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Mission & Ministry Team Coordinator for Faith in Action
The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
The Coordinator for Faith in Action works within the Department of Mission & Ministry to serve the Academy of the Holy Names community (students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni) by providing apostolic service programming and social praxis that nurtures their faith life and development of right-relationships. These programs help form their understanding of and live out of the school mission and its Catholic identity in ways that are consistent with the core values and charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Reports to: Director of Mission & Ministry
Bachelor’s Degree; post-graduate work in theology, pastoral studies, human development and/or social work.
Documented diversity, equity, and inclusion certificate or coursework is preferred or will be expected for professional development in this role.
Experience in faith formation, service/immersive trips, education, community organizing, or any other experience building cohesive, diverse communities is a plus.
The Coordinator for Faith in Action is a faith leader who collaborates with other members of the Mission & Ministry Team to promote in the community a life of service and developing awareness of right relationships with God, self, and others, in the light of Gospel values and the charism and core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. Primarily serving the High School and Middle School Divisions, this person translates faith into action by facilitating service-learning programming, justice education, and dialogue that deepens students’ and adults’ relatedness to others with the rest of humanity and creation.
1. Acts as the primary coordinator of the High School overnight mission trips and local apostolic service-learning programs through social praxis and pastoral reflection. This person fosters and organizes the logistics of meaningful, guided experiences of living out Gospel values, and the core values and corporate stances of the Sisters of the Holy Names. This person also uses service-learning programming as a pedagogy for growing in right-relationship and developing sensitivity to others’ dignity.
Arranges local, domestic, and global service, culturally immersive, and justice education experiences that invite social praxis and application of the Gospel message in real-life situations.
Maintains organization of the programs’ schedule developments, planning meetings, and timelines of communications to involved students and adults.
Schemes schedule and content for spiritual preparation sessions and reflection.
Manages to contact various sites to host students on overnight trips and daytime service experiences. Maintains communication to ensure commitment and availability of work.
Partners and plans with teachers, students, and outside resources to plan curriculum integration and provide educational enrichment on topics such as cultural sensitivity, social analysis, reconciliation, and peace-making.
Seeks opportunities to bolster parent and alumni engagement and volunteerism in service work, ultimately providing them with more formation experiences and the opportunity to encounter the various communities the service program supports.
Serves as a resource for teachers who integrate service-learning into their curriculum using Catholic Social Teaching, SNJM curriculum standards, social analysis, and problem-solving.
Facilitates student application process, sign-ups, and parent registration on students’ behalf.
Facilitates distribution of student, site, and budget information to chaperones.
Provides regular communication updates to those involved in the service-learning experience regarding information, due dates, responsibilities, etc.
Develops student leadership opportunities and voice in the service-learning experiences.
Schedules necessary transportation for programs.
Works with the director of HR to ensure all chaperones are safe environment trained. Submits chaperone list to the diocese for trips going outside the Diocese of St. Petersburg
2. Serves as the primary coordinator of education and engagement opportunities across constituents at AHN to strengthen community understanding of right relationships and belonging. Works in collaboration with the Director of Mission and Ministry to animate the values of diversity and inclusion that already exist within the Catholic mission and to ensure all initiatives are grounded in faith, Catholic Social Doctrine, and the Core Values of the SNJMs.
Serves as a resource person on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, staff, administration, and the board.
Promotes education enrichment, dialogue, and advocacy of issues to promote and foster right-relationship and belonging.
Contributes to the ongoing work of school culture-building through faith formation, cultural sensitivity training, and socio-emotional learning that promotes inclusion, equity, justice, and right-relationship in the school community. Collaborates with counselors in MS and HS in this area.
Works with the Mission & Ministry Team members to find points of intersection in Mission & Ministry programming to foster right-relationship and belonging.
Moderates a club and/or supports colleagues who moderate justice-based clubs or affinity groups. Sets up regular meetings to glean an awareness of student issues, concerns, and aspirations to build community, understanding, and belonging.
Supports the Director of Mission and Ministry and administration in identifying and arranging opportunities for speakers, experts, formation, etc. to establish dialogue and promote parent education around contemporary issues that impact the life and human dignity of our students.
Facilitates education events, dialogue, prayer service, action, and advocacy training for students that aligns with Catholic justice issues (e.g. sanctity of life, anti-racism, the integrity of creation, immigration, etc.), and the SNJM’s corporate stands (Water as a human right and public good; Migrants and Refugees, End to Human Trafficking).
Serves a pastoral presence to MS & HS students, showing acceptance and fostering the belonging of students who might not otherwise feel that inclusion.
3. Collaborates with the Director of Mission & Ministry in promoting the mission of the Academy of the Holy Names among students, staff, parents, and alumni.
Participates in the Mission & Ministry Team’s annual goal-setting, visioning, and planning.
Collaborates with Mission & Ministry Team on communications that aligns with the school’s diversity statement, Catholic Social Teaching, and SNJM values.
Reflects on accomplishments and challenges in the department; collaborates in problem-solving to achieve the goals of the department and the school.
Collaborates with Mission & Ministry Team, students, administrators, faculty, and staff to develop and coordinate activities that integrate Catholic identity and SNJM charism, core values and heritage into all areas of the school.
Participates in open houses, orientation, and related special events as requested.
The Academy of the Holy Names does not discriminate based on race, faith, nationality, or ethnic origin in its hiring process nor in the administration of educational policies, admission policies or tuition-assistance programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs. The school admits students of any race, faith, nationality, or ethnic origin, and gives to all student’s rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all members of the student body. In accordance with its mission, the school seeks a population composed of many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. The Academy of the Holy Names is a designated drug-free workplace.