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Job Description: Family Life Coordinator (FLC)  2022


The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is seeking a Family Life Coordinator. UCM is a vibrant spiritual community rooted in the values of interdependence, love, and justice, with about 130 members and 20 children and youth. 

This is part-time renewable yearly contract, the Family Life Coordinator (FLC) is a position of 20 hours per week (including Sundays), 4 weeks of vacation and 4 weeks of paid study time; 8 Sundays off between September and June. Salary range $22,000 – 26,000 and benefits.

The successful candidate will create a welcoming community that provides each child, youth and family with a sense of belonging, offering UU based experiences that honour the inherent worth and dignity of each person.  They will lead Spiritual Exploration for children and youth.

Role:  To be a  caring and connecting leader  who creates a welcoming community for children, youth and families under the supervision of the minister.

Category:  Part-Time  renewable yearly contract

Conditions:  20 hours per week, on average.  Must be Able to work weekends and evenings.  One planned weekend off per month.  4 weeks of vacation and 4 weeks of study leave, to be taken largely in July and August. A professional development budget is provided.  UCM is a spiritual community rooted in values of interdependence, love and justice, with about 130 members and 25 children and youth.

Mission:  The FLC  is responsible for creating a welcoming community that provides each child, youth and family with a sense of belonging, offering UU based experiencesthat honour the inherent worth and dignity of each person.

The FLC will provide Unitarian Universalist values and history learning, emotional intelligence development, parental and family support, and enforce UCM safety protocols and policies.

The FLC will be the hub of communications for UCM families through personal contact, Family Updates, the Shining Chalice e-news, the website and other UCM media outlets.

Accountability:  The FLC is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, reporting to and  supervised by the Minister who is head of staff.

Qualities and Experience

  • Experience working with children, youth, and parents.
  • Warm and engaging presence with children and youth, ability to connect with and include diverse identities, including age, race, sexual orientation, and gender identification.
  • Skilled at storytelling facilitation and developing engaging experiences.
  • Proven experience with creating a healthy and nurturing community.
  • Knowledge of stages of childhood behavior and development and positive parenting techniques.
  • Be creative, flexible and demonstrate  good judgement.
  • Knowledge of Unitarian Universalism is an asset.
  • Must be able to work independently while maintaining good collaborative connections.
  • Strong communications and organizational skill
  • Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers is an asset.
  • Must have computer competence and social media skills.
  • Ability to maintain healthy personal and professional boundaries.
  • Undergraduate degree e.g.., education, psychology, social work, arts and science is an asset

A Criminal Background Check (Vulnerable Sector) is required for this position.

Duties

Programming  

  • Work with Minister to plan, schedule and carry out children and youth experiences both within and beyond Sunday services that work to reinforce and enhance worship themes.
  • Create and lead activities for children, prepare at home kits, provide resources to families.
  • Create and promote UCM social justice learning and service opportunities to families.
  • Support Youth Advisors and the Youth Group, including coordinating Youth Cons when required.
  • Organize and coordinate OWL (Our Whole Lives) programming on a rotating schedule.
  • Run Coming of Age program when appropriate.
  • Ensure nursery staff and facilities are provided for Sunday services and other UCM events as requested.
  • Coordinate the “ Time for All Ages” for worship services, working with the minister.
  • Prepare and staff the welcome nook for children during services.
  • Provide support and leadership for Adult Spiritual Development programs.
  • Procure and set up Christmas Tree.
  • Organize youth for special collection during December.

Coordination and Relationships

  • Nurture connections and community for parents and families through regular communications and events.
  • Meet with Parent Support Team on a monthly to bi-monthly basis.
  • Help youth and young adults build denominational relationships.
  • Help support and integrate young adults into UCM.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, meet weekly with the Minister.
  • Attend various committee meetings where a voice for children, youth and family is required.
  • Recruit, schedule and support paid nursery staff.
  • Recruit and support volunteers as needed.
  • Coordinate summer child care.
  • Coordinate youth fundraising events as required.
  • Provide support to families as needed.

Administration

  • Maintain family information and ensure Administrator and Membership Chair have basic contact details.  Maintain attendance records, permission forms and allergy forms.
  • Take the lead on maintaining our Safe Steps Policy and educating the congregation about the policy and expectations.
  • Take the lead on encouraging UCM to remain nut-aware and supportive of other allergy needs.
  • Organize and maintain records of up-to-date police checks for all volunteers and paid positions.
  • Oversee and enforce UCM policies and procedures related to children and youth, including Fire Safety Plan.
  • Manage Spiritual Exploration budget and submit annual budget request to Finance.
  • Purchase supplies, books, and curriculum.
  • Maintain SE library of story books and teaching resources.
  • Work with Property Committee to maintain the Youth Barn in good condition.
  • Liaise with Tiny Treasure staff over the shared space in Founders Hall only.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of SE rooms and equipment.

Communications

  • Nurture a sense of community among parents and families through on-line connections and face to face events.  Maintain regular communications with families using Family Update e-mail newsletter and direct connections via text, messenger and phone.
  • On Sunday mornings, be available before service to greet families.
  • On off Sundays, arrange for a qualified individual to act as FLC.
  • Provide a monthly report to the Board of Directors.
  • Promote SE and ADS philosophy and values to congregation using email, Facebook, bulletin boards, etc.
  • Keep the SE and ADS sections of the website updated.
  • Maintain bulletin boards.

Additional tasks as requested by supervisor and as appropriate.

Professional Development

  • Become a member of the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators (CUURE), a branch of the Liberal Religious Educators’ Association (LREDA).
  • Attend CUURE meetings, Renaissance Training Modules, and LREDA annual conferences when possible. With approval, attend other appropriate educational workshops.
  • Build relationships with other professional UU staff involved in family life through CUURE, the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC),), and LREDA.
  • Take Our Whole Lives (OWL) training for at least one age group.

Interested candidates should reply with an expression of interest and CV to  admin@uucm.ca

Interviews will be held  at UCM.  Position to commence ASAP.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.