trainings to our teacher volunteers as needed. Shared responsibility with DFF, DFF leads training of volunteers
Help ensure that all FFRE volunteers complete an application and/or background screen forms. Turn in all completed forms to the DFF.
Oversee Mentor selection and preparation for the Coming of Age Class.

Weekly Tasks
Ensure teachers will be in the classrooms on Sunday (have them fill out a teaching schedule, create a substitute team, etc). If a volunteer does not show up (sick, emergency, or no show), step in and help teach the class or find a volunteer who can do the job.
If a volunteer does not show up (sick, emergency, or no show), step in and help teach the class or find a volunteer who can do the job.
Provide access to lesson and basic plan for each class from Preschool to 12th Grades. Utilize created lesson plan template or create system for weekly continuuity.
Recruit and coordinate with the Workshop Leaders to be sure they understand our expectations of the workshop and what our worship theme is.
Coordinate engaging activities, guest speakers, and visits to expand Faith Formation outside of the classroom.

YRUU Responsibilities:
Provide leadership and guidance for the High School youth group sessions – grades 9th through 12th.
Coordinate volunteers for Youth Conferences.
Provide support to our youth group, which encourages positive and healthy leadership.
Support youth in the program by seeing what kind of activities they respond to best and tailoring in-class and out-of-class offerings that will meet the youth’s’ needs.

Many of these responsibilities are shared with the Director of Faith Formation. Persons applying for this position should be a self starter and independent worker. Cover letters, resumes and questions can be sent to Yvonne Wilken DFF at yvonne@firstuniversalist.org.

Reports to: Director of Faith Formation
Supervises: Volunteers
Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Experience: One to five years’ professional or volunteer experience working with children and/or youth in a religious or related setting. A background check is required.
Compensation: $15.00/hour for 30 hours per week