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Derek Ho

Posted 3/23/2023

Job Title:

Director of Youth Discipleship and Evangelization


Full time


Mary Seat of Wisdom
920 Granville Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068


Mary, Seat of Wisdom is located in Park Ridge, IL. Our parish has 2,200+ families and a school of 550 students. We are seeking to implement the New Evangelization and Jesus’ Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20) to make disciples by first being a disciple and then forming others as disciples.

Following this vision, we are seeking a dynamic and passionate Director of Youth Discipleship and Evangelization (DYDE) to work with students in junior high (7th & 8th grade) and high school to help them foster a deep relationship with Jesus and His Church.

The DYDE is a full-time paid position and offers a competitive salary commensurate with time and experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Secondary Education, or related field. Youth Ministry certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in ministry, service, or missionary work.
  • Proven ability to develop programming relevant to the New Evangelization and leading a vibrant, comprehensive parish youth ministry.

Critical Qualities:

  • A person of faith with a strong personal relationship with Jesus and a desire to serve and disciple adolescents and their families.
  • Joyful, prayerful, authentic, charitable, and servant-hearted.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate with young people and adults. 
  • Natural leader and influencer.
  • Self-starter with strong initiative.
  • Capable of communicating the Catholic faith with clarity and conviction.
  • Prudent,mission driven, and creative problem solver.
  • Has knowledge of current youth trends and issues within the culture.
  • Musical background is helpful but not necessary.

Application Instructions:

Please send the following to:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Statement of faith (2-5 paragraphs describing your faith journey and current spiritual disciplines)


Leadership Development:

 Recruit and train two teams; one team of adult volunteers to assist with the development and execution of the youth ministry program and one team of high school students to assist with the formation and discipleship of their peers.

 Lead both leadership team meetings to plan program events and to develop the skills of the adult volunteer team.

 Model true Christian discipleship in evangelization and formation with a humble, joyful attitude.

Program Development:

 Collaborate with pastor, staff, parents, children, and volunteers to develop a youth ministry program that engages children —both inside and outside of the parish—to foster a relationship with Christ.

 Develop the curriculum and format for weekly meetings for junior high and high school students.

 Plan an annual calendar of events (e.g., retreats, pilgrimages, camps, conferences, missions, etc.) aimed at drawing students closer to Christ.

 Incorporate Christian Service initiatives for the youth and families involved in the program.

 Collaborate with neighboring local youth ministers for a stronger, healthier youth program.


 Commit oneself to daily prayer as foundation for evangelization.

 Meet with students at school and school activities to build relationships, encourage them in their faith, and to invest the lives of the students.

 Meet with parents as needed to help them deal with student issues and to train them on best practices for raising a junior high and/or high school student in the faith.


 Ensure proper permission and registration is completed for participation in program and all related events.

 Collect payment for all fee-related events and develop annual budget.

 Ensure all adults and youth (when applicable) have completed required Archdiocesan Virtus Training.

Special Directions:

Internal Candidates (existing employees) – Please complete the subject field of your email with the following: “Internal Candidate – Job Title – Full name”

External Candidates - Please complete the subject field of your email with the following: “Job Title – Full name”

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