Mission Statement

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Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford continues the ministry of Jesus in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church
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Our mission is to serve God's people for the common good with compassion, dignity and respect; to assist people in achieving a degree of independence consonant with their human dignity; and to work in solidarity with the Church and other people of goodwill in advocating for justice.

Refugee Program Caseworker – Part-time position

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockford seeks a part-time (29 hr./week) Caseworker for the Refugee Program. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with written and oral communication skills in English, competency with computers, and familiarity with Microsoft Office. Responsibilities include providing vulnerable care services, family reunification for refugee clients, and assisting the employment specialist.

Bilingual preferred English /Arabic or English /Swahili or English/French or English/Dari or Pashto. Relevant experience preferred and adherence to the ethical and moral norms of the Catholic Church and its principles of charity and justice.  Position requires travel within 100 miles from the local office.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Catholic Charities Refugee Program
Attn: Janet Biljeskovic
6116 Mulford Village Drive Suite 8
Rockford, IL 61108
Email: jbiljeskovic@rockforddiocese.org


Refugee Program Aide – Part-time position

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockford seeks a part-time (29 hr./week) Program Aide for the Refugee Program. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have competency with computers, and be familiar with Microsoft Office. Responsibilities include support and assistance to staff in providing resettlement services to refugee families through a variety of activities including interpretation, cultural adjustment, and employment activities.

Bilingual preferred English /Arabic or English /Swahili or English/Dari or Pashto. Relevant experience preferred and adherence to the ethical and moral norms of the Catholic Church and its principles of charity and justice.  Position requires travel within 100 miles from the local office.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Catholic Charities Refugee Program
Attn: Janet Biljeskovic
6116 Mulford Village Drive Suite 8
Rockford, IL 61108
Email: jbiljeskovic@rockforddiocese.org


Refugee and Immigration Office Receptionist – Part-time position

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockford seeks a part-time (29 hr./week) Receptionist for the Refugee and Immigration Program. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have competency with computers and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Excel. Responsibilities include general support and assistance to refugee program staff, answering telephones, and assisting with clerical needs such as billings, mail, and maintaining program files.

Relevant experience in an office setting preferred and adherence to the ethical and moral norms of the Catholic Church and its principles of charity and justice.  Position requires travel within 100 miles from the local office.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Catholic Charities Refugee Program
Attn: Janet Biljeskovic
6116 Mulford Village Drive Suite 8
Rockford, IL 61108
Email: jbiljeskovic@rockforddiocese.org


Refugee Program Caseworker – Full-time position

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockford seeks a full-time (37.5 hr./week) Caseworker for the Refugee Program. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with written and oral communication skills in English, competency with computers, and familiarity with Microsoft Office. Responsibilities include providing post-arrival logistical support and serve as an employment specialist to refugee clients.

Bilingual preferred English /Arabic or English /Kinyarwanda or English/Dari or Pashto or willing to work with interpreters; Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience preferred and adherence to the ethical and moral norms of the Catholic Church and its principles of charity and justice.  Position requires travel within 100 miles from the local office.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Catholic Charities Refugee Program
Attn: Janet Biljeskovic
6116 Mulford Village Drive Suite 8
Rockford, IL 61108
Email: jbiljeskovic@rockforddiocese.org


Child Care Worker – St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center in Rockford has a part-time Child Care Worker position open in the DCFS licensed child care program for youth 5-12 years old.  Staff supervises and actively participates in youth services activities with the children.

Applicants are required to be a high school graduate or have a general education degree (GED), must be qualified as a School-age worker by DCFS standards, and have at least 2 years of experience working with school-age children.

Interested candidates should apply by contacting Terri Hill, Director of St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center

Email: thill@rockforddiocese.org


Professional Counselor

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Rockford

Seeking a master’s (MA, MS, MSW, etc.) level clinician, preferably licensed (LCPC or LCSW), to provide counseling for students, and support and consultation for teachers and staff in Catholic grade schools three days a week, and, also, individual, couples, family and group therapy in our community counseling office two days a week.  Counseling services are also provided to assist persons involved in our Post-Adoption Search program. On occasion, this position requires working with the team to provide crisis intervention and support to school and parish communities experiencing a critical incident.

The ideal candidate will be flexible and organized, possess excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and be able to function professionally, ethically, and independently. He or she will be able to assess clinical needs and respond therapeutically and effectively to the diverse and unique needs of our students and clients.  This clinical staff will also be able to coordinate referral and linkage for necessary alternative or adjunct services.

Participate in clinical supervision, training, and professional development; complete all documentation and work as a liaison with parishes, schools, and community agencies to identify and respond to emerging or shifting needs.

Candidates must be Catholics in good standing, whose professional work is informed by principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Solidarity, and Subsidiarity.

Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Possess valid Illinois driver's license.

Job Type: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week

Please send a resume and cover letter to Richard Parsons at RParsons@RockfordDiocese.org.


Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinator

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockford seeks a full-time (37.5 hr./week) Volunteer Coordinator for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program serving nine northwestern counties of Illinois (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties). The successful candidate will be responsible for the recruitment, retention, and direct supervision of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program volunteers within nine of eleven counties of the Diocese of Rockford. 

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred; may consider an equivalent combination of Associate degree or certifications with a minimum of two years experience in a related field. Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding long-term care systems and community resources, and a strong commitment to consumer advocacy and resident rights are a plus.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Catholic Charities Ombudsman Program
Attn: Julie Schuppner
431 S. Phelps Ave. Suite 607
Rockford, IL 61108
Email: jschuppper@rockforddiocese.org


Mental Health Ministry Coordinator Part-Time

Catholic Charities Counseling Department is seeking a mental health professional (MS, MA, MSW) to implement mental health ministries in Catholic parishes. The ministry involves developing teams of mental health ministers who will compassionately encounter persons who struggle with mental illness and their families. The teams are formed to accompany individuals and families to deeper participation in the parish community and engagement in the professional care they may need to live more fully. This is a new position supported by a grant from the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers. The position may grow to become full-time as the work proceeds.

The ideal candidate will

  • Be a Catholic in good standing, living, practicing, and sharing their faith
  • Have a Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or a related field
  • Become certified to provide Mental Health First Aid ® training
  • Establish, build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people
  • Have a passion, energy, and commitment to achieve the ministry’s aims
  • Listen to the concerns and needs of all engaged in this effort in carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church in this position
  • Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess exceptional organization and time-management skills
  • Travel to various offices and parishes in the diocese
  • Participate in program evaluation and improvement activities
  • Develop a database of mental health and substance abuse treatment resources in the communities where the ministries operate
  • Be familiar with technology to develop marketing and educational materials
  • Be available for consultation, support, and training for Pastors and the parish teams
  • Participate in activities to fund this program on an ongoing basis

Interested applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to Richard Parsons at RParsons@RockfordDiocese.org