Multicultural Formation Curriculum Development Consultant
NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) is seeking a Curriculum Development Consultant to oversee the development of the curriculum for a national leadership formation program for members of underrepresented communities in NFCYM, especially, but not limited to, young adults representing communities of color. The goal of the program is to develop leaders in the field of youth ministry, and the larger Church, with a focus on intercultural competency, leadership skills, and mentorship. Participants will help NFCYM facilitate diversity and inclusion initiatives at the regional and local levels. The program plans to be piloted in fiscal year 2022 (July 2021 – June 2022).
The Curriculum Development Consultant must have experience in the areas of:
- intercultural competency
- leadership formation
- curriculum development
- an understanding or background in the field of pastoral ministry
Preferred skills or experience:
- Practical Catholic youth ministry experience within the past ten years
- Familiarity with current ministry trends
Overall Time Requirement
Draft, review, and finalize curriculum for the formation program.
Consultation with Program Manager in curriculum implementation
About the Project
As part of its efforts to serve the growing diversity of the Catholic Church in the United States, the NFCYM Board of Directors is committed to an organizational Diversity and Inclusion Plan in 2020. This plan was developed by the Multicultural Diversity Ad Hoc Committee of the Board with the support of the NFCYM national staff.
The recommendation to develop a leadership formation program for NFCYM Members was identified in the Diversity and Inclusion Plan with the purposes to:
- Develop leaders from diverse backgrounds and communities in an intentional way.
- Develop leaders for the field of youth ministry and for NFCYM that possess the knowledge and understanding of our Mission: to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.
- Develop these individuals’ skills to be effective leaders in their parishes, dioceses, and other organizations.
- Develop individuals who can fill the roles of Multicultural Region representatives as well as other leadership roles in the organization and the field of Catholic youth ministry by end of fiscal year 2023.
The formation program is projected to be an online, 10-12 session program that can be completed over the course of one year. The curriculum should cover basics in pastoral leadership development, intercultural competencies, and allow participants to learn practical skills for implementation into their ministerial setting.
NFCYM is a national member organization consisting of dioceses, organizations, and individuals committed to the accompaniment, formation, and development of middle school and high school age youth through Catholic Youth Ministry in the United States. Members and their representatives serve in parishes, high schools, diocesan offices, religious communities, and organizations across the country.
The Mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.
NFCYM looks to a future when young people see themselves as children of God who live as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ; when the gifts, struggles and diverse realities of young people are welcomed in Catholic faith communities; when ministry leaders have embraced the joy of the Gospel, and when families are living as the domestic Church.
NFCYM commits to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people by: forming, equipping, and supporting ministry leaders in their service to young people and their families; modeling and fostering a ministry of acompañamiento among young people of all cultures, languages, socioeconomic and geographic realities; and, partnering with parents and equipping families of young people as they witness to Jesus Christ in their daily lives.
- Guidance of the Holy Spirit discerned through prayer
- Fidelity to the mission and teaching of the church
- Ministry rooted in prayer and sacraments
- Communion with the bishops of the United States
- Dignity and giftedness of each person
- Inherent goodness, unique gifts and charisms of all young people
- Baptismal call of each person to discipleship, mission and holiness
- Richness of diversity
- Promotion of justice and peace
- Responsible stewardship of our resources
- Wisdom of shared leadership and collaboration
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
As part of our commitment to recruiting and retaining a just and representative work and volunteer force, we encourage people of color and individuals with disabilities to apply. NFCYM is an equal opportunity employer.
Proposal Submission Process
To apply, please submit no more than 4 pages addressing:
- A summary of your approach to our need.
- Prior experience and background in leadership development, intercultural competency work, and curriculum development.
- Three professional references.
- Optional: Video Submission as part of proposal summary
Please note that if your proposal is chosen, we will offer a stipend with half payment offered up front and the other half once work is completed.
Please direct questions and proposal submissions to Darius Villalobos at DariusV@nfcym.org
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2021. We will respond to all applicants by August 15, 2021.