Feb 11, 2021

Director of Faith Formation

  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Full time Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Youth

Job Description

St Joseph’s Parish in Otis Orchards, Washington is actively looking for a Director of faith Formation.

Director of Faith Formation (DFF):  Position overview:

St Joseph’s Parish is a vibrant parish with a diverse community of various needs. The goal of this position is to offer comprehensive faith formation for all ages built around the sacramental life and an encounter with Christ. The Director of Faith Formation is the primary person who will lead this effort.  In collaboration and under the leadership of the Pastor along with the staff and volunteers, the DFF is expected to offer virtual and in-person programs to promote the traditions of our Faith, foster a deep sense of community and a desire for life long spiritual growth. As an integral member of the pastoral staff, the Director of Faith Formation is responsible for the faith formation of children, youth, and adults. The director works to ensure implementation of a well-rounded faith formation and Sacramental program for the Parish. Develop, direct, evaluate, and execute  parish wide catechetical programs. Provide leadership to assist the parish in building a Christ-centered, sacramental community which welcomes and invites all to grow in faith, share the good news, engage in ministry, and build a just society. We are looking for a creative, engaged leader to direct the faith formation efforts for the entire parish.  The DFF must have a strong ability to build consensus, to foster inclusion, and unity across diverse groups within our “one” parish community.  The catechetical programs and teaching will be based on: “Catechism of the Catholic Church” per the USCCB; The National Directory for Catechesis; and Catechesi  Tradendae (John Paul II). 


Under the direction of the Pastor, the DFF is responsible for the implementation and success of all the parish religious education programs.  Responsible for assessment of needs, setting of goals and priorities, and periodic evaluations of all parish religious education programs. Responsible for curriculum development and selection.  These include Children’s, Youth, and Adult Faith Formation, including RCIA, and Sacramental Preparation programs.  As a member of the parish staff, the DFF develops collaborative relationships amongst pastoral staff, volunteers, and parishioners.  This position requires evening and weekend hours as needed. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Sacramental Preparation and Initiation.
  • Recruits, screen & trains Parish catechetical leaders, and other volunteers.
  • Lead a Religious Education Advisory Board and be a Member of the Pastoral Council, ex-officio.
  • Prepare and manage an annual budget with regular reporting to the Pastor and Financial Council
  • Effectively communicate goals, objectives, and activities throughout the Parish
  • Various administrative duties, including annual program calendar, RE communication and maintaining Sacramental records.
  • Ensure professional development through participation in educational programs, workshops, or conferences.
  • Ensures compliance with the requirements of Safeguard the Children and Diocesan policies.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required or assigned by the Pastor.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Must be a practicing Catholic
  • A professional catechetical leader who exhibits the characteristics of a mature, professional, responsible, committed individual with excellent communication, managerial and organizational skills.
  • Minimum three years catechetical teaching experience in a catholic school and/or parish.
  • Ability to make independent decisions using sound judgement consistent with the established policies and procedures of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Spokane, WA, and the Parish.
  • Prior successful experience recruiting, leading, and managing volunteers.
  • Proficient in: Theology, program coordination, coordination of catechist development, communication and building collaborative relationships.
  • Computer literate with MS Office and learn Parish specific programs.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study. Master catechist certification or a master’s degree in Religious Education. ( Is highly preferred) Work experience and specialized training programs will be considered in lieu of a degree in a year for year equivalent.

This is not intended to be a complete listing of all the job duties but as general overview of the job.

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