Careers at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind.  The bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are served by a staff of approximately 315 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious, located at the Conference headquarters in Washington, DC, with branch offices in Miami, FL and Rome.

The Conference is organized as a corporation in the District of Columbia. Its purposes under civil law are: "To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital status, disability or other status protected by Federal, State or local laws, except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals needing assistance.

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Job Description

Accompaniment Specialist Institute on the Catechism  (Full Time)
Department-Office-Secretariat: Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis
Date Posted: August 14, 2023

The primary function of the Accompaniment Specialist is to assist the Director in providing staff support to the Subcommittee on the Catechism as it seeks to re-implement its mandate through the launch of the Institute of the Catechism. This integration will support the diocesan bishops, staff members, publishers, and content creators, as the Church implements a vision of “evangelizing catechesis.” The Accompaniment Specialist contributes to the Bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference. Demonstrates willingness and ability to understand, respect, and contribute to the USCCB mission and fulfill job duties per its Catholic identity.


Education Level: Graduate Degree in Theology


Other Specialized Training: (i.e., word processing, personal computer, knowledge of the Catholic Church, etc.)

Knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, ecclesial documents, National Directory for Catechesis, The Directory for Catechesis, etc.

Experience with the Conformity Review Process and the new Pilot Process

Administrative, planning, and management skills

Proficiency in computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Microsoft Outlook, Internet.


Type and Nature of Professional Experience:      

Writing, editing, and proofreading skills

Excellent speaking and writing skills

Research experience and skills

Knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Directory

Administrative and management experience

Experience in Church systems and structures, especially the previous Conformity Review Process

Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive communications


Language Requirement: Spanish proficiency is preferred but not required


In addition to duties detailed above in Major Duties and Responsibilities, provide help as necessary with other projects of the Subcommittee on the Catechism:

·    Oversee the development of a comprehensive process for accompanying bishops and diocesan catechetical directors in implementing an evangelizing catechesis within their diocese. This entails developing a protocol for regular, significant contact with bishops and diocesan catechetical directors, especially to encourage participation in the annual Conference and related events.

·    Oversee the development of a formation process for diocesan catechetical directors, including leading breakout sessions at the annual Conference, developing online resources for initial and ongoing formation, and initiating support structures for diocesan directors of catechesis such as regional gatherings and online discussions.


 On-going re-implementation efforts associated with the Doctrinal Frameworks and documents used by the Subcommittee on the Catechism


 Number of Years Required: 4-5 years of directly related experience       




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