This position is appointed by the Bishop and is responsible for ensuring that the requirement for it-outlined in the Code of Canon Law- are followed (Canons 474, 482, 484, 486, 487 and 491). Primarily, the Chancellor assists the mission and governance of the Bishop by preparing, notarizing, and archiving the juridical acts of the Diocesan Curia. The Chancellor also assists in an advisory capacity, especially regarding canonical matters. More particularly, the Bishop may customize the role of Chancellor through specific mandates, faculties, and instructions.
In addition, this position will serve as the Director of Operations to oversee the daily operations of the Chancery from the planning process against the strategic vision, as well as the communications department and overall communications strategy for the internal and external communication needs of the diocese.
This position is an extension of the Bishop’s ministry and must have a willingness and ability to support the Mission of the Universal and Local Roman Catholic Church. ( Canon 473 §1).
- Member of the Bishop’s administrative/leadership team; identifying, analyzing, and discussing diocesan issues and providing recommendations to the Bishop regarding disposition of such issues.
- Prepares and authenticates the official acts of the Bishop and for signing, verifying, and/or witnessing all official acts of the Curia.
- Prepares and authenticates all official documents of the Chancery, including but not limited to; clergy and lay appointments, the ordination register, parish erection and suppression documents and other documents required during the formation process. Manages and coordinates the accurate and timely creation of these documents between offices.
- Ready reference or source of information to the Bishop, Diocesan Curia and Diocese at large regarding canonical questions.
- Manages diocesan archives, records and information management functions and assuring the appropriate disposition of the historic, cultural, and artistic patrimony of the Diocese.
- Director of Operations
- Liaising with the Bishop’s administrative/leadership team to make decisions for operational activities and identifying and targeting areas to improve operation.
- Collaborate with staff to create opportunity for synergies among departments to minimize complexities and to promote effective operations.
- Administration of building operations, facility planning, oversight of operational decisions (office closures, security, partner with facilities mgt, hospitality, changing needs for use of space)
- Promotes a culture encouraging harmony and shared responsibility of business objectives.
- Actively participates in the hiring committee; assessing candidates and recommend finalists in hiring decisions.
- Provide leadership and guidance of the functions of the Communications team, to support effective two- way, consistent diocesan communications (DOP Strategic Plan 2018)
- Oversee the consistency of processes in all internal and external communications, public relations, and community relations efforts.
- Oversee the development and implementation of the overall communications strategy, editorial calendar, publishing frequencies, and branding to ensure messaging aligns and promotes key diocesan initiatives.
- Oversee the production of publications, press outreach, written and multimedia communication, including website, magazine, E-news, and social media.
- Oversee ongoing management of department policies and crisis response communication plan, working closely with Chancery staff to coordinate any necessary response.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in theology pastoral ministry, canon law, business administration or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- 5-7 years ecclesiastical experience including, but not limited to diocesan or parish leadership or pastoral ministry.
- 5-7 years administrative experience at the diocesan or parish level, or any combination of both
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must possess in-depth knowledge of Church structure, culture, and procedures.
- Must possess knowledge of canon law as it applies to the functions of the position.
- Must possess solid praxis in theology and Roman Catholic traditions.
- Must possess sound doctrine, integrity, prudence, and experience in handling matters.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively present information and provide responses related to diocesan policies to internal and external constituents.
- Proven administrative skills in interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, project management, supervision, and collaborative ministry.
- Ability to project a professional and sincere manner.
- This position supervises and provides work direction to the Communications staff and day to day operations of the Catholic Pastoral Center.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in an individual office with a door. The noise level is quiet. The duties of this job may require the employee to work in an off-site location outside regular business hours.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, use hands in repetitive motion tasks, handle objects and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand or move about and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to10 pounds. Vision abilities required include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation
- Must have good driving record, current Colorado Driver’s License and automobile insurance
The duties of this job may require the employee to work in an off-site location or outside regular business hours. The employee must remain in regular communication with supervisors and be accountable for office hours. The employee must be able to work collaboratively with curial officials, pastors, parish life administrators, missions’ administrators, and parishioners. The employee must be able to handle multiple tasks.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with and supportive of the mission of the Church. Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Diocese of Pueblo such that it could embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal. It is expected that all employees respect Roman Catholic doctrine and religious practices. In some cases, reasonable accommodations for the religious practices of employees who are not Roman Catholic may be provided. Some positions will require that the incumbent be an active Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church.