Archdiocese of Chicago

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Posted 4/5/2019

Job Title:

Director of SPRED


Parish Vitality and Mission




Full time


The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.

Special Religious Development (SPRED), is the agency of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides a means for them to participate in the liturgical life of their parish. Since the 1960s, this extraordinary ministry has expanded on both a national and international scale and has been a gift and a beacon of hope to the community at large.

The Director is responsible for guiding and overseeing the administration and operations of SPRED, as well as the continuous development of the ministry programs and the strategic vision of SPRED. The Director will report to and work closely with the Director of the Office of Lifelong Formation to ensure the alignment of SPRED formation and ministry with the Office of Lifelong Formation. In addition, the Director works collaboratively with archdiocesan leaders and parishes in order to create a liturgical life for those Catholics with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the overriding goal of integration into the larger community of worship.

Essential Job Functions

  • Administer day-to-day activities, formation and functions of SPRED.
  • Interview, hire, and supervise SPRED staff and volunteers.
  • Provide oversight of SPRED facilities.
  • Prepare and deliver management reports to the Department Director.
  • Manage the budget and provide quarterly updates on the budget and all financials, including any trusts, to the Department Director.
  • Ensures compliance for all SPRED staff and volunteers with all Archdiocesan policies, regulations and budget guidelines.
  • Coordinate with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY) and ensure 100% compliance with all requirements for anyone serving in a SPRED function or ministry.
  • Manage fundraising efforts for SPRED and ensure targeted goals are achieved.
  • Coordinate the production and distribution of SPRED newsletters in conjunction with the DPVM Communications team, in English and Spanish.
  • Attend all Archdiocesan or department meetings, as necessary.
  • Coordinate achievement of goals with the MAMRE Board.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Fully Committed to the Catholic Church and a practicing Catholic.
  • Fully committed to the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Gospel of Life.
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the liturgical life of a parish.
  • Proven capability to lead programs or initiatives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Successful experience managing a diverse team.
  • Successful experience managing a departmental budget.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people from varied backgrounds.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Culturally and politically astute; understands implicit and explicit decision making processes
  • Strong read of people and situations; able to ascertain needs and match resources.
  • Comfortable acting as a catalyst and change agent for defining future strategies and goals.
  • Focuses on delivery and motivating others to achieve ambitious goals.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Power Point.

  • May be given other assignments and projects consistent with the responsibility level of this position.

Preferred Job Skills and Experience

  • Bilingual English/Spanish advantageous with fluency in reading and writing in both languages.
  • Masters degree in Pastoral Studies, Ministry or equivalent studies.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and development.

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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