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17 Jun 2019

Full-Time Director of Children and Adult Faith Formation

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Position Title:  Director of Children and Adult Faith Formation

Effective Date: August 15, 2019

Ministry Area:  Faith Formation and Sacraments

Reports to Title: Pastor and Parish Director

Receives work direction from: Pastor and Parish Director regarding human resources, communication, budget and financial matters.

Position status: Full Time – Exempt with benefits; 40+ hours per week. Schedule includes some Sunday evenings with the potential for other periodic evening and weekend work depending on program schedules.

                                                  

  1. Position Expectations and Responsibilities

 

Purpose of Position: The Director of Children and Adult Faith Formation serves under the direction of the Pastor, Parish Director and collaborates with our parish leadership teams to cast a vision and establish strategies to accomplish our parish mission. We welcome all and provide opportunities for every person to grow in holiness and draw closer to Jesus Christ—every day and at every stage of life. This position will promote the development and integration of faith formation and your ministry initiatives serving children and adults. The Director has the responsibility for the implementation of parish education and formation programs that are based on sound Catholic theology in response to Pope Francis’ invitation to “become and form Missionary Disciples.”

 

General Accountabilities: Employment in and by the Catholic Community of St. Joseph is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Catholic Church.  Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Archdiocese, such that can embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal.  Adherence to confidentiality is required in all matters pertaining to members’ personal information. It is required that this employee be an active, participating Roman Catholic.

 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Vision and Leadership for Missionary Discipleship

  • Be present and prepared to work, on time, for all scheduled hours and events. Participate in staff activities appropriate to one’s role including but not limited to staff meetings and engage in self development activities such as personal reading, networking and continuing education as appropriate to one’s role.
  • Establish an overall plan to form intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through an integrated program of faith formation and overall parish programming for children and adults.
  • Together with the pastor, parish director and the leadership team, help to shape, formulate and direct programming that enables the formation of intentional disciples and lifelong growth in the Catholic faith.
  • Create and implement systems to evaluate the effectiveness of formation programs to ensure that the needs of the community are being met.
  • Supervise Children Faith Formation staff. Meet with the team regularly and offer support and guidance. Develop departmental goals, objectives, and action plans. Implement departmental policies, procedures and schedules.
  • Provide guidance and direction for the establishment and ongoing support for small group discipleship in the parish.
  • Be present frequently at weekend Masses and at significant parish events in an effort to know and be known by parishioners.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Faith Formation Committees, seeking out and engaging parishioners to service on the committee. Collaborate with the Committees to develop and promote programs and opportunities for faith development.
  • Implement ways to reach out to parishioners who are inactive in their faith as well as the unchurched in our community. Support parish programs that nourish and form parishioners in their faith.
  • Work collegially with the priest, deacon, staff members and volunteers.
  • Attend archdiocesan and regional conferences for continuing education and spiritual formation.

Faith Formation Programs, Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation

  • Oversee and work with staff in the development of curriculum materials and program delivery for all faith formation programs, including Family Faith programming for children (PreK-5) and their parents, Liturgy of the Word for Children, Sacramental preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, RCIA and  Adult Life Long learning programs. Assure that all materials meet Archdiocesan standards, utilizing the National Directory for Catechesis.
  • Recruit, train and equip catechists and other volunteers for effective formation and evangelization.
  • Serve as resources to staff members to nourish and encourage their faith development.
  • Through the parish bulletin, parish website, Flock note and other methods, communicate information about the variety and availability of Faith Formation programs.
  • Coordinate the registration process for faith formation programs, classes and events, working with the director of communications, coordinators and administrative staff.
  • Collaborate with Faith Formation staff, Pastoral Care and Social Outreach ministries to develop and implement service opportunities for adults and families with children and teens.

 

Department Administration

  • Collaborate with the Parish Director and ministry department staff to develop an annual budget, and assure that all programs operate within their budget guidelines.
  • Follow archdiocesan policies regarding staff and volunteer interaction with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Ensure that all program volunteers who interact with vulnerable adults and children are Essential 3 qualified according to archdiocesan guidelines in collaboration with OPCY coordinator.
  • Serve as a member of the parish leadership team representing the Faith Formation team at scheduled meetings.
  • Attend all staff meetings and other staff activities as required.

 

General Expectations of Employment

The accountabilities listed above are representative accountabilities intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by staff members assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of accountabilities required of this position. More detailed listings of duties and tasks are outlined in supplemental documents. Assigned responsibilities will change as directed by the Catholic Community of St. Joseph’s leadership team.

Due to changing parish needs and/or structural organization, this job description may require modification. It is the desire of St. Joseph Catholic Community that any such modification be made by mutual consent. However, it is understood that the needs of the parish community must take priority in any such modification.

Performance will be measured against the functions described within, compliance with parish policy and procedures, and progress toward and completion of mutually agreed upon annual personal goals and objectives.

