Job Vacancies Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Position: Program Officer, Atlanta, United States of America
Closing Date: Friday, 08 October 2010
Location: United States of America (the) – Atlanta, GA
US Ops Southeast Region
Requisition Number: D 10 068
As a part of U.S. Operations, the Southeast Regional Office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS Southeast) contributes to the mission of CRS and serves Catholics in the U.S.:
a) by educating and mobilizing the Catholic community in the United States to act on our faith in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world through CRS, and
b) by influencing U.S. policies to promote greater justice and peace for those we serve around the world.
Based in Atlanta, CRS Southeast is staffed by a 6 member team in service to the 31 dioceses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Program Officer II position, based in Atlanta, will be responsible for the functions described below.
Under the direction of the Regional Director, the Program Officer helps provides a CRS presence for targeted states in the southeast region, and works to identify effective opportunities for collaboration and partnership in advancing CRS awareness, programs and activities, and advocacy priorities. As part of the CRS Southeast team, the Program Officer will assist in the ongoing development of education and formation activities throughout the region.
Primary Functions: The Program Officer will have primary responsibility related to:
1. Facilitating relationships with certain assigned dioceses / CRS diocesan directors
2. Engagement of constituents through CRS Fair Trade and economic justice programs
3. Facilitating relationships with diocesan communication directors, Catholic media, and secular media in the Southeast re CRS programs and priorities
1. Developing and implementing a CRS SE region communications and media plan focused on generating greater awareness of CRS overseas emergency humanitarian and development work, and of CRS programs and advocacy priorities in the US, including promotion of the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative.
2. Promoting awareness and participation in CRS Fair Trade / economic justice programs through presentations, workshops, trainings, and other resources / support for constituents.
3. In collaboration with the SE Office Coordinator, support implementation of the constituent relations management (CRM) system.
4. Maintain regular contact and planning with assigned Diocesan Directors and other leaders, and identify key opportunities for collaboration and participation.
5. Under the direction of the Regional Director, represent CRS in the Southeast to partners, pastors, educators, diocesan staff, and the extended Catholic community.
6. In collaboration with other SE staff, maintain and support relationships, and organize/present workshops for diocesan Conferences of Catholic Women in AL, FL, GA, TN, SC.
7. Facilitate relationships and organize/present workshops for diocesan Just Faith groups throughout the SE.
8. Deepen existing and develop new key CRS relationships in the Southeast with the Catholic diocesan structures and Catholic institutions and organizations for engaging US Catholics in global solidarity through CRS programs.
9. Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the CRS Southeast region strategy and program plans.
10. Listen to the concerns of our domestic partners and contribute to the development of new networks, programs, and education and advocacy activities that serve the needs of both our U.S. and overseas constituents.
11. Provide foundational education and formation in Catholic social teaching, global solidarity, and CRS through presentations, trainings, workshops, courses, and retreats
12. Conduct workshops at Diocesan conferences and other events on Catholic social teaching, and on CRS materials, resources, and domestic programs and CRS advocacy to build awareness, educate and promote the engagement of US Catholics in actions of global solidarity.
13. Provide training opportunities for various diocesan, parish, and university leaders to build capacity for their engagement in international issues related to CRS’ mission.
14. Support and provide CRS training on principles of global solidarity in the context of parish partnership (twinning) programs, and on other ways for parishes to be engaged in global solidarity through CRS.
15. Represent CRS at functions and with institutions and individuals within or on behalf of the Catholic community as appropriate.
16. Assist in the development and implementation of new initiatives in the region, including contributing as a SE regional team member to supporting CRS program activities (e.g. Operation Rice Bowl, Food Fast, Fair Trade, CRS speaker tours, and others)
17. Support, encourage, and mobilize SE alumni from CRS programs such as Frontiers of Justice, Called To Witness, and Global Fellows.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
Reporting Relationships: The Program Officer will report directly to the Regional Director, and work in coordination with the Regional staff and other US Operations departments, as well as other CRS departments and divisions, especially Communications, Charitable Giving & Awareness, and Overseas Operations.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: US Operations, Communications, Charitable Giving & Awareness, and Overseas Operations, CRS domestic and overseas regions, and others as needed.
External: Diocesan Directors, deacons, pastors, and other staff whose ministry touches on our education, communications, media, fundraising programs and resources that serve US Catholics; Catholic universities and high schools; the Justice, Peace and Human Development office of USCCB; State Catholic Conferences, Catholic Charities; Catholic Campaign for Human Development; other Catholic organizations as needed.
1. Superior interpersonal and public communication skills (English required, Spanish desirable)
2. Exceptional networking and relationship-building skills
3. Excellent writing, communication, and good decision-making skills
4. Familiarity and experience with developing various learning modules for various diverse audiences
5. Ability to be creative and innovative
6. Strong planning and organizational skills
7. Self-motivated, able to work independently as well as part of a team
8. Ability to achieve desired results with minimal supervision
1. Bachelor’s Degree required.
2. Master’s degree strongly preferred in Divinity, Theology, Pastoral Studies or Religious Education, International Development, public administration, public policy, communications or other area relevant to this CRS position.
3. In-depth knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and its practical application, contemporary Catholic Church issues and trends; knowledge of the structure of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and demonstrated ability to work within its culture. Diocesan experience desirable.
4. Demonstrated ability to work with clergy, religious and lay leadership within the Catholic Church, as well as leadership in other Catholic institutions, organizations and agencies.
5. Significant experience of living and working in the Southeast, and thorough understanding of pastoral, cultural, social and political realities in the region.
6. 5-10 years relevant experience in formation, education, and/or pastoral ministry, with specific skills and experience in communications / media relations, especially Catholic media.
7. Lived (work, study, travel) cross-cultural experience in developing countries beneficial
8. Demonstrated ability to develop and apply adult learning principles and practices
9. Experience in organizing and leading workshops and retreats; effective public speaking skills required.
10. Broad knowledge of international issues, particularly related to the developing world
11. Experience in developing multi-media informational, educational and/or training materials helpful.
12. Experience with relationship management systems desirable.
13. Extensive knowledge of the Agency, US Operation’s programs and cross-departmental relationships, desirable
Foreign Language Required: English required, Spanish desirable
Travel/Physical Requirements/Environment: Requires ability to travel at least 30% of time in the U.S., primarily within the Southeast region. Occasional international travel may also be required.
Major Responsibilities of Position: Administration, Program Design, Monitoring/Evaluation, Mentoring/Training, Report Writing and Needs Assessment
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
How to apply
To apply, please visit www.crs.org/about/careers
Reference Code: RW_886JBG-26
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