DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION, CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY
About the Church of the Epiphany
Epiphany is a welcoming, joyous and worshiping Catholic church in the Archdiocese of New York, where we connect with one another through our personal relationship with Jesus. Over 150 years old, we are a diverse parish family with a fast-growing, dynamic young adult population, an expanding variety of ministries, and vibrant, prayerful liturgies that feature beautiful music, inspiring and relevant homilies, and warm fellowship in the Lord. We are engaged in a program of renewal following the Divine Renovation model—a transformation from a maintenance model of church to a missionary one, as disciples sent out to share the Good News with the world. Our Pastoral Council, Senior Leadership Team, and Stewardship Team work closely with our Pastor and Parish Staff to put this renewal into practice and to engage parishioners in becoming part of this changing parish culture.
Epiphany’s Director of Faith Formation plans, develops, organizes, and evaluates the Faith Formation Program for the Parish. The programming will be in accord with Epiphany’s Divine Renovation program, which is intended to transform Epiphany into a missionary parish by bringing parishioners of all ages into a personal relationship with Christ, and creating disciples who will grow in their faith so that they might share it to transform the world . The Director of Faith Formation will model principles of servant leadership to maintain a parish culture that is transparent, collaborative and responsible, and which consistently supports the parish mission.
• Full-time position, 40 hours per week. Some weekend work will be required.
• A background check and Safe Environment training provided by the Archdiocese are required (of all parish employees and volunteers
• Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications for the position.
• Employee benefits include vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; and a pension plan.
• Provides leadership in developing and promoting the vision and mission of Faith Formation in the Parish.
• Develops goals, objectives, and implements strategies for a comprehensive faith formation program that serves early childhood through adults, including preparation for sacraments.
• Directs and oversees various faith formation programs that support a lifelong deepening of the Catholic faith for all parishioners—with a special dedication to Alpha and Connect programs for youth, young adults, and the full diversity of parish members.
• Collaborates with Epiphany School faith formation initiatives.
• Oversees sacramental programs for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation for children in Epiphany School and in our Religious Education Program.
• Takes lead in preparing for Sacramental celebrations.
• Directs and oversees Epiphany’s RCIA.
• Is responsible for the recruitment, orientation, and training of volunteers/catechists to conduct the parish’s catechetical programs.
• Evaluates existing faith formation programs, experiments with, and establishes new programs and makes recommendations to the Pastor.
• In collaboration with Epiphany’s Director of Communication, promotes Faith Formation programs and consults on marketing materials for the parish website, social media, and, digital newsletter.
• Keeps current in developments/changes with Diocesan policies as they relate to formation and sacramental practices.
• Prepares annual formation program budget for review by the Pastor and oversees programmatic expenditures.
• Provides reports and develops an accurate statistical picture of the sacramental prep efforts at Epiphany.
• Attends & participates in Senior Leadership Team meetings.
• Attends and participates in weekly all-staff meeting.
• Attends & participates in off-site pastoral team meetings/retreats.
• Participates in appropriate workshops and Professional Development Days, including national Divine Renovation meetings and national Alpha meetings.
• Keeps credentials current for diocesan certification as a Catechetical Leader.
• Performs any other job-related duties as necessary for the smooth flow of work in the department and/or as assigned by the Pastor and/or Parish Director of Administration.
• Must be able to thrive in a team environment. Ability to build and launch teams in formation programming.
• Ability to form volunteers into leaders and then delegate responsibility.
• Ability to initiate, be creative, and anticipate solutions to problems, needs good judgment in emergency situations and when working with varied personalities and cultures; must be able to work under frequent interruptions.
• Possess excellent planning, organizational and collaborative skills.
• Practicing Catholic with some knowledge and training in Theology and Liturgy in the Roman Catholic tradition.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others.
• Computer literacy, excellent written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to maintain accurate fiscal records and budgetary and statistical data.
• Ability to interact with individuals and groups and maintain appointments and meetings on parish grounds and through video conferencing.
• Working Knowledge of Catholic doctrine and beliefs as presented in the documents of Vatican II council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other relevant Church and Catechetical Documents.
• Knowledge of the RCIA Process and the thorough understanding of RCIA text.
• Working Knowledge of management, supervision, and administration; knows needs and resources of the parish community; updated knowledge of educational and catechetical trends and practices.
• Degree in theology, pastoral studies, religious education, or a related field (Master’s Degree preferred).