Job Opening – Club UU Leader

Club UU Leader Job Description (Temporary part-time)

First Unitarian Church of Oakland is a spiritually alive, radically inclusive, justice-centered congregation in downtown Oakland.  We are seeking a leader for our 6th-8th grade “Club UU”.

The Club UU Leader leads the group at First Unitarian on Sunday mornings, 2 times a month, from 10:30 to 11:45.

During this time of COVID:

  1. We follow state recommendations for vaccination and candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination.
  2. We follow Alameda County Health Department recommendations and Board COVID Safety Policy.  We may not always meet in person or at the church location. Zoom meetings or outdoor venues are options.

On Sundays when there is a story for all ages and Club UU, the Club UU leader attends worship in Hamilton Hall with the 6th-8th graders and other children and then takes their group to the Club UU room when the children and youth leave the service.  On Sundays when there is a children’s chapel, Club UU begins at the regular time, as the youth do not attend chapel.  When there is an Inter-generational Worship Service, Club UU does not meet.

The Club UU Leader leads activities and discussions in order to:

  1. help the youth grow in their connections with and respect for each other,
  2. explore questions of identity, spirituality, purpose, and meaning in their lives (each month at First Unitarian has a spiritual theme to explore),
  3. integrate UU values into daily living and possibly a service learning project, and
  4. have fun!

There is a desire among some of the youth to learn about and visit other houses of worship this spring.

Necessary qualifications

  • Successful experience working with groups of youth and a ready ability to connect and build rapport with middle school youth.
  • Strong group leadership skills with a diverse group of youth.
  • A schedule that allows for consistently being available to lead Club UU on Sunday mornings.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Works collegially with adult volunteers
  • Successfully passing a background check

Compensation is $75/week when there is Club UU, paid as staff, which is designed to include some prep time.  This is a 3-month position from the start date with possibility of renewal or extension.