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Director of Faith Formation (DFF) $57,600 -$90,000

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Los Angeles)

Posted

01/18/2023

Expires

03/04/2023

Description

“Making disciples” is the foundational reason the church exists. Many parishes work from a “child-centered” model of faith formation, with the rites of initiation being the goal. This means there is rarely enough focus or resources available for formation of adult disciples.  Blessed Sacrament is different:  we are located in Hollywood, where the demographic tilts heavily towards single young adults, so our programming must as well.  Yes, we prepare children for sacraments of initiation, but devising formation programming for the unchurched and the de-churched is the primary focus of the ministry.

As a member of the Pastoral Team, the Director of Faith Formation plans, develops, organizes, and evaluates the Faith Formation Program for the Parish. The programming focus will be on the formation and equipping of disciples.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Develops goals, objectives, and implements strategies for a comprehensive faith formation program that serves Pre-K through adults, including preparation for sacraments.
  • Directs and oversees various faith formation programs that support a lifelong deepening of the Catholic faith for all parishioners.
  • In cooperation with the Volunteer Coordinator, is responsible for the recruitment, orientation, and training of volunteers/catechists to conduct the parish’s catechetical programs.
  • Evaluates existing faith formation programs and makes recommendations to the Pastor.
  • Promotes programs and provides material for the parish newsletter/Facebook and website, with weekly updates.
  • Keeps current in developments/changes with Diocesan policies as they relate to formation and sacramental practices.
  • Prepares annual formation program budget for review by the Finance Council and oversees programmatic expenditures.
  • Develops an accurate statistical picture of the sacramental prep efforts at Blessed Sacrament and submits reports to the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council as requested.
  • Attends & participates in weekly pastoral team meetings.
  • Attends & participates in quarterly off-site pastoral team meetings.
  • Takes lead in preparing for Sacramental celebrations
  • Attends regional meetings convened by the Diocesan Office of Catechetical Ministry.
  • Attends diocesan Ministry/Catechetical Congress; attends appropriate workshops and Professional Development Days.
  • Keeps credentials current for diocesan certification as a Catechetical Leader.

Additional Job Functions:

  • Commits to being an active member and Servant Leader and create a sense of connection and belonging to the Blessed Sacrament community.
  • Performs any other job-related duties as necessary for the smooth flow of work in the department and/or as assigned by the Pastor.

Requirements

Must Haves

  • Must be able to thrive in a team environment. And able to build and launch teams in formation programming.
  • Ability to form volunteers into leaders and then delegate responsibility.
  • Ability to initiate, be creative, and anticipate solutions to problems, needs good judgment in emergency situations and when working with varied personalities and cultures; must be able to work under frequent interruptions.
  • Possess excellent planning, organizational and collaborative skills.
  • Practicing Catholic with some knowledge and training in Theology and Liturgy in the Roman Catholic tradition.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others.
  • Computer literacy, excellent written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain accurate fiscal records, and budgetary and statistical data.
  • Ability to interact with individuals and groups and maintain appointments and meetings on parish grounds.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel as required.

Nice to have, but can learn on the job

  • Working knowledge of Catholic doctrine and beliefs as presented in the documents of Vatican Council II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other relevant Church and Catechetical Documents.
  • Knowledge of the RCIA Process and the thorough understanding of the RCIA text.
  • Some knowledge of the multi-cultural dimensions of catechesis.
  • Working knowledge of management, supervision, and administration; knows needs and resources of parish community; and updated knowledge of educational and catechetical trends and practices.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in theology, pastoral studies, religious education, or a related field (Master’s Degree preferred).
  • Three years of formation experience in a parish or diocesan position. Related degrees and comparable experience will be considered.
  • Bilingual with writing skills in English and Spanish preferred.

Job Type 

  • Full-time exempt position, 40 hours per week. Some weekend and holiday work will be required.
  • Located at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
  • A background check and Safe Environment training are required of all parish employees and volunteers.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications for the position.
  • Employee benefits include vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; and a pension plan. (Pension plan eligibility requires a minimum of one full year of employment.)

The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget.  New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range.  We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter that outlines how your experience and interests align to create success in this role, with your resume to jackbentzsj@blessedsacramenthollywood.org

Please quote “Director of Faith Formation” in the subject line. We welcome all applicants; however, only those who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note: Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees are held to a different and, many times, higher standard of conduct. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with, and supportive of, the mission and purpose of the Church.

Wage Range
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Los Angeles)

6657 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

jackbentzsj@blessedsacramenthollywood.org