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Director of Faith Formation

St. Barbara Parish (Santa Barbara)






The Director of Faith Formation is responsible for implementing the vision of the parish by providing Christian formation and sacramental preparation programs to the parish community, including adults, youth (grades 6-12), and children (grades 1-5). This includes creation of curricula, formats, schedules and materials, catechist/volunteer recruitment, program oversight and evaluation.

Salary DOE with benefits.

. Develop goals, objectives and implementation strategies for a comprehensive faith formation program that are consistent with Archdiocesan guidelines and the Franciscan tradition. In conjunction with pastor, develop and implement a curriculum and full catechetical plan.
. Form, support and oversee a dynamic and engaged volunteer faith formation team.
. Recruit, train and supervise catechists, youth leaders and other volunteers for faith formation programs, including sacramental preparation for Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.
. Collaborate with parents of children in faith formation programs to elicit their understanding, commitment, participation and engagement, providing opportunities for parental catechesis as appropriate.
. Develop and support the family ministry team and serve as parish staff liaison for scheduling and activities.
. Serve as the catechist for Confirmation program.
. Oversee adult faith formation; develop and implement annual program in collaboration with pastor and RCIA team.
. Plan, coordinate and implement activities such as retreats, prayer groups, workshops, Scripture study, and guest speaker presentations to facilitate ongoing opportunities for Adult Faith Formation participants and parishioners.
. Oversee all administrative aspects of faith formation, including registration, calendar creation, class schedules, attendance lists, budget, catechist oversight, program and catechist evaluations, and sacramental records.
. Maintain professional growth through continuing education and training.
. Ensure compliance with all parish and diocesan safe environment standards and practices, including the Archdiocese Safeguard the Children Program.
. Attend and participate in weekly parish staff meetings, parish/Mission events, and the annual planning process.


. Practicing Catholic and Certified Catechist; Master Catechist certification preferred.
. BA/BS or equivalent experience.
. Strong spiritual leadership and team-building abilities from a servant-leader perspective.
. Excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills.
. Ability to provide analysis of faith formation programs and provide recommendations for continually improving pastoral outreach.
. Excellent organizational and collaborative skills.
. Ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple priorities, take initiative, be creative, anticipate and plan solutions to problems.
. Computer literacy — MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary

Information/Application Contact

St. Barbara Parish (Santa Barbara)

Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street

Santa Barbara, California 93105