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Youth Programs Coordinator, Newton, MA

Youth Programs Coordinator, Newton, MA

Reports to: Director of Lifespan Religious Education, effective Sept. 1, 2014
Status: Part-time at 10 hours per week for 10 months per year

Job Summary

The Youth Programs Coordinator works with youth, the Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE), and lay leaders to develop, sustain, implement and enhance RE programming for high school youth and to help all teenagers connect with youth programming and the congregation in general.


The position requires availability on Sunday evenings for 45 weeks per year, one Friday evening per month, monthly evening committee meetings, occasional Sunday mornings, and the occasional weekend overnight.

Essential Functions

  • Work with youth, DLRE, and volunteer adult advisers to organize and support weekly youth group meetings.
  • Oversee Adult Advisers, including scheduling coverage.
  • Coordinate monthly Youth/Adult Committee (YAC) meetings.
  • Participate in Coming of Age Fridays (monthly).
  • Prepare monthly reports for and attend RE Committee meetings.
  • Plan and organize youth-related special events (e.g., social justice projects, field trips, milestone events, youth worship service, community-building gatherings)
  • Provide ongoing communication between and among DLRE, youth and their parents/guardians, RE volunteers, and the FUSN community.

Other Responsibilities

  • Chaperone occasional overnight or weekend youth events.
  • Participate as requested and as time permits in special youth-related events outside of FUSN such as overnights, youth conferences, field trips and social justice projects.
  • Participate in larger UU religious education community as time permits (e.g., District RE cluster, Youth-Adult Committee, Youth Programs Coordinator Covenant Group, youth volunteer trainings, etc.).


  • Must be 25 years old or older.
  • Experience in coordinating and supporting volunteers.
  • B.A. or B.S. college degree or equivalent experience in a youth-related field.
  • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalist principles, values and culture.

Core Competencies

  • Youth Work: High comfort level interacting and communicating with teens and young adults; leads youth successfully through difficulties and challenges, including conflict, diversity, and inclusion issues; nurtures youth leadership and youth/adult partnership.
  • Volunteer Management: Provides direction, gains commitment, facilitates change, and achieves results through the efficient, creative, and responsible deployment of volunteers; engages people in their areas of giftedness and passion.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; stays flexible; takes reasonable risks, and learns from mistakes.
  • Initiative: High level of self-motivation; enjoys working hard; is action oriented and energetic about worthwhile activities.
  • Communication and Organizational Skills: Strong interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; proficiency with computer programs (especially MS Suite, email/web clients, and social networking).


Commensurate with experience and credentials.



Send or email letter of interest and resume to the following name and address as soon as possible to ensure consideration for this position.

First Unitarian Society in Newton
1326 Washington St.
West Newton, MA 02465
Attention: Rev. Erin Splaine

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