Director, Evangelization & Family Life Office

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis - Omaha

Catechesis
Full-Time
POSITION TITLE: Director, Evangelization & Family Life Office
DEPARTMENT: Evangelization & Family Life
REPORTS TO: Director, Pastoral Services
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2021
CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
HOURS PER WEEK: 40

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of the Evangelization & Family Life Office assists the Archbishop in advancing the vision of “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, and living mercy.” The incumbent’s primary focus will be on assisting parishes to become missional communities and to develop ministries aligned to the parishes clear path of discipleship. The incumbent will support clergy, parish staff, and parents as well as other parish, school, and movement leaders with an emphasis on the formation of missionary disciples across all age groups and throughout the entire process of evangelization. The incumbent works closely with the other offices of the curia specifically the Parish Support Team, Catholic Schools Office, Stewardship & Development, and Pastoral Planning in a dynamic team environment.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director leads a team of passionate missionary disciples who aid parishes, schools, and movements in cultivating opportunities for individuals and families to encounter Jesus and be equipped for the calling to share the Gospel through word, prayer and deed, in order to build up the body of Christ.

• Work out in the field with parishes to educate, promote, model, and teach the New Evangelization with specific emphasis on kerygmatic catechesis as presented in Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel and the Directory for Catechesis (DFC) in relation to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision: “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.”
• Work in collaboration with other archdiocesan offices focusing on creating a culture of encountering Jesus and equipping disciples throughout the archdiocese.
• Educate and promote the pastoral vision and the goal of missional communities to parishes and pastors with regards to adult evangelization, kerygmatic catechesis, and family life ministries.
• Plan and provide formation for parish leadership through individual meetings with pastors, training workshops, and conferences focused on the development of parishes as missional communities.
• Provide ongoing mentorship and support to pastors and parish leaders helping them to envision and implement integrated family evangelization and discipleship initiatives.
• Maintain the highest level of expertise and knowledge in evangelization, catechesis and family issues, as well as Catholic moral and social teaching.
• Promote and champion the approach to parish sacramental prep (Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Matrimony,) through the lens of the “catechumenal inspiration.”
• Act as the primary contact for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and Adult Faith Formation
• Promote and assist in the implementation of human sexuality formation in parishes and schools to equip families.
• Provide advocacy, vision, and awareness of human dignity issues connecting missionary leadership in parishes, schools, and movements across the archdiocese.
• Serve as a member of archdiocesan committees that are integral to evangelization, faith formation and family life.
• Develop a long-range plan and vision for lifelong faith formation in the archdiocese through ongoing evaluation of current programs and in consultation with the Archbishop, clergy, and staff.
• Manage the office staff, maintaining a collaborative work environment to support office projects and operations.
• Provide developmental opportunities for the staff to enhance their job performance, job skills, faith formation, and theological knowledge.
• Ensure alignment of activities to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Responsibilities will also include outlining budget needs and adherence to approved budgets in realizing goals and objectives.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

• Knowledge of the process of making disciples and how to promote the “New Evangelization” and the “Domestic Church.”
• Knowledge of the Church documents on evangelization, catechesis and family life with the ability and enthusiasm to implement and share them with diverse and varied audiences.
• Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to inspire other leaders to carry out the mission and ministry of evangelization, faith formation and family life in a pastoral manner.
• Demonstrated supervisory and managerial skills, capable of overseeing multiple programs simultaneously, and prioritizing activity.
• Has a passion for evangelization, catechesis, and family life and helping others to know, love, and serve God and follow Jesus Christ as missionary disciples.
• Sets an example of integrity, accountability, productivity, and teamwork.
• Ability to clearly articulate the kerygma in a variety of ministry settings.
• Ability to form others in the ministry skills of mentorship (discipleship), small group facilitation, kerygmatic catechesis, initial proclamation, and effective change management.
• Ability to address key contemporary moral and social issues with a pastoral approach, centered in Church teaching.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

• Active, practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Church and full assent to all magisterial teaching.
• Master’s Degree in theology, religious education/catechetics, pastoral ministry, marriage and family life or related field is required; S.T.L., S.T.D., or Ph.D. preferred.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership position of a parish, diocesan office, or approved Catholic apostolate in a catechetical role is required.
• Spanish speaking preferred along with experience in an integrated approach to Hispanic and Anglo ministries.

WORKING CONDITIONS: PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

• Routine office environment; ADA-accessible building.
• Availability during evenings and weekends as needed for Office events.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

• 10%; Travel throughout the archdiocese to meet with pastors, parish staff, and others as necessary.
• Must be comfortable away from home for 2-3 days from time to time to work with parishes onsite.