Job Posting

Religious Education Coordinator


TITLE:                                    Religious Education Coordinator


The position is a permanent, part-time, hourly paid position for 5 hours weekly. Sundays off and vacation time negotiable. Salary is within UUA Guidelines commensurate with experience and credentials.

ACCOUNTABILITY:           The Minister is the RE Coordinator supervisor.

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula is a small congregation in Ventura County. It was founded in 1889 as a Universalist congregation and is located in the center of Santa Paula. Its building was constructed in 1891 and is the oldest religious building in the city of Santa Paula. The church has been served since 2015 by the Reverend Maddie Sifantus. A candidate should be interested in growing a program for children and youth. The ideal candidate would demonstrate creativity and enthusiasm, have a collaborative style, and a knowledge of Unitarian Universalism. There is flexibility in this position for the right person who is interested in new models and helping a small congregation grow. The current RE Coordinator is retiring from the position as of June 30, 2017. The congregation is hoping to hire her successor before that date.



The Religious Education Coordinator plans and implements the Religious Education (RE) Program of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula under the supervision of the Minister. The RE Coordinator is to provide vision and leadership to the children’s RE program in a way that is consistent with the Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism as well as the mission of the congregation and the congregation’s formal policies and procedures.



·      Create a welcoming, safe, stimulating and rich educational program for the children and youth.

·       Be committed to each child's individual process of religious exploration and expression.

·      Recruit and guide volunteers.

·      Supervise an RE Assistants or paid caregivers.

·      Greet and welcome new families before church begins.

·      Coordinate special RE events such as Family Fun Night, Surprise Buddies, RE Open House, and RE Appreciation Sunday or such other events envisioned.

·      Provide publicity for the RE program through the church’s newsletter, website, and/or email.

·      Meet with Minister and Governing Board as needed. 

·      Be an active member of the church staff team.

·      Keep the RE budget, expenses, attendance and RE Committee minutes current.

·      In collaboration with the Minister, create opportunities for children’s participation in Sunday services and Multigenerational Worship.

·      Provide written report for Annual Meeting.

·      Attend RE conferences and workshops to engage in ongoing continuing education.



·      Knowledge of UU religious education philosophy and curricula.

  • Knowledge of Montessori methods a plus but not a necessity.
  • Understanding of human growth and development - physical, mental, and social-emotional.

·      Teaching experience; experience in a spiritual, religious context preferred.

·      Administrative and managerial skills.

·      Excellent interpersonal skills with children and adults.

·      Experience with recruiting and working with volunteers.

·      Personal initiative, ability to encourage others, work as part of a team, and feel comfortable with a wide variety of religious views.

·      Working knowledge of technology-based communications.


Candidate must be willing to undergo a criminal background check. This position is open to be filled upon acceptance of candidacy after June 30, 2017. Inquiries may be made by emailing or Please send your letter of interest, resume and 3 references to:  Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 Attn: Reverend Maddie Sifantus or email them to The office telephone is 805-525-4647; Rev. Sifantus’ private line is 805-525-4620. The Office is closed on Mondays.