The Senior Director of U.S. Church Engagement is a key role within the Mission & Mobilization Division. The Senior Director is responsible for crafting a strategy for and managing relationships with key Catholic leaders and institutions in the United States. Such leaders and institutions to be include: strategic constituencies within the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), individual bishops, relevant Church institutions, and key seminaries as determined by leadership. As part of the leadership team of the Mission & Mobilization Division, the Senior Director will ensure this strategy bolsters CRS’ efforts to mobilize Catholics in support of its mission. The Senior Director works closely with the OverOps Church Engagement Director to ensure close collaboration with CRS’ engagement of the overseas Church. She/he will also keep Agency leadership fully abreast of relevant developments in the Catholic Church in the United States. Manages a small team with a well-defined portfolio of activities.
* Develop outreach strategy for individual US Catholic Bishops and their representatives to build their understanding of CRS’ work and engage them in supporting CRS’ mission and specific initiatives.
* Represent CRS to a defined selection of USCCB departments and offices and identify opportunities to include CRS into the resources and materials developed by those offices.
* Collaborate with other relevant US national Church partners (including potentially women and men’s religious communities, university leadership) interested in including CRS as the US Church’s international relief and development agency in educational and other resources.
* Seek to include Catholic Church leaders in CRS overseas delegations and participating in those delegations to build those relationships, as determined by leadership.
* On behalf of the CEO, EVP, and other CRS Executives, respond to high-level requests for information and connection with CRS from US Church leaders and US Church institutions.
* Ensure that Bishops, relevant national Catholic organizations, diocesan offices, and other relevant offices are educated about CRS, its overseas work, its activities in the U.S. and how they can connect to and support it.
* Represent CRS’ interests related to Catholic seminaries in the United States and assisting them to integrate Catholic social teaching through CRS into their curriculums and programs.
* Represent CRS at relevant national, regional, and diocesan US Church conferences, gatherings, and events, as requested.
* Speak publicly at relevant US Church conferences, gatherings, and events connecting the work of CRS with Church teaching and theology.
* Facilitate the collection of feedback from Bishops/Church partners/etc. to CRS to inform efforts to engage U.S. Catholics in the mission of CRS.
* Speak to the Catholic press, in collaboration with Marketing & Communications, as needed.
* Serve as a resource to staff on Catholic theology and social teaching.
* 10 years’ experience working with or for the Catholic church with demonstrated relationships and networks.
* Master degree preferred.
* A practicing Catholic, registered in a Catholic parish or regularly attending a Catholic parish or faith community, who embraces, upholds and promotes the teaching of the Catholic Church
* Proven knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the Gospel mission to help the poor based on “need, not creed.”
* Intimate knowledge of the Catholic Church including its structures, institutions, hierarchy, and current issues.
* Understanding the interdependencies of Catholic social service institutions in the US.
* Knowledge of international development concepts and programs and related contemporary issues in humanitarian response, as well as the evolving ecosystem of donors and stakeholders.
* Ability to represent CRS at a high-level, including strong proven public speaking and written communication ability.
* Fluent English (written and spoken). Spanish proficiency preferred.
* Authorization to work in the US for any employer.
* Willing and abile to travel within the US and internationally (approx. 30%).
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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
About the Organization
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.