Full Job Description
The Safe Environment Director (SED) is a pastoral position based on the Charter and Norms promulgated by the USCCB. The SED, together with appropriate Diocesan Offices, is responsible for implementing, Safe Environment Programs as well as insuring adherence to Diocese of Orlando Safe Environment Policy and Procedures. SED is also responsible for data collection and reporting of information for the annual USCCB Audit.
Working collaboratively with the staff of appropriate Diocesan Offices, is responsible for planning, implementation and oversight of diocesan sponsored programs related to the safe environment for the vulnerable population in the Diocese of Orlando.
Manages the background screening process and ensures accuracy of background check/safe environment database. Ensures that locations comply with policies and procedures. Acts as a liaison with third-party vendor and FDLE representatives.
Working with the COO/Chancellor, will be responsible for communicating with pastors, principals, directors regarding basic restrictions or denial of employment because of past violations recognized by background investigations.
Presents more complicated employee reviews to the COO/Chancellor for a determination. SED will also refer all employee appeal requests to COO/Chancellor.
Presents volunteer appeal requests to Victim Assistance Coordinator and processes accordingly.
Assesses needs and develops or locates resources to meet the needs of the diverse population of the Diocese of Orlando.
Plans, develops and coordinates Safe Environment Training when necessary. Serves as a professional resource to parish/school and pastoral center personnel regarding safe environment program and compliance requirements.
Collaborates with the COO/Chancellor, Senior Director of Human Resources, the Victim Assistance Coordinator and the Diocesan Review Board, for recommendations to bring before the bishop regarding any necessary changes in procedures related to fingerprinting and background checking policy of the Diocese.
Collaborates with the COO/Chancellor and the Victim Assistance Coordinator for data collection necessary for the annual USCCB Audit. Acts as the point of contact for the annual audit.
Maintains a liaison with the USCCB Office of child and Youth Protection.
Requires a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Human Resources or a related field, with proven ability to effectively present and/or train. Must have at least five (5) years pastoral experience in Church ministry.
The SED must have thorough knowledge of the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Diocesan policy and procedures regarding child sexual abuse and an understanding of the Diocesan structure as it applies to all Diocesan entities. Experience in reviewing and processing background clearances a plus.
High proficiency in database management as well as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.
Valid driver’s license requires. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.