Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
Director of Religious Education (DRE)
Job Description

For the Linked Parishes of St. Madeleine Sophie and St. Gabriel the Archangel

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) has full administrative responsibilities for the total faith formation program to meet the needs of the parishioners of St. Madeleine Sophie and St. Gabriel the Archangel parishes. The DRE must be capable of supervising other faith formation personnel, managing a faith formation office, recruiting, training, facilitating certification and supervising volunteers to assist with the program. The DRE will also be responsible for evaluating program resources, scheduling programs, developing curricula, evaluating program resources, scheduling classes and programs, functioning as a catechetical resource person and evaluating the effectiveness of the total program. The DRE must work in conjunction with the Coordinator of Youth Ministry (CYM) and Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Madeleine Sophie parish and the Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Gabriel the Archangel parish. This is a full time position averaging 35 hours per week and involves flexible hours, including some weekends and evenings. The employee is expected to submit a Time and Attendance Record form.

Competencies and Scope of Responsibilities

    1. Knowledge of and the ability to convey effectively the official teachings of the church regarding scripture, doctrine, morality and spirituality with demonstrated fidelity to these teachings.
    2. Ability to develop, articulate and foster a comprehensive vision of faith formation for the two parishes by:
      • Working with and communicating with the pastoral staffs and Pastoral/Parish Councils on a regular basis to develop and direct the faith formation program
      • Developing and directing the sacramental programs
      • Recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating catechists and other volunteers to assist in programs
      • Insuring that all volunteers are working toward and/or maintaining a suitable level of certification
      • Maintaining certification records for all volunteers
      • Planning the faith formation calendar; preparing schedules for catechetical classes in conjunction with the calendars of both parishes (clearing needs for facilities and services with the Parishes’ Offices before any scheduling takes place)
      • Managing a faith formation office
      • Maintaining required records, including permanent records of programs and participants
      • Preparing an annual faith formation budget for approval and monitoring expenditures
    1. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with diocesan policies and guidelines to insure that the parishes’ faith formation policies and programs are developed and implemented in accordance with diocesan norms.
    2. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with catechetical/faith formation documents, resources and methodologies which enable the DRE to select programs, text, audio-visual materials and other resources appropriate to meet the faith development needs of the parish community. Computer literacy to enable using the various resources that are available.
    3. Ability to work collaboratively with the Pastor and PLD, Youth & Young Adult Minister of St. Madeleine Sophie, staffs of both parishes, music directors, catechists and other religious education volunteers as well as parishioners by:
    1. Preparation of regular/special request reports for the Pastor and/or PLD as well as other appropriate individuals/groups, i.e. Youth and Young Adult Minister
    2. Other Areas:

    A: work with the principal and school faculty in the following areas:

    B: Assist with planning and coordinating of Children’s Liturgy of the Word

    Qualifications for the Position

      1. Master’s Degree in Religious Education, Religious Studies, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Education or related field is preferred; as is Diocesan Catechetical training and knowledge of and ability to convey effectively the official teaching of the Church with a demonstrated fidelity to these teachings. This person needs to possess the following qualities:
        • An active and deep faith
        • Full participation in the communal worship and life of the Church
        • Good interpersonal relationship skills
        • Good rapport with children
        • Good oral and communication skills
        • Good computer skills—knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office
        • Being collaborative and a team builder—must work well with linkage of parishes
        • Good organizational and administrative skills
        • Maturity
        • Flexibility
      2. The DRE is or will need to be certified according to the Diocesan requirements for certification.  ( A copy of the requirements is available from the Parish Office. )
                        

      Salary
      Diocesan Guidelines are considered and used as a reference.

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      St. Madeleine Sophie Church
      Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
      Job Description

      The Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation will report directly to the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation also known as the Director of Faith Formation (DRE). The Assistant has administrative responsibilities for the total faith formation program at St. Madeleine Sophie parish grades 1-11. The Assistant must be capable of assisting the DRE in managing a faith formation office, which will include administrative duties involving the coordination of programs, documents, catechists, volunteers and maintenance of records. The Assistant must be comfortable assuming responsibility for all facets of the duties and the position of the DRE as needed. This is a TEN month position averaging 35 hours per week and involves flexible hours, including weekends and some evenings. Employee is expected to submit a Time & Attendance Record Form. Planned absences must have prior approval of the immediate supervisors and all such absences must be recorded on time and attendance record forms.

