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Help Wanted: Social Action Coordinator

Position:Social Action Coordinator
Posting date:January 10, 2017
Reports to:Senior Minister
FLSA status:Non-exempt; part-time
Schedule:30 hours/week, 12 months/year
to include three quarters of Sunday mornings during church year
Start date:February 2017, date to be determined
Salary and benefits:Competitive, benefits included
Contact:Eric Moore, eric_a_moore@yahoo.com
email resume and cover letter (no telephone calls please)

 

Position Summary

The Social Action Coordinator will facilitate communication and coordination amongst the Social Action Community (SAC) Board, ministers, other staff, program leaders, and other parishioners. S/he will assist the SAC Board to implement and evaluate a two-year project designed to increase congregational participation in social action activities.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Serve as First Parish primary Social Action Community (SAC) contact and provide administrative leadership for social action
    1. Model Unitarian Universalist principles and values and respectful ways of allying with organizations led by and for disadvantaged groups
    2. Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly SAC Board meetings
    3. Field and respond to or route incoming social action related emails and calls
    4. Distribute information about social action events, meetings, and trainings
    5. Help administer First Parish’s social action grant program and pilot share-the-plate collections
  2. Along with the Senior Minister and other First Parish staff, integrate social justice work into parish activities
  3. Along with the Senior Minister and other worship staff, integrate social action into Sunday worship services
    1. Recruit congregants to speak and light the Social Action candle during each service
    2. Participate in three-quarters of Sunday services and coffee hours
  4. With the SAC Board, pilot new ways of conducting social action at First Parish, including:
    1. Social action community building across age groups
    2. Social justice related training, discussion of relevant readings, and workshops
    3. Assessment of pilot activities and recommendations for moving forward
    4. Gather congregational input on social justice priorities

Job Qualifications

  • Experience with faith-based social justice work (professionally or as a volunteer, UU or non-UU) and comfort with communicating the spiritual dimension of social justice work
  • Demonstrated leadership and group facilitation skills
  • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalist Principles and values, or willingness to learn
  • Familiarity with local social justice movement(s), or demonstrated ability to build relationships with social justice organizations
  • Prior community organization experience a plus

Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Experience using social media for social justice purposes
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting the community
  • Well-developed emotional intelligence and insight into own internalized biases

First Parish in Concord is a large, visible, active church located in the center of historic Concord, Massachusetts. In addition to offering dynamic and meaningful Sunday services, enriching religious education, and opportunities for musical and artistic expression, First Parish also offers congregants leadership opportunities, social activism, small group spiritual growth, community connection, special interest group participation, musical and artistic performances, rites of passage ceremonies, and more.

Mission: First Parish in Concord is a welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation that seeks to deepen spiritually, build community, and make a positive difference in the world.

Standing Committee Goals 2016-18

As of December 11, 2016, The Standing Committee has set the following goals through 2018:

  • Create a process to ensure policies are maintained
  • Strengthen connections to other congregations and to the wider denomination
  • Nurture leadership within First Parish
    • Support our Senior Minister in the organization of an annual First Parish leadership meeting, including all chairs/co-chairs of FP committees with an agenda aimed at strengthening relationships and leadership capabilities
  • Support SAC and its pilot programs
  • Complete a congregation-wide exploration on social action funding
    • Initiate discussions aimed at re-affirming, modifying, or eliminating our annual allocation of 7.5% of annual pledge payments to social justice
    • Coordinate timing with SAC pilot initiatives
    • Create and disseminate objective information at Annual Meeting 2017
    • Evaluate congregational input on funding mechanisms from last year’s SAC survey, and assess whether and how further input should be gathered
    • Determine if and when to hold a congregational vote regarding our policy on SAC funding mechanisms