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Director of Youth Formation in Hagerstown, MD at The Archdiocese of Baltimore

Date Posted: 3/28/2018

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Job Description

St. Mary's Catholic Church, located in Hagerstown, Maryland, is seeking candidates for a Director of Youth Formation.  The Director of Youth Formation (DYF) is responsible for the development, coordination, supervision and execution of parish programs designed to engage and educate the youth of the parish.  The Director of Youth Formation will act as an advocate and link for youth and their families to the pastoral team, the parish family, and the surrounding community.

Because all Archdiocesan employees represent the Roman Catholic Church, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the goals and mission of the Church in performing their work.  As such, the Director of Youth Formation should be a faithful and practicing Catholic.  He/she should demonstrate a love for the particular needs of young people and be an example to them of an individual who lives a morally good life.  The DYF is expected to collaborate closely with the pastor and the pastoral team to foster and develop youth formation programs.

Primary Objectives

  • Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • Work to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
  • Seek to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.

Job Responsibilities:

Leader:

  • Promotes the formation of youth and adult leaders
  • Leads the core team(s) and catechists in planning and coordinating programs and services
  • Facilitates the training and support of leaders
  • Recruits teen and adult leaders as role models, faith leaders, volunteers, and core members
  • Ensures compliance with Archdiocesan policies and practices for the protection of children and youth

Faith Formation:

  • Develops and implements evangelization and outreach programs
  • Promotes the prayer life and participation in the Church's liturgical worship of all youth
  • Creates and oversees retreat opportunities
  • Makes certain all events and programs reflect sound Catholic teaching
  • Provides for and participates in ongoing education opportunities

Advocate:

  • Represents the needs of youth to the pastor, the pastoral team, core team, and the community
  • Facilitates the development of community among young people, their families, their parish and the local community
  • Supports families in their role of promoting healthy adolescent development and faith growth
  • Partners with local schools and the civic community to promote effective services for youth and positive values in youth
  • Acts as a liaison with the Archdiocesan Office of Evangelization
  • Is informed of and adheres to Church policies, local, state and federal laws pertaining to safe environment for minors

Administrator:

  • Facilitates the planning, implementation and evaluation of youth ministry goals
  • Establishes a collaborative relationship with other members of the pastoral team
  • Develops and monitors a budget in collaboration with the pastor and business manager
  • Assures that all legal, moral, and Archdiocesan responsibilities are provided for within the context of the youth program
  • Effectively provides communication to teens, the parish, and community regarding activities and events
  • Develops and maintains records and database(s) of information pertinent to parish youth ministry

General:

  • Attends and actively participates at parish staff meetings and events, committee meetings, Archdiocesan gatherings, and related activities
  • Keeps open lines of communication with other members of the parish staff regarding any items of concern or interest
  • Develops working relationships with local schools and community organizations so as to provide youth with opportunities to be introduced to youth programs
  • Makes certain that parish property is respected and appropriately used
  • Participates in the life and activities of the parish and develops opportunities for youth to be visibly present and involved with the larger parish community.

 

 

 

Job Requirements

  • BA in Theology, Religious Education or a related educational field and/or certificate in ministry or theology from a Catholic Institution of higher learning required; Master's degree preferred
  • Prior experience in youth ministry in a parish setting highly preferred
  • Applicants must be practicing Catholics faithful to the Magisterium of the Church and fully able to participate in the Sacramental life of the Church
  • Must possess outstanding organizational skills
  • Must be willing to collaborate with Pastor, pastoral staff, youth ministry volunteers, and others as appropriate to determine and carry out the vision for youth ministry
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out administrative and supervisory duties in a timely fashion, utilizing excellent communication and relationship skills
  • Must possess and be able to demonstrate a zeal for the Catholic faith, and be able to communicate that zeal to young people in a way that encourages them to form a deeper relationship with God
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and in use of all forms of social media to draw more youth into the life of the parish
  • Participate in ongoing formation and educational opportunities to keep current with trends in Youth Ministry