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CALC Extends Opportunity for Community Director
By Neda Ayar :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 :: 75742 Views :: Article Rating :: Career & Education, CALC


Job Title: Director
Reports to: President – CALC

The Director of CALC supports the organization's mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect, professionalism and commitment to our community.

Position Summary
The Director is the lead manager responsible for program development and implementation, effecting and carrying out programs for fundraising, special events, major gifts and assist in grant writing and projects related to CALC’s mission to serve our community.  This position requires close coordination and communication with CALC’s Executive Board and is the liaison between the Board and other community organizations.  In addition, this person is required to work successfully with representatives from various communities, organizations and agencies with respect to the diverse populations and cultures, serves and seeks to serve.

Necessary qualifications include:
• Must be fluent in Arabic and Chaldean and English
• Excellent communications skills
• Good written and communication skills
• Ability to work effectively and independently with various levels of organizations, and community leaders and representatives
• Strong leadership qualities and experience
• Ability to effectively represent in its work with diverse communities
• Demonstrated program development and implementation skills.
• Must be multi-lingual (Arabic\Chaldean & English)
• Liaison between clients serviced and Executive Board
• Suggest ways to streamline routine procedures and processes. 
• To provide accurate & timely work
• To work effectively and relate well with others; including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Organization.
• Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and works, to maintain constructive working relationships.
• Able to maintain confidential information.

Responsibilities - Include, but not limited to:
• Work in partnership with community-based providers and administrative and clinical staff to develop and implement programs that promote CALC’s programs
• Develop and promote community relations opportunities. This position is responsible for developing and implementing programs for CALC
o Recruit and direct volunteers in these activities.
o Plan, coordinate and implement programs if needed
• Represent the organization at community meetings. This position serves as a principal representative of the organization, maintaining and developing relationships with key external contacts and the community at large.
• Work with other community-based organizations, insurers, and community coalitions to develop programs, events, and new initiatives that promote CALC’s services and needs.
• The office receives numerous calls ranging from requests to concerns and complaints – must have proper follows up to ensure that each is handled in a timely and optimal manner.
• Attend CALC Advisory Board meetings and report on programs as needed
• Keep the Executive Board informed on programs\projects in process
• Plan and coordinate future programs for CALC
• Work closely with CALC Executive Board to meet the goals & mission of organization
• Manage CALC staff (Office Coordinator & Warehouse Coordinator) and their responsibilities
• Other assignments as they arise

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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.