Phoenix, AZ


About the Diocese of Phoenix

We are committed to helping the faithful encounter the living Christ through conversion, communion and solidarity, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Thomas Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, celebrating over 50 years since its establishment. The Diocese includes the counties of Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, and Coconino (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Navajo Indian Reservation), and also includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County.

The Diocese of Phoenix includes more than 1.1 million Catholics which makes this diverse, vibrant, and faith-filled diocese their home.

The faithful worship, receive the sacraments, and participate in the many activities and social events at one of the 94 parishes and 23 missions. Nearly 15,000 students attend one of the 29 Catholic elementary schools, seven high schools and 29 preschools in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Purpose & Organization
To support the Diocese of Phoenix in its mission of encountering the living Christ, this position is responsible for serving as a key advisor to the Bishop in fulfilling the vision and mission of the Division of Education and Evangelization; to formulate and implement a plan for discipleship and evangelization that will support these efforts in parishes, schools, families, and affiliated organizations in the diocese.

The Executive Director of Education and Evangelization will guide the initiatives that foster an encounter with the living Christ in a rapidly growing and multicultural diocese – through conversion, communion, and solidarity. Thus, this essential leadership role must possess excellent communication skills in English and Spanish. The Executive Director will work in concert with the Bishop’s leadership team – providing insight and leadership in spreading the Gospel message, in particular an understanding of the Kerygma. This person brings strategic leadership experience to understand the evangelizing mission of the Church and helps others to recognize how their gifts serve the overall mission. The Executive Director provides direct leadership and oversight of the Division of Education and Evangelization, including the Catholic Schools Office, Kino Catechetical Institute and Office of Marriage and Respect Life. Proactive and engaging, this position links the work of the diocese with pastoral and community leadership through effective communication and thoughtful engagement.

The Executive Director of the Division of Education and Evangelization will report to the Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia as an agent of the Bishop.

Key Strategic Drivers
Evangelization – Provides strategic direction and vision for all evangelization efforts in line with the mission and strategic objectives of the Diocese of Phoenix.
Education – Fosters a Catholic world view and Catholic approach to curriculum development by promoting “Evangelization through Catholic Schools” as a paradigmatic document of how schools participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Communication – Cultivates a clear and consistent message of discipleship and evangelization in a fast-growing and multicultural diocese.
Parish/Pastor Outreach – Collaborates with pastors/parishes with a respect for subsidiarity and communion.

Main Responsibilities
• Formulates and articulates a vision of Education and Evangelization that includes discipleship formation in conjunction with the Bishop and the Moderator of the Curia.
• Provides executive-level counsel to the Bishop, serving with his key strategic leadership team.
• Develops ways to foster the understanding of the multicultural needs of parishes, schools, and families in relationship to evangelization, education, and catechesis.
• Collaborates with Pastoral Center Offices to assist them to articulate evangelization efforts within the Diocese of Phoenix.
• Fosters and maintains appropriate relationships with pastors, parishes, principals, and schools to promote evangelization, Catholic education, and catechesis.
• Promotes and supports educational and catechetical efforts in parishes and schools by developing policies, guidelines, and resources for the diocese.
• Promotes effective communication and public relations in the Catholic and broader community.

• Roman Catholic who is in full communion with the Church.
• Proficiently articulates a clear understanding of the Catholic faith and is committed witness to Christ and His Body the Church.
• Ability to articulate the Church’s evangelistic mission.
• Experience in developing lasting relationships with different multicultural constituencies.
• Bicultural with excellent communication skills in English and Spanish.
• Master’s degree (earned doctorate, preferred) in Theology and/or Education.
• Minimum of seven years’ experience in the Church’s educational ministry, including administration and supervision.
• Must possess, or be able to obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license.

Additional Information
• Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
• Expected Travel: When fully acclimated approximately 25%
• Application Deadline: February 19, 2021
• For consideration, please apply at the Diocese of Phoenix Office of Human Resources:

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