Director of Mission

Website Cristo Rey Kansas City, A Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth High School

Rooted in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) charism and mission, the Director of Mission oversees the programming and staff that ensures the spiritual formation and faith development of the CRKC community and will fill a critical role in the development and promotion of the Integral Ecology Initiative in collaboration with the SCL sponsored ministries. This position helps create an environment which encourages and guides all members to contribute to the Catholic identity of the campus, brings to life a school rich in spiritual growth, prayer, discipleship, sacramental experiences, and social justice, and responds to the spiritual needs of the students, teachers, staff, and parents from diverse backgrounds to prepare leaders in service for the Church and society.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitates an atmosphere of Christian hospitality in which members of all faiths and backgrounds are inclusively engaged and understand they are cared for, valued parts of God’s creation, and models values consistent with the SCL tradition.
  • Explore new initiatives through the lens of Integral Ecology and the critical needs of God’s people.
  • Initiate, participate, and develop ongoing communication with the Integral Ecology Initiative representatives from the SCL sponsored ministries.
  • Acknowledges and celebrates diversity by demonstrating respect, fairness, and empathy to the entirety of the school community.
  • Assigns responsibilities to, collaborates with, and oversees the Pastoral Associate and Christian Leaders Students.
  • Communicates regularly with the executive leadership team regarding activities, programs, and projects.
  • Works collaboratively with the administration and chaplain in the development of faith centered programs that involve alumni, benefactors, and parents.
  • Provides spiritual nourishment and growth opportunities for the school community to deepen their relationship with Christ.
  • Works collaboratively to organize, plan, and implement an effective retreat program related to Catholic and SCL mission and identity for students, faculty, parents and staff that contributes to community building, faith development, evangelization and leadership enrichment.
  • As a member of the executive team, plans, oversees, and collaborates to ensure that prayer is an integral part of school life.
  • Works collaboratively with the students and school staff to plan and coordinate use of the Church for liturgies, provides opportunities for reconciliation and penance services, and organizes a variety of priests to preside.
  • Works collaboratively with the Pastoral Associate to ensure proper training, preparation, and assignment of student altar servers and lectors for all liturgies and the organization of training for liturgical ministers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, lectors, servers and all other students involved with liturgical celebrations.
  • Collaborates with Pastoral Associate to ensure high-quality community service programming for students, including both short, local events and multi-day, overnight trips, and supports all students in meeting the annual community service requirement.
  • Provides opportunities for students to lead various activities to be prepared for vocation and leadership roles.
  • Infuses the concepts of justice, peace, human dignity, and the integrity of creation into all aspects of ministry, which encompasses the Integral Ecology Initiative.
  • Approaches work through a developmental lens: enthusiastically participates in spiritual formation and professional development, seeks and applies feedback, and independently accesses resources to further growth.
  • Supports and ministers to students, faculty, and staff when tragedy occurs that impacts the community including illness, death, local/global events, etc.
  • Is visible and present on the school campus and at school activities.
  • Collaborates with school counselors and other staff focused on wellness and mental health to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of the school community.
  • Manages the mission budget.

Required Skills & Abilities: 

  • Demonstrates personal self-discipline, is adaptable and flexible in both routine and unexpected situations.
  • Exhibits creativity, takes initiative, and is a proactive problem solver.
  • Able to work in a team setting.
  • Committed to working with underserved students.
  • Ability to work with all backgrounds, cultures, and levels of faith/religion.
  • Ability to create and implement effective and engaging programming.
  • Strong interpersonal written and verbal skills, and must be comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups.
  • Ability to work independently on projects.
  • Keen organizational, leadership, and administrative skills.
  • Confident and competent in using various types of technology and software.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at a time.
  • Must be able to traverse the classroom and adjust one’s tone and height by bending or leaning, in order to communicate with each child.

Education and Experience: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in religion, Christian Studies, ministry, or related degree is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least three years of professional experience in Catholic ministry, i.e. theology, catechesis and/or youth ministry.
  • Maintains Catholic identity and is in good standing with the Church.
  • Proven demonstration of leadership and commitment to Catholic education.
  • Exhibits strong professionalism with a Christ-centered approach towards all people.
  • Fluent in Spanish, or willingness to develop proficiency in Spanish.
  • Understands and has experience planning a Catholic Mass.
  • Received or has the ability to complete Safe Environment Training VIRTUS.

Why Cristo Rey? Cristo Rey Kansas City High School serves a growing student population from 9th-12th grade. We are the only school in the Kansas City Metropolitan area with a Corporate Work-Study Program embedded in our curriculum. In addition, we pride ourselves in providing a private Catholic and Career Preparatory education to all our students. We are one of Missouri’s top-rated high schools, and we are seeking educators as well as operations staff. We offer an exceptional benefits package and outstanding work/life balance. Join our organization and be a part of something great!

There are many benefits to working at Cristo Rey Kansas City with some of them being:

  • Student and Families: CRKC teachers strive to form strong relationships with their students and their families.
  • Staff Autonomy: Staff members appreciate having the autonomy to try proven and new approaches in their classroom and are encouraged to innovate. The experience of teachers and staff is valued and they are given space to collaborate and share their best practice with each other.
  • Coaching and Development: Staff at CRKC collaborate with their leaders on their growth and development. CRKC teachers set a professional development goal in collaboration with their coaches and colleagues. All staff are aligned on working on their development over the course of the year.

Additional benefits include, but are not limited to: Competitive compensation and benefits, and tuition reimbursement for teachers.

Cristo Rey Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

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