The mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is to spread the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. In the faithful pursuit of this mission, the archdiocese is seeking a Program Director for Project Rachel Ministry in the Office of Life Issues.
Project Rachel Ministry has been a prominent bilingual ministry in the Archdiocese for over 30 years. This ministry supports men and women who have experienced abortion by providing spiritual healing through retreat programs, monthly reflections, and support groups. The Program Director for Project Rachel Ministry will work closely with the Director of Life Issues to continue to develop a regional model for this ministry while maintaining a central office for this ministry at the Archdiocese. The goal of this new expansion is to increase access to post-abortion healing for all communities across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
Duties and Responsibilities
• In collaboration with the Director of Life Issues and Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns leadership, develop and assess a region-based model for post-abortion healing.
• Recruit priests, deacons, and lay ministers for parish engagement in PRM.
• Supervise Project Rachel Ministry staff and volunteers, host formation meetings, and train parish and regional teams to host support groups and days of reflection.
• Provide support for parish and regional retreat days and support groups by assisting with planning, implementation, and evaluation process for quarterly healing events.
• Direct intake for clients by responding to email and phone inquiries and providing referrals to regional programs.
• Host annual Entering Canaan Diocesan Retreat for all PRM participants.
• Maintain confidential database of participant information and manage referral to counselors outside of the Archdiocese of Washington.
• Serve as an essential part of the mission of the Office of Life Issues, collaborates on shared projects and events, and participates as appropriate
• Support pastors in the recruitment and mentorship of parish leaders
• Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
• Maintain compliance with all ADW policies and procedures.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with internal and external to parish leaders, parishioners, and other professionals.
• Desire to work collaboratively in a team environment and flexibility to lead ministry transitions
• Bilingual Spanish and English preferred.
• Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary pastoral service.
• Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
Required Education and Experience
• Master's in counseling, Social Work, Pastoral Ministry or related field, or comparable work experience.
• Minimum five years' experience in parish ministry preferably in pro-life issues and training and formation of adults.
• Experience with formation, training, coordination, and supervision of volunteers.
• Excellent computer and digital media proficiency (MS Office - Word, Excel and Outlook).
• Travel, evening, and weekend work required.
• Must have access to own transportation; travel outside of reach of public transportation is part of the job.
• Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
• Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state, and local standards.