Job Opening: Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry

Position Summary
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, NY, seeks to hire a full-time Pastoral Associate for religious education and youth ministry.

Organizes and directs the parish’s Interparish Religious Education Program. Develops and implements faith formation programming for middle schoolers and teenagers. Collaborates and works with other pastoral associates and the leaders of parish ministries to promote the mission and apostolic priorities of the parish.


Essential Functions
• Interparish Religious Education Program (IREP)
Directs an established interparish religious education program, Grades K-8, for 300+ children and a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for a small number of pre-K children. Recruits, trains, and supervises catechists for all grade levels. Prepares and schedules sacramental programs and religious services for parents and students preparing for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Develops, organizes, and supervises retreat days. Collaborates with the parish grammar school’s administration on faith formation programs for the students of the grammar school. Develops individualized programs for special needs children. Performs all administrative tasks related to IREP, including, but not limited to, overseeing the annual ad campaign to recruit students, supervising the enrollment of students, preparing an annual budget with the assistance of the Parish Treasurer, curriculum selection, ordering of program materials, and reserving classroom and meeting spaces. Coordinates the implementation of the Safe Environment Program, including securing clearances for catechists and volunteers. Promotes and facilitates collaboration with the parish staff and the other ministries of the parish.

• SPARK
Develops, organizes, and supervises faith formation programming, including service projects, for children of middle school age. Meets with parents and parent groups to promote SPARK.  Prepares promotional materials that highlight the benefits of SPARK. Recruits volunteers to participate in SPARK service projects. Integrates catechetical elements and Ignatian Spirituality in all programming. Coordinates liturgies and liturgical involvement for SPARK participants. Plans and supervises regular social events and service opportunities for SPARK participants. Works with parent advisory group on programming. Promotes and facilitates collaboration with parents, the parish staff, and the other ministries of the parish.

• IGNITE
Develops, organizes, and supervises faith formation programming, including service projects, for teenagers. Recruits teens from the parish and local high schools. Recruits volunteers to facilitate and participate in service projects. Coordinates and supervises monthly liturgies and liturgical season retreat days.  Integrates catechetical elements and Ignatian Spirituality in all programming. Promotes and facilitates collaboration with parents, the parish staff, and the other ministries of the parish.

• Young Neighbors In Action (YNIA)
Evaluates, organizes, and participates in a summer service project sponsored through YNIA for teenagers of the parish. Catechizes YNIA participants on the social teachings of the Catholic Church.  Organizes YNIA participants in their fund-raising efforts to cover the costs of their travel and living expenses. Recruits adult volunteers to accompany the teens and participate in the service project.  Coordinates and administers all travel and logistical arrangements.


Essential Skills
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent oral, written, and graphic communication skills
• Proven experience in program development and effective implementation
• Administrative skills, including budgeting, recruiting, and organizing
• Strong background in Catholic theology
• Ability to mentor young people in their faith formation
• Openness to share one’s personal journey of faith to others
• Mastery of technology skills to create documents, presentations, and social media
• Demonstrated ability to adapt personal skills to a new environment
• Self-motivated with the ability to work in a multi-task environment
• Team player

Qualifications
• Degree in theology, divinity, pastoral ministry, or religious education from a Catholic college or university, preference given to candidates with a degree from a Jesuit institution or with experience and knowledge of Ignatian Spirituality
• A strong Catholic faith commitment and a willingness to communicate it with joy
• Experience (minimum of 5 years) with programs of faith formation of young people at a Catholic parish or Catholic school


Working Conditions
• Weekdays, some evenings and weekends as required


Compensation
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.


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