Last month, WA UU Voices announced the Reverend Carol McKinley’s retirement from her position as the organization’s Coordinator.
WA UU Voices Coordinator
WA UU Voices seeks a visionary Coordinator to lead the seven-year old organization into the future by forging connections among UU congregations, maintaining relationships with other State Legislative Networks (SANs), Unitarian Universalist justice organizations and advocacy allies, and developing effective events that mobilize Unitarian Universalists to work for social justice and influence policy.
Organization and Context
Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, a 501 (c) (4) organization, was founded in 2005 as a statewide justice ministry which strengthens the moral voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public square. An important goal of the organization is to raise the visibility of Unitarian Universalist values and principles to public policy makers and the larger community, and does so by educating and organizing to support public policies that reflect UU principles of justice, compassion, sustainable living, and civic engagement.
Qualifications of the successful candidate include:
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and writing skills
- Well-grounded in Unitarian Universalism and UU social action as a minister or layperson
- Ability to work with qualified persons to manage websites, social media sites
The Coordinator is the chief executive of the organization. He/she is responsible for providing comprehensive leadership to the organization. This includes but is not limited to people management and administrative systems and processes that achieve the goals of the organization.
The Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining internal procedures to assure that the organization is in compliance with nonprofit fiscal standards, the By-laws of the organization, and all applicable laws and regulations.
I. Congregational Outreach and Coalition-Building
The Coordinator is responsible for developing strong relationships with UU ministers, congregations, social justice teams and individual volunteers throughout Washington, and for putting in place systems that sustain and enhance these relationships. He/she is also responsible for building effective coalitions with other faith-based and social justice organizations with similar goals and values.
II. External Representation and Communication
The Coordinator represents the organization to its external constituencies, including the Unitarian Universalist Association and its local districts; the UU State Advocacy Networks; UUSC; UU Ministry for Earth; UUMA chapters; the UU congregations of Washington; other faith organizations and non-faith organizations with shared interests and values; local, state and national legislative bodies; the press and other media; and the public. The Coordinator leads WA UU Voices in a manner that fosters collaborative relationships of trust and mutual respect with our allies.
III. Public Policy Leadership
The Coordinator is responsible for assuring the creation and leadership of programmatic activities which support and implement the mission and goals of the organization. This may be accomplished through appropriate combination of Board member, staff, and volunteer activities, and/or collaboration with other organizations having similar goals. The Coordinator is expected to assure that each program is monitored for effectiveness and to remain aware of changes in the external environment which may call for new or revised approaches.
IV. Fund Raising
The Coordinator, works with the Board to create and lead fund-raising activities, and participates actively to demonstrate the vision, goals, programs and values of the organization. This includes establishing and maintaining relationships with funders, cultivating new funding sources, preparing and submitting grant proposals, and ensuring that all aspects of an effective fund-raising plan, systems and follow-up are in place. If the day-to-day fundraising leadership is delegated, the Coordinator will participate in the creation of fund-raising strategy and in representing the organization to donors.
Board Relations and Development –The Coordinator is guided and counseled by the Board of Directors. The Coordinator participates with the Board of Directors in WA UU Voices’ strategic planning and in identifying programs and initiatives which support and further its mission and goals.
Together with Board members, the Coordinator seeks out and develops relationships with talented individuals who may be called upon to serve on the Board in the future.
Availability – Evening and weekend availability is required for attending Board and Committee meetings, congregational and fund-raising events, and other relevant workshops and meetings.
Affiliation – Well-qualified lay leaders with extensive understanding of Unitarian Universalist traditions and values are invited to apply. If the candidate chosen is a UU minister, he/she will be expected to be in good standing with the accrediting bodies and the UU Ministers’ Association.
Information Requested of Applicants:
Resume citing all previous work experience, education, publications, and professional affiliations, and current compensation.
Letter outlining why you want to serve in this position, how your skills and experiences make you a strong candidate, and your future vision for the organization.
The Fulltime Equivalency is as a ¼ time position with the expectation that time worked will vary through the year with more time working during Washington’s annual legislative session. The position is Developmental thus the successful candidate will be employed on an interim basis and may, by mutual agreement, be awarded a continuing and perhaps expanded contract.
The compensation package is $10,000 per year stipend and can be allocated proportionately as stipend, housing allowance and other expenses, as appropriate. Additional compensation and enhanced FTE is dependent on fundraising.
Please submit your information to UU Voices Board President, Susan Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
The theme of the 2013 GA is “From Promise to Commitment.” Building on the experience of Justice GA in 2012, Unitarian Universalists will gather in Louisville to examine and renew our covenant to our faith, one another, our congregations and the larger world.
Programs will explore the kinds of promises our religious communities are called to make as we seek to live out our Unitarian Universalist values; how we make these promises, with whom, and how we hold ourselves and each other accountable. Here are just some of the topics that will be addressed:
- environmental justice
- the next steps in immigration justice
- anti-oppression multiculturalism
- organizing for justice
- multigenerational work
- growing Unitarian Universalism
- leadership education
- spiritual growth and theology
Planning to be in Louisville? We welcome volunteers to join us at the State Advocacy Networks booth in the Exhibition Hall, which is our opportunity to let UUs around the country know about justice advocacy work in our states.
It is also a great opportunity to meet UUs from other states who share your passion for justice and the public good!
You can sign up for a 2-hour shift at: