Director of Community Relations (Canon for the Circle)

Christ Church Cathedral
125 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Title: Director of Community Relations (Canon for the Circle)
Job Type: Full-time


Principal Function: The Director of Community Relations (known inside the congregation as the Canon for the Circle) empowers, equips, and enables the people of Christ Church Cathedral to live into our mission of widening the Circle of God’s embrace with heart and voice. The Director/Canon literally and figuratively has one foot inside the church, engaging with us in our life of prayer and worship and formation, and another foot outside the church, helping us to make meaningful connection with the people who are our neighbors on Monument Circle and to collaborate with secular groups and organizations who are already doing work of justice, peace, and reconciliation that aligns with our missional values and priorities. (Note: in the Episcopal tradition, the word “Canon” means a senior staff member of the Cathedral, lay or ordained, who is a leader in our life of prayer and service.)

The Director/Canon has three primary areas of focus for ministry development:

  • Hospitality and connection with the people and groups who gather on Monument Circle.
  • Connection and support with our neighbors experiencing homelessness and the agencies who serve them.
  • Advocacy and collaboration with secular groups and agencies who seek the faith community’s involvement in advancing their work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to:

Ministry Leadership 

  • Articulates the mission and vision of Christ Church Cathedral and ensures that all programs, services and parish leaders work to further this vision and mission.
  • Develops and implements a plan for the Cathedral to extend hospitality to and to build connections with our neighbors on Monument Circle, both for special events and activities and in an everyday presence. Monitors the Monument Circle calendar and social media on a regular basis and proactively develops and implements a plan for the larger Cathedral community to be present for key events. Actively promotes Cathedral Events for inclusion in Monument Circle calendar as appropriate.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the Cathedral with Downtown Indy, Inc.
  • Builds relationships with our Sunday Community Breakfast volunteers and guests.
  • Builds relationships with all local agencies serving people who are experiencing homelessness and identifies areas for collaboration with the Cathedral.
  • Builds relationships with key secular groups who are pursuing peace, justice, and reconciliation, including Black Lives Matter, Moms Demand Action, and IndyPride, and identifies areas for collaboration with the Cathedral.
  • Identifies, recruits, trains, supports and motivates leaders and volunteers from within our Cathedral congregation to implement hands-on ministry with our secular partners and people experiencing homelessness. Over time, builds ministry teams to increase the Cathedral’s capacity and effectiveness in these areas.
  • Frequently communicates with the Cathedral congregation through social media, e-news articles, Sunday announcements, adult formation offerings, and, as invited by the Dean, occasional addresses to the congregation from the pulpit.
  • Ensures training of volunteers in Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People (for the prevention of abuse and sexual misconduct in the church) as diocesan standards require. Reports any suspected child abuse or neglect, as required by the Diocese, Church, and state regulations.
  • Participates in and shares in the rotating leadership of the daily prayer services (Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.) each weekday, with the exception of the incumbent’s day off).
  • Attends worship as a staff member (not as a parishioner) on most Sundays and Holy Days, attends staff meetings, and maintains regular hours on site.
  • Takes and safeguards a Sabbath day each week, seeks regular guidance from a spiritual director, takes a yearly retreat for her/his own spiritual health, and plans personal absences with consideration for overall organizational health and leadership.
  • Supports and nurtures his/her colleagues in our mutual ministries through prayer, honest feedback, care, and transparency.

Administrative Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Deacon, prepares and manages the approved Outreach ministry program budgets in coordination with the Chief Operating Officer, purchasing items needed and submitting reimbursement requests, as necessary.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings, as assigned ensuring progress in team goals and coordination in all areas.

Additional Duties 

  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Rector and Dean or their designees.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty according to the requirements of Christ Church Cathedral. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Schedule: This is a full-time, exempt position that requires a person with a flexible schedule. The schedule may require over 40 hours in a work week and include evenings, weekends and holidays, particularly in the spring and summer months. While the Church offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, this position requires work beyond these hours and on the weekends. It also may require both domestic and international travel.

Education and/or Experience: Lay (non-ordained) candidates with a variety of educational and work experiences and backgrounds are welcomed to this position. While a Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, or community relations is ideal, candidates with equivalent work experiences in community organizing, social work, advocacy, public affairs, faith institutions, government, or communications will also be considered. Prior experience working in a church or religious institution or nonprofit organization desired. Volunteer management experience required. Ability to work and think independently in high-stress situations is necessary. Conversational proficiency in Spanish and an appreciation of and experience with a progressive faith tradition is highly desired.

Computer software skills required include: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe Creative Suite. Ability to operate a printer, copy machine, scanner and other office equipment is desired. Incumbents must have the ability to adapt and conform to shifting priorities and demands and execute accordingly. In addition, this position requires competencies in counseling, organizing and leading while paying close attention to detail.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently will sit, walk, and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee occasionally will climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), and the ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally is exposed to working near moving mechanical parts, the risk of electrical shock, fumes or airborne particles and outdoor weather conditions when working outside of the Cathedral at events and when traveling away from the office for meetings, seminars, etc. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud during services and events.

How To Apply:

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to