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Early Elementary Lead Sunday School Teacher

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest & resume to the Acting Director of Lifespan Faith Development, dre@churchoftheriver.org

Non-member of Church of the River preferred

Job Description

Part-time (avg 3 hours per week, hours listed include planning time)

$15-17/hour – 12 months/year

Reports to the Acting Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Start date:  March 4, 2024 or as soon as possible after.

Position will remain open until filled.

Job Summary

The Spirit Play model of Unitarian Universalist religious education evolved from a long line of Montessori-based programming. It is based on story and ritual, play and creativity. Spirit Play gives children the tools to make meaning of their lives within the container of Unitarian Universalism. At Church of the River our Spirit Play classroom includes children in Preschool (3 yrs old) through 1st grade. Read more about Spirit Play here: https://spirit-play.com/about/.

We offer classes on Sunday mornings during the 11am worship service throughout the school year, along with multi-age programming on Sunday mornings throughout the summer.

Teachers are responsible for creating a welcoming classroom environment for children in our Unitarian Universalist setting. They are responsible for preparing and facilitating weekly lessons curated by the Director of Religious Education while following established policies for Family Ministry at The Church of the River.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and facilitate creative, engaging developmental learning experiences for early elementary-aged children
  • Relate to a wide range of developmental and emotional needs of children in the classroom; empathy
  • Collaborate with adults from the congregation serving as volunteers in the classroom
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with parents and guardians of children
  • Give regular feedback to the Director of Lifespan Faith Development
  • Maintain and report attendance records
  • Experience in or at minimum familiarity with Montessori pedagogy and/or willingness to be trained in Spirit Play pedagogy and methodology
  • Attend monthly planning meetings during which Lead Teachers, Director, and others develop outlines for the month’s classes.
  • Help create and co-lead multigenerational worship with the Director 2-3 times per year
  • Attend Orientation and Evaluation meetings at the beginning and end of the school year
  • Pediatric/Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification or willing to acquire upon hire

Expectations on Sunday Morning:

  • Arrive in classroom by 10:30
  • Review lesson and finalize classroom set up
  • Greet children as they arrive
  • Accompany children to the sanctuary for the Time for All Ages
  • Escort children back to the classroom after the Time for All Ages
  • Facilitate lesson plan for the day
  • Supervise dismissal of students
  • Tidy classroom
  • Report attendance, joys and concerns to the Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Qualifications:

  • In accordance with UUA Safe Congregations standards, applicants who are at least 25 years of age are preferred. Applicants who are at least 20 years of age will be considered based on experience, qualifications, and ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with children and youth.
  • Creative skills – in a variety of applications such as music, nature, yoga, meditation, martial arts, writing, storytelling, etc. We are open to various ways to stretch our minds, bodies, and spirits.
  • At least one year experience, comfort and familiarity working with children and youth, multi-age groups is a plus.
  • Ability to recognize and respond to diverse developmentally appropriate behavior in order to create a safe and welcoming learning environment
  • Ability to create developmentally appropriate curricula and activities
  • Experience working with children and youth with learning differences and neurodiversity is a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience with Unitarian Universalism, and UU religious education/faith formation preferred.
  • Experience with Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc) and some social media (Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse people in diverse situations
  • Ability to publicly articulate and teach UU values
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Successfully pass the required background check
  • High school graduate or equivalent with some higher education experience preferred
  • Effective verbal and written communication in English
  • Pediatric/Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification or willing to acquire upon hire

Note that qualifications may be met as a result of lived experience, volunteer work, educational experience, professional experience, and/or formal or informal training. If you are excited about this role but are unsure whether you meet 100% of the requirements, we encourage you to inquire and/or apply.

Support for the Mission and Values of the Organization:

Unitarian Universalism is a progressive and historic religious denomination. While it is not generally required or expected that an applicant/employee identify as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) or be a member of a UU congregation in order to work at CoR, all congregational staff members are expected to perform their job duties in accordance with the congregations’ values, principles, and missions. In particular the following points, drawn from the Seven UU Principles, are of particular importance for our work environment and staff culture:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every human being: We affirm the need for a human-centered workplace that allows our diverse staff to flourish. We also understand that our wider culture and society oppresses and denies human dignity, and we seek to counter the effects of that oppression in our hiring and workplace culture so that each person feels whole and valued.
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all: We speak openly and publicly of our support for social and political issues, including LGBTQ+ equity, racial justice, climate justice, gender equity, and reproductive justice.
  • The interdependent web of existence: We recognize that the liberation of our Earth and of all people is interwoven, and we work to counter environmental exploitation, patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, and other interrelated systems of marginalization.

Head of School

Lamplighter Montessori School (“LMS”) is hiring a Head of School. LMS is a trusted leader in Montessori education providing world-class, student-centered educational experiences designed to foster each child’s talents, self-discovery, and love of learning. LMS is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (formally, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). LMS is a non-profit tax-exempt school offering authentic Montessori education whose students learn in Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary classroom environments.

LMS is nestled in a secluded nook off the main road surrounded by a canopy of large trees perfect for exploration and imaginative play as well as natural woods that have been intentionally preserved on ten idyllic acres. There are rolling greens and fields for sports and recreation, outdoor education programming, and developmentally appropriate playgrounds for each grade level.

The ideal candidate will begin prior to the 2024-2025 academic year. Head of School leadership includes working closely with the Board, faculty, administrative staff, parents, and students. Primary responsibilities include organizational and curriculum management, strategic planning aligned with our LMS mission and core values, monitoring compliance and licensing as required by AMS, state, and federal laws, LMS fiduciary compliance, facilities management, talent management including acquisition and retention, and public relations initiatives.

Qualified candidates shall hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university, Montessori Teacher Credential earned through an AMS, NCME, AMI, or MACTE accredited course with Montessori Inclusion Endorsement (MIE) or a commitment to achieve MIE within 2 years upon hire. Candidates with at least 5 years’ experience as a School Administrator, Assistant Head of School, Education Director/Curriculum Director, Montessori certified teacher, or related Non-profit Leadership management experience are welcome to apply. Additional professional qualifications may include Montessori teaching experience, AMS membership, and current professional development hours as required by AMS.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The minimum starting salary is $90,000. Benefits furnished upon request. All applications are kept confidential at the request of the applicant.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit via email to Christy Swatzell at cswatzell@lamplighterschool.org the following documents no later than March 29, 2024:

Cover letter describing candidate qualifications for the post. The letter must include an education philosophy statement that reflects commitment to the Montessori method of teaching/learning and your professional contribution to LMS’s mission, visions, and values,
current resume, and three professional references, along with respective telephone numbers and email addresses that will be contacted confidentially if the candidate allows.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Lamplighter is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an institution committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, or national origin.