Catechetical Development Officer – 3 Year Contract

04/06/2018 12:00 pm

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales would like to appoint a Catechetical Development Officer to work in the department of Evangelisation and Catechesis, full time, on a three year fixed term contract. The salary for this position will be £30,000 per annum.

The Job Description and Person Specification can be found below. Our vision is to help the local Church make the Joy of the Gospel a reality in England and Wales and would welcome applications from people who would like to contribute towards realising this vision.
We ask that all those applying for the above post send your Currciulum Vitae and a covering letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and the skills that you would bring to it, to by 26 June 2018. Please find the job description for the role attached. Interviews will take place on the afternoon and evening or 17 July 2018 at CBCEW, Eccleston Square, London.

Job Description

Location: Based in Victoria, London, SW1 with work potentially countrywide.

Reports to: Department Secretary for Evangelisation and Catechesis.

Purpose: To develop the work of catechesis in England and Wales, and help dioceses form missionary disciples, inspired by The Joy of the Gospel and the new Directory for Catechesis.


  • To promote and make accessible the new Directory for Catechesis, working with dioceses and catechetical bodies, and to guide its implementation within the Department;
  • To develop and manage effective communication of the catechetical work of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis through a variety of channels, including attendance at conferences and meetings and in the use of the web, printed publications, social and other media;
  • To oversee the catechetical content within the web presence of the department, and to have a high level of insight into catechetical and faith formation resources that are available and liaise with those developing them to meet the needs of the Department;
  • In collaboration with the Department Secretary and Home Mission Development Officer, to facilitate, support and coordinate the work of the Department, its committees and working groups involved in catechesis, including Marriage and Family Life and catechetical coordinators working at diocesan level;
  • In conjunction with the Finance team, the Department Secretary and the Home Mission Development Officer, to maintain good financial management in relation to the planning and managing of the budget within the resources available;
  • Explore diocesan catechetical needs and provide teaching on catechesis in line with the vision of the Department;
  • To liaise with the Department’s Scripture Working Group;
  • Manage project consultants, service providers and volunteers to the Department in the area of catechesis;
  • Manage extraordinary projects delegated by the Standing Committee and with the approval of the Chair of the Department;
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by your line manager.

Personal Specification

  • A committed practising Catholic who is in full communion with the Church and has a willingness to act as its advocate for the Church’s task of catechesis and formation;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with colleagues, other stakeholders and those involved in the work of evangelisation and catechesis at a variety of levels, including those of other Churches and faiths;
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent, with a good understanding of Catholic theology and practice. A post graduate qualification in a related subject would be an advantage;
  • A self-starter who is able to work collaboratively and creatively, with minimal supervision;
  • A high level of computer literacy, including the use of social media and websites;
  • The ability to develop clear and implementable plans for proposed projects;
  • Good project management skills along with excellent time management, organisational and prioritisation skills, with the ability to juggle a range of competing demands and deliver to deadlines;
  • Ability to attend, where necessary, commitments outside normal office hours;
  • Excellent presentation skills, both personally and in writing.

The hours of work are 5 days a week from 9am to 5pm. However, the post also involves working out of hours and at the weekend. In these cases, time off in lieu will be awarded by the Line Manager.

The salary for the 5 days will be circa £30,000.

There is a CATEW pension scheme. This is a personal pension plan.
Annual holiday is ‘pro rata’ based on a full-time equivalent of 25 days (5 of which are to be taken over the Christmas holiday) plus public holidays.
Expenses and subsistence allowances are in accordance with current CATEW scales which follow Inland Revenue no liability guidelines