UUS Seeks AV Coordinator

The Unitarian Universalist Society (UUS) seeks a part time Audio Visual (AV) Coordinator to support the mission and goals of our congregation by providing technical knowledge and maintenance for the Society’s various recording, streaming, sound, and video equipment; for coordinating the operation of said equipment, and providing general AV assistance as necessary for multiplatform Sunday morning services and occasional other special events. The AV Coordinator will be responsible for supervising and training AV Team volunteers to assist in these efforts.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by November 30th; applications submitted later may be accepted. All interviews will be conducted online.

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and supporting materials to Congregational Administrator Emma Barnum (admin@uusic.org).

Position is part-time, hourly. | Start date ASAP. | $15 per hour.

An average of 10 hours per week to include:

  • Weekly coordination with AV and Worship Teams on Sunday service materials. Some hours at week’s end to review final materials and prep AV Team for Sunday services.
  • Some Sunday morning worship services and occasional special services and events (e.g., Christmas Eve) when AV volunteers are unavailable, or the AV Coordinator is required.
  • Additional hours beyond typical hours may be requested for rentals and UUS events (additional compensation will be provided when appropriate).

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate the AV Team: recruit, train, and schedule volunteers to act as Livestream and Camera/Sound Managers for Sunday morning and special services (stepping in to fill gaps as needed).
  • Coordinate with the Minister, Worship Team, and Administrative Assistant to ensure compatibility of worship materials/requests with UUS capabilities. Create a weekly AV script for AV volunteers to follow.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of UUS’s facilities-wide AV equipment. Create and update instructions and maintenance schedules. Train AV Team volunteers, staff, and others on equipment usage and maintenance.
  • Perform or schedule AV maintenance as needed. Troubleshoot technical issues as they arise.
  • Provide or schedule AV assistance for congregational events and rentals. Additional compensation will be provided when appropriate.

Other Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with AV Team, Congregational Administrator, and others as needed to review facilities-wide AV capabilities and propose upgrades, improvements, or repairs.
  • Work with AV vendors as necessary for approved upgrades and repairs.
  • Attend AV Team meetings and other meetings as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience operating AV equipment (cameras, microphones, video recording).
  • Familiar with Windows OS, PowerPoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, Zoom, and video editing software (or ability to learn independently).
  • Ability to troubleshoot audio and video equipment, computer systems, and computer networks.
  • Prior experience running an AV production (theater, worship, etc.) preferred.
  • Familiarity with live-streaming and social media preferred.
  • Familiarity with audio mixing and recording preferred.
  • Ability to train, coordinate, and supervise volunteers.
  • Physically able to lift, climb, carry, and maintain AV equipment.
  • Strong time management skills. Able to communicate effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others. Comfortable both giving and taking direction.
  •  Strong interpersonal skills, including effective listening, compassion, and the ability to comfortably engage with members and visitors of all ages and identities.
  •  Willingness to submit to and pass a background check.

Core Competencies

  • Mission Ownership: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission, vision, values, and beliefs of UUS. Works professionally and in accordance with Unitarian Universalist Principles, the Society’s mission and vision statements, and the Society’s policies and bylaws.
  • Compassion and Care: Maintains high standards of confidentiality and discretion. Exudes a natural sense of care for the well-being of others; responds with empathy to the life circumstances of others; demonstrates appropriate and boundaried expressions of care.
  • Presentation Skills, Creativity, and Innovation: Understands the value of a cohesive and high-quality visual and audio experience for worship services with both virtual and in-person congregants. Able to communicate ideas and concerns to worship participants with varying AV experience in a mindful and collaborative way. Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work with others. Demonstrates the skills of active listening and openly accepts criticism. Productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflict. Holds others accountable in a spirit of love. Engages people positively. Engages in thoughtful listening; overcomes personal bias to genuinely hear the ideas and concerns of another; can describe the perspective of another, even when he/she/they disagrees. Communicates a sense of care for the well-being of others; demonstrates appropriate and boundaried expressions of care. Interacts positively with visitors, attendees, members, church leadership, staff, and AV volunteers.
  • Communication Skills: Is able to deliver a message clearly in a variety of settings; demonstrates communication styles appropriate to the situation at hand; adjusts the message, without losing the essence of the message, depending upon the circumstances and the listener. Is able to write clearly and succinctly; able to use computer programs relevant to the position (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, video editing software), able to provide communications in a timely manner.
  • Management Skills: Manages work time well without overworking; marshals resources (people, funding, materials) to get projects completed on time and successfully; keeps accurate records and a functional filing system, as well as successfully managing an annual budget.
  • Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression Awareness and Skills: Knowing that this work is always in-progress, continually develops and maintains awareness of equity and inclusion; demonstrates accountable engagement with diverse musical and spiritual traditions and communities and is mindful of issues related to cultural misappropriation in their work with the congregation; ensures that processes and practices are adaptable to different needs, abilities, and ways of working, seeking support for this as appropriate.

ABOUT OUR CONGREGATION

UUS’s mission statement is: We are a welcoming spiritually diverse home. We act on our values to honor the Earth, advocate for racial and social justice, foster deep connections and embrace the ongoing quest for meaning. 

Our members are deeply committed to UUS and to one another.  We exhibit a strong culture of social justice action, liberal thinking, radical hospitality and sustainability efforts that is reflected in our members’ activities in the congregation and in the greater community. We are diverse and pluralistic regarding our philosophical and theological beliefs and committed to inquiry and to learning from one another.

We trace our origins back to the founding of a small Universalist congregation in 1841 in Iowa City.  In 1888 Iowa City’s Unitarian and Universalist churches merged.  In 2015 we purchased eight acres of land in neighboring Coralville and moved to an awe-inspiring new green sanctuary in 2017. We have about 300 adult members and over 100 children and youth.

ABOUT OUR LOCATION

The Iowa City/Coralville community, located in the rolling hills of eastern Iowa, includes value-driven academics, humanists, medical professionals, writers, students and serious readers of all ages, booksellers, librarians, teachers, farmers, artists, crafts persons and entrepreneurs. It is home to the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa Hospitals, Mercy Hospital, VA Health Care System, the Iowa Writers Workshop, world class research libraries, the Iowa Women’s Archive, UI Senior College, the Oakdale correctional facility, and a significant number of people living below the poverty line. 

With a population of 150,000, Johnson County is 76% white, 8% Asian, 7% Black and 6% Latino.  Of those 25 and older, 60% hold a bachelor’s degree or more. The unemployment rate is about 2%, median household income is just below $60,000 but 28% of the population lives below the poverty line.  

Our community is rich in the arts; home to the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, multiple venues for live music and theater, the University Stanley Museum of Art, and many summer arts and music festivals. Outdoor recreation offerings include bike trails, local parks with pools, courts and hiking, the Iowa River, Lake Macbride and the Coralville Reservoir.  The University provides Big Ten spectator sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball and field hockey. Iowa City frequently ranks among the best places to live because of the quality of life, health care, safety, public schools, arts and cost of living.

Iowa City has recently been ranked #2 of Best Places to Live (Livability), #19 of Best Places to Live (Money Magazine), #1 among Best Places to Retire (Money Magazine), #3 Best Place to Live in America (Outside Magazine); #5 of Best College Towns in America (Business Insider); #4 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. (NBC’s Today Show), #5 of America’s Healthiest Cities (24/7 Wall Street), and #7 of Top Cheap and Charming Places to Retire (MSN Money). Coralville has been named one of the Top Ten Places to Live for Under $40,000 a Year (AARP Magazine). North Liberty has been rated #36 among America’s Best Places to Live (USA Today) and #75 of Best Places to Live (Money Magazine).