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Career and Education Opportunities for Religious Activities Directors in Ramapo, New York

If you want to be a religious activities director, the Ramapo, New York area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 3,030 jobs for religious activities directors in New York and this is projected to grow 15% to 3,490 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for religious activities directors are expected to grow by about 12.6%. In general, religious activities directors direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students.

Religious activities directors earn about $16 hourly or $33,280 per year on average in New York and about $17 hourly or $36,100 annually on average nationally. Earnings for religious activities directors are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Religious Services in New York and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Religious activities directors work in a variety of jobs, including: youth minister, school chaplain, and middle school minister.

The Ramapo area is home to 136 schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Ramapo where you can get a degree as a religious activities director. Religious activities directors usually hold a Master's degree, so you can expect to spend about six years training to become a religious activities director if you already have a high school diploma, or just 2 years starting with a Bachelor's degree.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Religious Activities Director

Religious Activities Director video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, religious activities directors direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. They also plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership.

Religious activities directors attend workshops and conferences to obtain program concepts and resources. They also decide on appropriate curricula and class structures for educational programs. Equally important, religious activities directors have to identify and recruit potential volunteer staff. They are often called upon to implement program plans by ordering needed materials and handling other administrative details. They are expected to collaborate with other ministry members to determine goals and objectives for religious education programs, and to evolve ways to foster program participation. Finally, religious activities directors talk with clergy members and congregation organizations to foster support of and participation in religious education efforts.

Every day, religious activities directors are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for religious activities directors to analyze member participation and changes in congregation emphasis to establish needs for religious education. They are often called upon to train and supervise religious education instructional staff. They also counsel individuals regarding interpersonal and religious problems. They are sometimes expected to analyze revenue and program cost data to establish budget priorities. Somewhat less frequently, religious activities directors are also expected to formulate and conduct conferences dealing with the interpretation of religious concepts and convictions.

And finally, they sometimes have to visit congregation members' homes, or manage pastoral visits, in order to furnish data and resources regarding religious education programs.

Like many other jobs, religious activities directors must be able to take change and lead and have a strong social orientation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Ramapo include:

  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Health Education Specialist. Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. May also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
  • Minister. Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Religious Activities Director Training

Jewish Theological Seminary of America - New York, NY

Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-4649. Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a small school located in New York, New York. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 561 students and an admission rate of 60%. Jewish Theological Seminary of America has a master's degree and a doctor's degree program in Religious Education which graduated nineteen and one students respectively in 2008.

Nyack College - Nyack, NY

Nyack College, 1 South Blvd, Nyack, NY 10960-3698. Nyack College is a small college located in Nyack, New York. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,044 students and an admission rate of 93%. Nyack College has a bachelor's degree program in Religious Education which graduated two students in 2008.

College of Saint Elizabeth - Morristown, NJ

College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960-6989. College of Saint Elizabeth is a small college located in Morristown, New Jersey. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,111 students and an admission rate of 82%. College of Saint Elizabeth has a one to two year program in Youth Ministry which graduated two students in 2008.

Yeshiva University - New York, NY

Yeshiva University, 500 W 185th St, New York, NY 10033-3299. Yeshiva University is a medium sized university located in New York, New York. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,430 students and an admission rate of 67%. Yeshiva University has a master's degree program in Bible/Biblical Studies which graduated two students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Ramapo, New York

Ramapo, New York
Ramapo, New York photo by Mwanner

Ramapo is situated in Rockland County, New York. It has a population of over 115,096, which has grown by 5.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Ramapo, 150, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Ramapo are valued at $187,300 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred seventy-four new homes were built in Ramapo, down from two hundred fourteen the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Ramapo are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 33 minutes. More than 34.5% of Ramapo residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 15.1%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Ramapo is 6.6%, which is less than New York's average of 8.7%. About 16.3% of Ramapo's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Ramapo residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 82.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Wesley Chapel and Saint Vincent De Paul Church are all churches located in Ramapo. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the United Methodist Church.

Ramapo is home to the Kanes Open Camp and the Cedar Hollow Country Club.