Represent CRS to partners (dioceses, colleges, etc) - pastors, educators, diocesan staff and the extended Catholic community in the Midwest
Deepen existing key CRS relationships within MW Catholic Diocesan structures and Catholic institutions, which may include colleges and universities. Working through these institutions, mentor, coach, support, encourage, and mobilize CRS leaders and champions in the Midwest to pray, learn, act, give, use their voice, and change their lives and ministries in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world, making use of CRS resources, experience and expertise; Cultivate new relationships in the Catholic community, with particular outreach to (eg) youth ministers, deacons, clergy, Just Faith participants, Latino Catholic ministry leaders
Training, technical assistance and leadership development:
Serve as an active resource to diocesan directors, campus educators and others key leaders, providing information on current CRS work overseas, US programs & resources, and policy and advocacy issues
Provide training opportunities for various diocesan, parish, and university leaders in order to build their capacity to be engaged in international issues related to CRS’ mission. This might include conducting workshops at diocesan conferences, college conferences and other events on such topics as: (a) CRS work around the world,( b) Catholic Social Teaching; (c) advocacy & policy issues, and always connecting to the materials, resources, and domestic programs available thru CRS
Coach and advice diocesan (or university) global solidarity teams so as to help them to be well-organized, with a clear vision and simple plan for organizing opportunities for others act to confront global poverty, using CRS resources.
Forward the policy, advocacy and legislative priorities of the agency/US Catholic Church (focused on promoting greater justice and peace for those we serve around the world) through engagement of significant numbers of Midwest Catholics and key leaders in the legislative process.
Assist in the development and implementation of new initiatives in the region, especially as relates to engaging the Latino Catholic community in global solidarity activities thru CRS
Report, Analysis, Evaluation:
Prepare reports and contribute data on work with partners, in an on-going way, thus contributing to analysis, monitoring, and evaluation of work progress.
· Strong planning and organizational skills- skill at keeping track of a great deal of information (on realities overseas; on US legislation; on CRS work in 100 countries around the world); excellent memory
· Understanding of the process of building and maintaining volunteer teams (based in parishes, colleges or dioceses); and skill at coaching and guiding leaders through this team building process
· Ability to work effectively as part of a team with colleagues
· Superior interpersonal and public communication skills (in English and Spanish preferred); Strong written communication skills; networking and relationship-building skills
· Bachelor’s Degree; Advanced degree preferred
· 5-10 years relevant experience; community organizing experience helpful
· Experience working as part of a team, and facilitating team work
· Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, and contemporary Catholic Church issues; Knowledge of the structure of the US Catholic Church, ability to work within its culture
· Knowledge of the structure of Catholic Colleges & Universities; experience working in campus ministry/student life a plus
· Significant experience living and working in the Midwest
· An understanding of and track record in working for long-term social change
· Cross-cultural experience (work, study, travel) in developing countries a plus
· Broad knowledge of international issues, particularly those pertaining to the developing world
· Experience in organizing and leading workshops and retreats and in developing multi-media informational, educational and/or training materials helpful
· Proficiency or fluency in Spanish; bi-cultural preferred
Travel: Willingness to travel, primarily within the U.S. Midwest at least 30% of time. Occasional overseas travel.
Foreign Language Required: None required; Proficiency or fluency in Spanish preferred
If you are interested and meet this criteria, please submit your cover letter and resume at www.crs.org