Liturgy Director – Archdiocese of Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Executive, FT Employee
Archdiocese of Seattle (Seattle, WA)

The Office of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle has an opening for a full-time Liturgy Director. This opening is to fill a vacant position.

The Archbishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church 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 Archbishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them. (Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 198)

Each position employed in the Chancery helps to extend the ministry of the Archbishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description.

The Liturgy Director promotes an integrated liturgical agenda as understood by the church universal and as directed by the Archbishop in consultation with the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission. This position is a member of the Archbishop’s Curia Leadership Group.

NOTE: This is an appointed position by the Archbishop of Seattle and subject to Archdiocesan Policy pertaining to appointed positions. The Archbishop reserves the right to make modifications to the position description at his discretion and in accord with the provisions of canon law.


1. Assures the Archbishop, as Chief Liturgist, that all liturgical rites celebrated in all parish
and institutions of the Archdiocese are in compliance with the Roman Rite with proper adaptations as appropriate. This includes directing the updating and implementation of the Archdiocesan Liturgical policies according to the norms promulgated by the Holy See; implementing the universal norms as directed by the Archbishop; collaborating in the preparation of the Archdiocesan Liturgical/Sacramental Policies; consulting with priests and parish liturgical ministers as appropriate as well as through letters of information or clarification, and ensuring that music for liturgy is within appropriate norms. Provides appropriate institutes, conferences, accreditation classes and workshops on the liturgical rites and sacramental ministry of the Catholic Church.

2. Directs the planning, preparation of all mandated Archdiocesan liturgical events, e.g., the Chrism Mass, Eight Rites of Election, Ordination of priests and deacons, by selecting ministers, plans the Order of Service, conducts rehearsals, directs the preparation of the environment, and assists the Archbishop in his role. Assures that ALL Liturgies celebrated by the Archbishop in parishes, institutions and conventions are well prepared by coordinating the work between the parish contact person and the appropriate office staff; consults with pastors of scheduled parishes.

3. Directs the Liturgical Ministries Institute (LMI) including curriculum and staffing, and evaluates the Certification Program for ministers and the Basics Curriculum. Assures the provision of adequate training and formation in liturgical catechesis for parish Liturgical leaders, primarily through LMI on all the sacraments and on Catholic Worship. Coordinates a regional network for consultation and training. Oversees the publication of “Liturgy Line” Newsletter published for each Liturgical season.

4. Directs the implementation of all revised liturgical books in parishes, institutions and regional faith communities through a variety of ways and means: coordinating an all priest gathering, regional workshops, certification classes for leaders through the Liturgical Ministries Institute, parish consultations, presentations at deanery meetings, and as needed, phone consultations.

5. Assists with the liturgical component in the renovation of and/or the building of new worship space in parish churches and institutional chapels. This includes on-site visits prior to the beginning of any project and throughout an approved project; implementing archdiocesan building and renovation policies related to liturgy through workshops, training classes and consultation, and assisting parishes and institutions in the preparation of appropriate dedication or blessing rites for completed projects. Participates with the Archdiocesan Building Commission in Liturgy-related work/functions.

6. Assures effective stewardship of the Liturgy Office through supervision of staff, and administration of the office and budget in accordance with the Archdiocesan policy.
Maintains a current level of knowledge and skills required to effectively serve as Liturgy Director. This is accomplished by participating with and membership in local, regional or national professional association. Keeps abreast of current issues, trends and concerns through appropriate subscriptions and attendance on related conferences and/or seminars.

7. Assures the Archbishop that the liturgical needs of our culturally diverse groups are being met by collaborating with appropriate Chancery office and/or staff. Provides consultation on all ecumenical endeavors in the area of liturgy by collaborating with the Ecumenical Officer. Provides advice and counsel to the Archbishop on a wide variety of issues, as a member of the Curia Leadership Group and the Systems Integration Group.

8. Serves as staff to the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and works with the ALC Chair. Coordinates work with the Archdiocesan Liturgical Music Committee as well as with other committees and commissions.


1. Primary:
a. Willingness and ability to support the mission of the Church by extending the ministry of the Archbishop.
b. Ability and desire to use God-given gifts and talents in service of the local Church in support of the collaboration between lay and ordained Ministers.
c. Active member of a parish/faith community in good standing with the Church.
d. Demonstrated understanding of and ability to articulate the Church’s teaching, laws, theology, liturgical life, and ecclesiology.

2. Education:
a. Masters degree in Liturgy or Liturgical Studies, or related field.

3. Experience:
a. 5 to 7 years of demonstrated successful pastoral ministry experience in a parish/faith community with special emphasis in directing parish worship programs or experience in a diocesan liturgy office.
b. 5 to 7 years demonstrated successful leadership experience to include staff supervision, budget issues and policy planning and management.

4. Other Elements:
a. Demonstrated ability to share personal faith journey and to enable others to do the same.
b. Knowledge of and compatibility with the mission of the Catholic Church, and strong working knowledge of the Catholic parish structures and organizations as well as the Catholic Church’s ministerial and pastoral work.
c. Knowledge of the role of music in liturgy and the ability to make musical choices in liturgy, a must.
d. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, with demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings, conduct oral presentations, and write documents and/or reports.
e. Demonstrated successful ability to enable staff to accomplish goals through collaboration, collegiality and team organization.
f. Ability to work on evenings and weekends.
g. Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license to travel throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle.
h. Bilingual competency (English/Spanish), preferred.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply for this job, please visit our website at We require all applicants to submit our standard application and a cover letter. Resumes alone will not be accepted. (0)

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