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Director, Social Action 


About Us:

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Cleveland has been selected for the 5th year in a row as one of 'The Plain Dealer's Top Workplaces'. Join our team and help us carry out Christ's healing mission here in Northeast Ohio! At Catholic Charities, we heal lives and rebuild families by providing help, creating hope, and serving all.

Program Statement:

The Catholic Commission of Summit County under the leadership of the Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, and community development. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The Commission seeks to provide opportunities for Catholics to live out their faith with purpose and incorporate the vision of the Social Action office with parishes and community groups in Summit County.

Job Summary:

Under limited supervision, direct, manage, supervise, and administer activities of the designated area diocesan social action office. Facilitate activities advocating social action and justice to carry out the Roman Catholic Church's mission for systemic change for the poor and disenfranchised in designated area. Ensure that the activities of this position and relevant programs are consistent with the mission, vision and values of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.

Research, identify, and analyze social justice issues within the context of Roman Catholic Social Teaching to determine the impact of issues. Implement and administer programs to carry out the social mission of the Roman Catholic Church, providing advocacy for just and equitable change in local, state, and national institutions.

Maintain and update knowledge regarding latest legislative activity at local, state and national levels through appropriate communication with legislators and develop and maintain a legislative network.

With the assistance of an advisory board and designated committees, work with area parishes to initiate and develop programs that assist parishes and organizations in identifying their own social action needs and aids in formulating effective response. Provide education, resources and opportunities for networking and coordination of efforts among parish social action groups

Work with and support other DSAO staff as appropriate including developing educational materials and recommended action steps through forums, presentations, newsletters, workshops, bulletins, and seminars.

Identify and build productive relationships with community leaders, potential sponsors and funders to positively enhance the mission and objectives of the Social Action Office particularly with social action groups, service agencies and advocacy organizations to develop cooperative programming to address social justice needs in Summit County.

Develop a strategy for fundraising including an annual dinner, identifying potential sponsors and funders and other events as needed.

Position Requirements
  • Combination of experience and education normally represented by a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field and 3-5 years related professional experience.
  • Experience in planning, administration, management, budgeting, and fundraising.
  • Solid background in Roman Catholic Social Teaching and Roman Catholic doctrine and commitment to consistent ethic of life and social mission of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively and productively work with people of very diverse economic, cultural and administrative backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to work with local (Cleveland) diocesan structures and national structures relative to the Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services.
  • Good organization, strong detail orientation, facilitation, and public speaking skills.
  • Must be able to work independently from general instructions.
  • Must have the ability to effectively prioritize and implement a variety of concurrent and varying activities.
  • Good working knowledge of computer and familiarity with Microsoft Office software.
  • Must have valid Ohio Driver’s License and reliable means of transportation for local travel.
  • Ability to supervise and direct activities of staff members and volunteers.
  • Final applicant is required to be fingerprinted to complete background check.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Number of Openings 1  
Req Number MAN-18-00020  
About the Organization As one of the largest comprehensive health and human services organizations in the region, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland carries out Christ's healing mission here in Northeast Ohio. Catholic Charities delivers more than 150 services at 60 locations to nearly 400,000 individuals each year - providing help and creating hope for people of every race and religion throughout the eight counties in the Diocese of Cleveland (Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne).  
Comapany Name Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland 

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