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Intercultural Ministry

Location: 

Washington, DC, US, 20017

Category:  Saint John Paul II & Pilgrimage Center

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The Knights of Columbus is a tax-exempt Catholic fraternal benefit society that provides financial security to members and their families through our life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, investment and annuity products. Charity is at the core of our missions: our profits are donated to help those in need and to support our faith - $1.73B over the past ten years.

 

While we have many employees who are not Catholic, we follow the Church’s teachings in our investment strategies and our employee benefits. As part of our religious mission, we support the pro-life cause by contributing to the March for Life and pregnancy resource centers, we oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, we are evangelists for the Catholic faith, and we help Christians who are facing religious persecution in the Middle East.  We all work together to support our two million members as they volunteer to help others in their parishes and communities around the world.

 

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Overview

From its conception, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine was envisioned as a response to Saint John Paul II’s call for a “new evangelization,” echoed today by Pope Francis. It strives to be a place of genuine encounter with the living God — a place where God, who “entered history,” heals and renews every dimension of human life and cultures.

The Mission and Ministry Team is seeking a candidate to sustain primarily, but not exclusively, the Hispanic visitors’ experience by developing and implementing various programs, materials, and special events in alignment with the pastoral and evangelizing mission of the Shrine. The successful candidate will engage ethnic and cultural groups and collaborate with parishes and other organizations in faith formation initiatives, both in-person and online, drawing upon the Christian anthropology of Pope John Paul II and upon the rich resources of the Shrine, in particular its sacred art and permanent exhibit.

Core Responsibilities

Collaboratively develop and implement a strategic approach to the Shrine’s pastoral ministry to the culturally diverse Catholic communities locally and nationally, including the Hispanic/Latino Catholic Communities, the Black Catholic Communities, Asian and Pacific Islander Communities and Native American Communities, building on the Shrine’s signature events in these areas.

•    Programs Development – fulfilling the mandate of a national shrine and properly integrating the themes and theology of Saint John Paull II, especially on the topics of faith, culture, and evangelization.
o    Collaboratively develop, plan, and execute outreach programs, including liturgical celebrations.
o    Collaboratively develop and seek out intercultural opportunities.
o    Fostering an environment promoting unity and intercultural programs while appreciating cultural diversity.
•    Materials Development and Public Presentations in English and Spanish – Respond to the needs of ethnic communities and encourage intercultural participation.
o    Research, draft, and edit materials for multigenerational and multicultural audiences.
o    Prepare and deliver talks and workshops, including presentations in small pastoral settings and larger public gatherings.
•    Ecumenical Competency in Intercultural Contexts – Support the Shrine’s efforts to “nourish the drive toward communion through prayer, dialogue, and joint action” with other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities, heeding the exhortation of Pope John Paul II in Ecclesia in America.
•    Relationship Development – Develop and maintain a network of relationships with relevant church associations, educational institutions, and neighboring dioceses.
•    Witness to a spirit animated by the Gospel, Catholic principles, and Saint John Paul II’s understanding of human dignity and encounter. 
•    Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills Qualifications

Required:
•    Complete fluency in English and Spanish required, additional languages a plus
•    Deep knowledge and experience of the diversity of Hispanic cultures and traditions, with an understanding of Native American, African, and Asian cultures
•    Extensive knowledge of the Catholic Faith and Church teachings
•    Knowledge of the life and legacy of John Paul II preferred
•    Experience working with diverse groups of people and providing exceptional customer service in a highly professional environment
•    Experience supervising volunteers and people in formation in a collaborative setting
•    Ability to present and relate the Catholic faith to a multi-generational and intercultural general audience
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills
•    Ability to combine creative overall planning with attention to detail
•    Skilled in the use of new media for digital evangelization, including social media
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Education

Required: 
•    Graduate Degree in Theology, Catechetics, Pastoral Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, or other related field of study.
•    7-10 years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of training and experience, with V Encuentro experience a plus

Physical Demands

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for a majority of the workday.

KofC Cares

Our mission is focused on family and faith, and we support our employees in seeking a balanced life.

 

Employee benefits include:

 

Time Away: 13 paid holidays per year in addition to vacation and paid sick leave, and flexible workweek schedules.

 

Professional Development: Certifications, designation, and tuition reimbursement.

 

Retirement Benefits: 401(k) retirement savings plan with matching company contributions, and cash balance retirement plans fully funded by the company.

 

Health and Wellness:

 

  • Short-term disability and term life insurance fully paid for by the company;
  • Up to 12 weeks of childbirth leave under STD policy.
  • One week of fully paid parental leave for all new parents, including adoptive and foster parents.
  • A variety of health insurance options, including premium-level family coverage and a pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions. The Order's health plans do not cover abortion, sterilization, or contraception, and the Order has helped advocate for other employers who do not want to provide coverage.
  • Long-term disability insurance;
  • Dental insurance;
  • Vision insurance;
  • Health club membership reimbursement;
  • Employee Assistance Program

 


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC