The Office of Senior Priests deals with the needs of senior priests (defined as a priest at the age of 65) who has an assignment from the Archbishop to a parish or ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta or a special limited assignment from the Archbishop or who does not have an assignment from the Archbishop of Atlanta. The above categories have been designed to fulfill the minimal requirements of civil and canon law, especially with regard to those who are eligible for enrollment in Medicare.
The number of priests in this category is expected to grow rapidly and the level of support needed for them will also increase. Most of the work of the Vicar for Senior Priests is done with senior priests who do not have an assignment from the Archbishop.
The Advocate for Senior Priests will be responsible for the following (but will not be limited to): home visits, assessments, accompanying priests to routine medical and dental appointments; care management and coordination of care; hospital visits and advocacy; family liaison; coordination of records in collaboration with the Senior Administrative Assistant; funeral planning.
• Meets with senior priests regularly and be willing to accompany to routine medical visits; helps senior priest understand healthcare and assists in reviewing options for care
• Conducts assessment of senior priests; assesses family support and involvement
• Provides care management and coordinates healthcare with medical facilities, providers, etc.
• Maintains extensive knowledge about local and regional nursing facilities, assisted care facilities and adult care agencies
• Provides oversight of the implementation of care plans; regularly follows up to assess the carrying out and maintenance of established care plan
• Regularly follows-up to determine if changes are needed to established care plan
• Maintains a working relationship with nursing care facilities and assisted care agencies
• In collaboration with the Senior Administrative Assistant for Senior Priests, coordinates senior priests records
REQUIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Practicing Roman Catholic with knowledge of the Catholic Church, its organization and the manner in which it functions
• Master’s degree in a related field
• Prior experience working with a geriatric population as a Social Worker, Counselor, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Physician, or any other related role
• Certification with the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is preferred
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
• Excellent organizational, time management and customer service skills
• Must be able to work independently with personal initiative
• Knowledge of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers detailed standards of practice
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• The ability to maintain confidentiality
• Detail-oriented and self-directed
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and is able to interact effectively with senior priests, diocesan offices and professionals who deal with the needs of senior priests
• Demonstrated ability to set priorities
• Willingness to function in a manner consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church
• Must successfully pass a criminal history and background check and attend Safe Environment Training as required by the Archdiocese of Atlanta
• Must have a valid driver’s license and have a clear driving record; willingness to spend over 50% of time traveling (locally)
The work week is generally 28 hours per week on a year round basis; however the position
requires a willingness and flexibility in work hours when necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.
While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, management reserves the
right to revise the job or require other tasks be performed when circumstances arise (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, rush job, technological developments, etc.)
The above statements are intended to generally describe the work being performed by
individuals holding this position. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of the
responsibilities, tasks, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the position.
Based on established department or facility standards, employee may not perform all of the
duties listed in this job description.
Employee is subject to Personnel Policies and procedures prescribed for all personnel.
Employee Signature Date
Supervisor Signature Date
UPDATED: December 2019
The Archdiocese of Atlanta does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, military status or religion (except for certain positions which require applicants of the Catholic faith based upon bona fide occupational qualifications).
Archdiocese of Atlanta
2401 Lake Park Drive
Smyrna, GA 30094