Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Archdiocese of St. Louis
July 31, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
Full Time - Experienced
Administration, Religious Education
Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Evangelization and Catechesis
Position Reports To:
Archbishop of St. Louis
In responding to the call of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, who calls us ‘to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s Journey in years to come.’ This role will be instrumental in the Church’s Missionary transformation, ecclesial renewal and addressing the social and formational needs within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The newly created position of Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis is responsible for developing, overseeing and supporting faith formation, education and missionary discipleship in the 179 parishes, 100 elementary schools, and 9 high schools serving 510,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Reporting to the Archbishop, as a member of his Ministry Team Advisors (MTA), the Executive Director will lead and supervise the following established ministries: Catholic Education & Formation (includes Elementary /Secondary Education, Special Education, Religious Education, Paul VI Institute, Adult Faith Formation and Lay Formation) and Adult/Youth Missionary Discipleship (includes Catholic Youth Apostolate, Young Adult Ministry, and Newman Centers and Marriage & Family Life Office). Supporting and promoting the Catholic Church’s teachings and in alignment with the Archbishop’s vision, the Executive Director is charged with ensuring that the teachings of the Catholic Church are integrated throughout every aspect of Catholic life and ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Reporting member of MTA to provide meaningful input and recommendations on policies, strategies, current issues and trends regarding Catholic Education and Lay Formation.
Works with pastors and catechetical leaders of the parishes to develop and implement the Archdiocesan vision for missionary discipleship and faith formation for lay leaders including their human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral needs as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ
Strategizes and oversees the development of a common curriculum for use in school and parish religious education programs with common standards for religious education certification.
Works with ministry leaders to prepare budgets for each ministry and is responsible for ongoing monetary accountability/supervision.
Collaborates with ministry leaders to set measurable goals for ministry activities and create meaningful reports of outcomes to be regularly communicated to the Archbishop and MTA.
Provides assistance to parishes in selecting and hiring personnel.
Maintains membership and participation in appropriate National, Regional, and Archdiocesan catechetical organizations as required.
Additional related responsibilities may be assigned to his position.
Essential Professional Skills:
Must be on fire about the Catholic faith and energized by the Joy of the Gospel
A mission-driven understanding of Catholic education and the Church’s vision for lifelong faith formation.
Ability to effectively articulate and model the mission of Catholic Schools.
A commitment to foster open communication and build a cohesive team.
Strong interpersonal skills, able to build relationships internally and externally. Ability to foster collaboration across departments in order to create effectiveness and support strategic objectives. Able to build positive relationships with stakeholders.
Well-disciplined in organization, prioritizing multiple tasks and self-motivation and using analytical thinking and sound judgment for critical issues.
Openness and adaptability to new issues and to changing priorities.
Ability to represent the Archdiocese of St. Louis locally, regionally, and nationally in the area of Religious Education and faith formation.
Spanish language skills would be beneficial. All employees of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are required to convey the Church’s message and to assist in carrying out the Church’s mission, including upholding the standards of the Catholic Church in his/her day-to-day work and personal life. Further, all employees are expected to be persons of integrity and must conduct themselves in an honest and open way, free from deception or corruption, and in a manner consistent with the discipline and teachings of the Catholic Church. Personnel are expected to follow rules of conduct that will protect the interests and safety of all, including the standards and policies set forth in the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct and other Archdiocesan Policies and Guidelines.
Be a practicing Catholic and possess a thorough knowledge of the Catholic Church, its structures and systems.
A Master’s Degree in Theology, Education, Pastoral Ministry or related field.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in directing and managing pastoral ministry required, including experience in evangelization and catechesis on both the parish and the diocesan level, plus experience as a teacher or catechist of the Catholic faith.
Demonstrated experience in leadership and management of a large staff, including fiscal responsibility.
Knowledge of best practices in evangelization, catechesis, and organizational leadership. Familiarity with principles and dimensions of adult faith formation, catechist formation, young adult ministry, youth ministry, family life and Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
Ability to work in collaboration with other Archdiocesan offices to communicate and implement archdiocesan vision, guidelines and policies with parish leaders.
Experience in marketing, strategic planning, program development and crisis management.
Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
High level of computer and electronic communication skills.
Ability to travel locally and nationally on occasion.