Archdiocese of Omaha

Director, Center for Family Life Formation

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director provides leadership, coordination, and administration of the Archdiocesan Center for Family Life Formation, which also encompasses direction of FOCCUS Inc., USA. The incumbent is responsible for promoting pastoral care of the family on related topics such as marriage preparation and enrichment, natural family planning, parenting, family ministry, formerly-married ministry, the aging process, illness, respect for the dying, end of life issues, and healing from loss, in context of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision: “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.” 

 

The incumbent works collaboratively with all other related archdiocesan offices, institutions, and parishes in promoting authentically Catholic family life. The goal is to form parish and Archdiocesan leaders according to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision so that family life is strengthened in accord with the three Archdiocesan pastoral priorities.            

 

The incumbent will assess the current state of FOCCUS products, considering financial, product life-cycle, end-user data, user trends, marketing and communications to develop a strategy for FOCCUS within the Archdiocese. 

General Information
Location  100 N. 62ND STREET
OMAHA, NE 68132
United States
Employee Type  Exempt
Job Category  Family Life Office
Required Degree  4 Year Degree
Description

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Management

  • Provide leadership, education, and management direction for all staff assigned to the department.
  • Oversee formation efforts, ensuring they are properly equipped, resourced, and led.
  • Provide professional development and leadership to staff, including volunteers.
  • Delegate responsibility and authority to appropriate staff.
  • Ensure alignment of activities to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the mission of the archdiocese.
  • Outline budget needs and adhere to approved budget in realizing goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with Archdiocesan Offices, peers, parishes, and pastoral leadership in developing the goals and strategies of the department.

Program Development

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs for the following areas of parish ministry: respect life advocacy, family ministry marriage preparation and enrichment, formerly-married ministry (divorced and widowed), family ministry, natural family planning, parenting, the aging process, illness, end of life issues, and healing from loss, Courage/EnCourage.
  • Identify critical issues and needs of the Catholic community and address them through appropriate resources.
  • Work with other archdiocesan offices to plan, organize, and promote various marriage and family events held throughout the archdiocese.
  • Establish and implement consistent marriage preparation guidelines for the archdiocese, ensuring that the programs are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and meet the current needs of families.
  • Collaborate with the Latino Ministry Office, Black Catholic Apostolate, and the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis in scheduling programs for the sake of cultural inclusivity, avoiding duplication of programs, and to maximize publicity for programs.
  • Incorporate the needs and perspectives of different ethnic groups and those with disabilities in all programming.

Ministry

  • Act as archdiocesan liaison to clergy, parish staff, and parish volunteers in all areas regarding marriage and family life.
  • Promote the Catholic pro-life vision as that holding life as sacred from conception to death.
  • Work in cooperation with FOCCUS to facilitate marriage preparation throughout the archdiocese by recruiting, training, and providing formation and support to those involved.
  • Collaborate with Catholic Charities, Church agencies, and other professional agencies for referrals regarding marriage and family therapy for bereavement or critical life situations.
  • Support ministry of Courage/EnCourage.

Display genuine interest and care for all people of the archdiocese by honoring the cultural context and personality distinctions. 

Requirements

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Understanding of and ability to implement church documents related to marriage and family ministry; particularly as they relate to the Church's commitment to building a culture of life and recognizing the sacredness of life from conception until natural death.
  • Knowledge and skills to do research, writing, and prepare formational materials and programs; ability to organize, conduct, and evaluate formation programs.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in product management, strategic planning and coordination of people and resources.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational ability, skills and desire for collaboration, together with ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Demonstrated skills in team ministry, collaboration, conflict management, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to articulate Church teaching, advise on pastoral needs and program response, and help develop a vision for family ministry for the archdiocese.
  • Ability to create, plan, implement, and evaluate apostolate and/or ministry offerings.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from a variety of groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.

 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Active, practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Church and full assent to all magisterial teaching.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or related field is required.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years’ of related experience in marriage and family ministries with program development experience is required.