[quote="KCT, post:1, topic:243362"]
I am currently a middle school teacher but am applying for a DRE position at a local parish -- I meet most of the criteria. :thumbsup: I sent the pastor a letter introducing myself and was up front about not having DRE experience (but did mention how teaching experience might translate and be applicable). I'm told the pastor cares a lot about being a faithful Catholic and wanting to transmit the faith.
Any suggestions for questions to ask at my interview?
talk to your diocesan office of catechetics and get a sample job description for a DRE, and suggestions of what training they offer, so you can show the pastor you are up on things and willing to get further education. You can base the interview somewhat on that job description--ask what grade and age levels you are responsible for, does it include sacramental prep for children, youth, adults, RCIA, infant baptism etc. What does he like about the program as it is currently in the parish, what would he like to change or improve and how can you be part of his plan. Your primary role is to support him in carrying out his vision of what RE should be in your parish. The way you to that is recruiting, training and supporting catechists. Maybe not the first interview, but before the year starts, try and find out what he considers to be immediate problem areas that need to be addressed. That might include the need to "fire" some volunteers.
If you know his priority is solid reliable orthodox teaching, emphasize how your background and formation and personal inclination lead you that way also. I was hired simply because of where I had my formation, he considered that good evidence of orthodoxy.
I got this advice when I started and wish I had stuck to it, but we moved later--don't work in the parish where you worship, and stick to CCD, stay out of liturgy, choir, other parish organizations. I would have added, discourage your husband from volunteering in any prominent way in the parish where you work.
I am trying to think of a tactful way to ask why the former DRE is leaving.