Catechetical Coordinator – Ponders End

Key information

Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th June 2024

£21,060 per annum / £13.50 per hour

Part-time, 30 hours per week

Permanent Contract

Based in Ponders End, EN3


Please find below the job description for this role:

Catechetical Coordinator – Job Description


Would you like to share your Catholic faith with others by guiding them through their sacraments? If so, you can become the next Catechetical Coordinator at Church of Mary, Mother of God in Ponders End.


What you’ll be doing

Since the celebration of its first Mass on Christmas Eve of 1924, the clergy at Church of Mary, Mother of God have proudly served the parishioners of Ponders End. We are recruiting a Catechetical Coordinator for our parish at Ponders End who will support developing, and co-ordinating catechetical and sacramental programmes to facilitate growth in the faith life of the parish and parishioners promoting mission and leading to discipleship.

You will be responsible for coordinating, promoting and developing catechetical programmes within the parish, arranging and facilitating catechetical sessions and any parent’s meetings with the clergy. Additionally, you will meet with the volunteer catechists to review, prepare and develop the programmes.

You will play a pivotal part in the parish team working to ensure that catechetical programmes integrate into a broader parish vision to foster and encourage discipleship and to be prepared to work with the parish team in developing programmes around that vision.

By building close working relationships with the Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation and the support/programmes they offer for Catechists, you will have an essential role in ensuring the close working connection between Ponders End Parish and the Diocese when developing catechism programmes.

This means there’s lots to get involved in – and to be excited about.


What we’re looking for

You’ll love working in a people-centred role, using your innovation and enthusiasm, coupled with your extensive knowledge of the Church and its teachings, to inspire parishioners on the development of their faith. As a practicing Roman Catholic, potentially with a degree in Theology or Archbishop’s Certificate in Catechesis, you will be integral to the ongoing catechetical work within the parish.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to communicate in a friendly, inclusive and professional manner via telephone and in person. Able to work both independently, and in a small team of volunteer catechists, you will have a flexible and adaptable approach to your work and working relationships.

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role for the catechism team in the parish, as an approachable, friendly and knowledgeable individual, you will work closely with the Parish Priest and volunteer catechists, you will deliver an inspiring catechetical programme for parishioners.


What we offer you

In return for your hard work and commitment to us, you will receive a competitive reward package which will include, but is not limited to:

  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Discounts scheme through Reward Gateway – shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets gift cards and much more
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to low cost loans with Churches Mutual
  • Employee assistance programme– free, independent 24/7 help and advice for work-related issues as well as problems affecting home life


Who are we?

We are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, a faith-based charity with offices close to Victoria Train and Underground Station and just a short walk from St James Park and Westminster Underground stations.

We are home to the Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols) & our beautiful Westminster Cathedral. We are one of the leading Catholic dioceses in the country, delivering our charitable mission through our network of 208 schools in which over 90,000 pupils attend daily, 212 parishes and several hundred social justice initiatives. We seek to positively impact the lives of all members of society.

Our core values are Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Perseverance & Love.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do and as such we are looking for a Catechetical Coordinator who is able to clearly demonstrate and evidence them.


Application details

Our people are incredibly important to us, and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

To be considered for the role, please complete an online application. CVs will NOT be considered, therefore, please do not send them. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK.  We reserve the right to remove the vacancy before closing date

Equal Opportunities & Living Wage Statement:

The Diocese of Westminster is an Equal Opportunities and accredited Living Wage employer. To be successful, we aspire to be person centered at all times and place human dignity at our centre. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is best suited to the job, and we welcome applications from all communities and underrepresented groups, regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age and gender. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We strive to take a holistic approach to the development of our people so that we may better serve and empower the mission of our Church as ministered by the parishes, deaneries, schools and communities that we support. Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity.

We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our organisation, share a sense of belonging and demonstrate our values. With this in mind, we positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion at the Diocese of Westminster and place it at the heart of our aim which is to reflect and connect with the diverse communities that we serve.

Actions we take to provide equality of opportunity for all candidates include:

  • We anonymise application forms during our shortlisting process to ensure that candidates are assessed without any consideration of their name, gender or background.
  • As part of this anonymisation, we don’t take into consideration where candidates studied, or the method of that study e.g. full-time, part-time or distance learning.
  • We apply a consistent approach to our question setting across our applications and interviews to ensure that everyone is assessed against the identified values, competencies and job requirements.
  • Our values are important to us and as such we use a scoring framework that marks candidates based on values, behaviours and competencies.
  • We provide guidance and brief all our interviewers throughout the selection processes in recruitment best-practice to mitigate against any potential for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.
  • Whenever possible we will have multiple interviewers when assessing each candidate to ensure marking is accurate and fair.
  • We ensure all our assessment venues are accessible. We offer alternative formats of our application forms to encourage applicants with disabilities or who require reasonable adjustments to perform at their best.
  • We will work together with candidates with a disability or health condition to implement reasonable adjustments to enable them to feel comfortable and strive during the assessment process.