Special Assistant for Programming


Washington, DC, US, 20017

Category:  Saint John Paul II & Pilgrimage Center

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The Special Assistant assists the Director for Ministry and Mission to develop, plan, and execute pastoral and liturgical programming that reflects the theological content and contemplative spirituality of Saint John Paul II. The Special Assistant will have strong research and project management skills to support the various programs and initiatives of the department, including but not limited to pastoral programs, special events, and strategic planning.  This position requires working some weekends and evenings in support of special events and programs, as well as being part of a rotation with other staff for select holiday and weekend operations.

Core Responsibilities

  • Supports the Director in the development, coordination, and implementation of pastoral programs and activities
  • Acts as liaison between Mission and Ministry and other shrine departments, including representing the Director and/or department at various meetings
  • Keeps Director apprised of information with programmatic impact
  • Conducts research for pastoral initiatives and presents findings in relevant settings
  • Evaluates programs and offers recommendations for improvement
  • Drafts and edits various documents including correspondence, reviews drafts and finished documents for accuracy and grammar, and creates and maintains files
  • Assists in the onboarding and training of new department members

Skills Qualifications

  • Strong Catholic faith formation
  • Strong project management skills
  • Working knowledge of the life and theology of John Paul II.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including both verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong ability to collaborate and encourage a team-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to speak publicly to large groups of people in a professional and engaging manner. 
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people and providing exceptional customer service in a highly professional environment.
  • Ability to give direction to visitors and gently redirect unwanted behavior.
  • Basic knowledge of the Washington, DC area, local attractions and religious sites, Metro, and general driving directions for Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • BA or BS degree
  • At least three years of program management experience
  • At least five years of experience in a pastoral setting
  • Experience leading collaborative teams to achieve goals


The wage range for this role takes into account a broad array of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to: skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.  The range below applies as long as the work is performed in Connecticut; the Knights of Columbus reserves the right to adjust the wage range if the position is performed in another location.  At the Knights of Columbus, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $59,200-$91,700. 

Authorization to work in the United States required

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. 

Physical Demands

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for a majority of the workday.
Occasional bending, reaching, walking, lifting and standing for extended periods

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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