Volunteer job descriptions

Below are job descriptions for volunteer positions in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.

Sunday School Teacher
OWL Coordinator
OWL Leader (teachers) gr. K-1, gr. 4-6
OWL Leader (teachers) gr. 7-9
Youth Advisor
Youth Group Logistics Support
Spring Project and Special Events
CYRE Committee Member
Sunday Brunch Preparation
Summer Sunday School (coming soon)


Volunteer Job Description
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
— The overall goal of UUCPA Sunday school is to help children meet our four big educational goals: have fun and build community, gain religious literacy, learn basic religious skills, and prepare children to become UU adults should they choose to do so.
— To grow spiritually and religiously yourself, to deepen your own Unitarian Universalist faith.

Time frame:
— Teachers are asked to commit to serving for the entire Sunday school year (mid-August through approx. March)
— Working in a team, serving as a Sunday school teacher on Sunday morning 1 out of 2 weeks (i.e., about 17 times), for an average of 2.5 hours a week when you are lead teacher, one hour a week when you assist (i.e., total of about 35 hours over one year). Scheduling to be arranged directly with your teaching team.

Statement of Accountability:
Sunday school teachers report to the Associate Minister of Religious Education, and are also supported by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee, the Board member whose portfolio includes youth ministry, and adults who provide logistics support.

Responsibilities:
(a) Sunday school teachers help children feel a part of the UUCPA community.
(b) Teachers meet UUCPA’s educational goals using appropriate curriculum resources (provided by UUCPA).
(c) Teachers concern themselves with issues of safety and logistics. Safety includes emotional and physical safety, and teachers must attend an annual safety training session.
(d) Teachers pursue their own personal spiritual growth by attending worship services when possible.
(e) Have fun!

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Willingness and ability to do ministry with children.
(b) Willingness and ability to grow and develop as a Sunday school teacher.
(c) Teachers should take advantage of in-service trainings when offered, and/or engage in self study of teaching in a religious education setting.

Benefits:
(a) Opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of children.
(b) Expenses for workshops and trainings paid upon prior arrangement with the Associate Minister of Religious Education.
(c) Direct access to Assistant Minister of Religious Education for support.
(d) End-of-year all-ages picnic for teachers and their kids!

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: contact the Associate Minister of Religious Education.

(Job description updated October, 2014.)


Volunteer Job Description
OWL COORDINATORS

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To promote the spiritual growth and transformation of children and teens by coordinating comprehensive sexuality education classes for gr. 7-9, gr. K-1, and gr. 4-6. The OWL Coordinators serve as a point of contact for the OWL program and work with the Associate Minister of Religious Education and each other to recruit, schedule, and publicize OWL classes to congregation members.

UUCPA would like to add a second OWL coordinator in 2014 so that we may offer three levels of OWL every year, instead of in alternate years.

Time frame:
Classes typically run January-March (gr. K-1 and gr. 4-6), or January-May (gr. 7-9). See the OWL page on this Web site for sample schedules.
Preparation for classes begins as early as Spring term to recruit teachers for the following year.
OWL Coordinators share on-site duties with the Associate Minister of Religious Education during class times, and may also be an OWL Leader concurrently.

Statement of Accountability:
OWL Coordinators report to and are supported by the Associate Minister of Religious Education. Additional support comes from the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee.

Responsibilities:
(a) Schedule the OWL program offerings, working within the CYRE calendar
(b) Recruit OWL Leaders (teachers) for upcoming classes
(c) Publicize and encourage attendance at PCD OWL training classes for current or prospective OWL Leaders
(d) Submit yearly report to Assoc. MRE on OWL accomplishments
(e) Maintain adequate training curriculum manuals and curriculum aids required by the OWL Leaders
(f) Publicize the OWL program offerings within UUCPA and to the wider community
(g) Reserve facility space for OWL classes through the office staff
(h) With Associate Minister of Religious Education, lead Parent Information Meetings and Parent Orientation Meetings
(i) Collect parent authorization forms for all class attendees; give to office staff or MRE for storage for at least 7 years
(j) Maintain class roster(s), snack volunteer calendar, and parent discuss group calendar
(k) Working with the CYRE Committee, provide funding estimates to Board and Finance Committee as part of the yearly budgeting process

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Commitment to comprehensive sexuality education for young adolescents.
(b) Comfort in talking about human sexuality, and willingness to gain up-to-date knowledge about human sexuality.
(c) Ability to support the teaching team through administrative tasks and inter-church coordination
(d) Ability to work as a part of a teaching team (optional)
(e) OWL training is very desirable.

