Director of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Ministry

Immaculate Conception Parish
Employment Type
Full Time
Durham, NC
Posted Date

Hours per week: 40  

Position Summary: The Director of JPIC Ministry will coordinate, promote and support parish’s mission of justice, peace and the integrity of creation in the area of direct service, education, community organizing, global solidarity and advocacy efforts while serving as staff liaison to the JPIC Committee of the parish and to the respective entities in Durham. 

Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions 

  • Ensure that the activities of this position and relevant programs are consistent with the mission, vision and values of the Roman Catholic Church and the Franciscan vision, mission and priorities. 
  • Help to empower the Spanish and English-speaking communities to respond to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth within the larger efforts of the Immaculate Conception parish and the Franciscan commitment to live out the Gospel as laid out in the encyclical Laudato Si’.  
  • Collaborate   with the parish staff, especially those in Faith Formation, Youth Outreach, Hispanic Ministry and lay leaders in the parish, to further integrate JPIC into the core of the Church’s life and mission.    
  • Serves as a resource and ensures that Catholic Social Teachings are integrated into sacramental preparations and other faith formation programs for children, youth and adults.  
  • Animate parishioners to play an active role as disciples committed to living out Catholic Social Teachings.  Oversee and support the activities of the JPIC committee of the parish.   
  • Ensures that Immaculate Conception parish is represented and involved in key partnerships with local entities involved in charity, restorative justice and advocacy including Durham CAN, Catholic Charities, the North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations, Families Moving Forward, the Emily K Center, and End Poverty Durham. 
  • Support and grow the JPIC ministry that bridges the divide that stretches across the language, race, and cultural barriers.  
  • Work in close collaboration with the Pastor, parish staff and the local JPIC leaders the on transforming the Immaculate Conception Church into one of the top parishes in the country that fully integrates Laudato Si’ into its life and ministry.  
  • Facilitates activities, outreach, presentations, and formation, both in English and in Spanish, that are grounded in Catholic Social Teaching. 
  • Help provide parishioners with opportunities to integrate their faith with meaningful action.  
  • Perform other duties as required 

Minimum Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Minimum amount of Work Experience 
  • 2-3 years of experience in ministry or in faith-based community organizing.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Fully initiated and practicing Catholic with a strong working knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Catholic faith and its social teachings, Franciscan values and approach to ministry, and the vision of the Church and its prophetic mission outlined by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’.  
  • Desire and ability to relate to others of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and all walks of life 
  • Fluency in Spanish and some history of involvement with the Spanish-speaking immigrant community
  • Basic proficiency in the use of social media and digital communication 
  • Excellent organizational skills, confident decision maker, creative solution seeker, flexible with schedule changes, possess strong collaboration skills, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information appropriately 
  • Ability to maintain good stewardship of facility and financial management
  • Ability to develop a flexible work schedule, with the ability to work nights and weekends as needed for the ministry
  • Strong team player who is willing to step up and help with the wider life of the parish (support parish events, liturgical celebrations and life) 

About Immaculate Conception 

Immaculate Conception parish is a large, multicultural Catholic Church located in the heart of Downtown Durham and served by Franciscan friars.  It is committed to integrating local and global JPIC issues into its liturgy, faith formation and mission outreach. As a tithing parish, IC dedicates 10% of its annual budget to the work of charity, justice and care for our common home.  The parish is actively involved in interfaith and ecumenical collaboration with the wider Durham community to promote racial, economic, social and environmental justice. Serving over 4,000 households, of which over half are Spanish-speaking – it strives to further integrate the parish community in its life and mission. The pastoral leadership is committed to fostering a healthy work environment.    

Position Start Date: Available now.