Finalized 10/25/14 by the Presidential Search Committee
The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association is the primary public and spiritual leader of Unitarian Universalism and the executive leader of our Association.
- Serves as the Executive under Policy Governance, with responsibility for interpreting and implementing the Association’s Ends as set by the Board.
- Accountable to the Board, which is the designee of the General Assembly, in relationship to Executive Limitations policies.
- Acts as head of the UUA Staff.
- Effectively manages and deploys the resources of the Association in service of the Ends.
- Serves as ex officio, non-voting member of the UUA Board.
- Acts as the prophetic voice and the face of Unitarian Universalism.
- Speaks to Unitarian Universalists and on our behalf.
- Represents Unitarian Universalism in the public square and with other faith leaders.
- Extends and strengthens Unitarian Universalist institutions.
- Inspires generosity rooted in Unitarian Universalist values.
- Builds, nurtures, and sustains strategic relationships.
- Plays a leadership role in UUA fundraising.
- Provides a pastoral and ceremonial presence in support of beloved community.
- Provides leadership for the Association’s Ends of transforming power, privilege and oppression.
Our ideal candidates will:
- Be able to authentically and accountably represent the whole of our movement and its diverse members.
- Have a broad, intersectional cultural competence and a commitment to grow and develop it.
- Seek out the wisdom and experience of those often unseen and unheard.
- In personal and professional relationships, conduct themselves ethically and with integrity, seek justice and right relations, and engage with others compassionately.
- Live a liberal religious spiritual life in word, deed, and personal practice.
- Be resilient with a strong sense of self and an established support network.
- Be capable of engaging with power, money, and people who hold them.
- Be passionate about Unitarian Universalism, its institutions and covenanted communities.
- Have a vision for the growth of our movement.
- Be a faithful risk-taker in service to a compelling vision
Our ideal candidates will possess the following skills, knowledge and attributes:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an understanding of the evolving landscape of communication technology and media.
- Impressive leadership skills, including especially the ability to manage a complex organization, delegate to others, and assess and plan for effective work.
- An understanding of systems theory and organizational development
- Understands both the explicit and implicit ways the Association works
- Ability to inspire others, including (but not limited to) staff, donors, and leaders.
- Emotional and pastoral intelligence and good listening skills.
- Talented ordained or lay preacher.
Potential nominees must be:
- A member in good standing of a UUA member congregation (per UUA By-Laws).
- Able to travel extensively.
- Able to spend a significant amount of time in Boston.
- At least 18 years of age (per MA law).