Catholic Diocese of Arlington Careers

Description

Position at Catholic Diocese of Arlington

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Office of the Spanish Apostolate assists Pastors in their mission to evangelize and support the pastoral needs of the culturally diverse communities of Spanish speaking Catholics in their communities and to fully integrate them into the life of their parish.  The Office provides this assistance through the close collaboration and coordination with parish, school, and diocesan ministry leadership as well as related community organizations and lay movements, training and development offerings, diocesan-sponsored events, and advocacy efforts.   

The Director works closely with the Vicar General and the Bishop to formulate, communicate, and advocate the mission and vision of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese while providing leadership for the Office and building strong working relationships with the Pastors and others responsible for executing the mission.  

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: 

  • In conjunction with the Vicar General and Bishop, formulate, communicate, and advocate a mission and vision of Hispanic ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington based on Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity and Diversity (USCCB 2000) and which encompasses evangelization, faith formation, comprehensive pastoral care, and enculturation that fosters unity in diversity. 
  • Advise the Vicar General and Bishop on key issues, concerns, and trends affecting Hispanic Catholics and our ability to evangelize and support their pastoral needs and/or to fully integrate them into the lives of their parishes. 
  • Work in close collaboration and coordination with parish, school, and diocesan ministry leadership to develop and promote initiatives that support the mission and vision of Hispanic ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. 
  • Serve as a resource to parishes, schools, and diocesan ministry leadership; interact with clergy and lay leaders to assess their needs; provide reference materials and templates; provide and oversee a robust Spanish Apostolate webpage.  
  • Provide clergy and lay leaders with diocesan training and workshops, as well as exposure to local, regional, and national conferences; prepare and conduct speaking engagements. 
  • Attend and actively participate in local, regional, and national conferences and meetings. 
  • Regularly gather the clergy and lay leaders for prayer, networking, and collaboration.   
  • Oversee the Institute of Pastoral Formation. 
  • Provide oversight for all resources, programs and events of the Office. 
  • Recruit volunteers, as needed, to support events of the Office of Spanish Apostolate. 
  • Develop and implement the Office’s approved annual operating budget; track and control costs against the budget. 
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office, including the recruitment, supervision, training, scheduling, and evaluation of staff. 
  • Assist with the coordination of the evangelization program, Radio Boletin Catolico Guadalupe radio 1160am, each Sunday from 12pm to 1pm. 
  • Serve as an active member of regional and national Hispanic Catholic organizations. 
  • Serves as diocesan liaison for lay movements:
  • Cursillo
  • Legion de Maria
  • Charismatic Renewal
  • Marriage Encounters
  • The Emmaus ministry for men and women
  • The Christian life council
  • Quinceañeras retreat
  • V encuentro
  • Young Hispanic Adults
  • The Hispanic Catechesis ministry

 QUALIFICATIONS:

 Knowledge/Skills:

  • Must be a fully initiated and practicing Catholic, able to participate in the full sacramental life of the Church.
  • Must be well acquainted with diverse Hispanic cultures and traditions and knowledgeable about the key issues, concerns, and trends currently affecting Hispanic Catholics and the Church’s ability to evangelize and support their pastoral needs and/or to fully integrate them into the lives of their parishes.
  • Servant leader orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • An active listener with strong written and oral communication, facilitation, and presentation skills, including the ability to articulate ideas clearly, concisely and professionally
  • Must be organized and detail oriented with strong project planning and management skills
  • Ability to prepare, track, and analyze budgets
  • Strong supervisory skills, including the ability to foster teamwork and address conflict as it arises
  • Ability to apply critical thinking to solve problems in an everyday work setting;
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Ability to align program goals with strategic goals and objectives
  • Ability to develop, manage, and evaluate programs and formulate recommendations to improve program delivery and management
  • Willingness to solicit personal feedback and make changes when needed
  • Ability to create basic documents, spreadsheets, presentations and emails using MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English and Spanish 
  • Education: BS or BA required in a relevant field, such as theology, religious education, or pastoral studies.  Master’s degree preferred.  
  • Licenses/Certifications:  Must maintain a current driver’s license.  
  • Years and Types of Experience:  6 to 10 years’ experience in diocesan ministry that includes working with the Hispanic Catholic community.  Previous managerial experience required.