Date Posted: March 16, 2022

Position: Office Assistant

Start Date: June 1, 2022

Reports to: Standing Committee, with day-to-day supervision provided by the Minister 

Job status: Part-time, 12 hours per week Sept 1–June 30; 5 hour per week July 1–Sept 1 

FLSA: Non-exempt (hourly) 

Pay Range: $15- 20/ hour

Job summary 

The Office Assistant provides a variety of administrative skills that support the day-to-day operation of the church, its members, the Minister, and other staff members. 

Essential functions 

  • Performs daily office activities. 
  • When your work is performed virtually or in a hybrid setting you must follow First Parish protocols and procedures outlined in the HR Manual and do so with your supervisor’s approval or by direction of the SC. 
  • Provides administrative and clerical support to members of the professional staff. 
  • Acts as receptionist for visitors and vendors entering the church. 
  • Screens phone calls seeking information or redirection; coordinates requests for church building use with the Building Use/Events Coordinator. 
  • Sorts mail, accepts deliveries, processes ministerial correspondence. 
  • Maintains master calendar of church programs with Building Use/Events Coordinator. 
  • Organizes and prepares weekly order of worship and Sunday Announcements. 
  • Organizes, prepares, and mails monthly Shooting Star (newsletter). 

Other responsibilities 

  • Maintains and publishes the directory of society members/friends; updates at least once a year. 
  • Updates and maintains central policies and procedures manuals and the bylaws. 
  • Updates designated bulletin boards and literature racks when requested. 
  • Writes personal thank you cards for non-pledge donations. 
  • Ensures that office equipment is kept in good working condition. 
  • Orders supplies for the church. 
  • Prepares materials for various church committees, as hours allow. 
  • Maintains First Parish reports, records and minutes. 
  • Supports church publicity efforts by disseminating notices to addresses received from volunteers. 
  • Notifies appropriate persons and obtain quotes for repairs from vendors as needed. Participates in staff meetings as needed. 
  • Updates the Congregational Business Manager weekly. 
  • In collaboration with the minister, other staff and congregants, supports the vision, mission, Unitarian Universalist principles, values and goals of the congregation in accordance with its governance structure. 

Core competencies 

  • Excellent organizational skills, including planning, scheduling, and time management 
  • Show initiative and the ability to prioritize workload effectively. 
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to be responsive to occasional unplanned tasks 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to encourage others; friendly and approachable demeanor. 
  • Comfort in relating to a wide variety of religious views. 
  • The ability to effectively do your job in a virtual or hybrid setting. 


  • Proficiency in computer skills, software, and email. 
  • Knowledge of church procedures, processes, and programs. 
  • One to two years of administrative business experience. 

To Apply for this Position

People with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. First Parish Chelmsford Unitarian Universalist Church is committed to developing a diverse and talented staff team. If you are excited about this role but unsure whether you meet all of the requirements, we encourage you to inquire and/or apply. Please send a cover letter and résumé—indicating “Congregational Business Manager” in the subject line—via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please apply by Monday, April 7, 2022.


Questions about the Congregational Business Manager position may be directed to Tom Coffey, HR

Subcommittee Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalists are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes our seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition. Unitarian Universalists have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports the free and responsible search for truth and meaning by each individual. You can learn more about our faith on the Unitarian Universalist Association website (

About First Parish Chelmsford Unitarian Universalist Church

First Parish Chelmsford Unitarian Universalist Church was established in 1655. Our diverse and multigenerational congregation currently has 150+ members and friends. We meet and offer a full range of programs both virtually and in person. You can learn more about our congregation on our website (