Director of Religious Education

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Employment Type
Full Time
Cary, NC
Posted Date

Hours Per Week:  40 (Full-time)

Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions:

1.         Directing

  • Works according to the vision set forth by the Pastor and the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis.
  • Directs the formation programs for children and youth preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, first Holy Communion, and the Sacrament of Confirmation. This includes supervision of students preparing to receive sacraments at St. Michael School in conjunction with School Administration and their classroom teachers, as well as RCIA for children and Intermediate Sacramental Preparation (ISP)—for children who have not yet received one or more of the sacraments of initiation at the prescribed age.
  • Leads and develops leadership skills among staff to create and administer their respective religious education programs.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of catechists and other volunteer staff working within the Children’s Faith Formation programs.
  • Aids in resolving disciplinary issues and making recommendations to the Pastor and Director of Evangelization and Catechesis on students’ preparedness for the reception of sacraments.

2.         Program Development and Curricula Selection

  • Selects curricula, sets calendars, and plans events and activities (retreats, workshops, trips, etc.) for sacramental preparation.
  • Facilitates, evaluates, and approves curricula, events and activities for the staff and programs under their supervision.
  • Forms and equips parents to fulfill their role as the primary educators of their children.

3.         Liturgical Celebration of the Sacraments

  • Coordinates rehearsals and celebrations for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation in conjunction with the Pastor and Director of Music and Liturgy.

4.         Administration

  • Develops annual budgets and oversees expenditures for the children and youth Religious Education programs
  • Ensures that all sacramental preparation paperwork is received from students, and that those responsible for sacramental records receive paperwork necessary for recording.
  • Ensures that all volunteers have received proper Safe Environment Training and certification.

5.         Hispanic Faith Formation

  • Coordinates with the Assistant for Hispanic Ministry to align programs and activities where possible.

6.         Training and Diocesan-wide activities

  • Attends Ministry & Formation, Raleigh Deanery, and diocesan meetings as requested.  

Minimum Requirements:

  • Employment is contingent upon applicant satisfactorily passing criminal background and reference checks.
  • Must complete diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training within 60 days of hire.
  • Minimum level of Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in catechesis or related field.
  • Minimum amount of Work Experience: Minimum of 4 years of experience.
    • Years of related work experience: 4 years of experience working as a Coordinator/Director of Faith Formation Programming.
    • Area of related work experience: Robust knowledge of Catholic Theology and Catechesis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A practicing Catholic, with a heart for evangelization.
  • Appreciation and familiarity with the liturgical life of the Church.
  • Self-motivated and a proactive attitude.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to team build, including offering encouragement and constructive correction when needed.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to inspire a spirit of service in others, to rally, to inspire volunteers.
  • Ability to navigate and deescalate emotionally charged situations (e.g., with parents).
  • Ability to work in a large and active parish with a fast-paced environment, where demands can be considerable.
  • Familiarity with technology: MS Office, using A/V equipment.
  • Ability to become familiar with the parish’s Realm database software.
  • Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish.


The DRE directs a team of parish-employed coordinators and volunteers who aid in this mission. The DRE leads meetings for the staff of coordinators for children and youth faith formation.

Position Start Date: As soon as possible.