Office of Child & Youth Protection
Position Description: 

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has an opportunity for a full-time Executive Director for the Office of Child & Youth Protection and the Safe Environment Program. This position is located at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury, MO. The Archdiocese is a non-profit organization which encompasses 185 parishes, 146 schools, over 90 offices/agencies and a Catholic population of more than 500,000. We were voted a 2015 and 2016 TOP WORKPLACE in the St. Louis area. We value our employees by providing a balance between work and everyday life. We also offer a competitive benefits package available upon hire and a generous paid time off schedule.

Position Summary:
The Executive Director is responsible for implementing and maintaining the Archdiocesan response to the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children of Young People (Charter). He/she will oversee the coordination and communication of all applicable activities required to ensure that the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and all Archdiocesan Schools, Parishes and Agencies are compliant with all articles of the Charter. He/she will manage and direct the staff of the Office of Child & Youth Protection and manage all activities related to Safe Environment Program prevention efforts. The Executive Director will act as the initial point of contact for all allegations brought forth regarding Archdiocesan volunteers, staff, clergy, and other personnel as outlined in the “Policies and Procedures Regarding Cases of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Other Church Personnel”. He or she, under the direction of the Archbishop, will direct all outreach efforts for the department and ensure all applicable laws and policies are followed consistently. He or she will work in response to and support of the Archbishop of Saint Louis and his Vicars.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Act as the initial point of contact for those bringing forward an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel.
• Prepare initial report of new allegations for the Archbishop and maintain the case file by documenting all contacts in a timely manner. Regularly review and provide updates regarding the case file to the Archbishop, Victim Assistance Coordinator, General Counsel, Vicar for Priests and Review Board as appropriate.
• Appoint and oversee activities of Victim’s Assistance Coordinator. Regularly meet with and review cases with (VAC); Ensure all payments are being made for assistance being offered.
• When appointed by the Archbishop, act as Special Delegate in accord with Canon 1717 to investigate all allegations of sexual abuse inflicted by clerics on minors and those who habitually lack use of reason, and also all allegations connecting clerics to child pornography.
• Conduct Preliminary Investigations in accord with Canon 1717. Convene Investigatory Team to investigate allegations that initially appear to have the semblance of truth and coordinating the activities of the Investigatory Team. Write reports as needed.
• Facilitate all activities related to the membership, facilitation, scheduling and preparation for Review Board Meetings. Work under the direction of the Archbishop and in collaboration with the Review Board to ensure members are properly orientated, receive ongoing training, and understand Archdiocesan policies as related to their role.
• Facilitate all activities related to the membership, scheduling and preparation for the Child Safety Committee. Work in collaboration with Safe Environment Program staff to ensure that meetings are facilitated regularly and members are properly orientated, receive ongoing training, and understand Archdiocesan policies as related to their role on the committee.
• Maintain the confidentiality of all information relating to any and all allegations of sexual abuse of minors and/or boundary violations by a member of the clergy or other church personnel;
• Upon request, assist the Archdiocesan General Counsel with legal issues related to cases of the sexual abuse of a minor by clergy or other church personnel.
• Upon request, assist the Vicar for Priests with any tasks related to current cases and provide ongoing support as needed. Ensure all priests both Archdiocesan and Religious are in compliance with Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policy and properly maintain records.
• In collaboration with General Counsel and the Safe Environment Program staff, manage and prepare documentation for annual USCCB audit. Facilitate audit process and act as point of contact for all training, communication, and documentation that is required for a successful outcome.
• Assist the Office of Communications with media requests by providing necessary information.
• Along with the General Counsel and Safe Environment Program staff, provide advice and assistance to Archdiocesan schools, agencies and offices in making mandated reports of child abuse to the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Child Abuse Hotline.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements:
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Knowledge of best practices related to the prevention of child abuse
• Strong knowledge base and/or experience working with victims, survivors and thrivers of sexual abuse
• Ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and employees
• Ability to collaborate with various entities including committee members, other department directors, pastors, principals, volunteers, and employees
• Ability to learn and utilize both commercial and proprietary electronic applications
• Experience providing trainings, facilitating meetings, and consulting on various issues related to child safety
• Project management experience with multi-site organizations a plus
• Policy development; compliance auditing; website maintenance a plus
• Minimum of 10 years program management or administrative leadership required
• An advanced degree in Social Work, Psychology, Pastoral Studies, Non-Profit Management and/or a Clinical License is highly desirable for this position.
• Must be a practicing Catholic

Contact Details: 

Qualified candidates may submit their resume and cover letter including salary requirements to

Application deadline 5/26/17.