Director of Faith Formation – Benilde-St. Margaret’s School (St. Louis Park, MN)

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DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION
Education: Middle/High School, FT Employee
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School (St. Louis Park, MN)

Position overview: The Director of Faith Formation is critical in carrying out the mission and vision of our school as a Catholic community by overseeing the Faith Formation departments of theology, service and campus ministry for the BSM community.

Responsibilities to BSM as a Catholic School:
The Director of Faith Formation is expected to be a practicing Catholic.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Teaching senior high theology – 60% 3 classes per semester.

2. Administrative Leadership
• Ensure clear internal and external communications of BSM’s identity as a Catholic school.
• Ensure adequate allocation of attention and resources to BSM’s mission as a Catholic school.
• Provide direction in articulation and maintenance of BSM’s theological stance. (Point person for dealing with issues relating to Catholic Identity).
• Help develop school policies impacted by BSM’s mission as Catholic school.
• Implement Catholic Identity development programs for faculty, staff, and Board; including annual scripture theme, annual retreat, weekly prayer for faculty/staff before school, and on-going prayer and formation for Board of Directors meeting.
• Orient new faculty and staff to BSM’s mission as a Catholic school, and on their role in that mission.
• Encourage and invite all faculty and staff to grow in their faith through on-going prayer and formation activities. Actively recruit for Lasallian formation events.
• In collaboration with the Athletic/Activities Director, provide programming to help coaches (especially those who are not full-time in the building) integrate our mission and Catholic identity into athletics and activities.
• Serve as the BSM Lasallian Animator for the Midwest district. Maintain records, resources, etc.
• Member of A-Team team.

3. Communal Leadership
• Pastoral presence for the community.
• Provide support for parents in their role as primary educators and models of faith for their children.
• Serve as liaison to the Parent Association for adult formation and education (Parenting and Faith series).
• Serve as or manage, Lasallian, CSJ, and Benedictine Animators. Provide direction and articulation of all BSM’s charisms.

4. General
• Attend meetings and workshops as required including Lasallian animators retreat.
• Prepare and maintain annual budget.
• Administrative support responsibilities.
• Provide regular and pertinent communications to the parent community through K-news.

5. Faith Formation Departmental Leadership
• Participate in recruiting and hiring members of theology, campus ministry, and service departments.
• Direct supervisor to the Campus Ministers, Service Coordinator, and Theology Teachers (senior high).
• Provide guidance and support for campus ministry activities.
• Provide guidance and support for action on behalf of social justice. Work closely with the CSJ Animator, Diversity Coordinator and the Service Coordinator as key players in this work.
• Coordinate Pizza with the Padre
• Serve as Academic Department chair for Senior High Theology.

6. Departmental Management
• Annual Department Goals
• First meeting of the year – review accomplishments of last year’s goals and set new goals and target dates
• Department Meetings –
• Set monthly time and place
• Establish agendas – combination announcements, nuts & bolts, professional discussions and issues to address, policy making
• Communicate concerns, decisions to principal, counselors etc.
• Attend monthly SHAC meetings.
• Coordinate chaperone obligations for the department.

7. Personnel Responsibilities and Professional Development
• Recruit new teachers, call universities, professional organizations etc. Meet with principal to establish interview and candidate selection process.
• Observe all new teachers (3 or less years at BSM) twice in the first semester.
• Support department members in fulfilling obligations of the Teacher
• Provide orientation and mentor new teachers.
• Encourage teachers in their professional development and continuing education.
• Provide teachers with current articles and information on professional programs.
• Promote membership in professional organizations and attendance at conferences.
• Support teachers as necessary in dealing with parents, students, counselors, and administration.
• Advocate for departmental needs.

8. Curriculum Development
• Review and evaluate course offerings and update Program of Studies.
• Review and evaluate curriculum based on state and national standards.
• Work with students, counselors and principal to place students in the proper level.
• Be present at new student registration days if appropriate.
• Work with principal to decide course offerings and sections based on enrollment.
• Assign teaching assignments to teachers.
• Monitor how teachers are incorporating school initiatives into the curriculum (diversity, multiple perspectives, Catholic Identity, Technology, higher order thinking skills)
• Assist principal in meeting North Central Accreditation requirements.

9. Budget and Record keeping
• Financial Records
• Create and submit a budget in the fall for the following year.
• Approve departmental purchases.
• Review departmental expenditures
• Textbook and materials
• Keep an accurate inventory of all textbooks.
• Prepare textbook orders and discuss changes with the principal.
• Coordinate technology requests.

10. Public Relations
• Promote the department activities with PR department, administration, and
• Parents and submit news to Knightly News as appropriate.
• Work with admissions director to staff open houses.
• Create and promote programs and extra curricular academic activities that highlight the students and department.
• Facilitate selection of department award recipients and attend spring awards night.
Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The school campus may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

Interpersonal skills

1. Strong positive verbal and written communication skills.
2. Professional, approachable and friendly.
3. Strong team player.
4. Efficient and well organized.
5. Respectful of others.
6. High level of integrity.
7. Ability to work independently with little supervision.
8. Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
9. Patient and calm demeanor under pressure.
Education / Experience (Minimum Required)
1. B.A. in theology required, M.A. preferred.
2. Experience in retreat work, spiritual and vocation direction and youth ministry of high school age.

Numbers and Job Titles Reporting Directly to This Position: All Religion Department Staff (6); Diversity Coordinator (1); Service Learning Coordinator (1) (77)

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