About Us

JESUIT CONFERENCE OFFICE OF JUSTICE AND ECOLOGY
Director of Government Relations

The Jesuit Conference coordinates the five Jesuit Provinces in Canada and the United States and facilitates relations with the international headquarters in Rome. The Conference’s Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) advocates on a range of issues to advance the Jesuit vision of justice, primarily with the US federal government. OJE is nonpartisan and seeks to express how Catholic values such as human dignity and the common good are at stake in policy decisions. The office sets its advocacy priorities in conjunction with Jesuit ministries throughout the United States and Canada, and in partnership with Jesuit institutions abroad.

Mission:

The Office of Justice and Ecology advocates on behalf of the Society of Jesus in its mission of reconciliation with God, humanity, and creation.

Values:

  • Faith: our work is rooted in the Catholic social tradition and Ignatian spirituality.
  • Collaboration: we work for the common good with Jesuit ministries and other Catholic, faith-based, and secular organizations.
  • Social Analysis: our advocacy draws on the research of Jesuit institutions and other partners.
  • Preferential Option for the Poor: we place the voices of marginalized communities at the center of our advocacy.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with OJE team and Jesuit network partners to identify policy objectives and set priorities for advocacy.
  2. Identify specific and limited number of Federal legislative and policy goals consistent with OJE priorities in which the Jesuit network can have the most significant impact.
  3. Develop and implement strategies to advance OJE legislative and policy goals with Congress and the Administration.
  4. Cultivate relationships with relevant Congressional offices, committees, and commissions and Executive agencies and officials; develop and implement strategies to maintain and increase OJE’s overall influence and presence with Congress and the Administration.
  5. Work closely with Jesuit institutions, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and other Catholic organizational partners to ensure coordination of advocacy efforts, consistency of messaging, and collaboration of efforts where appropriate.
  6. Working independently and with Jesuit partners, prepare high quality briefing reports, strategy papers, background documents, legislative updates, and work plans for advocacy priorities.
  7. Support and prepare the Secretary of Justice and Ecology to represent the office and its positions on the full scope of advocacy issues of the office in advocacy meetings, events, and other related activities.
  8. Working with the Outreach Manager, facilitate engagement of Jesuit partners in the execution of advocacy efforts, which may include but is not limited to input on legislative text, meetings with policy makers, briefings for policy makers, Congressional testimony, op-eds, letters to the editor, and media engagement.
  9. Working with the Communications Manager, communicate legislative and policy developments to network partners and calls for network partner advocacy engagement through action alerts, letters to the editor, and other advocacy-oriented communications.
  10. Where appropriate, work with and/or build coalitions with other faith-based and secular organizations that can further advocacy objectives.
  11. Monitor, track, and analyze progress on legislative and policy objectives related to OJE priorities in Congress and the Executive branch.

Professional Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 5 years of successful Hill or other relevant Federal government relations experience required.
  2. Undergraduate degree required; postgraduate degree in law, public policy, administration, or a related discipline strongly preferred.
  3. Demonstrated performance in developing and implementing issue advocacy strategies, including legislative strategy, constituency engagement and media engagement.
  4. Strong bi-partisan contacts, or ability to develop them, with relevant Congressional offices and committees.
  5. Experience building and working in coalitions to further advocacy goals.
  6. Working knowledge of Catholic Church organizational structures and Catholic social teaching.

Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Accomplished advocacy skills including working effectively in a bi-partisan manner.
  2. Excellent writing skills.
  3. Excellent public speaking skills.
  4. Ability to work in teams and collaborate effectively with a diverse set of partners.
  5. Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
  6. Comfort working in a Catholic environment.
  7. Ability to respond flexibly and with perseverance to challenges of advocacy.
  8. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and willingness to work according to the Congressional calendar and schedule.
  9. Computer skills, including fluency in MS Office and web-based advocacy tools such as Knowlegis and VoterVoice.
  10. Willingness to travel.
  11. Working level of Spanish preferred but not required.

Salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, names and phone numbers of three references, and writing sample to jcemployment@jesuits.org.

Posted April 20, 2022

Chief Advancement Officer
Central and Southern Province

The Chief Advancement Officer role is an exciting opportunity to experience deep purpose and joy in leading the funding growth of Jesuit programs and ministries that will positively impact the lives of many individuals and families. The Chief Advancement Officer provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the province’s advancement programs.

job This position reports directly to the provincial of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province and works closely with a dedicated executive team of ministry leaders. The Chief Advancement Officer currently leads and manages a team of four talented advancement professionals.

This energetic leader focuses on developing and growing fundraising programs and initiatives within the province’s region, ensuring effective integration and collaboration. This individual is directly responsible for the organization’s most significant donors and works closely with Jesuit priests and brothers, volunteers, institutional leadership, civic organizations and other stakeholders on funding support and advancement activities. The Chief Advancement Officer, a mission-driven leader embodying the Jesuits’ core values, will be charged with maintaining and strengthening relationships with institutional donors and investors and securing new major donors and prospects.
To facilitate workplace flexibility and encourage travel, the Chief Advancement Officer may reside and work remotely near or within the 13-state province, ideally in a metropolitan city with a major airport.

Download the complete job description here.

Scroll to Top
Tweet
Share
Pin