The Director, Whole Person Care (DWPC) is responsible for the creation, development and sustainability of parish-based Whole Person Care ministries for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles The DWPC maintains strategic partnerships with Archdiocesan, Catholic healthcare and regional leaders and partners as well as national and local Church and community organizations to create and implement a strategic plan for the development of Whole Person Care ministries and support structures throughout the parishes of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The DWPC serves as a spokesperson for the Archdiocese on issues where healthcare and spiritual care merge, including end of life, advance care planning, mental health, fertility and pregnancy loss, disability, and other related themes. The DWPC develops grassroots networks across the Archdiocese to share resources, develop accompaniment ministries with corresponding policies and oversight, and educate Catholics on the Church’s teaching on end of life and healthcare/bioethics.
The DWPC possesses detailed knowledge of all OLJP priorities and is dedicated to advocating and advancing these priorities—both within the agencies, parishes and schools of the Archdiocese as well as with the public including government, community and cultural agencies. The DWPC operates within the structure of OLJP and works with a high degree of independence, initiative and prudence, and adheres to strict professional standards of confidentiality.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Because all Archdiocesan employees represent the Roman Catholic Church, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the goals and mission of the Church in performing their work.
- Build and develop relationships with Catholic healthcare providers and chaplains in the clinical setting.
- Build and develop relationships with service providers in related ministries and organizations throughout the Archdiocese.
- Create a strategic plan for roll-out of Whole Person Care ministry to parishes throughout the Archdiocese.
- Determine training and resource needs for parish leaders.
- Create support structures in regions and deaneries with shared resources to encourage sustainability of ministries.
- Adapt training modules to different communities based on needs, resources, cultural variations, and stated parish goals.
- Act as a liaison between the Archdiocese and other CA dioceses as well as the California Catholic Conference and the Alliance for Catholic Healthcare.
- Develop and advise Archbishop and other ADLA senior staff on strategy for Whole Person Care ministry locally, with an eye to programming state-wide and nationally.
- Develop and maintain a directory of national and local services available to the aging, disabled and ill community in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration in order to expand services to the aging, ill and disabled populations and to encourage greater innovation and research in these areas.
- Collaborate with (including but not limited to):
- USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
- National Catholic Partnership on Disability
- National Catholic Bioethics Center
- Catholic Health Agency
- Alliance for Catholic Healthcare
- Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
- California Catholic Conference
- Supportive Care Coalition
- Providence St Joseph Health System
- Institute for Human Caring
Organization and Activation:
- Utilize detailed knowledge of Catholic social doctrine, Catholic leaders and organizations, current events, and legislative priorities to recommend program priorities for OLJP to serve the needs of Whole Person Care ministry.
- Serve as a spokesperson and representative of the Archdiocese on Whole Person Care.
- Guide the ADLA Whole Person Care Leadership Committee on priorities, taskforce action, and collaborative opportunities.
- Establish a database of parish leaders responsible for Whole Person Care and create regular communication and training opportunities for these leaders.
- Create educational materials as needed by parishes and families.
- Establish a system of regular communications for sharing information with parishes, departments, deaneries and regional bishops. This system should include development and maintenance of a webpage with resources for parishes and individuals and also a presence on social media.
- Carry out leadership training programs for parishes aimed at developing leaders who are able to establish parish-based Whole Person Care teams to educate and engage their communities on issues related to the elderly, the ill and the disabled.
- Hold weekly meetings with the Senior Director of OLJP to provide briefings and share ideas.
- Coordinate on-going assessment of effectiveness of Whole Person Care initiatives and programs. Work closely with community partners, contracted employees, volunteers and other leaders to develop and implement improvements as needed.
- Potentially, travel to meet leaders and/or experience effective programs.
- Develop strategic partnerships with key pastors, regional bishops, community leaders, and leaders in other faith communities to facilitate effective collaboration and leadership development.
- Represent OLJP and Whole Person Care on various committees, teams, and at regional and national meetings as requested.
- Analyze and prioritize resources and initiatives based on the vision of Archbishop Gomez and the mission of OLJP.
- ·Collaborate with Catholic healthcare, Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries, Catholic Charities, St Vincent de Paul Society, and other ADLA departments and agencies to support and create programs that further the Whole Person Care mission.
- Work closely with the Associate Director for Parish and Community Leadership and the Parish Engagement Strategist to coordinate program development, training opportunities, leadership resources, and partnerships with local life-affirming organizations.
- Research and develop materials that meet the needs of the people and institutions in ADLA; promote programs; manage timelines and budgets.
- Respond rapidly to new initiatives and strategy as needed to meet the needs of the ADLA community on advocacy and educational efforts.
Events Planning and Coordination:
Under the direction of the Senior Director, Office of Life, Justice & Peace, DWPC is responsible for organizing the major Archdiocesan events related to Whole Person Care ministry including, but not limited to, regional trainings and conferences, Archdiocesan-wide conferences, Masses involving healthcare professionals, families with special needs or disabilities, and other healing ministries.
- Coordinate events, conferences and liturgies pertaining to Whole Person Care, including overseeing budget, volunteers, logistics and promotion.
- All planning and coordination—including working with Archbishop’s office and parishes to determine dates of events and liturgies.
- Create materials to promote event and for day of the event, including worship aids, posters, social media ads, etc.
- Conceive and execute a plan for Archdiocesan-wide engagement and participation in Respect Life Month, Disability Awareness, Palliative Care, and other related calendar opportunities.
Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, typically:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Clinical/medical background a plus.
- At least 5 years’ experience working in Catholic social and/or pro-life ministry or Catholic healthcare.
- Practicing Catholic with detailed knowledge of Catholic social doctrine.
- Experience working with the media, preferred
- Fluent in written and verbal English.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Strong working knowledge of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services and Vatican and US bishops’ teaching on end of life, beginning of life and dignity of life.
- Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver oral and written reports and presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Communicate effectively in written and verbal form.
- Work independently with initiative.
- Occasionally lift up to 20 pounds.
- Sit for sustained periods of time on a daily basis.
- Perform tasks requiring intermittent bending, stooping, and walking.
- Sustain frequent movement of the fingers, wrists, hands, and arms.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates must fill out an application, which can be found here.
The completed application must be submitted, along with a resume to: employment@la-Archdiocese.org.
Please submit the email with the following subject line: Your First & Last Name, Position applying for, Location
Office of Life, Justice and Peace (Los Angeles)
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California email@example.com