The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst is a community of caring freethinkers, dedicated to a collective search for truth and meaning. As Unitarian Universalists we affirm and promote seven principles and recently we have added an eighth principle, in addition to six sources that guide us to be our best selves as we seek intellectual and spiritual growth within the Beloved Community.

The following employment opportunity is available at the UUSA:

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst

121 North Pleasant Street

P.O. Box 502

Amherst, MA 01004-0502

Tel: 413-253-2848



Job Title: Director of Religious Education (DRE)

Reports to: Minister and coordinates with RE Ministry

Compensation: $22-25/hour, commensurate with UUA credentialing level

Hours: Society calendar year (42 weeks) @ generally 15 hours/week

Summer : 25 hours total

Start date: Meetings and preparation in spring and summer 2022, 

15 hours/week beginning in September 2022


Position Summary: To provide leadership based on Unitarian Universalist principles and sources and provide programming designed to explore Unitarian Universalism, other religions, and social justice.  Programs should nurture individual spiritual and intellectual growth.   

The Director of Religious Education is responsible for the religious education programming of the congregation for children and youth. The DRE will be the lead teacher, unless another lead is appointed, for the K-6, 6-8 and Youth Group Program, with the help of congregational volunteers. The DRE will supervise paid support staff, such as Preschool Teacher and Youth Coordinator, and volunteer teachers from the congregation. The DRE works closely with the Minister and Congregational Administrator. The DRE has a presence in Sunday worship services and facilitates student and youth participation in worship.

Location and hours: This position can be fulfilled with a mix of remote and onsite hours. Instruction, Sunday worship, and meetings occur at set times and places, but many hours are flexible and can be completed offsite.

Education and Experience: Must have experience or degree in the field related to education or human services, ability to teach to people of various ages, have an understanding of UU principles, comfort with a wide variety of religious views, and knowledge of UU RE or a willingness to learn. Will also have organizational, administrative, communication and volunteer management skills as well as initiative and an ability to encourage others.

Continuing Education: The DRE shall engage in an ongoing process to increase their knowledge of the UU tradition, teaching methods, religious philosophies, and spiritual practices such that this knowledge might augment the RE program.  The Society shall support this endeavor with professional development funds.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The UU Society of Amherst shall not discriminate in violation of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States of America, and will provide equality of treatment to its applicants and employees with respect to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, or ancestry. Any exceptions to this policy which may arise must be consistent with applicable laws and must be based on specific goals of the position.

To apply for this position: send resume and letter of interest to