Pastoral Center
St. Petersburg

The Executive Director for Missionary Discipleship for the Diocese of St. Petersburg is co-responsible for advancing the Diocesan mission to Courageously Live the Gospel and will call forth and form hundreds of missionary leaders who will mobilize thousands of missionary disciples to courageously live out the Gospel. This position fosters a culture that inspires, equips, grows and supports disciples who become missionary disciples and disciple-making leaders.  The incumbent will design lifelong formation processes to promote an understanding of discipleship throughout the diocesan parish and school faith communities and the Pastoral Center and its ministries.

As Executive Director, plans coordinates, implements, supervises and evaluates the pastoral practices of evangelization, religious education, lifelong faith formation and catechetical formation and training. Develops, coordinates and leads respect life efforts of the diocese, supervises public policy advocacy, educates on and inspires life, peace and justice, and helps Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg engage in Ministries of Mercy. The Executive Director will empower parishes and disciples to promote and support respect for all human life from conception to natural death, to organize for its protection and to encourage and enable programs to care for and meet the needs of pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities, those who are sick or dying, all who have been involved in abortion, refugees and immigrants. This position collaborates and is co-responsible for growing the Church.

As a Team Steward, fosters a culture of accountability which inspires, equips and supports the many facets of Missionary Discipleship and the works of the apostolate as it relates to the pastoral practices of Intercultural Ministries, Lay Ministry Formation, Marriage and Family Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Worship, College Campus and Good Counsel Camp within the Diocese of St. Petersburg in collaboration with the professional and support staff of the Ministries of Missionary Discipleship.

Qualities and Skills Required

Must be a mature, practicing Catholic in good standing, fully understand the Catholic Faith, be able to quickly and easily verbalize the Church’s position on matters of faith and able to integrate Gospel values in all areas of work. Speak and act in ways congruent with the Church’s faith and beliefs. Reflect regularly on God’s presence in all of creation and have a regular pattern of prayer.

Master’s degree in theology, religious education, pastoral ministry or a related field. Coursework in the education field is desirable.

Minimum of seven (7) years working within the Catholic Church including but not limited to the diocesan and parish levels. Demonstrated experience leading a Catholic Diocesan Department or Ministry. Experience leading and serving in a ministry within a parish.

Active membership in a faith community of the Roman Catholic Church for a significant period of time, usually at least three years.

Serves and represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in a manner that does not compromise the Catholic Church.

Must demonstrate unquestioned integrity and fair mindedness with an unpretentious positive, service-oriented outlook.

Instructional competence, managerial and administrative ability.  Good human relations skills; ability to be outgoing and friendly, yet business-like and professional in dealing with people; ability to maintain confidentiality; willingness and ability to collaborate with other staff members and colleagues from other Pastoral Center departments as well as pastors, catechetical leaders and other parish and school personnel.  Able to demonstrate initiative and anticipate the need for workshops, conferences, meetings, projects and reports; able to exercise mature judgment; able to accept constructive correction and direction and the ability to integrate gospel values and appropriate stewardship with all aspects of the position.

Able to multi-task, use personal wisdom and experience to arrive at solutions and to facilitate complex problem solving in difficult situations. Emotional stability to confront sometimes difficult issues and team members including in the role of supervisor. Must have appropriate maturity and patience with conflicting points of view.

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to use computers and familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Employees must successfully pass a Level II FBI Background Screening and complete Safe Environment Training.

The Ministries of Missionary Discipleship are stationed in the Diocesan Pastoral Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and same-day travel to and from entities within the five County geographic area of the Diocese is required. 

At the Diocese of St. Petersburg, you’ll enjoy a professional, hard-working and collaborative working environment. You will find the pace here fast, and exhilarating, filled with people who thrive on joyful cooperation. This is much more than a job – it is a ministry. You are expected to work in an atmosphere based on Catholic, Christian beliefs. We encourage a deep faith life among all our staff and that they be conscious of being a witness to the mission of Jesus Christ regardless of their position or the task being performed.  All employees must realize that they represent more than just themselves and will be held to a high standard of accountability, whether on or off campus.

We offer an excellent benefits package including medical insurance, life insurance, short term disability insurance, long term disability insurance, and defined benefit pension plans, currently provided with no employee premiums for full-time employees.  We also have dental, vision, & 401(k) programs available.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume through our application portal.