Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.
Job Summary/ Background: As a part of U.S. Operations, the West Regional Office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS West) contributes to the mission of CRS and serves Catholics in the U.S.:
· By shaping and strengthening Catholic institutions so that global solidarity and Catholic Social Teaching are an integral part of their ministry.
· By educating and mobilizing the Catholic community in the United States to act on our faith in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world through CRS
· By influencing U.S. policies to promote justice and peace for those we serve overseas.
The Relationship Manager/Diversity Outreach (RM) serves as a direct resource to Catholic institutions in the West under the direction of the Regional Director and in coordination with the West team, CRS headquarters and the Major Gift Officers. The West Region covers dioceses in USCCB regions XI and XII. (This includes the states of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.) This position is one of 5 staff serving the region and will serve a selected number of dioceses. This position is based in Southern California.
Primary Functions: The RM collaborates with dioceses in the West region to strengthen their ministry of helping Catholics, especially Spanish speaking Catholics, live their faith in solidarity with the poor around the world through the resources and advocacy work of CRS. As part of the CRS West team the RM will focus on visioning and strategizing with partners on the integration of global solidarity in their ministries and the facilitation of formation process at the diocesan and parish levels. The RM will also actively participate in documenting, monitoring and evaluating their work in the region for more effective reporting as part of US Operations’ procedure.
Job Responsibilities: The RM will have particular and primary responsibility in two main areas:
· Relationship Management:
· Establish and deepen key relationships as, guided by CRS partnership principles, with certain assigned West dioceses and CRS diocesan directors (DD contacts) and with other Catholic institutions including Catholic schools, universities and Newman centers for the animation of global solidarity by promoting and engaging in CRS programs/resources.
· Represent the needs and concerns of the Catholic institutions, ministry leaders and constituency we serve in the development of CRS’ strategies, programs and materials for education and advocacy.
· Catalyst for Diocesan Directors in the planning, organization, education, and formation related to their roles.
· Strengthen the capacity of dioceses throughout the region to collaborate with Hispanic Ministry leaders and ministries, while cultivating relationships with other diverse Catholic communities working towards a common goal of global solidarity and advocacy for the poor overseas through education, ministry formation, and parish social ministry.
· Facilitate education and formation processes within Hispanic Ministry and other diverse Catholic communities in the region on Catholic Social Teaching, Parish Social Ministry and the work of CRS through presenting and organizing workshops, presentations and media for self and other CRS staff at diocesan conferences and other events.
· Strengthen CRS’ ability to be a valued partner with Hispanic Ministry regionally and nationally.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
· Serves with Integrity
· Models Stewardship
· Cultivates Constructive Relationships
· Promotes Learning
The RM reports to the Regional Director and works in coordination with the Regional staff and other US Operations Departments, as well as other departments and divisions, especially Charitable Giving and Overseas Operations.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: US Operations, Charitable Giving, Overseas Operations, Diversity Team, and others as needed.
External: CRS Diocesan Directors and diocesan ministry especially directors of Hispanic ministry, faith formation, social ministry, youth/young adult ministry, communications (especially Spanish language), and missions. Also with pastors, deacons, and other staff whose ministry touches on support to parish programs that serve US Catholics including Catholic universities, high schools, Catholic Charities, Catholic Campaign for Human Development and other Catholic organizations.
· Superior interpersonal and program management/coordination skills required.
· Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
· Creativity and innovation skills required.
· Strong planning and organizational ability required, as well as an ability to achieve desired results with minimal supervision.
· Public speaking experience and skills required.
- Experience in adult faith formation and in-depth knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching, parish social ministry, and ministry formation for social justice.
- Demonstrated ability to apply adult learning principles and practices in formal and informal settings.
- Experience in Hispanic Ministry in the U.S. Catholic Church and in a leadership position in a US Catholic dioceses or parish.
- Knowledge of international issues, particularly as it relates to the developing world.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
- Advanced degree in theology, divinity, religious education, ministry and 5-10 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong computer and communication skills.
Language Requirement: Fluency in Spanish, written and communication.
· 40% of time for Domestic Travel (locally and throughout the region) required.
· Frequent work on week-ends and some evenings.
· Limited international travel may also be required.
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with this position.
Note: All candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of application.