CRS is building a movement of millions of people in the United States to increase the Church’s impact and influence in combatting global poverty, violence and injustice. Animated by our Catholic faith’s call to action to alleviate suffering and work to create a more just world for the world’s poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, CRS’ Movement Building strategy is the outward expression of missionary discipleship—calling forth leaders who have encountered Christ in the face of the poor, becoming advocates for justice and the common good
As part of the Church Engagement team the Clergy Outreach Advisor position plays an essential role in ensuring our work with seminarians and clergy is bolstering CRS’ mission. The Clergy Outreach Advisor will have a key role in the further development and implementation of the Seminary Outreach program and efforts to engage clergy as it relates to CRS’ strategy of mobilizing Catholics and building a movement of passionate individuals across the U.S. who will take action to advance CRS work and vision of integral human development for all.
The Clergy Outreach Advisor is a non-supervisory, independent contributor role collaborating closely with Clergy Manager and other staff within Mission and Mobilization. Primary responsibility of the Clergy Outreach Advisor is to implement the strategy for integrating CRS campaigns into the formation of CRS’ seminary partners. This person will also lead and coordinate external communication with our partners related to various campaigns (to include Advocacy and Fundraising), emergencies and other strategic communications. In addition, the Clergy Advisor will assist in the development and implementation of the clergy strategy as it relates to CRS’ campaigns and chapter methodology.
Roles and Key Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to:
- In collaboration with Mission and Mobilization staff and the Clergy Team, lead the implementation of the seminary outreach strategy which includes:
- Reaching out to seminaries and inviting them to participate CRS’ Seminary initiative (this is done via written communication and in-person meetings).
- Maintaining relationships with seminaries and assisting partners to take their engagement to the next level.
- Maintaining relationships with Seminary Animators (via written communication, virtual meetings and in-person meetings).
- Develop and Implement trainings related to CRS campaigns for staff and seminary partners (virtually and in-person).
- Participate in CRS immersion trips related to seminary partners.
- Incorporate feedback from seminaries for further education module development.
- Develop supporting resources related to CRS campaigns that assist animators to integrate campaigns into the four dimensions of formation.
- Host webinars throughout the year for seminary partners providing pertinent information and a space for best practice sharing.
- Provide content and discussion topics for the Seminary Outreach Community
- Assist in developing a strategy to integrate recently ordained animators into the Global Fellows program.
Global Fellows Program
- Contribute to developing a long-term plan for program growth which benefits CRS’ mission, including growth in agency name awareness, advocacy, financial support, and expanding the opportunities for speaking engagements.
- Assist in the recruitment and training of priests and deacons as CRS Global Fellows.
- Provide theological supporting resources for CRS campaigns that will assist Global Fellows integrate the campaigns into their community
- Provide theological support for the agency related to CRS attacks and other issues as necessary
- Participate in and contribute to Church Engagement planning meetings and other staff meetings.
- Practicing Catholic in good standing
- Master’s in Theology
- Experience in Seminary environment
- Familiarity with CRS and Catholic Social Teaching
- Proficient in PC operation; MS Office programs
- Working knowledge of webinar platforms (Zoom and MS Teams)
- Ability to travel as required
- Strong project management skills
- Public speaking experience and skills
- Flexibility with work hours as needed
Required Languages – English (native/fluent)
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)
- Ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood and in good standing
- Permission of Bishop/Superior to serve in this capacity
Travel – 10 %, as needed
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Clergy Outreach Team, Mission and Mobilization staff, and Charitable Giving.
External: Bishops, Diocesan Directors, Priests, Deacons, Seminarians and Seminary staff.
Agency-wide Competencies –
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Work Conditions/Environment Conditions
CRS/HQ and/or telecommuting opportunities available.
What we offer
CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.