Catholic Charities of Louisville is an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville and member of Catholic Charities USA. We provide service for people in need, advocate for justice in social structures, and call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.
Catholic Charities of Louisville is the social-service arm of the Archdiocese of Louisville. We provide help and create hope for the poor and vulnerable through a wide range of programs, assisting clients of all races, backgrounds and beliefs. Our service area includes 24 counties throughout Central Kentucky.
Catholic Charities of Louisville was established in 1939 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) human service organization in 1993. It is one of over 160 Catholic Charities USA social service agencies in the United States.
Catholic Charities of Louisville has established three core values to represent us as an organization and are a gauge for how we work with each other as well as our clients and partners. They are Welcome, Strengthen and Empower.
Job Skills / Requirements
Full Time Exempt Position with a Salary of $36,600
This position is part of the Mission team of Catholic Charities, Louisville (CCL), as well as a staff member of the Archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry Office, and assists in the pastoral ministry to Latino Catholics by funneling social services and programming provided by CCL and other community organizations to Hispanic individuals and families.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS:
- Participate as an active member of the Mission Team, which includes attending meetings and working collaboratively on projects that advance the mission of the agency
- Work closely with the Hispanic Ministry office and with pastors and pastoral leaders of parishes with Hispanic parishioners in identifying areas of human service needs, and utilize programs within Catholic Charities to tailor services toward the Hispanic immigrant population, including outreach and support to seasonal migrants.
- Collaborate with parishes and community organizations to provide legal services, transportation access, cultural orientations and trainings, and other resources as needed to parishes within all the counties in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
- Assist the Director of Mission in piloting the Parish Companioning Program to accompany and support both documented and undocumented Latino parishioners, while serving as a liaison to Catholic Charities.
- Identify and coordinate Spanish language resources for immigrants, focusing on resources that are accessible to migrants without legal status in the United States, and connecting immigrants with external non-profits and community groups supporting those who encounter difficulties as a result of immigration enforcement actions.
- Collaborate with Family Support Services of CCL, to develop an on the go classes for parishes with a large Spanish-speaking immigrant community, introducing guardians to the American healthcare system, education system, and childrearing practices.
- Collaborate with Migration and Refugee Services to design cultural orientation programming geared toward new arrivals from Mexico and Central America. This programming would cover daily life issues; transportation, banking, the public-school system, and other aspects of life in Louisville.
- Research the social services available to residents in downstate counties and work with local leaders to develop resources that match the challenges of rural immigrants.
- Work with ILS, MRS, Family Support, and KOR to develop a master resource list of Spanish speaking contacts available to work with immigrants on legal issues, mental health support, domestic violence counseling, and other issues.
- Interface with ADOL Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office, Catholic Charities MRS Youth Programming and to develop new models for engagement of Hispanic youth.
- Explore training programs for pastors and pastoral leaders to learn how to better support the immigrant community.
- Partner with Catholic Charities Advocacy Community Organizer to initiate one on one meetings and safe town hall type listening sessions to surface issues, and help direct the voices of our immigrant community to those elected officials and other civic leaders who can address them and effect needed social change.
- Must be comfortable dealing with a diverse group of cultures in a way that makes everyone feel the values of our organization: welcome, strengthen and empower.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Active Catholic with knowledge of Church’s teachings on family life and immigration, as well as understanding Catholic social teaching.
- Fluent Spanish; native speaker preferred.
- Skilled at developing relationships through one-on-one conversations and engaging leaders, including Catholic clergy and pastoral staff as well as CCL program directors.
- Outgoing, conversant and comfortable interacting in both individual and group settings
- Experience in building community grassroots networks, organizing, and/or experience in recruiting and/or motivating others.
- Experience and/or training in social work or other social services is a plus.
- Bachelor Degree with Social Work courses desirable.
- Skilled in public speaking, presentation, facilitation and training others.
- Can manage time effectively; able to run effective meetings.
- Self-directed, creative, process-oriented.
This work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise due to computers, printers, and people moving about, and performed in the community representing the agency.
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time
- Specific vision abilities include close and distant vision
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to travel frequently within the community
- Ability to accurately examine and analyze information
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT:
telephone, computer, printer, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, scanner, and shredder
SPECIALIZED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Must have valid driver’s license and personal transportation.
- Must be able to communicate well verbally and in writing with colleagues, parishes, clergy, and other community personnel.
- Must be able to work under pressure and handle stressful situations.
- Must be able to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends as needed.
- Must be proficient in PC skills including Microsoft Office and Outlook as well as working with databases and doing on-line research.
- Must be able to relate to a varied ethnic population.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information.
- Must demonstrate self-confidence, initiative, flexibility, good supervisory skills, and a high degree of professionalism.
Education Requirements (Any)
BA or BS
Additional Information / Benefits
Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan