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Pastoral Director of Operations

St. Cecilia Parish

Boston, MA


ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Saint Cecilia Parish is a vibrant Roman Catholic community in the heart of the City of Boston. The parish has grown substantially over the past decade, with approximately 1,600 registered households. The families and individuals that comprise the parish community represent a rich diversity - young, old, rich, poor, of various ethnic origins and differing backgrounds. Rev. John J. Unni is the Pastor of Saint Cecilia and has been leading the parish since 2004. Under his stewardship, Saint Cecilia has grown and flourished. In 2011, the parish successfully completed a $17 million renovation project, restoring the 19th century church and improving and expanding the parish facilities.


Saint Cecilia has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million, employs five lay staff persons, and has hundreds of volunteers who support the parish to reach its ministerial goals. In 2012, the parish created and has begun implementing a strategic plan that focuses on four areas:

1)      Communications, both internal and external

2)      Adult Faith Formation

3)      Pastoral Care & Outreach

4)      Financial Growth & Stability

Saint Cecilia’s mission is lived out though various ministries and outreach programs, which include: Liturgy, Sacraments, Faith Formation, Pastoral Care & Outreach, Social Justice, and Music Ministry.


POSITION: Pastoral Director of Operations


DIRECT REPORTS: Total of five (5) full-time and part-time staff who hold the following positions: Pastoral Associate & Business Manager, Coordinator of Faith Formation, Coordinator of Pastoral Outreach, Music Director and Administrative Assistant.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Pastoral Director of Operations (PDO) will be responsible for managing the staff of five, as well as providing overall operational and administrative leadership for the parish. Working directly with the Pastor, the PDO will develop and implement the administrative, operating and pastoral plans to align with the parish’s mission and strategic goals. He or she must be a leader who is able to help others serve the community and reach mutually agreed upon goals while working with diverse constituency groups.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide senior leadership for the team, working in collaboration with the Pastor
  • Evaluate current administrative and operating systems and refine/create new systems as required
  • Hire, develop and evaluate staff to meet the growing needs of the parish
  • Implement the strategic plan in collaboration with the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council, an elected group of ten parishioners
  • Manage implementation of day-to-day parish programming and ministries
  • Oversee the operational infrastructure of the church, parish center and rectory
  • In conjunction with the Pastor, create a communications structure to keep the parish community informed
  • Develop annual operating and capital budgets in collaboration with the Pastor and Parish Finance Committee


In addition, the PDO will ensure that the organization implements best practices and resource alignment to most effectively serve the parish community. The PDO will have a particular focus on staff development, organizational quality, external relationships in applicable areas, and will successfully managing the internal workings and administrative needs of a dynamic, growing organization.


QUALIFICATIONS: The PDO must be highly organized and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, meet multiple deadlines, and provide a pastoral presence and strong leadership.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Seven to 10 years of experience in an organizational leadership role
  • At least 5 years of progressive experience with a proven track record of developing and exceeding goals
  • Demonstrated capacity to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  • Strong problem solving, project management, and analytical skills
  • Ability to think strategically, and implement a strategic plan
  • Demonstrated capability to effectively build organizational and staff capacity
  • Skilled in managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in growing organizations
  • Strong desire to work in a faith-based community, embracing all its complexities and challenges.


Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is highly desired.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and skills.

CONTACT: Colleen Burns