The Diocese of Fairbanks is seeking to hire a Director of Faith and Family Formation. This position will be part time and is responsible for promoting family ministry, religious education, sacramental preparation, and youth/young adult ministry throughout the diocese by providing resources and opportunities for parishes and diocesan regions to strengthen their outreach and catechesis to individual and families of all ages and social situations. Candidates should have a letter of support from their current pastor stating they are a Catholic in good-standing, regularly involved in the life of the parish, possess a B.A. in Theology or comparable field, or demonstration of knowledge faith appropriate to the position. Five years’ experience in a diocese or parish is highly preferred.  This position will remain open until filled.  Interested individuals should submit a resume to humanresources@cbna.org.

 

Position: Director, Faith and Family Formation
Reports to: Chancellor
Type: Part-time, Exempt, Non-Benefited
Date prepared: 31 October 2018

 

PURPOSE

The Director of Faith and Family Formation promotes family ministry, religious education, sacramental preparation, and youth/young adult ministry throughout the diocese by providing resources and opportunities for individual parishes and diocesan regions to strengthen their outreach and catechesis to individuals and families of all ages and social situations. The Office of Faith and Family Formation is born of the fruit of Pope Francis’ call to strengthen the family and his reflections found in his encyclical Evangelium Gaudium and the post-apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Serve as a primary resource for individuals, parishes and regions regarding various programs and products available for sacramental preparation, religious education and family ministry in conformity with the USCCB’s National Directory for Catechesis, approved catechetical materials and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

2. Work collaboratively with parishes and regions to engage their ministries in incorporating the diocesan vision of encountering Christ, being transformed, and being sent as missionary disciples.

3. Coordinate with the Office of Safe Environment and parishes to make sure that safe environment training has been accomplished in religious education classes.

4. Annually, coordinate with the Office of Safe Environment and parishes to acquire lists of names of all religious education catechists and volunteers. Coordinate with the Office of Safe Environment to assure all catechists and volunteers have been background checked.

5. Help shape, formulate, and implement initiatives and ideas for evangelization and catechesis efforts that will take into consideration the unique cultures and resource limitations in various regions of the diocese.

6. Provide opportunities for the professional and theological growth of catechists throughout the diocese through annual continuing education, seminars, etc.

7. Work with various institutions and groups locally to promote and support programs for all stages of the family life cycle: engaged; newly married; families with school aged children; adolescent stage families; boomerang families; empty nesters; end of life. 8. Collaborate with other diocesan offices in providing/presenting/coordinating family formation opportunities.

8. Collaborate with other diocesan offices in providing/presenting/coordinating family formation opportunities.

9. Serve as advisor to the Bishop and other chancery staff on issues pertinent to the mission of the position.

10. Remain current in the areas of theology and catechetics, and study the documents of the Catholic Church, specifically the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals and exhortations, and documents of the USCCB on issues pertinent to the mission of the position.

11. Display a genuine interest and care for the people of the diocese by honoring the cultural context and personality distinctions.

12. Draft correspondence and other documents and papers related to the ministry of the office.

13. Supervise volunteers as needed.

14. Provide financial management as needed, to include formulation of annual budget for office.

15. All other duties as assigned.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education and Experience.

• Required: Letter of support from your current pastor stating that you are a Catholic in good-standing, regularly involved in the life of the parish. A Catholic who supports, lives and communicates the teachings of the Catholic faith; availability to work nights and weekends as needed.

• Minimum: B.A. in Theology or comparable field or demonstration of knowledge of the faith appropriate to the position.

• Preferred: Five years’ experience in related field; prefer experience at the

 

Language Skills.

1. Good oral and written English-language communication skills, including clear speaking voice.

 

Other Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes.

1. Knowledge of basic tenets of Catholic Church and parish structures.

2. Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a plus.

3. Good computer literacy, including ability to navigate online applications and search engines.

4. Good spelling and grammar required.

5. Excellent customer service skills, including ability to maintain focus on and professionalism with people in challenging situations, both in person and by phone.

6. Good time management, including ability to manage several projects at the same time.

7. Must be able to multi-task and retain accuracy in an environment of competing deadlines.

8. Must be supportive of the mission and tenets of the Roman Catholic Church.

9. Must have a professional demeanor.10. Must have initiative.

 

COMPETENCIES

Customer Focus (Internal and External): Effectively meeting customer needs and taking responsibility for customer satisfaction.

Attention to Detail / Quality Orientation: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, including minute details; showing concern, accuracy and good quality output; accurately checking processes and tasks. Monitoring activities.

Collaboration: Working effectively and cooperatively with others, asking clarifying questions for the purpose of achieving common objectives. Building and maintaining good working relationships with employees.

Continuous Improvement: Monitoring work processes and workflow and continuously seeking ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Dependability: Being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations with a willing attitude.

Managing Work: Effectively managing time and resources to ensure that work is completed to meet expectations.

Inductive Reasoning / Problem Sensitivity: Sensitive to observation and identification of issues presenting out-of-the-norm and that may be indicative of problems needing to be addressed.

Work Standards: Set expectation of high performance standards and hold oneself accountable for accurate and timely completion of tasks and projects.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Must be able to sit for extended periods at a computer workstation

• Must be able to sit for extended periods at a computer workstation• Must be able to push and occasionally lift objects weighing 25 pounds

 

DISCLAIMER

The above is intended to describe the general context of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.