Church Stories

April 10, 2018

Careers

Written by: Julia Smolucha

Open Positions

Kenilworth Union Church is seeking a Director of Christian Education who will:

  • Lead an active, inclusive, vibrant family-oriented faith community that seeks to embody “church as a school of love.”
  • Delight in God’s presence with children and share in the good news of Jesus
  • Oversee a comprehensive vision for Christian education and faith formation for infants through sixth graders and their families.
  • Oversee curriculum development and programs for children from birth to sixth grade
    • Direct supervision of Sunday School and all children’s programming
    • Create sacred space for children to experience God
    • Lead weekly Sunday worship for 3-6th grade chapel
    • Build relationships at 5-6th grade youth group
    • Support faith formation of children and families at A Joyful Noise Preschool
    • Develop and maintain fellowship, outreach and summer programs
  • Build and train a community of staff, volunteer teachers and ministry leaders
  • Develop resources and programs for whole-family faith formation
  • Communicate early and often with parents, volunteers, staff and congregation about the vision, mission and program details of Children’s Ministry

Accountability

The Director of Christian Education is accountable to the Board of Directors of Kenilworth Union Church through the Personnel Committee, is supervised by the Associate Pastor for Children and Youth Ministry, and will supervise the Associate Director of Children’s Ministry and the Nursery Care staff.

Personal and Professional Qualifications

  • Holds and demonstrates Christian faith and values
  • Welcoming, engaging, joyful presence with children and their families
  • Mastery in classroom instruction and guidance of faith formation
  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Holds a Masters Degree in Christian Education or Early Childhood Education (or) holds a BA in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Christian Educator
  • Has 3-5 years of experience as a Christian Educator (or) has 3-5 years of Early Childhood and/or Elementary teaching experience.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of faith and references to the Rev. Dr. Katie Lancaster  or to Christian Education Director Search Committee, Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth IL 60043.

Posted Dec. 6, 2017

Communications Manager (Part-time, 40 hours/month)

The Communications Manager at Kenilworth Union Church (KUC) is integral in establishing and maintaining communication practices that create and sustain awareness of the mission and ministry of the church within the community.

This position is responsible for writing and editing for print and digital tactics, media relations, brand management and coordinate communications planning and tactics.  Current channels include weekly email newsletters to 1,000+ subscribers, social media (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter) Sunday worship service bulletins, press releases, and posters/banners.  This position will monitor quality standards and metrics unique to each channel and guide the organization in continuous improvements.

This position will report to the Director of Business Operations and coordinate the staff communications committee’s activities and advise the Board of Trustees on communications impact.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Collaborate with staff to develop quarterly editorial calendars for all channels to maximize impact of ministry and programs (i.e. Liturgical season, Outreach Benefit, Rummage and other major events).
  • Review and edit all communication elements with respect to established brand standards and style guides.
  • Write original content for newsletters, website, or other vehicles.
  • Lead relationship with media to include writing news releases, media advisories, and working with local reporters.
  • Develop promotion campaigns which may include advertising in local outlets, posting of banners, posters or other resources to promote awareness.
  • Oversee and collaborate in maintaining the Kenilworth Union website, doing page updates and enhancements
  • Oversee postings to social media by appropriate staff members
  • Occasionally participate in staff meetings and offer office hours during the traditional business day to collaborate with staff

Qualifications

  • BA degree or equivalent; Journalism degree preferred
  • Excellent writing, grammar and proofreading skills (a proofreading test will be part of the interview)
  • Comfortable working with WordPress management system
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Word and in a Windows environment; familiarity with InDesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver is a plus
  • Ability to respond quickly and to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a faith-based environment

About Kenilworth Union Church: 

Kenilworth Union is an inclusive church community whose identity is formed by its devotion to God, inspiring worship, service in the community and a deep commitment to nurturing our children and youth in faith.  For more information, see www.kuc.org.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letters and resumes to info@kuc.org.

 

Posted March 22, 2018