Department: The Institute for Catholic Formation
Reports To: Executive Director, The Institute for Catholic Formation
Location: Catholic Center – Bridgeport, CT
FLSA Status: Exempt
The Coordinator of Youth Ministry is responsible for visioning, articulating, and executing a creative ministry plan for the fostering of disciples in parishes, schools, and ecclesial movements. The coordinator articulates pathways for ministry that are goal-oriented, measurable and authentically relational by implementing a focused approach toward the primary purpose of effective ministry—an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ for each person.
This person will help establish a sense of urgency in our parishes and, using the latest research, help parish leaders understand the importance of engaging middle school and high school youth in the life, mission, and ministry of the parish. As we look to the day when the age of Confirmation is lowered in the Diocese of Bridgeport, we must take advantage of the window of opportunity that exists to create comprehensive and effective ministry to, with, and for the young people in Fairfield County.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Discovering, understanding, and advocating the needs of young people in the Diocese of Bridgeport
● Conducts regular visits to local parishes and schools
● Collaborate with local leaders to discern the needs for young people in parishes and ecclesial movements in the Diocese of Bridgeport
● Recruit, train, and sustain youth ministry leaders, including volunteers
● Help parish leaders understand the importance of ministry to, with, and for young people
● Manage a network of youth ministry leaders ensuring their needs are met
● Create diocesan programs that support the work of the parishes
● Utilize social media to share news of the Institute, offerings for formation, and opportunities for the diocesan faithful
● Build relationships with other dioceses and other national/regional youth ministry organizations to share best practices.
● Collaborate with St. Catherine Center for Special Needs to develop individualized programs for parishes and/or parishioners with special religious education needs in high school years.
● Foster collaboration between Diocesan high schools and parishes to cultivate sharing of labor and resources.
● Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• Graduate Degree in Theology, Education, Religious Studies, or related field.
• Two plus years of project management experience managing projects and coordinating teams, preferably at the diocesan level
• Actively growing in one’s faith and able to be a witness of Christ through a life of authenticity and integrity as a Roman Catholic in good standing
• Proven expertise on trends, methods, teachings, and research in youth, families, ministry, and education; interest in continually developing professional knowledge
• A strong work ethic and desire to exceed client expectations
• Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
• Solid problem solving and time management skills
• Significant experience working effectively with young people and young adults.
• An understanding of the human development of young people and how this intersects with their faith development.
• An understanding of the crucial role parents plays in the faith development of young children.
• Enjoys being an active member of a team in a joyful work environment
• Strong commitment to the Institute’s mission and knowledge of and personal commitment to the tenets and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church
• Strong presentation skills. Prior experience as a workshop presenter or teacher preferred.
• Microsoft Office/Suite proficient (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and experience utilizing project management software.
• Ability to work in an Apple environment and with video software preferred
• Able to work independently with little supervision and multitask efficiently and effectively, completing work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner
• Great interpersonal skills, with solid decision-making and leadership capabilities and ability to work with the Executive Director as a team
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with superiors, colleagues and individuals inside and outside the organization
• Conscientious and highly organized with sharp attention to detail
About The Institute for Catholic Formation
The Institute’s essential mission is to help parishes reimagine faith formation by thinking beyond programs. To engage the faithful in lifelong learning, we must help parish leaders offer opportunities that lead to a meaningful encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. This encounter leads to a desire to know and serve the Lord, which the Institute helps facilitate through its formation opportunities. What follows is a genuine response to missionary discipleship, which is faith lived out and, in turn, draws others to encounter our Lord.
If you are interested in this position and meet the above qualifications please click the APPLY NOW button below.