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Posted 7/25/2019

Job Title:

Senior Coordinator for Children and Family Ministry


Parish Vitality and Mission


Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 S. Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653-1402


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.

Position Summary:

The Senior Coordinator for Children and Family Ministry will design and implement innovative and strategic approaches to engaging, forming, and accompanying children, families with children and parish catechists under the Renew My Church initiative, including initiatives related to religious education, sacramental preparation and the formation of parents of children.

This position works in collaboration with the senior coordinator team to set and execute strategies to identify, train, support and resource ministers in realizing the vision of the Archdiocese of Chicago for an engaged, evangelizing, and revitalized Church of disciples that transform their communities through witness to the love of Jesus.                                                   


  1. Develops and implements a practical vision for the formation and enrichment of families with school age children, including strategies for recruiting, forming, and supporting parents as catechists.
  2. Manages the development and pilot approaches to catechetical formation of children and their families that is inclusive of both kerygmatic and formational moments, as well as invitation and opportunity for missionary outreach.


  1. Manages the Catechetical programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


  1. Provides oversight to ensure the Children and Family ministry team develops and pilots approaches that invites and accompanies parents in ongoing formation in alignment with the principles and priorities of the Renew My Church initiative.


  1. Supports, forms and coordinates the efforts of the Directors of Lifelong Formation, CREs, catechists and other ministers forming the next generation of Catholics.


  1. Communicates priorities and directives of the Office of Lifelong Formation and Department of Parish Vitality and Mission to members of the ministry team and coordinates integration into planning and implementation of initiatives.


  1. Conducts needs analysis, assesses and makes determinations as to the ministry needs and challenges and manages integration of, and alignment with these needs with the other ministries.


  1. Provides subject matter expertise on Children’s Ministries with all Archdiocesan agencies and with inter-departmental initiatives.


  1. Leads Children ministry team meetings efficiently and professionally.


  1. Manages, and makes determinations about the Children’s Ministry budget.


  1. Provides support for the parish catechetical and formational programs, including facilitator recruitment, development and resourcing.


  1. Designs, coordinates and conducts necessary trainings, particularly for formation ministers participating in ministry team pilots.


  1. Manages integration with Vicariate Coordinators in providing ongoing support and best practices to the pastoral areas where Children Ministry must be improved, developed and organized.


  1. Leads and participates in committees, projects, or initiatives as directed by Office of Lifelong Formation or Department of Parish Vitality and Mission.


  1. Increases skills and knowledge through continuing education, attending conferences and reading appropriate literature.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry or related field of study from an accredited college or university, or equivalency.
  • 3+ years of experience in formation, outreach, ministry and administration.
  • Fully committed to the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Gospel message.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, including persons with varied social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent communications and conflict resolution skills.
  •  Working knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Power Point, Access and Publisher.


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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