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Posted 4/27/2021

Job Title:

Director, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY)


Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY)


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


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:

Director sets the goals and leads the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY). The Director is responsible for all operations including financial. OPCY includes The Office for Assistance Ministry, The Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review, The Safe Environment Office and the Monitoring Program for men who have been removed from ministry.
Essential Position Functions:

  1. Ensure the implementation of requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth and archdiocesan policies relating to the sexual abuse and boundary violations of minors and vulnerable adults.
    • Prepare annual USCCB audit and triannual onsite audit and provide oversight for all and any external or internal audits relating to the Charter.
    • Oversee parish and school audits for compliance related to misconduct with minors and vulnerable adults with archdiocesan policies.
    • Ensures operational and clinical supervision of staff to comply with Charter requirements.
  2. Provides systemic leadership and is content expert for sexual abuse and boundary violations.
    • Reports to Vicar General, who provides direction, consultation and coaching to Director
    • Partners with Vicar General, Judicial Vicar, Vicar for Priests, Vicar for Religious, Vicar for Diaconate, Chancellor, General Counsel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Director of Externs and International Priests, and Director of Administration.
  3. Serves as Lead to Vicar General, Judicial Vicar, Vicar for Priests, General Counsel, and PCAC for coordination and communication of accused priest process and timeline.
  4. Serves as Lead for Protection of Minors Committee, Task Forces, etc. and partners with General Counsel for such work. 
  5. Functions as an AoC spokesperson (aka Public Face) including public speaking, media events, public relations, and written statements, working in conjunction with the Office of Communications.
    • Partners with the Chief of Communications and Director of Communications.
    • Represent Archdiocese to external bodies such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whether on standing or ad hoc committees, at conferences, or other similar activities.  
  6. Direct Supervision of professional licensed staff and support staff.
    • Conducts annual Performance Reviews and provides weekly coaching to staff.
    • Recommends staff salary adjustments for merit increases.
  7. Prepare and Manage OPCY 6 budgets including expenses.
    • Responsible for budget variance analysis.
    • Negotiate contracts with outside vendors.
    • Performance oversight of outside vendors.
  8. Participates in standard Archdiocesan meetings:
    • Chair the Lay Advisory Board
    • Policy Committee
    • Attend Professional Conduct Administrative Committee (PCAC) meetings
    • Attend Office of Legal Services briefings
  9. Regarding misconduct, work with a variety of archdiocesan offices to assist them in the implementation of the archdiocesan polices:
    • Communications
    • Office of Catholic Schools
    • Office of Extern and International Priests
    • Office of Legal Services
    • Office for Lifelong Formation
    • Parish Operations
    • Renew My Church and Building the New Reality
    • Vicar for Deacons
    • Vicar for Pastoral and Professional Development
    • Vicars for Priests
    • Vicar for Religious
  10. Create relationships of good will with Vicars, pastors, archdiocesan directors and school principals.
  11. Be voice of the archdiocese’s activities to prevent child sexual abuse and boundary violations and protect all children and vulnerable adults in their parishes and schools.
  12. Perform other duties and special assignments as needed.



  • Appreciation and knowledge of the Catholic Church and structures.
  • Director level or above and management competencies in for profit or non-profit.
  • 7+ years’ experience implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth such as in the private or public sector.
  • Education: Master degree in business, child protection, education, human resources, law, nursing, psychology, or social work.
  • Skills Required:
    • Relationship and diplomatic management style
    • Understanding of a large urban, diverse population
    • Experience working collaboratively with flexibility while encouraging consensus building and team approach
  • Preferred Job Skills and Knowledge
    • Work experience with church institutions
    • Comprehensive work with sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church
    • An understanding of civil and canon laws related to child abuse and neglect
    • An understanding of Vatican documents relating to child abuse

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.


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Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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