      Competencies and Scope of Responsibilities

        1. Knowledge of and the ability to convey effectively the official teachings of the church regarding scripture, doctrine, morality and spirituality with demonstrated fidelity to these teaching.

           2.  Supporting the DRE by:

        1. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with diocesan policies and guidelines to insure that the parish’s faith formation policies and programs are developed and implemented in accordance with diocesan norms.
        2. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with youth ministry/catechetical documents, program resources, options and methodologies which enable the DRE to select programs, texts, audio-visual materials and other resources appropriate to meet the faith development of youth.
        3. Ability to work collaboratively with the DRE, Parish Life Director (PLD), parish staff, music director, catechists and other religious education volunteers as well as parishioners by:
        1. Preparation of regular/special request reports for the DRE, PLD, as well as other appropriate individuals/groups.

      Qualifications for the Position

        1. The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Religious Studies, Theology or Pastoral Ministry or a related field. A candidate with an High School diploma would be considered, based on job experiences. Diocesan Catechetical training or the willingness to become trained is required. Knowledge of and ability to convey effectively the official teaching of the Church with a demonstrated fidelity to these teachings is necessary. This person needs to possess the following qualities:
          • An active and deep faith
          • Full participation in the communal worship and life of the Church
          • Good interpersonal relationship skills
          • Good rapport with children and youth
          • Good oral and communication skills
          • Good computer skills—knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office
          • Be collaborative and a team builder
          • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
          • Maturity
          • Flexibility and availability on weekends and after school hours is a must.
        2. The Assistant is or will need to be certified according to the Diocesan requirements for certification. The Assistant’s certification will either be as a Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) or an Administrator of Religious Education (ARE).  ( A copy of the requirements is available from the Parish Office. )


      Salary
      Diocesan Guidelines for a CRE or ARE, based on the candidates qualifications, are considered and used as a reference.

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      Church of St. Gabriel the Archangel
      Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
      Job Description

      The Assistant Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation will report directly to the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation also known as the Director of Faith Formation (DRE). The Assistant has administrative responsibilities for the total faith formation program at St. Gabriel the Archangel parish, grades 1 – 11. The Assistant must be capable of assisting the DRE in managing a faith formation office, which will include administrative duties involving the coordination of programs, documents, catechists, volunteers and maintenance of records. The Assistant must be comfortable assuming responsibility for all facets of the duties and the position of the DRE as needed. This is a part-time (TEN month) position averaging minimally 20 hours per week and involving flexible hours, including weekends and some evenings. Employee is expected to submit a Time & Attendance Record Form. Planned absences must have prior approval of the immediate supervisors and all such absences must be recorded on time and attendance record forms.

      Competencies and Scope of Responsibilities

        1. Knowledge of and the ability to convey effectively the official teachings of the church regarding scripture, doctrine, morality and spirituality with demonstrated fidelity to these teaching.
        2. Supporting the DRE by:
        1. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with diocesan policies and guidelines to insure that the parish’s faith formation policies and programs are developed and implemented in accordance with diocesan norms.
        2. Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with youth ministry/catechetical documents, program resources, options and methodologies which enable the DRE to select programs, texts, audio-visual materials and other resources appropriate to meet the faith development of youth.
        3. Ability to work collaboratively with the DRE, Parish Life Director (PLD), parish staff, music director, catechists and other religious education volunteers as well as parishioners by:
        1. Preparation of regular/special request reports for the DRE, PLD, as well as other appropriate individuals/groups.

      Qualifications for the Position

        1. The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Religious Studies, Theology or Pastoral Ministry or a related field. A candidate with an High School diploma would be considered, based on job experiences. Diocesan Catechetical training or the willingness to become trained is required. Knowledge of and ability to convey effectively the official teaching of the Church with a demonstrated fidelity to these teachings is necessary. This person needs to possess the following qualities:
          • An active and deep faith
          • Full participation in the communal worship and life of the Church
          • Good interpersonal relationship skills
          • Good rapport with children and youth
          • Good oral and communication skills
          • Good computer skills—knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office
          • Be collaborative and a team builder
          • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
          • Maturity
          • Flexibility and availability on weekends and after school hours is a must.
        2. The Assistant is or will need to be certified according to the Diocesan requirements for certification. The Assistant’s certification will either be as a Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) or an Administrator of Religious Education (ARE).  ( A copy of the requirements is available from the Parish Office. )


      Salary
      Diocesan Guidelines for a CRE or ARE, based on the candidates qualifications, are considered and used as a reference.