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Director Of Religious Education

Company: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Location: Glenview
Posted on: March 22, 2020

Job Description:

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO Our Lady of Perpetual Help POSITION DESCRIPTION Title: Director of Religious Education Status: Full Time, Exempt, Benefits eligible Reports to: Pastor Nature of Position: The position of Director of Religious Education (DRE) is a full-time, 12 months a year position. The DRE must be a practicing Catholic, in good standing with the Church, who is committed to the authentic teaching of the Catholic faith. The DRE is a professional catechetical leader who assists adults, adolescents and children of the parish in their faith formation. The DRE works with other staff members and volunteers to foster and maintain a working environment where worship, prayer, hospitality and learning are primary motivators. General Duties and Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the DRE is to administer, design, develop, direct, communicate, and evaluate the Parish Religious Education Program for the approximately 900 parish children who attend public or non-Catholic private schools. The responsibilities of the DRE include, but are not limited to: Oversees the development of the Parish Religious Education Program from grade level K through grade level 8, in conformity with the guidelines of the Catechetical Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Schedules faith formation opportunities for children and parents within the Religious Education Program calendar. Researches and orders resources (AV, textbooks, liturgy materials, reference works, etc.) which complement the religious education efforts in the parish. Identify, form, and support spiritual growth of catechists and volunteers. Direct and support catechists and volunteers in lesson plan development to ensure programs achieve overall goals, objectives and vision for strong lifelong formation in parish. Collaborate with the Principal of the School. Collaborate with staff members and community leaders to ensure that opportunities are provided beyond learning to missionary discipleship. Ensure that the ministry complies with the guidelines for Protecting God's Children for those who minister with and to children in accordance with the Archdiocese of Chicago policies. Collaborate with other staff members engaged in ministries as they affect family life. Meet with the Pastor routinely to discuss matters relating to the Parish Religious Education and sacramental preparation. Encourage Parish Religious Education catechists to obtain Catechetical Certification according to the policy set by the Catechetical Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Recruits, orients and provides ongoing professional training and spiritual development for the Parish Religious Education catechists. Schedules and coordinates the sacramental meetings for parents of school-age candidates for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Coordinate with the Pastor, the liturgy for First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Oversee the operation and maintenance of the Parish Data System Faith Formation portion. Evaluate the need for additional staff members. Assess and develop an effective Religious Education board. Explore on-going formation of catechetical staff through Archdiocesan and Parish events, catechetical classes and workshops, approved catechetical resources, catechist in-service days, and when necessary, retreats/days of reflection. Oversee the budget for all expenses related to the Parish Religious Education Program. Follow the budgetary procedures as set by the Pastor and Director of Finance & Operations. Additional responsibilities include: Comprehensive vision and understanding evangelization. Demonstrated expertise in collaborating with clergy, School and Parish staff, parish leaders and volunteers. Subject matter expert in Lifelong Formation and its key methodologies, components, and strategies; comfortable with various methodologies and pedagogies in developing disciples. Preferred Job Skills and Experience: Bachelors/Master's Degree Theology, Pastoral Studies, Faith Formation or equivalent. 3-5 years' experience managing large school age education and core volunteer programs. Certification as a Catechist. Technology savvy and able to learn Parish Data System program; know Microsoft Office. Religious, and Lay Ecclesial Ministers are preferred for this position. Excellent language and communication skills required. Outstanding organizational skills. Please email resume and cover letter to Jim Dollard at OLPH - or fax to: 847-729-0623

Keywords: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview , Director Of Religious Education, Education / Teaching , Glenview, Illinois

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