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Posted 8/6/2021

Job Title:

Director of Pastoral Research, Development, and Implementation (Building the New Reality)


Parish and Mission Vitality


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 director is a full-time position that oversees the implementation of Building the New Reality (BNR) objectives in the areas of formation, liturgy, and pastoral support. This position works under the direction of the BNR leader, and in close collaboration with the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission (DPVM), and other agencies involved with Renew My Church (RMC) and BNR initiatives.

Additionally, the director is responsible for driving successful execution of BNR pastoral initiatives by researching current trends and best practices, developing pastoral approaches and programs that will drive success, piloting those initiatives to ensure their effectiveness, cascading successful approaches across the Archdiocese, and continually evaluating and improving them as needed. An initial area of focus is on formation, catechesis, and liturgy.

• Work closely with DPVM, and the Lifelong Formation and Office of Divine Worship teams, so all efforts are strategically aligned, and the most appropriate staff can contribute to, and participate in, developing resources
• Develop a full understanding of the parish and pastoral needs related to BNR implementation across the Archdiocese
• Build credibility with all constituent groups by demonstrating expertise, along with a sensitivity and ability to respond to various needs and situations
• Research successful strategies, trends and initiatives related to the 5 BNR pastoral strategies: Entry points; Radical Hospitality; Readiness based formation; Transformative liturgies; Pastoral care and then share and leverage critical insights. Provide periodic summaries of key learnings to share with the RMC, BNR leadership teams
• Create programs and approaches that support and develop BNR initiatives related to formation, catechesis, and liturgy. Pilot programs to enlist buy-in and allow for iteration (in collaboration with other relevant teams)
• Ensure appropriate training and resources are provided for all Priests, pastoral staff and volunteers involved with implementing the initiatives (in collaboration with other relevant teams)
• Cascade successful programs and initiatives across BNR parishes, particularly Level 2 and 3. Develop strategies to foster enthusiasm and engagement for implementing relevant initiatives.
• Track progress of these BNR initiatives and identify issues real-time
• Document all work to support collaboration and to allow other agencies to leverage successes
• Ensure initiatives follow Archdiocesan policies, regulations, and all other guidelines (e.g., USCBB requirements and standards set forth in the Directory for Catechesis [2020])
• All other responsibilities as assigned



• Minimum of 5 years performing similar responsibilities in a related role
• Minimum of 3 years' experience in a diocesan level leadership role
• Strong knowledge of Catechesis, lifelong & readiness-based formation, evangelization, and liturgy
• Strong ability to build consensus, collaborate across agencies, and work effectively in a team environment
• Ability to assess a wide range of information and create meaningful analysis
• Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and time management competencies
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
• Able to identify issues and propose recommendations/solutions.
• Strong drive to achieve results
• Demonstrate understanding, respect and support of the Catholic Church teaching, mission, and values

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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