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Posted 10/30/2018

Job Title:

Director of Kolbe House Jail Ministry


Parish Vitality and Mission




Full time


Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 344 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.


Job Summary


Kolbe House is the agency of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system. Compelled by the Gospel mandate, “I was in prison and you visited me,” Kolbe House at Assumption BVM — a parish-based jail ministry — is a sanctuary for those impacted by incarceration. We seek to promote restoration and reconciliation through outreach, support and accompaniment. We support the re-entry of the incarcerated back into society, working in collaboration with other organizations. We follow the example of St. Maximilian Kolbe to love and hope in the midst of evil and despair.

The Director is responsible for guiding the administration, pastoral programs, and strategic vision of Kolbe House. The Director works collaboratively with archdiocesan leaders, parishes, other nonprofits, and key stakeholders within the criminal justice system, with an end view of promoting a compassionate Catholic presence for those impacted by incarceration.

Essential Job Functions

  • Administer day-to-day activities and functions of Kolbe House.
  • Interview, hire, and supervise Kolbe House staff.
  • Prepare reports for Department Director.
  • Coordinate fundraising plans for Kolbe House.
  • Represents the Archdiocese on the Prison and Jail Ministry Committee of the Catholic Conference of Illinois.
  • Maintains relationships with criminal justice officials, Pastoral Center staff, pastors, and advocacy and community organizations.
  • Work with team members in developing pastoral plans to serve those incarcerated in Cook and Lake County jails and Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Begin implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Direct and meet with Kolbe House Advisory Board.



  • Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology, or closely related field.
  • Catholic, practicing and supportive, in good standing with the Church.
  • Experience performing supervisory responsibilities in a team setting.
  • Experience in a correctional setting or criminal justice ministry.

Preferred Job Skills and Experience

  • Interpersonal communication, verbally and written, with a diverse range of people, including the proper handling of emotional situations.
  • Effectively using time and resources.
  • Supervising others and maintaining effective business relations in a ministry setting.
  • Analyzing and independently solving a variety of difficult situations and problems.
  • Successful experience managing an organizational budget.
  • Delegating responsibility and achieving results through subordinates.
  • Comfort in cross-cultural, urban situations.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish with fluency in reading and writing in either language.

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement plan.  In addition, we offer paid vacation, holiday, sick and personal time.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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