Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Website First Unitarian Society of Ithaca

Job Summary: The Engagement and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for welcoming visitors, integrating newcomers, and supporting long-time members of our congregation. We seek someone who is warm and friendly, enthusiastic about our spiritual community, organized, and who embodies our spirit of welcome and hospitality.

About Us: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is a 300-member liberal religious congregation who seek to create connections, find inspiration, and engage the world. We have been worshiping in downtown Ithaca for over 150 years. We are Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, believers in God, and more. Our members’ spiritual practices include spending time in nature, music, physical activity, meditation, reading, and community service. Our average Sunday attendance (children and adults) is about 200. Our staff consists of eight employees ranging from full-time to part-time. We have long-serving staff members and some that were recently hired.

Essential Functions


Welcome visitors, newcomers and members, including:
Greeting and welcoming visitors at worship services and during coffee hour on Sunday mornings
Reaching out to newcomers and new members by phone, email, and in-person meetings
Connecting newcomers to members and existing programs within the church and inviting them to events
Coordinate regular Pathway to Membership programming for newcomers, including:
Advertising programs through church communication tools
Communicating with participants in advance
Recruiting volunteers to assist with delivering class content
Planning New Member ceremonies
Develop programming to foster a sense of community and engagement for the FUSIT community, supporting long-term, new, and potential members.


Enter newcomer’s names and information into a database and prepare name tags
Follow up with new and absent members year-round
Meet weekly with the staff team to coordinate efforts, attend monthly Membership Team meetings, and other meetings as appropriate
Assist with website updates and contribute to social media marketing

Core Competencies:

Mission Ownership: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission, values, and principles of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Hospitality: Generates a sense of hospitality and accessibility by their very presence
Developing and motivating volunteers: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best
Interpersonal relationships: Relates well to all kinds of people
Communication skills: Able to deliver a message clearly, articulately and with appropriate emotion in a variety of settings and mediums
Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals
Self-Development: Undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills

Why FUSIT? If you are looking for a professional opportunity that is aligned with your personal values, we want to hear from you! If you desire a workplace where you can be your whole self among a community of brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers, apply today!

We will invest in you. You will be afforded a variety of personal and professional development opportunities. As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, you will have access to many resources and a network of other membership professionals to support you in your work.

We are a Welcoming Congregation. This means we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people.

We like to have fun. Every September we serve ice cream sundaes to the community during Porch Fest. Our annual service auction includes excellent food and a chance to bid for great dinners, vacations, and services provided by members. We march in the annual Ithaca Festival Parade where many members play their UU Ukuleles. Our last “regular” service of the year is held at Stewart Park and is followed by a potluck lunch by the beautiful Cayuga Lake. And each year 100 of us spend a long weekend camping in the Adirondacks together.

Work Location: Ithaca, NY

Reports to: Minister

Status: Part-time (20 hours/week during the church year, 6 hours/week during summer months)

FLSA: Non-exempt, Hourly

Work Schedule: This position will require work on most Sundays during the regular church year (September to early June). The schedule is fairly flexible beyond that and can be negotiated.

Application: Please send a cover letter, resume, contact information for 2-3 references, and any other supporting documents by February 15, 2020.

The position will be contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

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