Coach and Pastoral Planning Specialist

Parish Support Team - Omaha

POSITION TITLE: Coach and Pastoral Planning Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Parish Support Team (PST)
REPORTS TO: Director of Pastoral Services
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 28, 2021
CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Works under the supervision of the Director of Pastoral Services in advancing the Pastoral Vision of “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, and living mercy.” Primary role is to coach pastors and parish leaders to develop missional communities characterized by Collaborative Leadership, a Clear Path of Discipleship, and a Culture of Generosity. Specifically, this role provides support and consultation to pastors and parish leaders implementing pastoral planning initiatives such as parish groupings.


Pastoral Planning Specialist (40%): Serve as a coach to pastors and leaders of parish groupings, accompanying parish leaders through transitions and in forming missional communities.
• Provide basic coaching and counsel in the implementation of pastoral planning, including communications, change management, and staffing.
• Facilitate connection to topical consultation both within the curia and with outside resources on particular issues such as: facility, finance, and legal.
• Provide consultation on the restructuring of parish ministries and the establishment of a missional culture within parish groupings.
• Assist with the facilitation of group meetings of parish leadership: clergy, pastoral councils, staff, evangelization teams, etc., on the demographic and pastoral situations of individual parishes and groupings.

Coaching (50%): Serve as a coach accompanying parish leaders as they form missional communities.
● Initiate regular one-on-one coaching sessions with pastors, associates, and key parish leaders (e.g., leadership team members, staff, and volunteers), providing ongoing mentorship in the three key characteristics.
● Facilitate group coaching of parish leadership teams, staff, evangelization teams, etc., on the three key characteristics.
● Coordinate and facilitate parish-specific services and training events (e.g., offsite meetings, retreats, leveling sessions, workshops on evangelization skills, other ad hoc events) for parish leadership teams, staff, evangelization teams, pastoral councils, etc., as needed.
● Coordinate participating parish leaders into mentorship roles of other parishes as needed.
● Meet weekly with the Coaching Team to be formed in best practices and to discuss the needs of the participating parishes.
● Coordinate and leverage the services and expertise of other curia offices in coaching relationships with pastors and other parish leaders.
● Serve as a liaison to specified pastors (and parish leaders as needed) to promote PST training events and workshops designed to support parishes in becoming missional communities.

All PST Staff: Additional Duties (10%)
● Communicate the Pastoral Vision & Priorities and promote the goal to become missional communities to parishes and pastors.
● Seek and build relational networks that will unify and support parish renewal initiatives in parishes, apostolates, and other archdiocesan curia departments.
● Maintain a high level of professional competence and knowledge in coaching for parish renewal, as well as Catholic moral and social teaching.
● Consult, advise, and train other office staff and curia members regarding various aspects of coaching for parish renewal, adult evangelization, and discipleship as necessary.
● Offer occasional support for the Mentorship Program by serving as a mentor, session instructor, assisting with promotion and recruitment of participants, etc.
● Assist team members with PST training events:
o Identifying structure and scope of the education and training provided.
o Planning and execution of logistical details, event set-up and facilitation, etc.
● Fulfill various administrative duties including planning, budgeting, and preparation of reports.

● Knowledge of the primary Church documents on evangelization, catechesis, and the New Evangelization (2020 Directory for Catechesis, Joy of the Gospel, and the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis) or the ability to gain knowledge within a reasonable amount of time of hire.
● Ability to articulate the process of making disciples and implement pastoral methods described in the above documents. Includes the ability to apply knowledge in accompaniment of parishes and individuals.
● Strong communication skills with the ability to articulate and clarify the Vision & Priorities of the Archdiocese of Omaha.
● Knowledge of and experience in fostering missional communities and best practices for parish renewal.
● Maintain a deep working knowledge of the key characteristics of collaborative leadership, a clear path of discipleship, and a culture of generosity.
● Maintain a deep working knowledge of the habits of coaching, change management, basic organizational health, and educational and training best practices.
● Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with pastors and parish leaders.
● Demonstrated aptitude to coach and lead with the ability to coach others towards their goals.
● Ability to adapt and apply knowledge and skills to a variety of parish situations that may occur.
● Demonstrated organizational skills, capable of overseeing multiple programs simultaneously, and prioritizing activity.
● Effective use of social media and Microsoft Office suite.
● Sets an example of integrity, accountability, productivity, and teamwork.
● Availability evenings, weekends, and occasional extended periods as needed.

● Active, practicing 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.
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of experience required; master’s degree in business, ministry, communication, organizational development, or human resources preferred.
● Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership position of a parish, diocesan office, or approved Catholic apostolate in an evangelization, formation, or pastoral role is required. Managing or mentoring role preferred.
● Preferred experience: coaching, change management, organizational health, and educational training. Experience in mergers, acquisitions and organizational re-design is also highly valued.

• Approximately 15-45%; Travel throughout the archdiocese to meet with pastors, other clergy, parish staff, and other parish ministers and volunteers as necessary.
• Must be comfortable away from home for 2-3 days from time-to-time to work with parishes onsite.