Jobs with Catholic Charities: Salary and Career Facts

Find out about the types of jobs you could pursue with Catholic charities. Read on to learn more about career options along with salary and licensure information. Schools offering Christian Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Information At a Glance

Catholic charities hire people to fill a variety of jobs and roles in providing services to the community. Catholic charities are some of the largest charity programs in the world, and they need trained and knowledgeable people to help run those foundations, including volunteer coordinators and case managers. Volunteer coordinators work with the public and the charity to determine goals and how best to reach those goals. They recruit, interview and oversee the training of volunteers. Case managers work closely with the community and medical professionals to analyze those who may need specialized help or services. They offer information and training as well as refer those in need to services that may be of help.

Learn more about jobs you can find at Catholic charities in the chart below.

Volunteer Coordinator Case Manager
Degree Required Bachelor's Bachelor's
Education Field of Study Social work, psychology or human resources Social work
Key Skills Organizational skills, event planning Communication and listening skills
Job Growth (2014-2024) 10% for social and community service managers* 12% for social workers*
Median Salary (2015) $63,530 for social and community service managers* $42,350 for child, family, and school social workers*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Kinds of Catholic Charity Jobs Are Available?

Like most organizations, Catholic charities hire many different types of professionals, including maintenance personnel, nurses, teachers and food service workers. These organizations also hire volunteer coordinators and case managers.

As a volunteer coordinator, you might search for new volunteers in schools, churches, community centers and businesses. You would train new recruits, create volunteer schedules and organize events.

Case managers help people cope with personal problems, abusive relationships, disabilities or substance abuse. In this position, you may also work to improve the living situations of families by finding appropriate daycare services, coordinating adoptions and moving children from dangerous situations into foster care.

What Training Do I Need?

There may be jobs with Catholic charities that use the skills, experience and training you already have. You might consider becoming a volunteer coordinator if you have a degree in social work, psychology or human resources, but there are no set educational requirements for this position. A certificate or graduate course in volunteer management could prepare you to recruit, train and manage volunteers.

You usually need at least a bachelor's degree in social work or a related field in order to work as a case manager. In a social work bachelor's program, you'll study human behavior, case management, crisis intervention, community outreach and other relevant areas. You could also practice your skills in the field through an internship.

What Qualifications Should I Meet?

In a job with a Catholic charity, you should be able to cooperate with others and work with people of different cultural backgrounds. Many positions for case managers and volunteer coordinators require a good understanding of computers and strong communication skills.

Case managers must be able to travel between different offices, visit clients and attend meetings. Some positions may require you to have a vehicle and a driver's license. As an applicant, you may be given preference if you are fluent in both English and Spanish.

How Much Might I Earn?

Since there is a wide variety of work in Catholic charities, salary depends on position. For example, O*net OnLine (www.onetonline.org) reported in 2015 that most social and community service managers earned a median salary of $63,530. Child, family and school social workers - a group that includes case managers - earned a median salary of $42,350 as of May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

There are many related career fields that stand out including probation officers, substance abuse counselors and community service managers. Probation officers work for the state or federal correctional systems to monitor probationers and make sure they follow the rules of their release. Substance abuse counselors usually work in the community, seeing clients on an individual and/or group setting and dealing with issues that might set back an addict's recovery. Community service managers and their staff determine and oversee social service programs or community groups.

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