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DIRECTOR OFFICE OF EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
Religious Education, FT Employee
Diocese of Austin (Austin, TX)
The Bishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church (the diocese) entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.
Each position employed in the Diocese of Austin helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Bishop in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.
The Director of the office of Evangelization and Catechesis is responsible for the overall coordination, direction and management of the office of Evangelization and Catechesis. The position reports to the Secretariat for Formation and Spirituality and operates under general supervision with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.
Essential Job Duties:
• Plan, develop, implement and schedule goals and long-range plans for Evangelization and Catechesis.
• Implement, schedule and assess programs and diocesan catechetical needs for adults and children.
• Keep the diocesan Church mindful of its mission to evangelize.
• Develop and maintain a diocesan curriculum guide based on the General Directory for Catechesis, The National Directory for Catechesis, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other pertinent Church documents.
• Responsible for budget development, implementation and monitoring.
• Oversee catechetical certification program for parishes and Catholic schools.
• Provide advice and guidance to the Bishop on Religious Education matters.
• Confer as appropriate with local, diocesan, regional and national groups concerning Evangelization and Catechetical programs and recommendations for improvement.
• Monitor, review and recommend changes to Evangelization and Catechesis policies and procedures.
• Responsible for planning, implementing and assessing programs for sacramental preparation and RCIA, in collaboration with the Office of Worship and the Office of Youth Young Adult and Campus Ministry.
• Provide resources for training parish catechists and Catholic school religion teachers.
• Design and implement workshops, seminars, conferences as well as on-line courses and resources.
• Provide workshops and resources that meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
• Provide access to catechetical resources including text book and instructional aids that have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church oversight committee.
• Use effective and appropriate supervision and management techniques to maximize employee morale and effectiveness.
• Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to parishes, diocesan staff and others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the Catholic teachings and structure of the Roman Catholic Church.
• Knowledge of theology and liturgical terms, language and usage.
• Knowledge of ministry of catechesis; child, adolescent, and adult faith and intellectual development; education for Catholic schools.
• Ability to plan and present workshops and retreats.
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing, clearly and accurately, complex and/or technical information to a wide variety of audiences.
• Ability to be proactive in communication resources and new developments in the field.
• Ability to perform in a pastorally sensitive manner; able to inspire others to leadership.
• Ability to operate various word-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs including Microsoft Suite.
• Ability to work effectively with others (staff, clergy, religious and laity).
• Ability to provide excellent service to faithful.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and utilize effective time management techniques.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to carry out multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
Education and Trainings:
• Master’s Degree in theology from an accredited American Catholic university or equivalent in a foreign country.
• 3 (three) years of full time wage earning experience or equivalent as a volunteer in a leadership role, which must have included focus on overseeing and evaluating a Religious Education and Formation program.
• Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
• Valid Texas driver’s license.
• Must be certified in the Diocese of Austin Safe Environment Program (EIM) within 60 days of employment, and maintain certification throughout the employment period. (76)
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