Detailed Job Description
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.
ResponsibilitiesThe Assistant Director for Liturgy, Prayer and Faith Formation promotes an ecumenical culture of prayer, worship, spirituality, and faith exploration on the campus. Responding to the spiritual and religious needs of the community, this position provides leadership as a resource for the Catholic mission of the college through student programs, academic endeavors, and a ministerial presence.
Liturgical Planning and Coordination
- coordinate Sunday masses and agape meals.
- preach at, or find a qualified Presider to preach at, masses and other paraliturgical events.
- design and coordinate seasonal liturgies, viz. church and academic calendars (Ash Wednesday, Mass of the Holy Spirit, etc). Develop and implement services for special feast days (e.g., Cesar Chavez, Guadalupe, Dorothy Day)
- train and mentor team of highly qualified liturgical ministers.
- “break open the word” with students as a means of faith sharing and liturgy planning.
- coordinate Mass planning with campus Music Minister
- maintain schedule of student liturgical ministers, preachers, and presiders.
- design and implement liturgical environment to deepen prayer experiences and reflect liturgical and academic seasons and events.
- design Advent and Lent programming to deepen the commitment to and sense of these liturgical seasons (e.g., student Advent calendars, Simple Meals in Lent, dinner discussions)
- Worship aids for Sunday liturgies will be informed by this position but produced by the Music Minister position.
Prayer and Faith Sharing Opportunities
- envision and create an ecumenical prayer space on campus, in consultation with Associate Director, Mission and Inclusion.
- offer prayer workshops for students
- design and facilitate weekday prayer opportunities
- design and facilitate Small Church Communities, or similar, programs
- engage and develop a model for Catholic student leadership formation, appropriate for students of other faith traditions to participate
- offer and lead silent/guided meditation opportunities.
- facilitate, and train students to do so as well, lunch time weekly bible study for campus community (gospel, or series)
- coordinate non-denominational and interfaith prayer services and liturgies with other campus constituencies.
- oversee RCIA program for campus community
- oversee Confirmation program for campus community
Student Mentoring and Academic Instruction .
- Mentor and shape student leaders in prayer, small group facilitation and liturgy planning and leadership.
- Offer opportunities to explore vocation through programming and one-on-one student engagement (possible ex: “Discover” Retreat Discernment, collaborate with Assistant Director for Retreats).
- Offer spiritual direction to students .
- Opportunity to prepare and facilitate a course on liturgy, faith formation, practice of prayer, or other topics related to prayer and practice in the Catholic tradition. (January Term).
- work with Director to facilitate monthly Chapel Maintenance Committee meetings, addressing or implementing any action items
- schedule and facilitate meetings
- produce, and effectively distribute, publicity and marketing materials for programs
- order liturgical supplies and elements for chapel and other worship spaces
- secure liturgical objects and material for special celebrations
- design and track spreadsheet of liturgical ministers, presiders and preachers with updated contact information
- create and track programming budget
- in collaboration with the MMC team, recruit public speakers and other guest presenters and provide hospitality for visitors
- reserve spaces for meetings and prayer
- wedding and chapel oversight: work collaboratively with the Coordinator for Music Minister and Weddings to manage use of the chapel, required wedding preparation, and communiction with wedding coordinators.
Experience and Qualifications:Required: Masters Degree in Theology, Religious Studies or related field
Experience: 5+ years in Catholic Campus Ministry; understanding of, commitment to, and articulation of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, theological foundations; and background in developing ecumenical and inter-religious prayer opportunities
Skills/Abilities: Conversation Spanish is preferred; Significant background in Liturgy, Liturgical Music and Liturgical environment; computer skills, management skills, speaking and facilitating, student leadership training and development
Other Requirements: Committed and practicing Roman Catholic; available nights, weekends, some summer weeks; some travel for retreats and conferences.
Depends on Qualifications
Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at http://jobs.stmarys-ca.edu. 1) Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College2) A resume 3) The name and contact information for three (3) professional references. Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.