Job Opportunties - August/September 2022

If interested, email office@firstparishwestwood.org with resume and letter of interest.

First Parish of Westwood – Growing Faith, Sharing Love, Grounding Lives The congregation of First Parish of Westwood seeks to learn, live, and love in covenant with one another and with the United Church of Christ. First Parish of Westwood, an open and affirming church, affirms the dignity and worth of every person regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, family structure, education level, economic circumstance and faith or religious tradition. We open our hearts in love and extend our hands in welcoming and including all who seek participation in the sacraments and rites of the Christian faith, leadership, fellowship, and mission work of our congregation.

Nursery Care Provider
Purpose: We are looking for an experienced individual to provide nursery/preschool care for our youngest church youth, ages three (3) months to 3 years during Sunday worship services and occasionally continuing after worship when church has Sunday brunch meetings. A usual Sunday will go from 9:30 am to 11:15/30 am. Sundays with a brunch meeting occur on the third Sunday of each month and coverage of the nursery should be available until 12:30 pm. Nursery coverage is usually not expected over long weekends and over the summer when public schools are not in session.

A qualified candidate expected to:
• Warmly greeting parents during check in and check out
• Create a loving, nurturing environment by cheerfully interacting with children through play
• Help maintain a safe environment by straightening up/cleaning up toys and room
• Change diapers, bring children to bathroom, bottle feed
A candidate should be First Aid and CPR certified and be comfortable using an epi pen. It is a plus if you have Early Childhood Education certification and/or works or worked in a nursery/preschool setting.

Compensation: $25/hour

 

Sexton / Custodian Position

Purpose: Maintain cleanliness, sanitation, safety, and order in First Parish of Westwood Church facilities. During the program year September through June we estimate this to be a 15 hour per week position with typical days Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday. Occasional nighttime or weekend hours may be needed to prepare for or support Church events. In winter, weekend / Sunday hours may be needed to prepare the Church for a safe Sunday service. During July and August, less hours are anticipated, based on worship attendance plus the potential for any hosted summer programs.

Supervision: Supervision Received: Works under the direction of the Pastor of First Parish. Specific assignments may come from the Administrator / Church office. Input may come from the chair of the Stewardship, Operations, and Finance (SFO) committee.

 

Job Environment: Work may be performed inside and outside of Church facilities. Outside conditions may involve inclement weather including extremes in temperatures, noise, odors, etc.

 

Essential Functions: • Responsible for prioritizing work, creating a regular routine, accomplishing priority tasks, while taking input on additional requested tasks from the Pastor or Church office. • General maintenance as directed by the Church pastor as communicated directly or through the Church office. Follow any list of requested work kept at the Church office. • Weekly cleaning of the Church Meetinghouse and Church Annex buildings.

 

To include:

o Clean and sanitize bathrooms including toilets, urinals, sinks and floors.

o Restock bathroom supplies.

o Trash removal throughout the facility and placement in the outside trash bin.

o Sweeping / vacuuming of floors

o Regular deep cleaning of Church spaces so they maintain good condition and appearance. To include mopping of floors, vacuuming of the Meetinghouse rug, dusting, cleaning of windows, glass, and other fixtures in the Church.

o Regular sweeping and tidying up of the Annex outdoor patio space. Keep the patio drains clear of refuse so they drain properly. • Weekly wind the Meetinghouse clock and keep it on time.

o Available for event preparation and / or event breakdown and clean-up as needed. Can include setup and cleanup of tables and chairs. Event examples include funerals, weddings, and celebrations. Note that sometimes events “separately fund” such activities. o Keep a maintenance list of important routine or seasonal maintenance items. Regularly review this with Pastor and Church staff. Sexton First Parish of Westwood

o Seasonal maintenance of the Meetinghouse and Annex including but not limited to the following:

o As needed, cleaning of lower-level gutters of the Annex so they drain properly.

o As needed, at least annually, replacement and/or cleaning of air conditioning filters in the Annex.

o Seasonal adjustments of lighting so they are seasonally appropriate.

o As cold months approach, prep the Church for winter.

o Place sand and salt at key places outside the Meetinghouse and Annex.

o Ensure Meetinghouse windows are closed tightly (unless needed to be opened for Covid protocol).

o Ensure thermostats are set and system is ready.

o In winter, maintain supplies of ice melt, sand and shovels for the Meetinghouse and Parsonage.

