Director of Parish Engagement

Website St. Francis Xavier College Church

Jesuit parish on the campus of Saint Louis University

General Description of Duties 

The Director of Parish Engagement position is full-time (40 hours per week), including responsibilities on Sundays. The overarching role of the Director of Parish Engagement is to facilitate and support parishioner engagement and giving of time, talent, and treasure. Primary responsibilities include

  • building relationships with parishioners,
    working with parishioners to create and maintain an overall development strategy,
  • working with parishioners to organize parish-wide social and fundraising events, and
  • overseeing and creating parish communications.

Reporting Relationship 

This position reports to the Parish Life Coordinator.


  • Catholic background. Prefer 2 years experience in community organizing, volunteer management, development, or marketing.
  • Evidence of successful project management and communication required.


  • Graduation from a 4-year college or university required. A 2-year degree with a minimum 5 years related work experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization, may substitute.
  • Community organizing, parish or campus ministry, development, communication, marketing and/or public relations experience desirable.

Job Duties & Responsibilities 

Build Relationships

  • Actively build relationships with parishioners by being present on Sundays and at other major parish gatherings as part of an overall strategy to engage parishioners in the life of the parish.
  • Intentionally seek out parishioners’ gifts and skills to discern with them how best to use their gifts.
  • Organize and support commissions and committees that organize parish-wide events and build community.
  • Work with commissions and committees to plan and implement parish-wide events including but not limited to monthly donut Sundays, new parishioner gatherings, a volunteer appreciation event, a ministry fair, the parish picnic, Xavier Days.


  • Organize and participate in a leadership role with the Development Commission which is made up of parishioners. The Development Commission is charged with creating an overall development plan for the parish that is primarily focused on the Offertory Collection but also includes annual fundraisers, most notably the Gala.
  • Recruit and work with subcommittees of the Development Commission to plan and implement parish-wide fundraisers including the Grand Night Gala and other events.
  • Work closely with the chair of the commission to establish annual development goals and create overall strategies. Work with the Development Commission to meet and exceed goals.
  • Monitor progress toward development goals and provide periodic updates on this progress to the parish.


  • Oversee and create when necessary all parish-wide communications including the weekly bulletin, weekly emails, annual reports, gift acknowledgment letters, year-end statements, appeal letters.
  • Supervise the communications assistant and manage relationship with the company that prints the bulletin.
  • Oversee maintenance of the parish website.

Other Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent organization, attention to detail, and communication skills
  • Ability to build and manage teams of volunteers
  • Ability to create and implement strategies to achieve goals
  • Ability to build relationships quickly and effectively
  • Skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point), Google Docs, database management, and other computer software, and the willingness to learn fundraising and web design and management computer software programs

Salary Range


Send Cover Letter and Resume to Katie Jansen, Parish Life Coordinator [email protected]

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