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Protestant Religious Education Coordinator
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Job Summary

Occupation Education and Training
Specialty Coordinator
Location McGuire AFB, New Jersey, New Jersey, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 1/11/24
The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:
1.1.1 The coordinator shall perform as a Protestant Religious Education (RE) Coordinator (PREC) to provide a comprehensive Protestant Religious Education (PRE) program support for the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Protestant congregation in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Air Force Chaplain Corps (AFI 52-101) and approval by the Protestant RE Chaplain. Serve as the focal point, advisor, and coordinator for PRE services in accordance with the description/duties identified herein. Anticipate 100 children and 50 volunteers.
1.2.1 Coordinator shall be required to maintain office hours to perform specific requirements of this JOB DESCRIPTION to include weekends, evenings and some holidays for special programs. Historically, coordinators have maintained approximately 18 office hours per week and an approximately 120 hours per month for special/seasonal programs.
1.2.1 Plan, direct and implement the various programs, i.e. vacation bible school, annual childrens Christmasprograms, annual Protestant RE program kickoff celebration, and the advent and Lenten educational outreach programs. Coordinator will coordinate these programs with the Protestant RE chaplain and other activities at least six months prior to program date and adhere to the required program schedules.
1.2.2 Establish and maintain an RE resource program with a broad and orderly assortment of visual aids, object lessons, multi-media support, and general teaching aids to enhance religious education effectiveness in all areas at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Chapel.
1.2.3 Research and select Protestant RE curriculum/material. Protestant RE Chaplain approval shall be received a minimum of 30 days prior to program start date. Coordinate facility, administrative and audiovisual support requirements for all RE volunteers.
1.2.4 Provide administrative support, to include purchase requests, curriculum coordination, teacher training, facility reservation, assistance for all Children Churchs and Adult Bible Studies. Train teachers, substitutes, and volunteers; provide workshops as required. All teachers must be 18 years of age or older, complete and receive a favorable background check investigation as listed in para 1.2.13, have formal or informal experience/education with children, be willing to fulfill leadership and support roles in classrooms, assist with teaching and equipping children and teenagers with age appropriate Christian bible lessons. Inform RE Coordinator of any concerns, resource needs, and provide a weekly attendance report. Coordinator must ensure volunteers and teachers are familiar with the facility resources and religious education policies. Teachers will be provided all needed materials for their training/programs/sessions in sufficient time to be ready. It is requested that teachers arrive in sufficient time prior to training/program/sessions to ensure the facility is prepared and returned back to its original condition after use. Publish a yearly RE Teachers Handbook, RE Participants Handbook and Calendar of event.
1.2.4 Maintain an adult/student ratio in accordance with local guidance as established by the Joint Base Senior Chaplain. For pre-toddler, 12 months old to 24 months old, have no more than five children per adult. For preschoolers, three years old to five years old, have no more than 12 children per adult.
1.2.5 Assist with planning for special services such as Christmas Candlelight, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and Special Services.
1.2.6 Maintain current Religious Education Continuity Binder(s) and electronic folders including, but not limited to Purchase Records, Disbursement Requests, Facility Requests, After Action Reports, Calendars, Curriculum, Rosters, Procedures, and Training. Files will be accessible to the Protestant RE Chaplain as well as the chapel staff for continuity purposes. Submit after-action reports for each special program and for each semester of regular activities, as directed by the Protestant RE Chaplain. Draft and produce publicity materials for Chapel RE programs in a timely manner, as determined by the Protestant RE Chaplain. Materials will be submitted to Protestant RE Chaplain a minimum of three duty days prior to deadlines for publication, submission, etc. Utilize chapel social media Sites in accordance with established policies.
1.2.7 Attend and participate in chapel meetings as follows: Protestant Advisory Council (PAC) meetings as a nonvoting advisor, designated faith group leader meetings, and weekly Chapel staff meetings. Additionally, the coordinator will participate in the annual Protestant planning meeting. Research and compile religious education statistical information using charts, graphs, and reports as requested for presentation at the quarterly PAC meeting. Reports shall be submitted to the Protestant RE Chaplain a minimum of five duty days prior to meeting date. In consultation with the Protestant RE Chaplain, develop and submit an 18-month annual planning calendar each April to be reviewed at the annual PAC planning meeting, to include summer events and the following RE year (September-June), two weeks prior to the anticipated meeting date. Assist in the development of annual Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund (CTOF) budgets, as directed by the Protestant RE Chaplain. Request funds for the purchase of books, materials, equipment, and supplemental services using the CTOF request forms, in accordance with local operating instructions and procedures. Identify, prepare, and submit annual curriculum orders, library, and supply requirements to the Protestant RE Chaplain for approval. Maintain an accurate and current inventory of all curriculum and resource materials.
