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Ordained Personnel

Minister

Performs the expected duties of ministry. Often supervises other staff. May function as lead or executive for administrative purposes. Confers with the governing board, committees and volunteers. Represents the congregation to the community.

Senior Minister

Performs all of the tasks of a minister, plus performs a lead role for other ordained ministers. For compensation purposes, the title senior is not merely honorific but indicates supervisory responsibilities for other clergy and staff.

Co-Minister

With another Co-Minister, jointly performs the duties of ministry. Co-ministers are generally of equal rank.

Minister of Religious Education

Performs the expected duties of ministry. Develops and directs the lifespan religious education program as a specialized ministry. Usually supervises other paid religious education staff. Supervises recruitment, training, and coordination of volunteers. Involved with worship of all ages. Bringing an educational lens to the ministerial team, shares in the traditional duties of ministry such as preaching, rites of passage and pastoral services.

Interim Minister

Performs the duties and responsibilities of a minister or senior minister during a one or two year period while a congregation searches for a settled minister. Often has specialized training in organizational transition and/or covenant building.

Associate Minister

Performs substantially all the duties of a minister, with another minister who has lead status and responsibilities. Called by a vote of the congregation. This role can become a specialized one in a team ministry.

Assistant Minister

Performs some of the duties of a minister under the direction of a senior minister. Hired by the governing board rather than by a vote of the congregation.

Campus Minister

Ministers to college-age persons through programs for young adults. May be jointly employed by a congregation, district or another organization.

Youth Minister

Ministers to persons from junior high school age through young adulthood through programs designed for teens and youth.

Community Minister

Ministers through military or civilian chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, psychotherapy, community organization, or social justice advocacy roles. May be employed by a congregation, several congregations, or a secular organization. Must be a member of and have ongoing involvement with a UU organization.

Minister of Music

An ordained minister who plans and implements the music program of a religious organization. Will have graduate degrees in religion as well as music. For compensation purposes, this is not an honorific title granted to a layperson. The minister of music will hold the usual academic credentials of a learned ministry, and will be a seminary graduate.

Non-ordained Personnel

Credentialed Religious Educator—Masters Level

A lay person who will have completed the credentialing program requirements which include a master's degree or equivalent, graduate work in UU history and polity, UU religious education history and philosophy, and learning theories and teaching methods; completed the reading list for this level; has at least three years' experience in paid RE leadership at least half-time or equivalent; and demonstrated competency in directing all aspects of UU lifespan religious education in and beyond the congregation.

Credentialed Religious Educator

A lay person who will have completed the program requirements which include a bachelor's degree or equivalent, learning experiences beyond 75 hours of training; completed the reading list for this level; has at least two years' experience in paid RE leadership at least half-time or equivalent; and demonstrated competency in directing most aspects of a UU lifespan religious education program.

Credentialed Religious Educator—Associate Level

A lay person who will have completed the program requirements which include at least 75 hours of training; completed the reading list for this level; has at least two years' experience in paid RE leadership at least quarter time or equivalent; and demonstrated competency in directing many aspects of a UU lifespan religious education program.

Religious Educator

A lay person who plans and administers a comprehensive religious education program, including recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers, and who serves as a resource in using UU religious education curricula and programs. For purposes of these salary recommendations, a Religious Educator is a person who is not participating in the Religious Educator Credentialing Program, but who is already employed in the leadership of a UU RE program. In establishing the appropriate salary, especially in this time of transition of the RE credentialing program, consideration should be given to years of experience as a RE Director, relevant academic achievement, and a demonstrated mastery of curriculum and program administration.

RE Coordinator

Assists in planning and implementing a Religious Education program under the supervision of a Director of Religious Education (DRE) or a Minister. The RE Coordinator will provide primarily administrative support but will have limited program responsibility. In a small congregation, the RE Coordinator may be the only RE professional and report to a Minister who directs the RE program. In a larger congregation, the RE coordinator will report directly to a DRE or MRE who directs the RE program. Program responsibilities might include recruiting and guiding/supporting volunteers, serving as a teacher or program facilitator, supervising Sunday activities when the DRE or MRE is unavailable, or managing one aspect of the religious education activities (such as directing a summer program, coordinating the children's or youth program, directing an evening adult program or a committee tasked with developing family activities).

