Coordinator of Youth Evangelization & Discipleship

Evangelization and Family Life Office - Omaha

Youth Ministry
Full-Time
Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Coordinator of Youth Evangelization & Discipleship
DEPARTMENT: Office of Evangelization and Family Life (EFLO)
REPORTS TO: Associate Director, EFLO
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 2, 2021
POSITION STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time
HOURS PER WEEK: 40

POSITION SUMMARY
Works as a member of the Evangelization & Family Life Office (EFLO) in advancing the Pastoral Vision of “One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy” with the aim of helping parishes become missional communities characterized by collaborative leadership, a clear path of discipleship and a culture of generosity. Serves as the primary resource person for youth ministry, chastity, and the respect-life apostolate in the Archdiocese. Particular attention is given to assisting pastors, parish leaders, and leaders in Catholic schools to develop and implement youth evangelization and discipleship initiatives in the context of overall parish evangelization efforts.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordination of Youth Ministry Efforts (70%): Serve as a coach to parish Youth Ministry Directors and High School Campus Ministers, coordinate formation efforts of youth ministry leaders, and assist in the planning and implementation of large youth ministry events
● Provide ongoing guidance, resources, and support to pastors and other adult leaders (e.g., youth & campus ministers; school principals, faculty, & chaplains; parents & volunteers) regarding best practices, methods, and principles of youth evangelization & discipleship.
● Initiate individual meetings and engage in intentional mentorship relationships with adult leaders to envision and implement youth evangelization and discipleship initiatives in their specific contexts. Assist parish leaders to identify and raise up other adults capable of engaging in these efforts.
● Provide training and development opportunities for adult leaders of youth that further the Pastoral Vision, supplement the Archdiocesan formation program, and align with overall office efforts.
● Coordinate Archdiocesan programs and events that foster and support youth evangelization and discipleship as necessary or beneficial for serving the needs of parishes and individuals.
● Advise, guide, and collaborate with various youth ministry and faith formation groups and initiatives including, but not limited to, the Omaha Youth Ministry Network, JC Camps, Quest, and Rural Teens Encounter Christ.
● Assist parish and school leaders and work collaboratively with Event Coordinator to organize large events like Totus Tuus, Steubenville Youth Conference, and NCYC.
● Maintain a high level of expertise and knowledge in best practices for youth evangelization and discipleship, as well as Catholic moral and social teaching.
● Consult, advise, and train other office staff regarding youth evangelization & discipleship as necessary.
● Assist pastors with the hiring process for youth ministry leaders as necessary.
● Collaborate on training, developing, writing, and updating the policies and processes pertaining to the safe environment efforts in the Archdiocese in consultation with the Associate Director of EFLO.
● Maintain professional networking associations with other diocesan youth directors.

Respect Life Apostolate (10%)
• Provide ongoing guidance, resources, and support to pastors and other leaders regarding best practices, methods, and principles of pro-life ministry
• Assist parish and school leaders in the organization of the annual March for Life youth trip.
• Maintain professional networking association, particularly with the Nebraska Catholic Conference.

Chastity Formation (10%)
• Provide formation and resources to parish and school leaders in areas of human sexuality (i.e. Love Ed trainings, pastoral guidelines faculty workshops, small group materials, etc.).
• Maintain a close working relationship with the chaplain of Courage and EnCourage.
• Closely collaborate with the Catholic Schools Office on gender issues, Theology of the Body formation opportunities for students, and human sexuality curriculum standards.

All EFLO: Additional Duties (10%)
● Communicate the Pastoral Vision and Priorities and promote the goal to become missional communities to parishes and pastors.
● Work in collaboration with other EFLO staff to develop initiatives and implement strategies that will further the New Evangelization throughout the Archdiocese, with an emphasis on evangelization and kerygmatic catechesis.
● Work with other EFLO staff to help pastors and parish leaders envision and implement unified approaches to adult, adolescent, and elementary evangelization and discipleship, including sacramental preparation.
● Seek and build relational networks that will unify and support parish renewal initiatives in parishes, apostolates, and other archdiocesan curia offices, especially the Hispanic Ministry Office.
● Fulfill various administrative duties including supervision, planning, budgeting, and preparation of reports.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED)
● Knowledge, adherence and implementation of Magisterial documents (Evangelii Gaudium, Amoris Laetitia, Christus Vivit, etc.), the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization’s Directory for Catechesis.
● Knowledge of and experience in the process of making disciples and teaching others to do so.
● Knowledge of the cultural context and contemporary needs of youth, families, Directors of Religious Education (DREs), catechists and youth ministers.
● Knowledge of emerging trends and new approaches to faith formation and youth ministry, especially those built upon a relational/discipleship model.
● Knowledge of the providers of catechetical and youth ministry resources and training.
● Knowledge of the Theology of the Body and its particular application in youth ministry.
● Ability to clearly articulate and create unity around the Pastoral Vision and Priorities and the archdiocesan goals.
● Ability to articulate the difference between initial proclamation, catechesis, and discipleship and apply distinctions to address specific needs of individual youth and parish situations.
● Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to mentor adult leaders, inspiring them to carry out the mission and ministry of evangelization in a pastoral manner and calling forth their gifts for ministry.
● Ability to design and implement training for adults ministering to youth and families.
● Ability to adapt and apply knowledge and skills to a variety of situations that may occur.
● Demonstrated organizational skills, capable of overseeing multiple responsibilities simultaneously, and prioritizing activity.
● Strong communication skills and effective use of social media and Microsoft Office suite.
● Sets an example of integrity, accountability, productivity, and teamwork.
● Ability to take direction and work as a team member with others.
● Availability evenings (1-2 per week), weekends (1-2 per month) and occasional extended periods (especially during summer months) as needed for events.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED)
● 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.
● Bilingual skills in Spanish and English preferred.
● Bachelor's degree in ministry, theology or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
● Five years’ combined experience in parish/diocesan youth, young adult, or campus ministry.


WORKING CONDITIONS: PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
● Routine office environment; ADA-accessible building.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
● 25-35% travel throughout the Archdiocese to meet with pastors, parish staff, DRE's, youth and campus ministers, etc. as necessary