1.2.8 Maintain chapel facilities, equipment, and RE Program spaces. Prepare and clean rooms, equipment, and supplies each week. Report room/facility problems to facility manager or Chapel Superintendent within one duty day. Follow up with Protestant RE Chaplain as necessary for unresolved issues. Ensure that all facilities used are properly secured, to include all doors and windows, following the conclusion of a program. Do not sign out any chapel property without prior written approval of the Joint Base Senior Chaplain and Chapel Superintendent. All equipment signed out must be accounted for with AF 1297 and inspected prior to return for damages. Provide annual submission of facility request forms by deadline established by Chapel Facilities OI as well as any one-time usage request forms as soon as the need for facility space is known to the Protestant RE Chaplain, or his/her designate. Be responsible for keys provided by the government. For access to the facility during non-duty hours as well as office access, a key or keys will be provided. Keys shall be safeguarded and will not be duplicated or loaned to others. All keys will be returned on revocation of this service agreement. Coordinator will report any duplicated, lost or misplaced keys to the government within one (1) hour of the discovery of the occurrence to the Protestant Chaplain. Coordinator will reimburse the government for replacement of all locks or rekeying required as a result of keys being duplicated, lost or misplaced by Coordinator or while under the responsibility of Coordinator. Coordinator will be responsible for security of facilities and property made available by the government in conjunction with the performance of this service agreement. Coordinator will also employ accountability methods consistent with Chapel Operating Instructions. Coordinator must secure the facility as appropriate.
1.2.9 Participate in the preparation of MAJCOM and Wing directed inspections and briefings. Implement policies pertinent to the RE program in conjunction with the Protestant RE Chaplain. Coordinator shall project a professional demeanor at all times.
1.2.10 Communication skills, both orally and writing are clear and concise with all. Communicate with parents/sponsors concerning student absences or disciplinary problems in a timely manner. Consult with the Protestant RE Chaplain about any and all disciplinary problems. If the disciplinary problem remains unresolved, the RE Coordinator and the Protestant RE Chaplain will elevate the matter to the Joint Base Senior Chaplain and Superintendent. Coordinator will make every effort to solve matters at the lowest level.
1.2.11 Participate in chapel decorating/un-decorating and other clean-up/work days if they do not conflict with an established RE program.
1.2.12 Coordinator will participate in the planning process for the following years schedule, budget, and activities. Specific timelines are identified in Parish Manual, JB MDL Chapel OI 52-2, and the PAC processes.
1.2.13 Ensure all volunteers working with youth below 18 years of age receive the required background check as described in DoDI 1402.5 and local operating procedures at the governments expense. Background check requirements shall be completed prior to any and all volunteer participation. Maintain/monitor volunteer background checklists, to include background check requirements, paperwork, and expiration dates.
1.2.14 Must be proficient in the use of computers and the Microsoft Office Suite application.
1.2.15 Must be able to work within the pluralistic environment of the Chaplain Corps and effectively communicate with a variety of age groups ranging anywhere from infants to adults.
2.1.1 The coordinator must meet/exceed the following qualifications: Minimum of 3 years documented experience in Christian Religious studies or teaching, coordinating or directing a religious education (RE) program in a chapel/church setting. Bachelors Degree in Theology preferred but not required. Must submit two letters of reference supporting experience with RE programs
3.1.1 Coordinator historically work in the office a minimum of 18 regularly scheduled office hours per week. Office hours are usually during normal duty hours (0730-1630 Monday through Friday) on at least three different weekdays. Office hours include coordination, meetings, consultation, and program planning. In addition to office hours, a minimum of six regularly scheduled program hours per week. Program hours consist of regularly scheduled Religious Education programs, Childrens Church programs, special events (ex: VBS, Fall Kick-off, etc.), seasonal programs (ex: Harvest Festival, Christmas Plays, etc.). Must be available to work weekends and evenings for special programs. May be required to provide services on some Federal Holidays in conjunction with religious observances. Shall develop and post a schedule of consistent office/program hours in coordination with and approval of the Protestant RE Chaplain.
3.1.2 The following Federal Legal Holidays are observed by this base and may require coordinator to work regardless of holiday, New Years Day- 1 January, Martin Luther Kings Birthday- Third Monday in January, Presidents Day- Third Monday in February, Memorial Day- Last Monday in May, Independence Day- 4 July, Labor Day- First Monday in September, Columbus Day- Second Monday in October, Veterans Day- 11 November, Thanksgiving Day- Fourth Thursday in November, and Christmas Day- 25 December.
Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidates good work and steadiness. Candidates who do not possess the specific attributes/qualifications in Section "2.1 QUALIFICATION/EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidates experience and qualifications.
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