Employment Opportunity: Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development (Summary)

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg is looking for an Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development. We are searching for an individual who is trained in interim work and understands the importance of helping the congregation prepare for settled ministry. We are excited to continue to grow our programs to help us live into our new Mission and Vision.[1]

Our Congregation

We are a caring, learning, and socially engaged congregation that is loving and works collaboratively for a just society. We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist faith development programs offer all ages, inspiring:

  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Job Description

Below is a summary of this opportunity. For a detailed job description and information on how to apply, please read Employment Opportunity: Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Title: Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Reports to: Minister

Hours & Compensation: full-time (30 hours/week, or .75 FTE) salary and benefits in accordance with CUC/UUA Compensation Standards Geo Index 3

General Description

Under the supervision of the minister, the Director of Lifespan Faith Development (DLFD) is responsible for the development and administration of the Lifespan Faith Development program. As such, the DLFD is responsible for the initiatives and programs through which people of all ages are able to grow and mature in their identity as Unitarian Universalists at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg (FUUW). The DLFD works collaboratively with the minister, staff, and lay leadership in a relationship of shared ministry and in commitment to the mission of the church.

The Interim DLFD will work with the congregation to fulfill an agreed upon interim process as well as oversee the Lifespan Faith Development (LFD) program.

  • The interim process includes supporting the congregation through grief and change and helping them open to something and someone new.
  • The Interim DLFD works with the congregation to facilitate a faith development program respecting the congregation’s needs and resources during the interim time. This includes:
  • While the DLFD does not normally “teach” in programs, this has shifted during the pandemic. For the duration of the pandemic, the Interim DLFD will remain flexible, and will determine with the minister how best to use their time.
  • The Interim DLFD will provide support for the congregation while the Minister is away on leave, including a planned sabbatical from March — June 2022. This includes working in conjunction with church committees, but not assuming Minister’s responsibilities and duties.
  • The Interim DLFD will serve as a resource for the Settled DLFD Search Committee when the congregation enters search.
  • The Interim DLFD is not eligible to apply for the settled position.

Offer of employment is contingent upon clear Child Abuse Registry and Police Record checks.

Currently this position is fulfilled remotely and may continue as such through the duration of the contract, regardless of where the Interim resides. If the Interim DLFD does live locally, there is office space available, which requires the use of stairs. An elevator will be installed when funding is complete.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Has completed Professional Interim Training
  • Expertise in research and development of LFD model options
  • Welcoming & respectful orientation to all people regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, economic status, or ethnicity
  • Experience with philosophy, values and curricula within Unitarian Universalism
  • Knowledge of stages of human and faith development, so as to be able to provide age-appropriate activities and programs to promote faith formation
  • Facility with audio and video digital platforms and technology that accommodates those onsite and off.
  • Ability to lead small groups of different age ranges, including planning content and creating safe, supportive environment for discussions

Search Schedule 2021

  • September 1 – September 22: accepting applications
  • September 28 – October 8: interviews
  • October 12: job offer
  • October 19: start date

[1] First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Mission Statement, June 2021

We are a diverse and caring community that is loving, inclusive, responsible, and encouraging.

We are a learning community open to evidence and varied insights that encourages reflection and exploration. We use what we learn to strengthen our relationships and our capacity.

We are a socially engaged community that works collaboratively, compassionately, and urgently for a just society and for our life-sustaining planet.

We are Caring, Learning and Socially Engaged