The Parish Director for RCIA/RICA and Spanish Language Faith Formation is responsible for leading a team of catechists to form in the Catholic faith, first grade through fifth grade children in the Spanish language, Catholic adults seeking Confirmation and non-Catholic adults inquiring/seeking initiation into the Church through a year-round RCIA/RICA formation process. The director collaborates with the Parish Director of English Language Faith Formation and the Parish Director for Youth Ministry to ensure an integrated approach to the formation of children and youth, in union with their parents, who are their first catechists. With the Parish Director of English Language Faith Formation, this collaboration also extends to the Cathedral school principal, ensuring continuity in the formation curriculum for school students and catechists. The director coordinates an integrated approach to formation, emphasizing the importance of Hispanic culture in the life of faith, as well as fostering discipleship as a way of one’s whole life in relationship with Our Lord.
The director is responsible to the pastor/rector of the cathedral parish.
- Provide leadership, support, and training for parish Hispanic Elementary Sacramental Preparation catechists and a year-round RCIA (English language)/RICA (Spanish language) formation process.
- Communicate with catechists, those participating in Hispanic Elementary Sacramental Preparation (students and parents); catechists and adult Catholics seeking Confirmation; catechists, inquirers and catechumens/elect/candidates participating in a year-round RCIA/RICA formation processes, Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral parish pastoral staff, parishioners through e-mail, parish publications, website, social media and in person interaction.
- Attend and direct Hispanic Elementary Sacramental Preparation programming on Sunday afternoon.
- Coordinate bi-annual Safe Environment Training in Spanish for catechists and other related volunteer staff in the months of April and August. Note requirement: Within one month of employment, attend the Train the Trainer for Safe Environment, held at the Catholic Center of the Diocese of Raleigh.
- Maintain and process budget, fees and other related records for Hispanic Elementary Sacramental Preparation programming, as well as the RICA/RCIC formation processes.
- With formation teams, plan and implement and clean-up retreats, special events, registration for Spanish language elementary Fist Reconciliation, First Communion and year-round RCIA/RICA formation processes.
- Collaborate and coordination formation programming with Parish Director of English Language Faith Formation.
- Attend weekly parish pastoral staff meetings, regular Faith Formation staff meetings and others as needed/requested.
- Develop familiarization with established protocols for Holy Name of Jesus parish sacramental records and other record keeping for those completing sacramental preparation and initiation.
- Attend continuing professional development in management, formation, and spiritual growth.
- Bachelor’s degree in Roman Catholic Theology or Roman Catholic Religious Studies
- Two years of experience in parish faith formation leadership and/or evangelization ministry.
- The ability to engage in a collaborative decision-making process with staff and direction/consultation from the Pastor.
- Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Spanish, as well as demonstrated organizational skills.
- Ability to prioritize and multi-task, using good time management skills in a fast-paced environment with varied schedules.
- Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, respect for the Catholic Church and knowledge of its teachings and structure. Note: this is to include knowledge of universal Church and Diocese of Raleigh norms for Baptism, Elementary First Reconciliation & First Communion Preparation, and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Children.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Power Point and means of communications, such as those through website and social media communications.