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Posted 12/9/2019

Job Title:

Parish Vitality Coordinator

Department:

Parish Vitality and Mission

Location:

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

Hours:

Full time

Description:

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:

Parish Vitality Coordinator is a senior position within the Archdiocese of Chicago serving the needs of a particular vicariate (pastoral area.) As a vicariate level ministerial coordinator, he/ she will support the pastoral vision of the Archbishop of Chicago (especially through the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission) and a particular vicar (auxiliary bishop) in fostering collaboration, coordinating training and ensuring a successful preparation and implementation of and supporting the Mission Imperatives of “Renew My Church” initiative.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • *Helps identify parish needs and works with vicars and Department of Parish Vitality and Mission colleagues to determine best way to support parishes in addressing those needs.
    • Establishes relationships with deans, pastors and pastoral staffs through visitation of parishes to acquire knowledge of parish life and identify parish needs
    • *Collaborates with Episcopal Vicar (Auxiliary Bishop) in introducing and executing pastoral strategy and vision of Renew My Church. Serves as a vicariate ministry coordinator for the “Review My Church” initiative.
    • Takes the lead in designing and implementing vicariate-level vision and ministry (e.g., vicariate collaboration around “Renew My Church.”)
    • Ensures the implementation of “Renew My Church” in each grouping and parish.
    • Oversees vicariate-level training and capability-building (e.g., through Vicariate capacity building)
    • Helps to identify specific ministry needs and develops supporting action plans.
    • Fosters collaboration among groupings and between parishes within the vicariate.
    • Assists the vicar and deans in whatever pastoral initiatives needs assistance in the Director of Vicariate Operations.
  • Orchestrates integrated and holistic support to parishes in their efforts to offer vibrant ministry to their people.
    • In collaboration with Life Long Formation Coordinator serves as a consultant to parishes in fostering mission vitality.  Holding parishes accountable for mission vitality
    • Follows up on Parish Transformation goals & strategies as outlined in individual Parish Transformation documents.
    • Serves as a broker for the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission resources and a liaison from the parish to Archdiocesan pastoral services, especially with regard to resources for “Renew My Church.”
    • Meets regularly with other vicariate Parish Vitality Coordinators and Lifelong Formation Coordinators for support, communications and collaborative effort.
  • *Helps gather and codify best practices in ministry (along Parish Transformation dimensions) within the Archdiocese of Chicago and from other dioceses.
  • *Serves as a core member of the vicariate team in helping ensure vibrant ministry at parishes.
    • Integral member of member of the Episcopal Vicar’s staff and reports to the vicar and to the Director of Department of Parish Vitality and Mission.
    • Participates in deanery and vicariate meetings, hosts other meetings by deanery and vicariate as necessary
    • Participates in “Renew My Church” meetings serving as a liaison for the vision of “Renew My Church”

 

* Denotes essential functions of this position, in conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Requirements:

  • 3+ years with coordination experience at the parish level, archdiocesan offices, or other mission driven organizations.
  • Must demonstrate understanding and support for Catholic Church teaching, missions and values
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, Team Player with strong Conflict Resolution skills
  • Strong facilitation skills, ability to conduct open dialogue
  • Ability to relate at multiple ecclesial levels: parish, deanery, vicariate, Archdiocesan and departmental. Ability to handle details of confidential nature. 
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills including Word and Power Point.
  • Strong decision-making ability and exercising good judgment.
  • Fully committed to the Catholic Church’s teachings.
  • Other skills as deemed necessary by local Vicar
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, collaborative, persistent, fair and balanced, dependable, sensitive to racially and ethnically diverse community; ability to deal with multiple projects, openness to the needs of the system, flexible, integrity, sound judgment.
  • Carry materials and climb stairs; must be able to lift 20 lbs. and to carry boxes up/down stairs, available to work evening and weekend meetings when necessary.

 

Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry experience
  • Participation in Parish Transformation as a parishioner, staff member or facilitator
  • Participation in a formation program offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago designed specifically for this role
  • Participation in one of the national or local initiatives that focus on parish excellence, pastoral leadership, governance, etc. (e.g. Amazing Parish Conference, Parish Catalyst, Loyola’s IPS Parish based initiatives)
  • Bilingual English skills and fluent in written and spoken Spanish or Polish preferred but not required.

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 archchicago.org/careers. 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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