The Program Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Office of Restorative Justice is responsible for initiating, coordinating and promoting programs and activities that work toward the restoration of victims, empowering them and responding to their needs as they see them. The Coordinator, knowing that faith has a transforming effect on lives, ensures a spiritual grounding to parish- based programs for victims. The Coordinator explores forgiveness and reconciliation as she/he accompanies victims on their journeys towards healing. The Coordinator educates the community about principles of restorative justice and advocates for more restorative justice efforts in reaching out to victims of violence.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Because all Archdiocesan employees represent the Roman Catholic Church, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the goals and mission of the Church in performing their work.
Meet with victims, assess needs and initiate and coordinate the expertise and resources of interagency leaders.
Coordinate a working committee of victims and parish leaders who will assist in the assessment of needs and the development of effective parish-based models to respond to unmet needs of victims and train others in ministering to victims.
Develop and sustain healing groups that emphasize validating and vindicating victims by allowing them to tell their stories, identifying with others and sharing mutual support.
Provide opportunities for dialogue, direct or indirect, between victims and offenders as appropriate to promote healing.
Educate the Restorative Justice Leadership team, Advisory Board and Staff Chaplains by featuring the stories and voices of victims of violence or murder victim’s family members.