Benefits:
(a) Cost of attending OWL training and other relevant training will be covered by UUCPA.
(b) A chance to make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the Associate Minister of Religious Education and/or a member of the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee.

(Job description updated March, 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
OWL LEADER (teacher), gr. 4-6 or gr. K-1

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To promote the spiritual growth and transformation of young adolescents by helping them understand their sexuality. OWL leaders engage in a teaching ministry with young adolescents that emphasizes fun, religious identity, and community-building as well as learning.

Time frame:
Working on a teaching team of 4, teach 6 out of 10 classes as either assistant or lead teacher. Class typically runs from January to mid-March.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to and receive support from: OWL Coordinator, Associate Minister of Religious Education
Additional support from: CYRE Committee

Responsibilities:
(a) Attend OWL training if at all possible.
(b) Teach as scheduled.
(c) Attend parent meetings as needed (about once each session).
(d) Attend annual safety training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Ability to work effectively with early adolescents.
(b) Ability to teach about human sexuality in a frank and unbiased way.

Benefits:
(a) UUCPA will pay for OWL training upon prior arrangement with the Associate MRE and the OWL Coordinator.
(b) The opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of early adolescents.

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the OWL Coordinator or the Associate MRE.

(Job description updated March, 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
OWL LEADER (teacher) gr. 7-9

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To promote the spiritual growth and transformation of young adolescents by helping them understand their sexuality. OWL leaders engage in a teaching ministry with young adolescents that emphasizes fun, religious identity, and community-building as well as learning.

Time frame:
Working on a teaching team of 4-5 teachers, teach 14 out of 27 classes as either lead or assistant teacher. Class runs from January through May.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to and receive support from: OWL Coordinator, Associate Minister of Religious Education
Additional support from: CYRE Committee, Parish Minister

Responsibilities:
(a) Nurture the spiritual growth and transformation of young adolescents by helping them build relationship skills and understand their sexuality.
(b) Schedule teaching times with the teaching team.
(c) Plan lessons in cooperation with other OWL leaders; lead sessions as trained and able; assist other OWL leaders as needed.
(d) Attend annual safety training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Commitment to comprehensive sexuality education for young adolescents.
(b) Comfort in talking about human sexuality, and willingness to gain up-to-date knowledge about human sexuality.
(c) Ability to work as a part of a teaching team.
(d) It is desirable to have OWL training, and/or relevant professional training (doctor, nurse, psychotherapist, teacher, etc.).

Benefits:
(a) UUCPA will pay for OWL training upon prior arrangement with the Associate MRE and the OWL Coordinator.
(b) The opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of early adolescents.

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the OWL Coordinator or the Associate MRE.

(Job description updated October, 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
YOUTH ADVISOR

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To help individual youth towards greater spiritual maturity, to foster a sense of community among youth and adults, to develop skills associated with liberal religion (e.g. leadership skills, ability to carry out social justice projects, etc.), to promote religious literacy, and to integrate youth into the broader life of the congregation where possible (including inviting youth to become UUCPA members).

Time frame:
Working in a team, serving as an advisor on Sunday evening once or twice a month and communicating with youth leaders and other advisors, for an average of 1-2 hours a week, plus one to two overnights per year and/or possible overnight service trip in June (some advisors may be available Sunday mornings only, while others may be available primarily for overnights). Scheduling to be arranged with advising team.
— Youth advisors are asked to commit to serving for at least one church year (September throughJune).

Statement of Accountability:
Youth Advisors report to the Associate Minister of Religious Education.
Youth Advisors are also supported by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee, and adults who provide logistics support.

Responsibilities:
(a) Youth advisors empower youth leaders to take responsibility for running the youth group. Youth leadership waxes and wanes rapidly, so advisors may find themselves completely running youth group meetings one month, and the next month standing back to allow youth leaders to take major responsibility for programming.
(b) Youth advisors keep the youth group focused on the broad goals of UUCPA youth ministry.
(d) Youth advisors concern themselves with issues of safety and logistics. Safety includes the emotional and physical safety of all youth in the group. Logistics includes making sure details like clean-up, transportation, etc., are taken care of, with the help of youth leaders and/or parents/guardians and other adult supporters.
(e) Advisors are expected to participate in adult program of the congregation, to maintain a healthy adult social network.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Willingness and ability to do ministry with adolescents.
(b) Willingness and ability to mentor and train developing youth leaders.
(c) Youth advisors should take advantage of in-service trainings when offered, and/or engage in self study of liberal religious youth ministry.

Benefits:
(a) Opportunity to be a positive influence and role model in the lives of teens.