o In winter for snow events, clear walkways and stairs. Note that the Church does separately hire snow removal services for the parking lot and Parsonage driveways with some sidewalk work. This needs to be coordinated. This work may be required on Sundays.

o Routine “handyman” maintenance of Church facilities and able and qualified. May involve carpentry, basic electricity, patching, repair, or other maintenance. May include tasks in the Meetinghouse, Annex or Parsonage.

o Oversee the regular maintenance of pertinent equipment – e.g., vacuum, mowers, trimmer, rakes and other garden instruments. • Maintain order in the “common space” of the Parsonage garage and storage area.

o Report to the Church office facilities issues and concerns that may require external / professional assistance. The sexton is the “eyes and ears” regarding the Church facility and should deal with or report on facilities issues in the Church.

o If requested, assist outside facilities professionals that may need to do work in the Church. When possible, learn skills that may facilitate not needing these outside professionals in the future.

o Keep on-hand adequate cleaning and maintenance materials, tools and equipment. Access to one’s personal tools for special jobs may sometimes be helpful

o In coordination with the Church office, with prior approval of all purchases, purchase for the Church materials required for maintenance of the Church. May include supplies, tools, or equipment.

o Be available for weekly staff meetings / calls.

o Maintain work time within budgeted estimates; communicate to the Church office if needs are believed to exceed the time.

o Keep accurate records of time on-the-job. Report all work time promptly for payment processing.

o Accompany SFO committee members and/or pastor on annual facilities walkthroughs.

o Provide in-season weekly mowing, trimming and general maintenance of the Church grounds. (note: this presently is outsourced). Other Requirements:

o May need to climb ladders.

o May need to lift heavy loads.

 

o Must have a personal vehicle to get to the Church and to run arrands.

o Must have a phone to send and receive calls and texts related to Church work.

                                          

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

The Church Administrator should be great with people; can juggle varying responsibilities and multiple deadlines; maintains confidentiality; works closely with the Pastor; and interfaces effectively in person, by email, and phone. An ideal candidate is both a self-starter and good at taking directions; comfortable with computer software and office equipment; has an eye and ear for editing; and is relatively unflappable. Understanding of, and ease with, social media and graphics is essential.

 

The Church Administrator is responsible for operations of the church office, communications including social media, coordination and support of ministries and volunteers, and coordination of the use and organization of church facilities. This person is the day-to-day face of the church office for members and the primary point of contact for inquiries from the wider community. Hours - This is a part-time, non-exempt position working 18 hours per week. There is some flexibility with weekly office hours. Hours from late June to the end of August are limited. Compensation - $20-23 per hour depending on experience; no benefits

 

Supervisor - The Church Administrator is accountable to the Church Council and under the general, day-to-day, supervision of the Pastor.

 

Essential Functions

• Manage the church office to ensure effective telephone, mail, email, and personal communications both internally and externally. • Prepare worship bulletins for Sundays and all special services; aggregate all materials to be included in bulletin including music, volunteers, attributions for content and images.

• Administer and coordinate the publishing of the annual reports of the church by working with various committees, ministries, and leaders to obtain and organize reports.

• Prepare and disseminate stewardship and capital campaign materials and newsletters.

• Create weekly messaging through use of social media to congregation including announcements, joys and concerns, important events, and calendar.

• Organize office operations and procedures including maintaining records, office supplies, files, CORI records.

• Maintain the church membership database, church directory, contact information.

• Create and utilize shared Google files.

• Provide general support to weekday visitors during normal office hours.

 

Minimum Qualifications

• Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work

• Attention to detail and problem-solving skills

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Strong organizational and planning skills

• Ability to organize record keeping via computer software

• Proficiency in MS Office; Constant Contact; Facebook; WIX (web site); Google Drive

• Appreciation for religious setting and responsibilities of church administrator

• Patient, good natured, good with people, friendly

 

Core Competencies

-Interpersonal relationships: Relates well to all kinds of people, inside and outside of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; builds effective and constructive relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is regarded as a team player.

-Integrity and Trust: Is seen as trustworthy by others; practices direct, honest and transparent communication; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t operate with hidden agendas; responds to situations with constancy and reliability.

-Organization: Can gather and organize resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; can use resources effectively and efficiently.

-Planning: Accurately assesses the length and difficulty of a project; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.