Position: Advisor for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, General Secretariat



Under the direction of the General Secretary, who is assisted by the Assistant General Secretary, and in close collaboration with the other staff of the General Secretariat, the incumbent advises the CCCB regarding ecumenical and interfaith matters, maintains several distinct ecumenical and interfaith relationships, and acts as secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue.


1. Advises and assists the CCCB regarding ecumenical and interfaith relations, including the evolution of ecumenical and interfaith projects and dialogues, in keeping with the directives of the Holy See and the long-standing work of the CCCB in these areas;
2. Monitors and coordinates CCCB appointments related to ecumenical and interfaith engagement, by maintaining updated lists of names and terms for the General Secretariat;
3. Provides regular written reports to the appropriate CCCB bodies on the progress of different ecumenical and interfaith files and initiatives;
4. Works with other CCCB Advisors and Offices when ecumenical and interfaith matters or relations are relevant to the specific area of CCCB engagement;
5. Performs research and analysis to support the CCCB’s ecumenical and interfaith relations, initiatives and priorities;
6. Assists the CCCB in fostering, maintaining and deepening strong ecumenical and interfaith relations, at times representing the CCCB to other faith-based organizations and groups;
7. Serves as recording secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue, taking the minutes of meetings and performing other related tasks;
8. May contribute to the drafting and/or editing of official CCCB texts (e.g., statements and resources) under the guidance of the Episcopal Commission and/or General Secretary or Assistant General Secretary;
9. Ensures the preparation of required documentation for meetings of the Executive Committee and Permanent Council in collaboration with the Assistant General Secretary and Executive Assistant to the General Secretary;
10. Accomplishes a range of administrative tasks, including preparing form letters, preparing a budget with respect to the CCCB’s ecumenical and interfaith engagement, as well as completing and submitting expense and reimbursement forms;
11. As required, the incumbent will be called upon, at the request of the General Secretary or the Assistant General Secretary, to assist the General Secretariat with other files and issues, by applying his or her expertise and contributing to the overall functioning of the General Secretariat.

Qualifications and Abilities

• A Master’s degree or graduate degree in the area of ecumenism and/or interfaith relations, or a Master’s degree in theology with specific ecumenical/interfaith experience (other combinations of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered);
• Excellent knowledge of key magisterial documents related to ecumenical and interfaith relations combined with specific experience;
• Some knowledge of the history of ecumenical and interfaith engagement in Canada considered an asset;
• Very good knowledge of Catholic doctrine, awareness of Catholic theological work and trends, and familiarity with contemporary moral and social issues related to Catholic social teaching;
• Good understanding of the structure of the Catholic Church (a minimum of two years of experience working within an ecclesiastical institution considered an asset);
• Acute pastoral awareness and sensitivity;
• Exceptional communication and inter-personal skills;
• Proven achievements in project coordination and execution;
• Ability to work as part of a team, as well as to take direction;
• Strong research and writing skills;
• Optimal organizational and analytical skills;
• Ability to work within deadlines, with robust reporting and follow-up skills;
• Exceptional oral and written skills in one official language with the ability to understand the other language;
• Works well within a hierarchical institution; is respectful of authority and procedure;
• Proficient in Windows, Outlook, Excel, online meeting platforms and scheduling software.

Working Conditions

• The incumbent will work from the CCCB offices located in Ottawa, Ontario (exceptions or accommodations may apply during the COVID-19 pandemic);
• He/she will be required to travel (car, train, or air) from time to time each year to attend in-person meetings.

This full-time permanent position has a salary range of $81,536 to $96,839, with excellent working conditions including a generous pension plan and a group benefit plan. The work schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Each employee has a personal office on location and proper disinfecting measures throughout the building is in place.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and a resume at

Application deadline: February 4, 2022

Job location: Ottawa, Ontario

The selected candidate will be subject to a background security check.

In accordance with Section 24(1) of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the CCCB has the right to give preference to Catholic candidates with respect to employment.

In accordance with the Ontario’s Accessible Employment Standard, the CCCB welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants but we will only contact those selected for an interview.