Date: February 8, 2021
Job Title: Assistant Minister (Contract)
Congregation: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) (Virginia)
Reports to: Senior Minister
Status: Full-time (with the option to work entirely remotely until UUCA begins reopening our campus, and following that the option for primarily remote work until full reopening); two year contract with significant potential for renewal
The Assistant Minister supports the overall ministry of the congregation, with a special focus on and ownership of building a relational congregational culture of justice work and community. UUCA’s justice ministry is significant and complex; the vision for this position in its first two years centers around connecting these teams, infusing the work with a strong, lived commitment to anti-racism learning and practice, and moving from a transactional to relational organizing ethos. This position contributes meaningfully to worship on a regular basis, as well as preaching every 4-6 weeks, and supervises those staff and volunteers focused on community building and pastoral care.
- Connect with, support, and provide leadership to social justice teams and the social justice infrastructure at UUCA–including lay leadership development, retreat facilitation, and structural change work in partnership with the Senior Minister
- Support UUCA’s social justice presence in the larger community through relationship building and organizational engagement with community partners
- Work with the Senior Minister and key lay leaders to create and nurture an overall vision for social justice and anti-racism leadership at UUCA, including direct teaching and engagement with denominational and community resources
- Build UUCA’s relational culture, working with staff and lay leaders across multiple programming areas to infuse pastoral care, social justice, small groups, and other aspects of congregational life, using listening campaign techniques, personal modeling, and lay leadership development
- Support immediate pastoral care and counseling needs, along with the Senior Minister and Lay Commissioned Minister for Pastoral Care
- Support and lead worship as needed, working in a collaborative model
- Fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist Minister
- Community organizing experience/training
- Experience in a large congregation
- Experience in multiracial and/or crosscultural settings
*If you do not meet some or all of these qualifications, and believe you bring a unique perspective or experience to this position, please reach out for a conversation! We would love to talk with you.
- Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression learning
- Conflict management skills
- Self-differentiation and non-anxious presence
- Social justice witness skills
- Organizational and project-management skills
- Worship leadership skills
- Generally proficient in technology as needed in office settings and for virtual worship
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, is seeking a full-time assistant
minister beginning in August 2021. This is a staff hire position with a two-year contract and significant potential for renewal. At the same time, the congregation has gone through significant transition and will be navigating a return to hybrid/in-person operations during this two-year period; the needs of the position may change and the ideal candidate will be able to support the congregation with flexibility.
UUCA is a 775 member congregation in the DC metro area. UUCA has a newly called Senior Minister, the Rev. Amanda Poppei, who began in August 2020. We have a staff of 14, a large RE program which has maintained connection through the pandemic, youth and young adult groups, multiple social justice initiatives, and many dedicated and talented lay teams, including worship associates and a large pastoral care team working with support from a Lay Commissioned Minister.
UUCA welcomes all to Come for Community, Find Inspiration, and Live with Purpose, together. During non-pandemic times there are two worship services (except in summer), which are live-streamed. More information may be found at www.uucava.org.
There are a number of congregations in the DC Metro area and the collegial support is wide and deep. In particular, the DC area is home to a number of younger ministers, queer ministers, and ministers who identify as BIPOC.
Pay and benefits are based on education and experience. UUCA is in Geo Index 5. Some relocation funds may be available.
As UUCA seeks to build a staff that represents the community around us, we particularly encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color to apply.
The position will be open until filled, however we hope to have someone hired to begin with the 2021-22 program year.
Interested applicants should send:
Two sermons or worship services via video
Paragraph responses to the following prompts:
- Describe your call to ministry and what you feel most drawn to at this time.
- Describe your personal approach to anti-racism work.
- Detail your approach to community and/or interfaith work. Please include at least one significant experience that exemplifies this approach.
- Please share any experiences, qualifications, or ministry orientations that you believe would serve you in this particular position.
Please email the above as a PDF with your full name in the file name to Rev. Poppei firstname.lastname@example.org.