Director of Faith Formation – Holy Family Parish (Duxbury, MA)

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DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION
Religious Education, FT Employee
Holy Family Parish (Duxbury, MA)

The Director of Faith Formation (DFF) will be a member of the parish’s Pastoral Staff, work full-time (ave. 40 hrs. / wk.) and report to the Pastor. The DFF will be responsible for a comprehensive parish faith formation program from Baptismal catechesis through Adult Faith Formation. The mission of the DFF will be to help deepen people’s relationship with Jesus Christ in the context of proclaiming the Catholic faith, and to assist them in living the Gospel mandates to love God, love neighbor and make disciples, in line with the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Boston, Disciples in Mission. The DFF will have particular oversight of Grades 7 – 10 and manage a part-time Youth Formation Minister, a new staff position yet to be filled. In addition, the DFF will manage the part-time staff member responsible for Grades 1 – 6, a part-time administrative assistant and a part-time leader of the monthly kindergarten program as well as the leaders of Baptismal catechesis and R.C.I.A.

Applicant must be a practicing Roman Catholic, committed to the teachings and mission of the Church, and to sharing these effectively with others. In addition, a qualified applicant will have:

• a Master’s Degree in religious education, theology, or pastoral studies
• familiarity with Scripture and basic Church documents regarding catechesis and evangelization, and with evangelizing strategies, programs and technologies
• experience as a catechetical leader and managing a staff (at least 2 years preferred)
• a commitment to ongoing professional education and formation
• understanding of curriculum development
• ability to inspire and work with volunteers and staff
• creativity, flexibility, joy and enthusiasm in evangelizing people at all stages of faith development including the unchurched
• familiarity with a variety of faith formation models, including whole community catechesis
• ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
• strong communication and organization skills
• proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• working knowledge of (or ability to learn) ParishSOFT and website
tools
• ability to utilize social networking tools in ministry
• salary and benefits commensurate with responsibilities, experience, and education in conjunction with Archdiocesan guidelines

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to Michael Lavigne, Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support for the Archdiocese of Boston at [email protected]
Start – June 2014.

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DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION FOR DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION FOR HOLY FAMILY PARISH, DUXBURY, MA

The Director of Faith Formation (DFF) will be a member of the parish’s Pastoral Staff, work full-time (ave. 40 hrs. / wk.) and report to the Pastor. The DFF will be responsible for a comprehensive parish faith formation program from Baptismal catechesis through Adult Faith Formation. The mission of the DFF will be to help deepen people’s relationship with Jesus Christ in the context of proclaiming the Catholic faith, and to assist them in living the Gospel mandates to love God, love neighbor and make disciples, in line with the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Boston, Disciples in Mission. The DFF will have particular oversight of Grades 7 – 10 and manage a part-time Youth Formation Minister, a new staff position yet to be filled. In addition, the DFF will manage the part-time staff member responsible for Grades 1 – 6, a part-time administrative assistant and a part-time leader of the monthly kindergarten program as well as the leaders of Baptismal catechesis and R.C.I.A.

The following is a list of primary responsibilities. Other duties will be assigned as needed.

OVERSIGHT OF GRADES K-10

• Direct Grade 7 – 10 faith formation / Confirmation program until Youth Formation Minister is brought on board
• Oversee and support the assistant director who leads Grade 1 – 6 faith formation program
• Work with assistant director, administrative assistant and Grade K leader to recruit catechists for grades K-10 and to help organize class lists from registered students. Notify administrative assistant of any known upcoming catechist absences. Assist with finding a substitute, if necessary
• Create necessary lesson plans to aid volunteer catechists in the presentation of classroom material
• Provide training and support for catechists as needed
• Work with administrative assistant to ensure all necessary sacramental records are on file
• Be available to help with the opening of classes for all grade levels
• Work with administrative assistant to collect all completed CORI forms from teachers grades K-10 and turn completed forms over to administrative assistant for processing
• Assure child protection training of all those who work with children and youth, and child safety curriculum is carried out
• Manage/Follow-up on any classroom behavior problems or issues p romptly
• Evaluate supplemental catechism materials, as needed, for grades K-10. Administrative assistant and assistant director are responsible for maintaining own materials and supplies; however, director is responsible for oversight and appropriateness of all orders/materials from the faith formation office
• Collect, evaluate, and respond to all teacher evaluations completed at conclusion of each year

ADULT FAITH FORMATION / EVANGELIZATION

• Communicate knowledge of the person, message and mission of Christ to adult believers and non-believers in a way that nourishes them at the various stages of their lives, and invite them to renew their commitment to hearing and being open to the Gospel
• Utilize social networking tools and other new media
• Oversee opportunities geared to personal conversion of individuals to Christ in a way that leads to spiritual renewal and greater participation in the life and worship of the Church
• Strengthen ways the parish deepens people’s knowledge of Scripture and Sacred Tradition
• Guide and support efforts meant to bring about conversion and renewal of the parish, especially through RCIA, Baptismal catechesis, and other evangelizing initiatives, e.g., Why Catholic?, Catholics Come Home, etc.
• Work with the parish Evangelization Commission to assist parishioners in becoming disciples who make other disciples where evangelization is viewed as everyone’s primary mission
• Promote daily personal prayer, and in conjunction with the universal Church, frequent reception of the sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, regular Eucharistic adoration and other devotions
• Assist in the renewal of Catholic ministries, groups and organizations in a way that renders them accessible and welcoming to all
• Support efforts at evangelization of culture in a way that affirms what is compatible with Christian teaching and challenges what is not, e.g., pro-life and marriage initiatives, anti-physician-assisted suicide campaign, etc.
• Assist in the planning and implementation of liturgical and catechetical celebrations that invite baptized persons into a deeper experience of the Christian life, celebration of sacraments, prayer and missionary activity
• Communicate the truth about the dignity of the human person and the moral teaching of the Church in a way that inspires the integration of faith into everyday life
• Build upon what is already taking place in parish life involving service to those most in need, educationally, socially, materially, and spiritually – fostering the practice of charity among the baptized
• Plan and implement spiritual and educational programs that promote practice of Christian virtues in the wider community including ecumenical outreach and cooperation
• Challenge the political community to respect the dignity of the human person at all stages of life and to resist materialistic, nihilistic, and relativistic tendencies prevalent in modern culture and society
• Maintain a working relationship with the Archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support and the faith formation staffs of the parishes of the neighboring Marshfield Collaborative

OFFICE RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work with assistant director and office administrator to ensure adequate office coverage and work flow. Review and sign bi-weekly time sheets from administrative assistant and assistant director.
• Work with administrative assistant and provide oversight for fall class registrations and retreat registrations.
• Have familiarity with the Holy Family ParishSoft computer program, to update and maintain information as needed
• Oversee all notices to be sent home with children to ensure unity and clarity of information being sent home to families.
• Review weekly bulletin announcements submitted by assistant director.
• Update Holy Family website with current information as needed.
• Complete online and transmit required Archdiocesan surveys

PERFORMANCE ELEMENTS

• Ability to use a computer keyboard for up to 8 hours/day
• Ability to sit for up to 8 hours/day
• Ability to lift up to 20 pounds (208)

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