You: are a conscientious, perseverant, tender-hearted person who genuinely enjoys spending time with children and deeply cares about helping to instill the values of compassion, justice, and acceptance in our littlest ones. You may or may not identify as Christian, but you are comfortable using a Christian curriculum and leading short prayers that invoke Jesus’s name. You prioritize children’s safety and emotional well-being, have a sense of humor, and are available on Sunday mornings and the occasional Thursday evening in Advent & Lent. Most importantly, you take childcare seriously.
We: are believers, questioners and doubters, young and old, gay and straight, partnered and single, many with children and all who were once children, those who know what they believe and those who are still trying to figure it out. Some of us grew up in church. For others, this is our first spiritual community. Our life together is grounded in worship that draws from the best of Christian tradition and celebrates the Spirit in us today. Together we engage in programs of education, service, spiritual practices, fellowship and music—that we might grow closer to God, be drawn into deeper relationship with one another and be more steadfastly connected to the world in which we live. We are a spiritual community that draws upon the diverse and wondrous gifts of our members and friends. We care for one another while allowing others to care for us.
As Nursery Supervisor, you’ll be welcomed into the United Parish family- you’ll find support, lots of opportunities for fellowship (and food), and a welcoming place to be yourself and contribute to our mission.
As with many childcare roles, this job is administrative as well as hands-on.
-Arriving on time for your shifts, and working 2-3 Sundays per month
-Maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for our children, serving as lead responder in case of an emergency
-Engaging with children- helping them with transitions, playing with them, reading to them, leading a short prayer before snacktime
-Engaging with parents, staying up-to-date on allergies, diapering/toileting/nap routines, etc. Working with families to make the nursery a place where children are excited to be.
-Managing the nursery staff, checking in, making sure they have adequate training and support, conducting periodic staff evaluations, advocating for staff and budgetary needs
- Ensuring that nursery staff comply with the church’s safe church policy.
-Maintaining and leading a structure throughout the day such as: “open play”, circle time, snack time, story time, craft/activity time.
-Facilitating quarterly meetings with Nursery Staff, and attending monthly check-ins with Associate Pastor
-Attending monthly Children & Youth Deepening meetings as representative from the nursery
-Ensuring adequate staffing (a minimum of 2 workers) for the nursery Sundays 9am-12:30pm, Thursdays in Lent & Advent 6:15pm-7:15pm, and occasional extended hours on Sundays for after-worship workshops (typically 12:30-2:15pm)
-Implementing our nursery curriculum (reviewing it as needed and suggesting changes if necessary)
-Keeping track of nursery supplies (snacks, cups/bowls, clorox wipes, gloves, diapers) and alerting Associate Pastor when supplies are running low
-Ensuring that all children in the nursery have up-to-date registration forms
-Hiring & training additional Nursery Staff as necessary
Contact: Rev. Amy Norton
Address: 210 Harvard St 210 Harvard Street Brookline MA 02446