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: Apply to the Associate Minister of Religious Education.

(Job description updated March, 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
GROUP LOGISTICS SUPPORT

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To support Sunday school teachers or youth advisors by providing logistics support such as travel planning, trip planning, communications with parents, etc.

Time frame:
Averaging 1-2 hours a week, depending on work load. This time is mostly self-scheduled, and does NOT include attendance at class or group meetings.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to and receive support from: Associate Minister of Religious Education.
Additional support from: CYRE Committee.

Responsibilities:
(a) Support teachers or advisors in organizing field trips or service trips, including making travel plans, organizing fund raisers, communicating with parents, etc.
(b) Support teachers or advisors in preparing for special events such as overnights.
(c) Provide communications support as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Good organizational abilities.
(b) Good communications skills.
(c) Ability to follow through, and keep track of details.

Benefits:
(a) Opportunity to support a program that promotes healthy children and adolescents.

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the Associate Minister of Religious Education or the CYRE Committee.


Volunteer Job Description
SPRING PROJECT AND SPECIAL EVENTS

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To let children gr. K-8 experience a different kind of Sunday morning experience, in either the Judean Village or Peace Experiments program.
AND:
To provide exciting and interesting special events at UUCPA.

Time frame:
Working by yourself or with another adult, present a peacemaking activity, or a Judean Village activity, on 4-6 Sunday mornings during the 9:30 service, from mid-March to early May.
AND:
Special events include Halloween parade, Christmas singing, Easter Egg Hunt, May Day, etc.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to and receive support from: Associate Minister of Religious Education.
Additional support from: CYRE Committee.

Responsibilities:
— Peace Experiments and Judean Village: Varies from activity to activity. Usually requires 2-5 hours of prep time, then presenting the same lesson each week (45 min. each week you present). See the Peace Experiments page on this Web site for more information.
— Special Events: Halloween parade, provide logistics support and purchase supplies. Christmas singing: Help lead congregational carol singalong; lead children preK-3 in singing two carols in a Sunday service. Easter Egg Hunt: logistics for this annual event. May Day: Organize and lead dancing, music, ice cream, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Peace Experiments and Judean Village:Ability to present an activity to children. Other knowledge, skills, abilities vary according to the activity you present.
(b) Special events: As needed (see above).

Benefits:
(a) Judean Village: A chance to have a great time with kids while presenting them with an insight into life in Judea in the year 29.
(b) Peace Experiments: A chance to promote peacemaking among children.
(c) Special Events: Have a blast!

Volunteers who work with legal minors must receive annual safety training, and must agree to and sign the Code of Ethics.
UUCPA requires criminal background checks of volunteers who work with legal minors.

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the Associate Minister of Religious Education of the CYRE Committee.

(Job description updated March, 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
CYRE COMMITTEE MEMBER

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To work with the Associate Minister of Religious Education to provide vision and support for the CYRE program at UUCPA.

Time frame:
Monthly meeting. Other tasks as needed. Most CYRE Committee members work about 1-2 hours a week.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to: UUCPA Board of Trustees, and specifically the Board Liaison to the CYRE Committee.

Responsibilities:
All work is done in collaboration with the Associate Minister of Religious Education.
(a) Set vision for the program.
(b) Plan annual calendar.
(c) Recruit volunteers.
(d) Oversee budget.
(e) Make sure the program is meeting the four big educational goals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work on a committee to make the program happen.

Benefits:
A chance to work with fun people on a fun committee!

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the current chair of the CYRE Committee or the Associate Minister of Religious Education.

(Provisional job description March 2014)


Volunteer Job Description
SUNDAY BRUNCH PREPARATION

UUCPA Mission Statement:
To transform ourselves, each other, and the world.

Goal:
To provide a simple Sunday brunch on the fourth Sunday of the month, between the two services. The usual menu is hard-boiled eggs, frozen waffles, mixed fruit.

Time frame:
Once a month, 1-2 hours of shopping in advance, plus 2 hours of prep in advance, plus 2 hours of prep and clean up on the day of the brunch.

Statement of Accountability:
Report to: CYRE Committee.

Responsibilities:
This job is best shared between two or three people.
(a) Plan menu, shop.
(b) Prep and serve food.
(c) Clean up afterwards.
(d) Oversee budget, count money, submit receipts.
(e) Recruit and supervise volunteers as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Simple cooking and organization.

Benefits:
Chance to do a fun job!

To apply for this volunteer position: Contact the CYRE Committee or the Associate Minister of Religious Education.

(Provisional job description, March, 2014)

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