As of December 1, 2021, all paid employees of the congregation are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

2021 Accompanist
OPEN POSITION
DATE POSTED: December 6, 2021

Title:  Accompanist
Reports to: Minister & Music Director
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Hours/week: approximately 3 to 5 hours
Schedule: Sundays
Salary Range: Commensurate with skills and experience

Job Summary: The Accompanist’s primary responsibility is to provide music and accompany hymns for Sunday morning worship services held at 10:30am. In addition, the accompanist will also play for choir rehearsals and performances. Dates of performance will be determined and provided by the Music Director and the Minister. Dates of performance will be determined and provided by the Music Director and the Minister.

Essential Functions:
Accompanist for Worship
Be seated at the piano no later than 10:15am.
Have all hymns and incidental music prepared, organized and ready to play for the service.
Begin pre-service music at no later than 10:25am and end no later than 10:30ish.
After the closing benediction of “Carry the Flame”, play postlude.
Following the service, please place the quilted piano cover over the piano.

Accompanist for Choir Rehearsal
Be prepared for choir rehearsal. Time to be determined.
Work with the Music Director to have all choral pieces prepared, organized and ready to play for rehearsal.
Subject to COVID Response guidelines

About the UU Congregation of Fort Wayne, IN

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne (UUCFW) is a small and vibrant liberal faith community located in Northeast Indiana. Our mission calls us to create a spiritual community that inspires growth, seeks knowledge, accepts differences, and deepens compassion to build a just world. UUCFW was founded in 1939 and we draw members and visitors from primarily Allen County. Our congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our UUA, as a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations brings to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice. The UU Congregation of Fort Wayne is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all. As part of this commitment, our Administrator Search team will ensure that applicants with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly at 260-744-1867, email adminsearch@uufortwayne.org, or email music@uufortwayne.org.

When a Member Joins the Staff*

A congregation member who joins the paid staff can expect important changes in his or her relationship to UUCFW. The following list is meant to help you to anticipate how these changes may affect you. You may wish to discuss some of these items with the Minister and Search Committee at your interview.

A staff member is both a leader and an employee. Unlike a committee chair or congregation President, as a staff member you work for UUCFW. You are expected to follow policies adopted by the Board and committees and to cooperate with the minister and other staff. In order to keep the distinction clear, a staff member should normally not also hold lay leadership positions in the congregation. If you have a spouse in leadership, he or she must take care not to speak or vote on anything directly affecting you. You will of course promote your program, but objectively, advocating for the congregation’s larger mission, not for what you personally prefer.

A staff member belongs to the staff team. Especially in small congregations, this may seem a little odd. Doesn’t the RE Director really work for the RE program, and the music director for the choir? These relationships seem real and practical, while the “staff” may rarely meet. But in congregations of all sizes, conflict among staff is frequent and destructive. Lack of cooperation among staff causes frustration, failure, burnout and high turnover. For these reasons, no one should accept a paid job that does not expect to balance loyalty to one’s “department” with a positive relationship to the whole staff team.

A staff member may need to find another minister. Your minister is still your minister for weddings, funerals, and other public functions, but for the more private, pastoral aspects of ministry there are some limits. Whether he or she is formally your supervisor or not, the minister’s first role with staff is to lead the team. This means articulating the mission and goals of the congregation to you, seeing that you have the support you need to do your job, and giving you frank feedback about how you are doing. These roles may not be compatible with intense pastoral care or counseling, in which case you may have to look elsewhere for the ministry you need.

A staff member may need to find a new peer group. Your enjoyment of your peer group in UUCFW may be part of what moved you to apply for a staff job. For a time, the satisfactions of group membership continue, but eventually — with new members especially — you will be more a leader than a peer. As a staff member, you cannot be casually available to anyone who wants to chat. In time your relationship with fellow members shifts, and you will find that to feel truly relaxed and “off work,” you need to find friends who are not part of your congregation.

As a member of the congregation, you bring unique experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the paid staff. If you say “yes” to a staff position, you will join thousands of others who have moved from lay membership to professional service. Best wishes!
*(From First Days Record, 1998 “Becoming Staff” by The Rev. Dan Hotchkiss, a UU minister who is an Alban Institute field consultant.)

Link to Personnel policy