Dolores Mission Church is a Roman Catholic Parish of the Los Angeles Archdiocese under the direction of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). It has become known for its prophetic ministry among former gang members and for its work promoting social justice on local, national and global issues. The youth of our community and their well-being have always been and continue to be a central concern of parish life and pastoral planning.
The Coordinator of Youth Ministry is responsible for developing and sustaining a parish-based pastoral ministry with youth. Reaches out to all youth in the community, invites and enables youth to serve others and to participate fully in parish community life. Provides for formal catechesis, coordinates and oversees the Confirmation Program. Develops close communication with and mutual support from families of youth and collaborates with other community and parish youth organizations.
- Creates and develops core group of youth leaders and participants and provides for their enrichment; Develops leadership skills in youth and young adults. Develops a network for reaching out to youth, particularly the distant or alienated
- Plans, coordinates and implements weekend retreats and evenings of prayer and reflection (e.g. Confirmation retreats, youth group, family nights, etc.)
- Develops relationships with families in the community that are conducive to open communication between parents and youth. Is available for and has set times for listening, advising and referrals
- Assists in the preparation of liturgical celebrations for youth and works toward full integration of youth leadership and participation in the liturgical life of the parish
- Supports the High School Scholars Coordinator in training, assignment, and supervision of altar servers and ushers.
- Confirmation Program: Develops curriculum and monitors participation; facilitates parent meetings; recruit, support and train Catechists/Confirmation Teachers/Speakers; coordinates class service projects; plans and implements one overnight retreat and one day-long retreat for Confirmation Year 1 and 2 respectively; coordinates prep for annual Confirmation Mass.
- Recruitment and Training of Leaders
- Recruits, trains, assigns and mentors youth leaders. Coordinates participation in diocesan-sponsored training programs. Advises and supports youth leadership
- Publicizes and offers education programs and support systems for volunteer leaders; Monitors the efforts of volunteer leaders and evaluates progress
- Makes special efforts to gain the endorsement, support, and involvement of adults, especially parents, teachers, Christian Base Communities, and other parishioners
- Ensures and coordinates all necessary VIRTUS/Safeguard the Children Training & Compliance for volunteers, catechists, etc.
Administration and Supervision
- Initiates ways of gathering data on the needs, interests, gifts, attitudes and capacity of youth and young adults in and around the parish community
- Plans, organizes, and implements programs/experiences that provide a holistic approach in meeting the needs/interest of youth and young adults
- Submits annual financial report and budget; administers budget throughout the year; Maintains necessary office and program records, including a log of activities, participants, and schedules
- Determines effective means for publicizing and promoting programs/experiences
- Submits periodic reports to the supervisor detailing programs in youth ministry
- Initiates procedures for evaluating all aspects of the parish’s ministry to youth
Communication and Collaboration
- Keeps the parish faith community informed of youth ministry activities and goals through regular parish announcements and social media outreach
- Works with youth ministry team (Youth Ministry Assistant, Associate Pastor, Pastoral Associate, High School Scholars Coordinator) on goals and programmatic ideas for meeting needs
- Participates in parish governing structures (attends weekly Liturgy Planning Meeting, quarterly Parish Council Meetings) to ensure greater participation of youth in parish life and to facilitate communication and decision-making
- Keeps informed through attendance at diocesan, regional, and national conferences, regular reading, and membership in professional organizations
- Is aware of community agencies and resources that interface with youth
- Facilitates communication between Dolores Mission Church and School to ensure a comprehensive approach to youth development and faith formation through ongoing collaboration with the DMS Faculty/Staff, Youth Ministry Assistant (Jesuit Volunteer) and the High School Scholars Coordinator.
- Active member of a Roman Catholic parish faith community
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Youth Ministry and/or Campus Ministry experience in a Catholic parish and/or university context
- Bilingual English/Spanish Fluency
- Drivers License
- Team Player: Demonstrates reliability; Shares important information; Listens actively; Communicates directly and constructively; Cooperates and pitches in to help; Shows commitment to the team; Exhibits flexibility; Works as a problem solver; Treats others with dignity, charity, respect and in a supportive manner; Uses sound professional judgment and consults with managers as needed; Demonstrates a commitment to growth
Dolores Mission Church (Los Angeles)
171 South Gless Street
Los Angeles, CA email@example.com