Diocesan Chancery Opening

The Human Resources Office receives job openings from within the boundaries of the Diocese of San Jose, and open positions are frequently updated on this page. Persons wishing to be considered for these positions should follow the application instructions in the job posting. The hours of the Human Resources Office are: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please email the Human Resources Representative at jobs@dsj.org or call at (408) 983-0149 for more questions or appointment schedule.

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POSITION SUMMARY: The Head of Technology is responsible for implementation of the Diocesan Technology Strategy and insures that a yearly audit would occur to update and enhance the strategy. This position would serve as the Technology consultant to all diocesan entities for potential new projects and would manage all vendor relationships as necessary.


  • Work with the Technology Council to understand strategy and define policies.
  • Implement the agreed upon technology strategy and goals defined by the Technology Council including but not limited to:
    • Improve technology infrastructure to maximize chancery and parish productivity, data security, and cost efficiency.
    • Execute a digital media strategy. Channels include but are not limited to: e-commerce, web, email, social media, mobile, apps.
    • Implement and monitor SEO and SEM strategies to increase rankings and quality of site traffic.
    • Supervise the installation, replacement, and upgrade of software.
  • Select and manage our partner for outsourced infrastructure and network management
  • Provide ongoing support, advice, consultation and resources regarding
    technology and digital media projects.
  • Lead our technology partnership with the LA Archdiocese and manage the implementation of the San Jose project.
  • Deliver data analytics for the chancery and parishes to help our leaders to be decisive in helping grow parishes
  • Represent the Diocese of San Jose in meetings related to Technology.
  • Work as a member of the chancery team by promoting the mission and philosophy of the Catholic Diocese of San Jose.

THIS POSITION SUPERVISES: Third party IT outsourcing company and vendor relations. Provide oversight to other Information Technology Department staff, vendors, and partners.

QUALIFICATIONS TO PERFORM THE JOB SUCCESSFULLY: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability or physical demands required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • At least 7+ years of relevant work experience as a software developer, program manager in high-growth tech companies
  • At least 3+ years of experience managing a team.
  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong programming skills preferred, specifically Ruby on Rails
  • Ability to provide leadership, accept responsibility, work independently and set own goals in a professional manner.
  • Customer service oriented
  • Active in ministry in your home parish
  • Passion for the mission of the Catholic Church

Language Skills:  Excellent oral and written communications skills, as well as effective communication with all levels and excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

Computational Skills: Strong programming skills preferred, specifically Ruby on Rails

Technical Skills: Proficiency in Ruby On Rails, the framework for our technology platform, deep understanding of cloud infrastructure and how to utilize it for enterprise environments.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must be a practicing Catholic.  Ability to articulate and communicate the vision, mission, and philosophy of the Diocese of San Jose.  Ability and willingness to operate within complex, culturally and economically diverse environment, including a multicultural workforce.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Christina Dickson at: jobs@dsj.org  

Description for Position:

This position will be a full time temporary position (now until January of 2018 with potential renewal through August 2018) that will be key to a transformational analysis of how Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Jose may better serve its Catholic children and families.  This position will analyze how an available school may be used to best teach children who homeschool, learn differently, and/or have other non-traditional academic needs.


  • Conduct a needs analysis and develop/research proposed options for a multiservice educational center to potentially serve as a:
  • Homeschooling Support Center
  • Homeschooling Independent Study Charter
  • Special Education Support Center
  • California Non-public School for Special Education
  • Support Center for English Learners/Migrant Education
  • Catechetical Support Center
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Create an economically viable business plan that incorporates one or more educational models, which includes a proposed budget for the center.
  • Coordinate all processes involved with development of plans for the center.
  • Establish, facilitate and conclude input from advisory groups into a draft and final report.
  • Collaborate with a variety of experts, local community leadership team, and diocesan leadership personnel on an ongoing basis to ensure viability of the plan.
  • Make a recommendation to the Bishop in early January 2018 on multiple uses for the school facilities that:
  1. Meets the needs of the local and diocesan Catholic communities.
  2. Provides new models and new constituencies for Catholic education in the Diocese of San Jose.
  3. Use existing capacities of the site and diocese with minimal facilities changes or expansions.
  4. Is financially sustainable through fee based, governmental, blended, blended public-private partnership, or dedicated extramural revenue.
  5. Has risks that are definable, estimable, and reasonable.
  6. Requires expertise that can be built to last and does not depend on particular persons, but for which capacities can be built into the culture of the center.


Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Organizational Management, Development, Administration, and/or comparable fields.


  • Knowledge of California curriculum standards in a variety of content areas
  • Experience in a leadership role in a Catholic school environment
  • Skills in grant writing and a good background in the management of federal and state funding programs for a variety of educational programs.
  • Ability to facilitate and collaborate with a variety of constituents at the parish and diocesan level


 Effective oral and written communications skills are required

  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of constituents at the parish and diocesan level


Strong leadership and decision-making skills are required, and the ability to analyze situations, solve practical problems and exercise good judgment


 Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time and use hands in repetitive motion.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, bend and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may also need to lift or move up to 10 pounds


 The employee must be familiar with the Catholic Church culture and structure.  Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to handle confidential information required.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Kim Shields at: kshields@dsj.org 


The Director of Faith Formation provides leadership, services and resources to assist pastors and parish catechetical leaders in carrying out the catechetical mission of the Church.


  • Provides consultation and resources to pastors and parish catechetical leaders to create a faith forming culture.
  • Promotes the vision and implementation of adults at the center of faith formation.
  • Convenes the Catechetical Advisory Board to analyze faith formation needs of the diocese and to develop the diocesan faith formation plan. Collaborates with the Word committee.
  • Provides initial and ongoing training and spiritual formation of catechetical leaders through Faith beyond 2000, Institute for Leadership in Ministry english catechist track, master catechist program, and Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference.
  • Develops processes for the recruitment, approval, orientation, placement, ongoing formation, evaluation, and retention of faith formation leaders.
  • Build relationships with and networking among parish catechetical leaders especially through regular cluster meetings.Encourages and motivates catechists through diocesan and parish commissioning rites, awards banquets (Pius X) and ongoing affirmation.
  • Certifies parish catechists and maintains records.
  • Collects faith formation statistics and information annually.
  • Represents the diocese of San Jose at state and national faith formation meetings.
  • Collaborates with directors in the Department for Evangelization and the Office of Education on common projects and issues.
  • Communicates faith formation events, training and resources regularly by email and monthly faith formation newsletter
  • Provide faith formation resources to meet the needs of persons with disabilities
  • Develops and updates faith formation diocesan guidelines and policies
  • Keeps faith formation leaders informed concerning important church documents and recommendations that pertain to catechesis.
  • Develops and manages the office budget.


  • Works in collaboration with other colleagues in the Department toward implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and Evangelization Framework.
  • Sits on the curriculum committee for the Institute for Leadership in Ministry
  • Sits on the Confirmation Conference Committee
  • Sits on the core team of the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference Committee
  • Sits on the Catechumenate Advisory Committee


  • This position the faith formation administrative assistant


Master’s Degree in catechetical ministry, religious education, theology, pastoral ministry or equivalent, and at least 3-5 years’ experience in diocesan catechetical ministry or 7-10 years in parish catechetical leadership position


Spanish or Vietnamese is preferred but not required

Ability to read and understand church documents, guidelines and theological and catechetical journals.

Ability to write letters, reports, guidelines, policies, evaluations, newsletters and announcements

Ability to develop and present formation and training workshops for catechists, catechetical leaders and others.

Ability to understand, explain and answer questions related to diocesan policies.

Ability to evaluate presentations and offer constructive feedback.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office and basic knowledge of internet applications and social media platforms.


The employee must demonstrate a history of effective leadership, good judgment, initiative, confidentiality and discretion. Must be a practicing Roman Catholic.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Christina Dickson at: jobs@dsj.org