Position title
Director of Faith Formation
Description

St. Edward Catholic Church seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Faith Formation.

This individual works primarily to promote, cultivate, and foster the catechetical and spiritual formation of parishioners. The Director of Faith Formation is a member of the pastoral team responsible for the catechetical programs (including Christian formation, religious education and sacramental preparation) designed to lead adults, young adults, youth and children to maturity of faith through instruction and formation in the Christian life. Concretely, this individual will be tasked with providing opportunities for formation in the faith utilizing diverse formats, such as classes, conferences, retreats, and small groups. The ideal candidate will be an innovative and practical individual, motivated by a love of the Catholic faith, who is willing to work with parish staff and volunteers to direct all catechetical initiatives and meet the challenges of a post-pandemic parish.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include:

Overall

1. Creates a plan for catechetical and spiritual formation to evangelize, disciple, and catechize all parishioners.

2. Assesses program needs and sets goals and objectives for the program through collaboration with the pastor and other staff and volunteers at the parish.

3. Develops an annual calendar of catechetical formation opportunities and events.

Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation for Children

1. Oversees Sunday religious education for grades Pre-K through 8, including sacramental preparation for grades 2 and 8.

2. Recruits and trains catechists, aides, and other volunteers.

3. Coordinates First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation, including planning and conducting meetings with parents.

4. Plans and conducts a retreat for those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

5. Schedules the date of Confirmation with the bishop’s representative.

6. Coordinates Totus Tuus (Vacation Bible School) for a week during the summer.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

1. Oversees the RCIA program for the parish, in collaboration with the pastor.

2. Interviews potential RCIA candidates.

3. Plans and leads RCIA sessions on Wednesday evenings, with the assistance of the pastor and other clergy and volunteers.

4. Plans and leads a retreat during Lent for RCIA candidates.

5. Prepares candidates for initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, especially through a liturgical rehearsal.

6. Collaborates with the pastor to support candidates and their spiritual needs.

Other Faith Formation in the Parish

1. Develops and plans other faith formation activities in the parish for youth, young adults, and adults.

2. Collaborates with the pastor to organize parish missions, retreats, guest speakers, Bible studies, small group programs, and other such formation opportunities.

Administrative

1. Participates in staff meetings and regularly reviews status of program goals and priorities.

2. Maintains open communication with staff and parish community regarding catechetical activities.

3. Stays up to date regarding diocesan policies and best practices to ensure that parish policies regarding religious education are formulated according to the latest standards.

4. Prepares and submits needed reports as required by the diocese or the parish office.

5. Represents the parish at diocesan sponsored catechetical functions and conferences monthly or as requested.

6. Evaluates and assesses those who are teaching religious education through interviews, observation, lesson plan reviews, etc. to ensure that plans are according to curriculum and liturgical seasons. Communicates with catechists regarding outcomes of assessments.

7. Plans and conducts parish catechetical meetings for catechists and parents as needed during the year.

8. Plans and coordinates catechist recognition events, e.g., dinner, reception, etc. at least once annually.

9. Reviews, selects, and purchases program supplies, books, resources, or other needed program materials.

10. Plans, develops, and monitors program budgets, expenses, etc.

11. Reviews student files regarding sacramental records, attendance, student progression, and evaluations at end of program year.

12. Maintains ongoing records on students and catechists.

13. Maintains classroom needs with the parish community. Ensures that classrooms are in order and stocked with needed supplies and equipment, that organization of classroom arrangement is maintained, and that instructional signs are in place.

14. Maintains a resource library for catechists.

15. Assists in conducting background screens on all parish employees and all parish volunteers ministering with children and young adults under the age of 18 and ensures that all catechists and aides meet Safe Environment standards.

16. Performs other duties as assigned by the Pastor.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER QUALITIES

1. Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.

2. Bachelor’s Degree in education, theology, religious education, or related field.

3. Minimum of three years of experience as a catechist or other experience in parish ministry.

4. Completion of or willingness to complete relevant training through the Diocese of Nashville.

5. Flexibility of schedule to allow evening and weekend hours.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

Leadership, interpersonal communication, organization, problem solving, motivating others, written communication, vision/planning, creativity/innovation, conflict resolution, delegation.

For consideration, please email cover letter and resume to tosborne@stedward.org.

Job Location
Nashville, TN
Date posted
July 13, 2021

For consideration, please email cover letter and resume to tosborne@stedward.org.

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