Job Opportunity Details

Director, Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life

Posted: 1/19/2022

Hiring Location: Pastoral Center- Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life - Pastoral Center
Address: 3725 Blackburn St, Dallas, TX 75219 (Map)

Job Type: Full Time
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends/OT Required: Occasionally
Education Required: Masters Degree
Catholic Required: Yes
Bilingual Required: Preferred

Job Description

The Director of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life works out of a mission-driven understanding of Catholic Evangelization and the Church’s vision for lifelong faith formation within the family, parish, and diocesan life. The Director is responsible for the management of staff, programs, and resources of the diocesan Evangelization efforts, ongoing formation processes, Catechesis, Sacramental formation, and Family Ministries, in accordance with official Church teaching and the mission of the Ministries Office, Diocese of Dallas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position

• Promotes Evangelization efforts and supports innovative missionary discipleship approaches among the faithful.
• Attentive to the synodal process, creatively seeks opportunities for evangelization with a pastoral sensitivity to those who no longer practice our faith.
• Accompanies and nurtures thriving parish evangelization processes.

Ongoing Formation
• Under the leadership of the Senior Director of Ministries, works with the Bishop, clergy, other pastoral center offices, appropriate agencies, and parish ministry leaders to promote holistic, ongoing, and systematic formation of lay leaders (human, spiritual, intellectual, cultural. and pastoral needs).
• Develops and supports a strong network of professional and volunteer lay ministry leaders.
• Leads the assessment and the effectiveness of the formation programs for Catechetical teams, marriage formation, and family ministries.
• Works in close collaboration with the Neuhoff School of Ministry, University of Dallas.
• Encourages collaboration with pastors and parish ministry leaders to enrich the Christian formation and spiritual life of the laity so that they may be more conscious of their role in Church and society.
• Forms ministry leaders to develop and implement crisis response protocols so that families across the Diocese receive solid Catholic accompaniment, compassion, and consolation during difficult times (i.e. domestic violence, life transitions, etc.).

Lifelong Formation
• Develops and maintains contact with parishes on the needs of older adults; provides resources as appropriate.
• Provides direction in the development and implementation of formation programming/coaching targeting “boomers” in Catholic parishes on aging issues.
• Develops collaborative relationships with other diocesan departments to identify and provide resources and opportunities for adult formation responding to the various life stages and cultural needs of aging and older adults; family catechesis, etc.

Advocacy for Family-Centered Ministries
• Leads the assessment, update, and implementation of the marriage preparation process.
• Consults on other departments’ policies, programs, and procedures; oversees the development of family-centered models as needed.
• Networks with other groups who are using and promoting the strengthening and supporting of marriage and family life. Serve on boards of other related organizations as invited.

• Budgets: Prepares and presents annual budget; monitors expenses and revenue; writes grants for special projects.
• Supervises: Supports, motivates, directs, monitors, and evaluates staff as per diocesan standards. Keeps personnel records.
• Plans: Leads staff meetings, strategic planning processes; participates in diocesan planning and formulation of appropriate policies and procedures.
• Learns: Keeps abreast of current trends and best practices in evangelization, lay ministry formation, catechesis, marriage, and family life.
• Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Practicing Catholic in good standing with knowledge of the contemporary Catholic understanding of lay formation, marriage, and family life as articulated in Vatican II and subsequent papal and episcopal documents.
• Strong sense of Evangelization
• Knowledge and understanding of Sacramental theology.
• Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed approach to pastoral care of people throughout the life cycle.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills both in English and Spanish (preferred).
• Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills.
• Engages a “learner” mindset in interpersonal and conflict situations.
• Familiarity with principles of adult learning.
• Ability to handle multiple priorities; flexibility in handling a variety of projects and heavy workload.
• Ability to effectively manage people and resources. Experience in team-building, goal-directed/data-informed approach, strategic planning.
• Strong sense of confidentiality.
• Self-motivated and self-starter, requiring minimal day-to-day direction.
• Periodic travel within the Diocese is required; must be licensed, able to drive and provide own transportation.
• Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, & PowerPoint.
• Ability to learn web-based resources curating and social media-based communication.
• Working knowledge of the Diocese of Dallas structure.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience:
• Master’s degree in either Theology, Religious Education, or Pastoral Ministry, required
• Minimum 5 years of experience in Diocesan and/or parish ministry, required

Special Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends when required.

Physical Requirements Specific to the Job:
• N/A.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position. The duties and responsibilities of the position may be changed at the sole discretion of the Diocese of Dallas – Pastoral Center.

The Diocese of Dallas – Pastoral Center reserves the right to modify this job description without notice to the employee. This job description is not a contract and does not alter the employee’s at-will employment status.

Additional Information

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