Fort Wayne, IN

(Full Time)

Diocese of Fort Wayne

Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The essential functions/major responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change. This is a 40 hour per week (some occasional weekend work) exempt position.

Job Summary

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is responsible for evangelizing and catechizing the people of northeast Indiana. Youth and Young Adult Ministry are part of the Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries and Catechesis, which assists the bishop in implementing his vision for pastoral care of the people of our diocese.


The Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry assists the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in supporting the evangelization and formation of youth (teens) and young adults (late teens, twenties, and thirties) in our diocese. In collaboration with the Director, the Associate Director implements bishop’s vision, supports pastors and parish staff, and offers direct ministry to youth and young adults that invites them to relationship with Jesus Christ and active participation in the Church.

Primary areas of responsibility

  • Implement Bishop Rhoades’ vision for youth and young adult ministry
  • Support parishes and schools in their efforts to evangelize, catechize, and disciple youth and young adults.
  • Assist the Director in forming youth and young adult ministers through training, resources, and networking
  • Assist the Director in facilitating youth focused events such as the March for Life pilgrimage, the Diocesan World Youth Day, and the Diocesan Confirmation Retreat
  • Assist the Director in planning and implementing regional and diocesan wide activities to reach young adults. This direct outreach could include Theology on Tap, Alpha, Called & Gifted, retreats, conferences, and pilgrimages
  • When directed by the Director, represent the diocese at state, regional and national youth and young adult gatherings

Secondary areas of responsibility

  • Assist the Director in tracking the department budget, expenditures, and grants
  • Assist the Director with marketing, formation, and logistics of World Youth Day
  • Under the direction of the Director, assist pastors in hiring and training of new youth and young adult ministers
  • Under the direction of the Director, assist with organizing for groups like Totus Tuus and Damascus Missionaries
  • Assist in other duties as directed by the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • Assist with diocesan initiatives such as the synod and Eucharistic Revival

Specific Job Skills and Qualifications

  • Catholic and passionate about evangelization and discipleship
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize responsibilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to collaborate and maintain working relationships with diocesan/parish staff
  • Able to think critically, evaluate relevant information, recognize potential issues for concern, recognize alternatives, and reach logical conclusions
  • Skilled in editing web pages and managing social media accounts
  • Available to work some weekday evenings and weekends if needed for ministry
  • Willingness to travel within the diocese
  • Ability to lift at least twenty pounds to help with set up of equipment for events

Education and Preferred Work Experience

  • Masters of Divinity/Theology preferred, or Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Three to five years of experience in diocesan or parish-based ministry with youth and young adults
  • Familiarity with Alpha, Cursillo, YDisciple, LifeTeen and related programs
  • Experience with FOCUS, Evangelical Catholic, Echo, NFCYM and other organizations is helpful

Mutual expectations of the Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries and Catechesis

  • Collaborate with other diocesan offices, especially the Office of Hispanic Ministry, Office of Marriage and Family, Office of Catechesis, and the Catholic Schools Office
  • Communicate with pastors, youth and young adult ministers, and other parish staff
  • Foster positive relationships with Catholic colleges and universities so that we can enhance the formation opportunities for our youth and young adults
  • Collaborate with other dioceses to learn from their programs and best practices
  • Participate in local, regional, and national professional development opportunities
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Maintain a professional and orderly work area and office
  • Represent the secretariat in a professional manner in all areas including communication, dress, and timeliness

Physical Demands

  • Regularly spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers
  • Regularly move from sitting to standing positions effortlessly
  • Regularly use hands and fingers to lift files, open filing cabinets, and for data entry purposes
  • Frequently bend to file paperwork
  • Must be able to speak and hear clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally lift 5-10 pounds.

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