Director of Family Life


Green Bay







The Family Life Director is responsible for overseeing diocesan programs, initiatives, and

resources related to the pastoral care of the family and marriage all to advance the missionary

discipleship of the family as the Domestic Church in the Diocese of Green Bay. These efforts

and activities will be carried out according to the laws, documents, and doctrines prescribed by

the Roman Catholic Church (the Church) and the policies and procedures of the Diocese of

Green Bay.

Actions required to be consistent with Culture and Values:

 Explore Potential: Nurture and challenge the God-given potential and gifts in others so

they translate their own potential into action and reach the hearts of even more people

through missionary discipleship.

 Connect to Inspire: Connect with each individual person and ignite their desire to

accomplish the vision and mission of the Church.

 Embrace People’s Hearts: See Christ in all who are served and treat each person with

respect and honor with positive regard and appreciation for all individuals.

 Empowered to Act: Take personal responsibility for diocesan mission, vision and culture

with a personal desire for accountability to reach souls for God.

 Nurture Abundant Life and Growth: Actively nurture life and growth of each individual

with a desire to cultivate their own ability to inspire discipleship in others. Cultivate leaders

and teams outside of their comfort zone in their personal journey of discipleship actions,

including active support of Diocesan initiatives, including Entrust Retreats.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

K: Knowledge

 Bachelor’s degree in theology or Pastoral Studies with a focus on the sociology or

psychology of married life, plus a minimum of three years’ demonstrated experience in

the field in a related parish or diocesan position. Must have experience ministering to

families with knowledge of the theology, spirituality and Christian social practices

pertaining to family life in today’s society.

 Must have a demonstrated knowledge of applicable Church documents on married life,

particularly Gaudium et spes, Familiaris consortio, Theology of the Body and Amoris


 Must have an appreciable understanding of the Church’s teachings on Family Life and

the Sanctity of Marriage.

 Must work in accordance with Catholic Social Teachings, the moral and ethical values

of the Catholic Church, and the mission and vision of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

 Must be a practicing Catholic and a member in good standing of a Catholic parish in the

Diocese of Green Bay

 Must have knowledge of budgeting and budget management.

 Must have knowledge of general management techniques.

 Must have a valid driver’s license.

S: Skills

 Strong written and oral communications skills

 Computer skills including a knowledge of typical office software and the internet.

 Collaborative leadership and listening skills.

 People-oriented, with the ability to complete multiple projects and tasks as required.

 The ability to train and work with couples who help present the various programs.

 Preferred: bilingual and multicultural experience

A: Abilities

 Ability to make clear and accurate presentations to groups.

 Ability to work on weekends as needed and to travel to offer services in various parts of

the diocese.

 Must be detail-oriented, patient, able to make decisions in collaboration with others, and

to meet deadlines.

 Ability to prioritize, to remain flexible, and complete projects independently and on a

timely basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

Through their work, the Director will support the Diocesan Priority to call forth and form leaders

who love Jesus and live his mission, especially among young adults and families and to

promote and nurture the missionary discipleship pathway of the family as the Domestic Church

in the Diocese of Green Bay. These efforts and activities will be carried out according to the

laws, documents, and doctrines prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church (the Church) and

the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Within the context of evangelization and discipleship and driven by the mission and vision of

the Diocese of Green Bay, the Director coordinates and provides day to day leadership and

oversight of all efforts and initiatives related to Family Life.

This is accomplished though the following:

Marriage and Family:

 Serves as a resource for parishes and vicariates by assisting them in developing

programs to enhance the family ministry, marriage

preparation and enrichment, divorced and widowed, natural family planning, the

aging process, death/dying issues, end of life issues, healing from loss, parenting,

spirituality and many others

 Direct the Diocesan-wide marriage preparation programs (offered in both English and

Spanish), while ensuring the programs are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic

Church and requirements of the Diocesan Bishop, as well as the Bishops of the

Archdiocese of Milwaukee province.

