Youth Program Assistant position open

13 February 2017

Youth Program Assistant

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City is seeking a creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individual to serve as a Youth Program Assistant. We are an urban, liberal church located near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and are committed to social justice and spiritual growth.

Our Religious Education programs are designed to provide children and youth with a safe and supportive environment in which they can learn and grow, connect with other children and explore their own latent creativity and developing spirituality.

We believe this is accomplished through hands-on learning, exploration of age-appropriate materials and engagement with various forms of the fine- and performing arts. Our classroom encounters are built around compassion, inclusion, respect for life and community engagement.

This position will be advertised within the Church and to the community at large. The application period for this position closes Monday February 27, 2017.


Job Description

• Ten-month position, mid-August through mid-June

• Reports to Director of Religious Education and Senior Minister

• Supervises volunteer youth mentors and volunteer teachers

• Education: College degree

• Experience: 2 or more years of professional and/or volunteer experience working with youth in an educational or religious environment

• Background check is mandatory



• Commensurate with knowledge, skills and abilities

• Range: $15-$17/hr for 20 hours/week; no benefits provided

• Position starts August 10, 2017 (start date may be flexible)


Position Responsibilities

• Collaborate with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and current RE Assistant to ensure an engaging Sunday curriculum focusing on religious exploration, social justice, UU Principles, leadership development and adult partnerships

• Supervise teen activities with some weeknight and/or weekend hours required

• Assist in recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer teachers and mentors

• Attend weekly staff meetings and RE committee meetings as applicable

• Recruit youth for program expansion

• Foster connections among youth participants of all ages

• Interface with congregation at appropriate times regarding the RE program

• Maintain program supplies for youth programs within budget constraints



• Utilize electronic and printed communication channels to advise the UU community regarding events and programs

• Facilitate and encourage frequent communication among volunteer teachers, parents and youth regarding our RE program

• Maintain close contact with the DRE and RE Assistant


Desired Talents

• Being a good listener and maintaining a positive attitude

• Experience with special needs children and youth

• Familiarity with social media and appropriate use of these tools

• Comfortable in a collaborative team dynamic

• Knowledge of Unitarian Universalist principles and values

• Sensitivity to the unique needs youth and adults from divergent backgrounds


Working Environment/Physical Activities

• Participation in camping, outdoor sports and service trips

• Willingness to sleep on floors or couches at youth conferences

• Willingness to participate on youth overnights with consecutive hours of lost sleep

• Able to coach, mentor and connect with youth and their families

• Sensitive to, and respectful of, confidential and personal information



Julie Miller, Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City