Oversees all the safe environment matters in the Territory as they relate to prevention, response and supervision. He/she reports to the Territorial Director on all safe environment matters and collaborates with the chair of the Safe Environment Review Board , the Territorial Administrator and Marketing and Communications. He/she works closely with the Territorial Secretary to ensure required reporting and completion of all documents for ecclesial and civil authorities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assures compliance with the Legion´s worldwide safe environment standards and the accreditation standards of the corresponding accrediting agency regarding:
a. Develops the accreditation process and works with the accrediting agency to obtain and maintain accreditation.
b. Proposes revisions to the Legion’s safe environment documents as needed.
2. Ensures Legionary’s compliance with Safe Environment admittance and training standards:
a. Assures the Legionary Novice Instructor complies with the process for admittance to the congregation and Safe Environment standards related to the acceptance of candidates and Assures the Legionary Novice Instructor provides the Legionary novices proper training in all areas related to a safe environment
b. Assures Legionaries throughout the territory (i.e. those working in the formation of other Legionaries or in Regnum Christi apostolates, parishes or any other ministry or assignment) are complying with the code of conduct through periodic internal Safe Environment audits of the Legionary formation centers and Legionary communities.
3. Ensures that Legionaries comply with Safe Environment training standards as evidence of suitability for ministry and as a requirement for issuance of letters of good standing when a Legionary practices ministry outside the diocese in which he has faculties or when he is transferred to a new diocese of residence:
a. Assures compliance with Safe Environment training standards is tracked in a timely, accurate and consistent manner
b. Supplies letters confirming compliance to the Legionary ecclesial relations office for production of suitability letters and missions to new locales.
4. Provides training to Legionaries in the area of safe environment.
a. Assures Legionaries have the proper tools for training in the code of conduct, accreditation standards and safe environment practices and procedures in general.
b. Provides and/or coordinates training and conferences wherever necessary.
c. May use existing programs like Virtus, Praesidium or other, or engage other experts to support.
d. Develops topics/activities for yearly community discussions on safe environment.
5. Is responsible for reporting qualifying allegations to Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement agencies and to the Territorial Director. In this role, he/she is considered a mandated reporter.
6. Is responsible for coordinating investigations and working with third party investigative agencies to conduct the investigations in a timely manner.
a. Responsible for hiring, managing and dismissing the investigative agency.
b. Collaborates with the Territorial Administrator, keeping him current on cases and developments.
c. Responsible for presenting the reports of the investigations to the Review Board and preparing the documents and reports for acceptance by the Territorial Director.
7. Oversees the Victims Assistance Coordinator (VAC). Directs the VAC in all matters related to the attention of victims, keeping them appraised of the investigations, and case progress.
8. Assists in development of safety plans for those whose ministry have been restricted due to prior misconduct and oversees compliance with the plan by both the individual on restriction and the person responsible for his supervision.
9. Establishes contact and maintains close relationship with professionals and institutions in the fields of safe environment research and training as well as the treatment of perpetrators and sex abuse victims.
Work schedule: On average the duties of the Safe Environment Coordinator require between 12 and 16 hours per week. During times of increased activity (e.g. multiple claims, training, assisting with accreditation cycle, multiple safety plan oversight, and travel), up to 40 hours per week may be required. Travel expenses would be reimbursed.
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Territorial Administrator REPORTS TO: Territorial Administrator and Territorial Director
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR: Victims Assistance Coordinator
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Master’s Degree in social work (MSW) or similar degree/license (LCPC, etc.)
• 5 years of experience in the field
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• A Catholic in good standing, who understands and supports the mission of the Church and of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to handle confidential, time-sensitive and critical matters using good judgment, tact, respect and discretion.
• Understand the required procedures to follow in case of reported incident of child abuse based on diocesan policy.
• Current credentials in both the initial and recertification Safe Environment training.
• Appreciation for the Catholic Faith, Regnum Christi, and the Legionaries of Christ
• Ability to gain the respect of Legionary priests and also maintain objectivity and professionalism when working with them
• Ability to synthesize complex issues to the essential and present them in a clear and concise manner
• Ability to understand, speak, and write in Spanish preferable
• Able and available to travel (e.g. onsite training, annual conference to the Novices, onsite audits, annual global Safe Environment Training with other territories)
• Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
• Ability to anticipate needs, establish priorities, project and positive attitude and exercise a high level of professionalism.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and express pastoral sensitivity to delicate/sensitive issues.
• Strong skills in organizing, multi-tasking and following through in a busy, changing environment with little direct supervision.
• Excellent relationship-building skills with a focus on service to others; high level of energy, creativity and professionalism; ability to establish trust and work collaboratively.
• Strong oral and written communication skills. Administrative or project management skills a plus.
• Experience working with the public and handling issues/complaints in a diplomatic manner.
• Ability to be detail oriented, and to work independently.
• Flexibility to be available for programming on evenings and weekends when necessary.
Lives in Atlanta preferable
Compensation: Commensurate with experience for the professional who is motivated and highly skilled.
With Safe Environment Coordinator in the subject line, qualified individuals should email: (a) a meaningful cover letter; (b) wage expectations; and (c) resume to email@example.com.
Inquiries can be sent to the same email address to the attention of Scott Madgey, Assistant Director of Operations