 Provides support to parishes, facilitators and transfer of credits within the FOCCUS

Premarital system.

 Plan and execute annual retreats for engaged couples.

 Plan and execute annual retreats for married couples.

 Provide support to priests preparing couples for marriage.

 Works in collaboration with the Office of the Tribunal offering marriage preparation

workshops for parish leaders,

 Provide initiatives and resources for Marriage Enrichment.

 Plan and implement family life ministry events, such as special Masses and retreats.

 Collaborate with and provide formation opportunities to parish leaders involved in

marriage and family ministries.

 Grow and maintain a resource directory for couples experiencing infertility, parents with

children with special needs, those needing bereavement services and people healing

after divorce.

 Develop and maintain relationships with those involved in ministry that strengthen the

family, such as men’s and women’s ministries. Serve as a liaison between people and

parishes to expand participation.

 Implement the standards of and maintain working relationship with the USCCB Family

Life Office.

 Promote Chaste living through catechesis and resources.

 In collaboration with the Office of Religious Education, plan, organize, teach, and

promote Theology of the Body workshops in English and Spanish.

 Supports in the development and implementation of adult faith formation curriculum for

Catholic parents in collaboration with the Director of Religious Education.

 In collaboration with the Office of Religious Education, assists in engaging parents as

witnesses of the faith in the sacramental preparation of their children.

 Serve as a resource to parish on the pastoral care of the family throughout the family life


 Develop family-related resources and programming for use in the diocese.

 Working in Collaboration with the Office of Divine Worship, plan the annual Diocesan

Anniversary Mass.

 Provide support and resource to home school families.

Natural Family Planning

 Develop policies and procedures and promote Natural Family Planning (NFP).

 Supervise the local aspects of the NFP certification process for new instructors in

conjunction with other certifying organizations, including screening and interviewing new


 Build and maintain relationships with local NFP instructors.

 Manage the list of approved NFP instructors.

 Compile data to meet reporting requirements.

 Promote NFP Awareness week.

 Serve as diocesan resource person for NFP and liaison to the NFP training instructors

available in the Diocese.

 Serve as diocesan liaison and resource to the NFP instructors who serve in the diocese,

especially monitoring, advertising, and supporting their efforts

 Prepare Diocesan reports to the USCCB regarding the use of NFP within the diocese.

 Continue to help recruit and support NFP instructors in the diocese in both English and


 Oversee the diocesan NFP website with the Teacher liaison to maintain the vetting

process of the NFP instructors and the website to be consistent with Church teachings.

 Continue to support and provide opportunities for couples to learn and be mentored

through NFP in our diocese in both English and Spanish.


 Provide resources and support to other Curia offices, as requested.

 Network with applicable associations and organizations pertaining to the work of the


 Attend conferences, events, and meetings as needed

 Manage social media accounts.

 Other duties as assigned.

Physical/Visual/Mental Demands:

The position requires the ability to perform multiple tasks and to respond to individuals

promptly and correctly. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required

to lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. The position requires a moderate amount

of time sitting and doing computer work. The person must be proficient with typical office

equipment and software. This position also requires significant travel throughout the Diocese

of Green Bay.

Typical Working Conditions:

Work is typically performed in an office or workshop environment. Work hours will average

37.5 hours per week and will generally range between Monday through Friday between 8:00

a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Because of the nature of the programs, a number of workshops take place

and require work hours in the evenings and on weekends. For the diocesan marriage

preparation program held regularly on evenings or Saturdays, consideration will be given to

modify the common work schedule for the evening/Saturday work hours in dialogue with and

by permission of the supervisor.

Financial Responsibilities:

Participates in the preparation and provides input into and ongoing oversight of the Office

budget and is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of expenses and revenue generating


Supervision Exercised:

Provides direct coordination and supervision for the Office Coordinator and part-time

Administrative Assistant.

As a supervisor, you are required to complete annual performance reviews of your employees

on or before the required due date.

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