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​​​When hiring a director of religious education (DRE), program coordinator for specific areas of religious education (CRE), or youth minister, the pastor or parish board should create job descriptions that suitably describe the positions and the parish's expectations in line with archdiocesan employment policies. The job descriptions should include a summary of the position, necessary qualifications and experience, and a list of duties and responsibilities. Sample job descriptions are available for the DRE and CRE positions.​​

An important element in seeking appropriate catechetical/ministerial personnel is the development of a clear and realistic description of the roles and responsibilities of the positions, according to the individual needs of the parish.

Even after the position is filled, needs or circumstances may necessitate a revision of the job description. Adjustments can and should be made as required.

As the parish develops roles, determines duties and responsibilities, and creates job descriptions for the DRE, CRE, and youth minister positions, the parish should consider candidates capable of providing direction, organization, and communication. Specifically, a candidate should be qualified to:

  • Provide opportunities for the spiritual growth of the staff of the catechetical/youth program

  • Conduct regular meetings

  • Offer team-building events as necessary

  • Evaluate effectiveness of the staff and program

  • Plan staff commissioning

  • Develop and/or operate the parish religious education resource center

  • Take the lead role in determining goals and prioritizing objectives

  • Establish long-range plans (i.e., three to five years)

  • Create and coordinate various departments and programs

  • Establish and conduct a recruiting program for volunteers

  • Select volunteers and arrange for them to attend formation courses, congresses, in-service training, etc.

  • Prepare a budget and control expenditures

  • Determine the content of the religious education program (methodology, texts, liturgies, etc.) in accord with the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education​

  • Plan the sacramental programs

  • Design the annual program (calendar, schedules, etc.)

  • Provide parent/guardian education programs

  • Acquire, organize, and provide resources (media, supplies, etc.)

  • Handle student registration and maintain records of each student

  • Maintain current sacrament records for the parish files

  • Make arrangements for the Religious Education Congress attendance

  • Inform and report the progress of programs to the appropriate person

  • Attend the parish staff meetings

  • Participate in parish activities

  • Maintain contact with the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and other related offices of the archdiocese