Director of the African American Catholic Ministry Office, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Cathedral Square Plaza
African American Ministry - Cleveland, Ohio
DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND
Director of the African American Catholic Ministry Office
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was founded on April 23, 1847. It is the twenty-third largest diocese in the United States. Under the leadership of the Most Reverend Edward J. Malesic, the diocese encompasses the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne and Ashland. There are more than 670,000 Catholics in the Diocese, and Catholic Charities. There are 184 parishes, 110 Catholic schools, 1 pastoral center and 1 mission office within the diocese. The cathedral is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located in downtown Cleveland. Members of the diocesan staff support the Bishop in ministering to the people of God by working together to provide vision, leadership and service to continue the mission of Jesus to transform the world. As a community, they are committed to live by the values of faith, dignity, stewardship and justice.
The Director of the African American Catholic Ministry Office provides support to pastors and pastoral leadership staffs who serve the African American Catholic Community in the areas of evangelization, faith formation, leadership development, ministry development, social concerns, liturgical celebration, and volunteer training. Further, the Director collaborates with the offices and departments of the Catholic Community, as well as with the civic community, to achieve unity and respect among all peoples regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
- Develops and implements an ongoing pastoral plan for this ministry in partnership with pastoral staffs and ministry leaders serving the African American Catholic Community.
- Develops and coordinates programs, liturgies, and events that evangelize and enrich the visibility and vitality of the African American Catholic presence.
- Provides formation and assists African American Catholics in attaining leadership roles in the diocese.
- Encourages and provides opportunities for members of the community to consider vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life and participation in the lay ecclesial ministry certification process.
- Works closely with diocesan offices, schools and agencies to seek out opportunities for collaboration and provides consultation, resources and technical assistance in sensitizing personnel to the gifts and needs of the African American Catholic Community.
- Consults with and/or serves on a variety boards and committees in local Catholic and civic communities.
- Directs the day-to-day operations of the Office and oversees planning, evaluation, and goal setting procedures.
- Establishes and manages the budget and assists with the African American Native American Grant process.
- Serves as a representative to the following:
- National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC)
- National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA)- national and regional level
- Ohio Commission of African American Catholics
- Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver
- Cleveland Diocesan Racism Committee
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Assumes other responsibilities as needed or directed.
- Must be a practicing Catholic and an active member of the Catholic Church who is committed to the mission, ministry and values of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Bachelor’s degree with three to five years of experience in increasingly responsible positions; experience in working in a collaborative style with others in a parish or diocesan positions and demonstrates potential for working with other diocesan and national offices for the benefit of the Church and the African American Catholic Community.
- Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
- Committed to ongoing formation and leadership development personally and for others.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of persons, skilled in working with large groups of individuals.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
- Has a valid Ohio Driver’s License and reliable personal transportation.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and a completed Diocese of Cleveland Employment application, including contact information for three (3) professional references using the below form.
Application must be completed in full, please avoid advising to “see resume” within any application fields. Position will remain open until filled.