Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
St. Joseph the Worker
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Job Purpose: This position is responsible for Faith Formation grades 9-12, Confirmation preparation, high school youth ministry, and young adult ministry. The goal is to foster and build the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person in our parish through ministry events, spiritual formation programming and coordination of sacrament of Confirmation process. The work of Youth Ministry and spiritual formation in the Catholic church should be conceptually guided by “Renewing the Vision” (USCCB), the General Directory for Catechesis (2020), and the National Directory for Catechesis (USCCB).
Youth and young adults in our parish will be challenged by this minister to embrace their baptismal call and experience deeper initiation into a welcoming church community, grow in knowledge of the person, mission, and message of Jesus, and to work toward the understanding of and development of becoming disciples of Christ.
Statement on Working for the Catholic Church: Employment in and by the Catholic Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church. Their behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, nor can it embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal. It is required that this employee be a Catholic.
Note: The following responsibilities, 1 through 8, are essential functions of this specific job.
1. Oversee High School Faith Formation programming
a. Customize curriculum and lesson plans for high school faith formation and offer creative “hands on” and engaging pieces that support and give enrichment and attention to the 6 goals of catechesis (GDC, NDC): Knowledge of the faith, knowledge of Liturgy and sacramental life, moral formation, prayer, community building and sense of mission.
b. Recruit and train faith formation volunteer ministers for high school faith formation program.
c. Offer Parent Information Sessions.
d. Provide lesson preparation, planning and on-site presence for all faith formation and Confirmation Prep. sessions as well as provide materials for related programming.
e. Recruit, train, and oversee hall monitors, office assistants, and ensure childcare providers (as needed) during programming.
f. Develop program schedule, assign program meeting spaces, and prepare annual budget in collaboration with Faith Formation staff and Parish Business Administrator.
g. Order programming supplies and materials.
h. Communicate promptly with staff, catechists, volunteers, and parents, as needed, including website and bulletin news, social media, etc.
i. Implement PCYI (Protection of Children and Youth Initiative archdiocesan program) requirements and monitor building safety protocol.
j. Direct classroom, supply and materials needs in collaboration with Administrative Assistant.
k. Plan and facilitate Living Stations presentations.
a. Work with team in creating and implementing the presentations.
b. Calendar the presentations and reserve space, as needed.
c. Recruit tech team, musicians, and actors.
d. Ensure all costumes, supplies and props are secured.
e. Provide marketing for the event.
l. Develop, plan, and promote high school retreats.
m. Evaluate and review all programs.
2. Coordinate Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation
a. Coordinate communications with Archdiocesan Office of Worship re: Confirmation
b. Facilitate Student-Parent-Sponsor Meetings for Confirmation programming.
c. Provide excellent and routine communication for all involved in Confirmation preparation process-students, parents, and sponsors.
d. Organize, facilitate, and recruit presenters for Confirmation I and Confirmation II sessions.
e. Organize and be present for Rite of Sending Celebration and Reception.
f. Be present and assist with Confirmation Celebration at Basilica of St. Mary or Cathedral of St. Paul, MN.
3. Youth Ministry for Grades 7-12
a. Serve as advocate for youth and encourage responsible participation in the life and mission of the Catholic community of SJTW and beyond.
b. Develop, advertise/promote, coordinate, and schedule a variety of youth ministry events both at SJTW and in connection with larger community and/or other churches.
c. Engage, support, and communicate with volunteers for such events/programming.
d. Facilitate and evaluate all youth ministry pieces with ideas for improvement, such as:
• Presence and youth ministry role at Elementary/Grade 7-8 Spring Mass
• Mayhem/Ultimate Lock-In
• Summer Stretch Leadership Retreat
• Summer Stretch Mission
• ChristPower Mission
• Other Events: YTM (SJU Youth and Theology in Ministry), Catholic Heart Workcamp, NCYC, etc.
e. Occasional presence on Wednesday evening for YM engagement/activity
4. Young Adult Programming
a. Develop a Young Adult Ministry for SJTW.
b. Promote, coordinate and schedule young adult ministry.
c. Create and support a Young Adult Ministry leadership team to evaluate, manage and grow ministries with young adults.
Research and develop a model for Young Adult Ministry at SJTW.
5. Database Management
a. Work collaboratively with other parish administrative/communication staff on the overall management and upkeep of the parish database and census.
b. Provide updates to the database and census to ensure accuracy.
c. Offer recommendations on improvements and enhancements to database.
d. Work with parish administration on online onboarding of new members
e. Work with parish administration in administering regular parish census (updating) processes.
6. Online Registration and Form Design
a. Work collaboratively with staff directors and ministry leaders to provide solutions to online registrations and payment processes.
b. Work collaborative with Communications Director on the placement of online registration forms on parish web site and other social media sites
c. Ensure the accuracy, reliability, and privacy of data on all online registration forms.
d. Serve as a contact and resource to ministry leaders in the parish to assist them in their online registration needs.
7. Collaborative Ministry
a. Actively participate in Faith Formation Team Meetings
b. Attendance at full staff meetings
- c. Collaborate with staff on parish-wide events as needed.
- d. Collaborate with staff on “crossover” ministry programs and events (OneWith, ChristPower, etc.)
- e. Attendance at staff development days—Retreat Day, Topics/Development Days, Fun Day—scheduled throughout the year
8. Professional Development
a. Join/participate in on-going professional development (YMN, NET Gathering, etc.)
b. Subscribe to media to maintain awareness of current trends and issues in ministry with youth and young adults.
c. Consult with pastor and/or Director of Operations about attending national professional development and networking conferences (NFCYM, etc.).
d. Consult with pastor and/or Director of Operations about pursuing professional credentialing or academic degrees.
Qualifications & Requirements of Position
1. Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of Catholic doctrine.
2. BA or equivalent work experience including budgeting and supervisory experience; masters preferred.
3. Prior experience in (list the ministry) preferred.
4. Experience working in a similar environment.
5. Ability to satisfactorily pass a criminal background check and an acceptable credit report.
1. Ability to plan, organize, and meet deadlines and to manage multiple concurrent tasks.
2. High level of organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and with interruptions.
3. Strong communication skills that articulate the parish mission and invite others to participate. Effectively able to address conflict and provide inspiration.
4. Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and able to work without supervision, but obtaining direction when needed.
5. Able to develop and maintain a productive working relationship with supervisor(s)
6. Demonstrated ability to work well with others.
7. Understand the parish culture and adjust actions to fit that culture.
8. Confidentiality, integrity, and honesty
9. Ability to follow all guidelines of the parish Personnel Policy Handbook
10. Ability to be pleasant and service-oriented even when exposed to negative influences.
11. Keeping supervisor and others informed
12. Maintaining a positive and helpful attitude at all times, even during difficult times.
Please submit resume, two letters of reference, and listing of other references to St. Joseph the Worker, Attn: Mike Lentz by June 15. Email to email@example.com or mail to SJTW at 7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369