Certified Music Director

A lay person who will have completed the 3 year certification program. Program requirements include coursework and demonstrated competencies in three main areas of knowledge, Music Skills and Resources, UU Heritage and Values, and Leadership and Interpersonal Skills. Directs the music program, usually in consultation with the minister. Has accountability for music budget. Supervises any other music staff. Personally, or through others, organizes and directs the choir(s), selects the music for worship, plays the organ or other instruments. May engage other musicians and supervise their performance. Typically has at least one degree in Music.

Music Director

Directs the music program, usually in consultation with the minister. Has accountability for music budget. Supervises any other music staff. Personally, or through others, organizes and directs the choir(s), selects the music for worship, plays the organ or other instruments. May engage other musicians and supervise their performance. Typically has at least one degree in Music.

Certified Choir Director

A lay person who will have completed the 3 year certification program. Program requirements include coursework and demonstrated competencies in three main areas of knowledge, Music Skills and Resources, UU Heritage and Values, and Leadership and Interpersonal Skills. Directs the choirs and vocal groups. Typically works under a music director. If the person holding this position also administers the music program, the recommended salary should be increased by twenty percent. 

Choir Director

Directs the choirs and vocal groups. Typically works under a music director. If the person holding this position also administers the Music Program, the recommended salary should be increased by twenty percent.

Organist/Keyboard/Instrumentalist

Accompanies the choir during services, plans keyboard music, and also performs as a solo musician. May be responsible for maintenance and repair of instruments. Usually works in concert with a music director. If the person holding this position also administers the Music Program, the recommended salary should be increased by twenty percent.

Ministerial Intern (Seminarian)

A lay person who is in training to become an ordained minister under the supervision of another minister. Usually a student in the second or third year of seminary preparation learning the practical arts of ministry.

Business Administrator

Manages the administrative and financial matters of the congregation with a high degree of independence and fiscal responsibility. Typically empowered to sign contracts, negotiate insurance programs and develop financial plans. Advises the governing board on a wide range of financial matters at a strategic level. Supervises other administrative staff. Typically requires significant business experience and a degree in business administration with at least five years of managerial or significant professional employment in a religious organization.

Congregational Administrator

Responsible for a broad variety of functions for the smooth operation of the church program with minimal guidance by a business manager or minister. Manages office procedures, facilities, schedules, purchasing, preparation of budgets, and bookkeeping services. Will be skilled in office applications for computers. Will supervise other administrative staff in the absence of a Business Administrator. Prepares reports and recommendations to governing board and minister. Contacts people internally and externally to gather information. Knowledgeable about the organization and its policies. May prepare payroll, accounts payable, and record revenue.

Office Administrator

Responsible for a variety of operations for the administration of the church program under moderate supervision. May perform most of the functions listed above, but likely to require guidance. Often performs the duties of an Office Assistant. Will be skilled in current office applications for computers. May supervise other staff and/or volunteers.

Office Assistant

Provides general clerical support of semi-routine nature under close to moderate supervision. Operates office equipment. Activities include preparation and distribution of written/printed materials such as newsletters, Sunday bulletins, and sermons. Also answers and routs incoming calls, schedules building use and work hours for others. Will likely maintain church membership and mailing lists. Maintains necessary office supplies. May perform some ongoing, programmed administrative duties such as preparation of payroll and accounts payable.

Bookkeeper

Maintains financial ledgers and is responsible for journal entries and balance sheets. Prepares statements, investigates and clears discrepancies, complies reports and analyses of accounts. Uses bookkeeping or accounting software. Likely to have at least two years of college plus 4 to 6 years of accounting experience.

Membership Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator

Organizes and supervises activities to integrate new members into the congregation. May plan and implement programs to attract new members or provide orientation under moderate supervision. Interprets and explains congregational processes, responsibilities and obligations.

Custodian

Performs regular cleaning duties in all parts of the building with close to moderate supervision. Sets up furniture and fixtures for events and meetings. May be responsible for opening and closing the building for functions.

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Last updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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