Seeking new NRVC executive director

Seeking new NRVC executive director

Applications from vowed religious accepted through Dec. 16, 2016

Vowed religious are encouraged to apply for the executive director position by Dec. 16, 2016.

A job description follows below and is available for download here


Position Description

NRVC Executive Director

FLSA status: Exempt | Category: Regular Full-Time Employee


General Summary


  • Is a consecrated member of a religious institute or society of apostolic life in the Roman Catholic Church;
  • Ensures that the mission, goals and objectives of the organization are clearly met;
  • Acts as the official spokesperson of NRVC;
  • Oversees the entire operation of the Conference and the NRVC office with the assistance of the National Board and support staff;
  • Supervises and evaluates the activities and performances of the NRVC staff, namely the Executive Assistant, the Director of Finance and Human Resources, the Director of Member Relations and Services, and the Director of Fundraising Programs;
  • Develops and maintains cultural and ecclesial competency;
  • Is an ex-officio member, non-voting member of the NRVC Board;
  • Is an ex-officio member of the Board of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV).


Principal duties and Responsibilities


Essential Outcomes

  • Supervises all development functions and external relation programs;
  • Is the primary fundraiser for NRVC;
  • Drives membership programs;
  • Keeps abreast of the trends, movements and issues affecting vocation ministry and communicates this information to the membership and other publics;
  • Initiates the strategic planning process with the NRVC National Board and staff;
  • Is responsible for the prudent expenditure of NRVC funds and the careful and correct expenditure of grant monies;
  • Provides for the accurate accounting and management of NRVC finances;
  • Prepares the annual budget in consultation with the Director of Finance and Human Resources and the Finance Advisory Committee with the approval of the NRVC National Board;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the NRVC Strategic Plan;
  • Prepares the agenda and the materials for National Board and Executive Committee meetings;
  • Coordinates the goal-setting and monitoring processes for the organization, the National Board, and the NRVC staff;
  • Coordinates the recommendations of the NRVC National Board members with the NRVC Executive Committee;
  • Promotes international membership and works with other international vocation organizations;
  • Oversees the publications, including Vision, Horizon, the e-newsletter, websites, etc.;
  • Serves as public spokesperson for the organization to membership, donors and general public;
  • Keeps abreast of national and international vocation trends and demographic;
  • Provides for the animation of the NRVC Regions and Member Area Coordinators;
  • Advances the mission of NRVC through the active pursuit of grants and endowment monies;
  • Travels nationally and internationally to represent NRVC at various functions, gatherings and Church meetings for the purpose of promoting the mission, goals and objectives of NRVC;
  • Convenes staff meetings;
  • Evaluates directors;
  • Interviews and hires consultants, as needed; and
  • Serves as presenter/facilitator as time and talents allow.


Contacts and Working Relationships

  • Serves as liaison to all of the major collaborating organizations with NRVC;
  • Serves as resource to the Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations;
  • Maintains ongoing communication with the NRVC National Board and Executive Committee;
  • Assigns staff to NRVC committees as needed and when appropriate;
  •   Accepts and responds appropriately to constructive feedback;
  • Supports the national and international promotion of vocations; and
  • Serves on NRVC and other collaborating organization committees as needed and when appropriate.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises NRVC directors and consultant services.


Knowledge, skills, and abilities required

  • MA degree in Administration and/or related field;
  • Fundraising experience (major donor cultivation);
  • Possesses good organizational, planning, budgeting, oral and writing skills;
  • Possesses good interpersonal and collaborative skills in dealing with staff, committees, related organizations and other publics;
  • Has knowledge of contemporary Catholic Church and consecrated life;
  • Has prior experience in vocation ministry;
  • Is adaptable to meet the changing needs of the organization;
  • Possesses the ability to supervise many projects at one time;
  • Possesses past administrative experience;
  • Is preferably competent in a language in addition to English;
  • Has experience in grant writing and reporting;
  • Practices a high level of confidentiality, trust, honesty, integrity and discretion;
  • Possesses professional problem solving skills;
  • Has the ability to build a team and a team spirit; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the National Board.


Working conditions

  • On-site office hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Evening and weekend hours as needed;
  • Travel required.



  • Is accountable to the National Board.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of this position.  It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.


Application requirements

The requirements to apply for the position of NRVC Executive Director are as follows and available for download here:

  1.  meet the eligibility requirements contained in the Executive Director job description;
  2.  provide a resume;
  3.  submit four (4) letters of reference – 2 personal; 2 professional;
  4.  provide a letter of suitability and permission from Major Superior;
  5.  provide copies of transcripts
  6.  submit an application essay answering the following questions:
    1. What is your vision for NRVC?
    2. What skill set do you bring to the position of NRVC Executive Director?
  7.  Be willing to offer a 3-5 year commitment.


The tentative time frame for hiring

Sept. 1 - Dec. 16, 2016

Applications accepted

Jan. 23 - 31, 2017

Search committee conducts interviews

March 3

Board conducts interviews of finalists

March 3-10

Job offered

March 15

New executive director announced


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