 

Qualifications/Skills

  1. A. in Theology, Catholic Studies, Religious Education, or teaching preferred.
  2. Three years of experience working in parish Faith Formation programs or Catholic school administration.
  3. Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of Catholic doctrine.
  4. Practicing Roman Catholic.
  5. Ability to satisfactorily pass a criminal background check.
  6. Excellent computer and communication skills.

 

Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to get up and down stairs.
  2. Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to lift 25 lbs. (office materials, program supplies, etc.)
  4. Ability to work long hours on occasion.
  5. Ability to work some evenings and some weekends.

 

Mental Demands

  1. Ability to plan, organize and meet deadlines and to manage multiple concurrent tasks.
  2. High level of organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and with interruptions.
  3. Ability to conduct and oversee staff performance reviews and provide feedback in a positive and helpful manner.
  4. Strong communication skills that articulate the parish mission and invite others to participate.
  5. Effectively able to address conflict and provide inspiration.
  6. Enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work without supervision, but obtaining direction when needed.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills.
  8. Understand the importance of confidentiality.

 

Qualities of an Effective Church Staff Team Member

 

Shows commitment to collaborative teamwork:  Understands the value of team collaboration and is committed to the success of others.  A Team is a diverse group of people who trust and respect one another and are committed to each other’s success.

 

Demonstrates reliability:  Follows through on assignments, consistently completing their set of accountabilities in a timely and collaborative manner.

 

Communicates constructively:  Expresses thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly and with respect for others and for the work of the team.

 

Listens actively:  Absorbs, understands and considers ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every point.

 

Functions as an active participant:  Fully engaged in the work of the team and does not sit passively on the sidelines.

 

Shares openly and willingly:  Takes the initiative to keep other team members informed to help get the job done and prevent surprises.

 

Cooperates and assists others:  Willingly responds to requests for assistance. Works with others to accomplish any task.

 

Exhibits flexibility:  Is flexible and can consider different points of views and compromises when needed.

 

Works as a problem-solver:  Willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner.

 

Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner:  Treats fellow team members with respect and understanding to help meet and exceed expectations.

Job Qualifications: 1. M.A. in Theology, Catholic Studies, Religious Education, or teaching preferred. 2. Three years of experience working in parish Faith Formation programs or Catholic school administration. 3. Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of Catholic doctrine. 4. Practicing Roman Catholic. 5. Ability to satisfactorily pass a criminal background check. 6. Excellent computer and communication skills. Qualifications/Skills 1. M.A. in Theology, Catholic Studies, Religious Education, or teaching preferred. 2. Three years of experience working in parish Faith Formation programs or Catholic school administration. 3. Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of Catholic doctrine. 4. Practicing Roman Catholic. 5. Ability to satisfactorily pass a criminal background check. 6. Excellent computer and communication skills. Physical Requirements 1. Ability to get up and down stairs. 2. Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time. 3. Ability to lift 25 lbs. (office materials, program supplies, etc.) 4. Ability to work long hours on occasion. 5. Ability to work some evenings and some weekends. Mental Demands 1. Ability to plan, organize and meet deadlines and to manage multiple concurrent tasks. 2. High level of organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and with interruptions. 3. Ability to conduct and oversee staff performance reviews and provide feedback in a positive and helpful manner. 4. Strong communication skills that articulate the parish mission and invite others to participate. 5. Effectively able to address conflict and provide inspiration. 6. Enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work without supervision, but obtaining direction when needed. 7. Strong interpersonal skills. 8. Understand the importance of confidentiality. Qualities of an Effective Church Staff Team Member Shows commitment to collaborative teamwork: Understands the value of team collaboration and is committed to the success of others. A Team is a diverse group of people who trust and respect one another and are committed to each other’s success. Demonstrates reliability: Follows through on assignments, consistently completing their set of accountabilities in a timely and collaborative manner. Communicates constructively: Expresses thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly and with respect for others and for the work of the team. Listens actively: Absorbs, understands and considers ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every point. Functions as an active participant: Fully engaged in the work of the team and does not sit passively on the sidelines. Shares openly and willingly: Takes the initiative to keep other team members informed to help get the job done and prevent surprises. Cooperates and assists others: Willingly responds to requests for assistance. Works with others to accomplish any task. Exhibits flexibility: Is flexible and can consider different points of views and compromises when needed. Works as a problem-solver: Willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner: Treats fellow team members with respect and understanding to help meet and exceed expectations.

Organizational Name: St. Joseph New Hope/Plymouth

Organizational City: New Hope

Position Contact Name: Dean Rademacher

Position Contact Title: Parish Director

Position Contact Email: drademacher@stjosephparish.com

Position Contact Phone: 763-544-3352

Deadline: 7/17/19

Benefits: Included

Experience: Preferred

Salary / Range: Commensurate with Experience

Setting: Suburban

Number of Parish Households: 1,001-2,000

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and references to Dean Rademacher at drademacher@stjosephparish.com

Job Categories: Faith Formation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Commensurate with Experience.

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