Rooted in the diocesan mission, Courageously Living the Gospel, The Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry, in collaboration with the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, the Executive Director of Missionary Discipleship and other diocesan leadership, serves as a resource to parishes, youth and young adult ministers, providing training and facilitating communication. With the Director, the Associate Director assists the parishes, parish young adult ministry leaders, and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana leaders while providing support to the Catholic campus ministry programs at the colleges and universities of the diocese in the design and collaborative implementation of quality young adult ministry and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana programs. The Associate Director fosters a comprehensive and holistic approach to ministry on a specialized level that recognizes the cultural, developmental, and spiritual diversity among young adult Catholics. The Associate Director will be a part of a larger team, where collectively, they will work to build a young adult ministry culture that proclaims, invites, and encounters.
The desired start time for this position is June 1, though may vary slightly based on current employment obligations. This position is full-time exempt.
- Provide constant, ongoing support to parish ministry leaders. This support will come in the form of frequent visits to meet with the pastor and his parish staff, regular attendance at local young adult ministry and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana events, and ongoing communication sharing upcoming events and resources.
- Provide visibility at Sunday liturgies within the diocese in addition to the parish young adult events to heighten awareness of young adult ministry programs at the parish and among parishes as well as within the diocese, as needed.
- Assess the current needs, realities, and struggles of each area and seek ways to best assist in providing the local community with the appropriate avenues, either through resources, trainings, and/or events.
- Assist pastors, staff, young adult ministry leaders, Pastoral Juvenil Hispana leaders and campus ministers in developing and implementing a vision of ministry to, with and for the young church.
- Work alongside already established college and university campus ministry programs or assist deaneries in fulfilling their “Courageously Living the Gospel” initiatives, to develop ways to effectively evangelize, invite, and minister to the student body.
- Review applications and assist parishes, as requested, in appointing and evaluating young adult ministry leaders and programs.
- Develop and coordinate leadership training programs for young adult leaders, on a smaller parish, deanery, or regional level.
- Coordinate young adult participation and spiritual preparation for large events pertaining to young adults, such as the Diocesan Young Adult Retreat, March for Life, Good Samaritan Project and World Youth Day, or future diocesan events.
- Work with parishes to build and sustain young adult ministries, including leadership training, bible studies, retreats, and Theology on Tap.
- Contribute material to the Diocesan websites and social media platforms.
- Prepare and monitor expenditures for the annual operating budget.
- May be asked to represent the diocese at national young adult ministry gatherings sponsored by USCCB, NFCYM, SEPI, La Red, and others. This currently includes the NFCYM Annual Membership Meeting and annual regional meetings.
- Serve as a liaison on various diocesan committees representing the needs of young adult ministry and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
- Participate in and promotes ongoing formation in the field of young adult ministry.
- Works in partnership with and supervises the office staff.
- Works with pastors and their staff in developing and enhancing parish ministry to young adults, in English and Spanish.
- Participates in appropriate professional organizations relating to young adult ministry, Pastoral Juvenil Hispana and campus ministry including The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), La Red, South East Pastoral Institute (SEPI), Region 14, or any additional associations and organizations with a ministerial and/or professional mission to serving the young adult community.
- Interacts with various offices of the Bishop W. Thomas Larkin Pastoral Center.
- Fosters interaction and collaboration with the parish coordinators young adult ministry and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
- Fosters interaction and collaboration with chaplains and/or campus ministers at Catholic secondary schools in the Diocese to assist with bridging students into college campus ministry, as well as connecting graduating students to parish life.
- Serves as liaison and resource for college chaplains and/or campus ministers for colleges within the Diocese of St Petersburg.
This position is expected to be in a Catholic, Christian environment. The position requires travel within the diocese and outside of the diocese as the needs of the program may require. Availability for evening and weekend hours beyond/outside of normal business hours is required.
QUALITIES AND SKILLS
A. Qualities (i.e., personal characteristics commonly needed to minister in a collegial and collaborative way)
- Roman Catholic in good standing.
- Possess a well-developed sense of Church, recognizing both its human and divine components.
- Is mature, emotionally stable, and self-confident. Also, should be a motivated self-starter who accepts responsibility, is creative, and flexible.
- Discretion and trustworthiness are valued as well as compassion, empathy, and good communication skills.
- Works well with others and can empower others in their ministry.
- Possess a sense of the sacred and ritual and has an integrated life of communal and personal prayer.
B. Skills (i.e., the specific skills necessary to do this position)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education or related field required; Master’s Degree in Religious Education or related field required or a combination of education and experience.
- Bilingual (English & Spanish) is a plus.
- Experience on a diocesan level in Catholic Young Adult Ministry and/or Pastoral Juvenil Hispana at the Parish and/or Diocesan level.
- Plan, organize facilitate, direct, delegate and manage the work of the office and events
associated with Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
- Have a working knowledge of Church documents appropriate to Youth and Young
Adult Ministry and related fields such as Evangelization, Catechesis, Catholic Education, Multicultural and Lay Formation.
- Basic management and leadership skills.
- Interpersonal and relational skills, including, communication, group process, enabling/empowering others, and public relations.
- Computer knowledge and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher.
Candidate must successfully pass a Level II FBI Background Screening and complete Safe Environment Training prior to employment.
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