The Associate Youth Advocate provides leadership and coordination for the parish's efforts in ministry, primarily with middle school youth in grades 6-8 and, in collaboration with the Youth Advocate, with high school teens in grades 9-12. This full-time position includes Middle School EDGE Nights (catechesis & relational ministry), youth nights, retreats, outreach activities, prayer and worship, and social gatherings. The position also provides support to ensure best practices in the transition from Middle to High School. In conjunction with the Youth Advocate, the Associate Youth Advocate will work on efforts in mentorship and discipleship. The Associate Youth Advocate works under the direct supervision of the Youth Advocate and will closely collaborate and be mentored by that position.
Reports to: Parish Youth Advocate
A. For Parish Middle School Ministry (EDGE):
• Plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive EDGE ministry under the direction of the Youth Advocate and Pastor; in collaboration with the rest of the youth ministry team and EDGE Core Team. This includes but is not limited to social, prayer, outreach along with catechetical content and with the support and assistance of the EDGE Core Team.
• Develop a systematic and intentional plan for EDGE catechesis that utilizes a creative variety of formats, settings, and timeframes.
• Recruit, engage, support and help train a group of dedicated parish adults regularly to ensure an effective and stable EDGE Core Team of volunteers (to include connecting them with the proper diocesan resources for background checks and VIRTUS training), as well as extra parent volunteers as necessary for various events.
• In addition to engaging EDGE nights, plan two EDGE retreats each year with the Core Team-one day retreat and one single overnight retreat experience locally.
• Service & social middle school opportunities to include collaboration, involvement, and/or outreach to other ministries, groups, and efforts both within and surrounding the parish community in the hopes of more widely engaging youth and others together in the community.
• Additional middle school "going deeper" discipleship opportunities for middle school aged youth that are more matured in their faith (possibilities to include book/scripture study, lectionary-based gatherings, topical small groups, basics in leadership).
• Assist in the outreach and registration of EDGE youth.
• Assist in organizing and conducting parent orientations to familiarize parents with the ministry.
• Provide Youth Advocate with timely updates on EDGE ministry activities and functions.
B. As a collaborator in the overall efforts in Youth Ministry in the parish, the Associate Youth Advocate will be responsible to:
• Assist the Youth Advocate in discipleship & leadership development of high school teens.
• Serve as mentor resource to our high school aged youth.
• Collaborate and share in administrative duties in the overall Youth Ministry Office.
• Help with and encourage involvement of high school discipleship team teens as leaders in some middle school opportunities.
• Any other opportunities to help with teen and collaborate with the Youth Advocate as time beyond primary priorities allows to keep the two levels of youth ministry appropriately bridged.
• Additional opportunities, beyond those listed above, for leadership in various youth ministry efforts may be discussed based on the candidate's skills, talents, and dedication.
C. As a parish staff member, the Associate Youth Advocate will be responsible to:
• Attend all youth ministry team meetings, parish staff meetings, and occasional faith formation team meetings with the objective of staff collaboration.
• Participate in youth ministry team planning with Youth Advocate and Youth Ministry Project Coordinator.
• Seek staff input in planning EDGE ministry activities.
• Help manage the EDGE line items in the budget as part of the larger Youth Ministry budget and in collaboration with the Youth Advocate.
Performance Appraisal: The Youth Advocate will conduct a performance appraisal within 120 days of appointment and each year thereafter according to the personnel policies of the diocese (and personal evaluations upon request).
Working Relationships: The Associate Youth Advocate is a member of the parish staff
• Youth Advocate - Supervisor; close cooperation, collaborator in the day-to-day operation of the youth ministry.
• Parish Staff & Faith Formation Team - Communication and seek involvement where appropriate.
• Parish Committees and Ministries - Communicate and collaborate when appropriate.
• Parents and Parishioners - Regular communication and seek help, input, and support as appropriate.
• Office for Evangelization & Diocesan Pastoral Center - Interface and timely communication when and where appropriate; adherence to diocesan policies and standards, participation in diocesan youth ministry offerings and efforts.
Working Conditions: This is a full-time, salaried position, 35 hours minimum per week. This position demands regular evening and weekend hours. The parish will provide the Associate Youth Advocate with a shared office space, computer equipment, telephone, fax, clerical support, work-related travel reimbursement, and continuing education funding at the Pastor's discretion.
Academic and Work Experience Guidelines: Bachelor's degree preferred. Previous parish experience in working with youth preferred. Basic computer skills to include Microsoft Office and fluency in social media (Instagram & Facebook, etc.). Any type of youth ministry certification is certainly a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Qualities: The Associate Youth Advocate should possess the following:
• A Catholic in good standing who is an active member of a Catholic parish community.
• Successful completion of diocesan safe environment process (VIRTUS certification included - certification from other dioceses may be honored as long as they are within the VIRTUS ecosystem)
• Skills in communicating with and relating to parish youth and adults.
• Commitment to following the ethical codes and policies within the Diocese of Richmond. (Called to Work in Harmony)
• Ability to design and implement a variety of activities for youth of middle school and high school age.
• Thoughtful insight into the psyche of middle school and high school aged youth, as well as desire to remain current in trends, issues, and culture surrounding youth and teens today.
• Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Salary and Benefits: According to Diocesan guidelines. Eligible for full benefits, to include health, dental, 403b, etc.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to: