Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
Catholic Campus Ministry at Shippensburg University
Category: Ten Month Full-Time Position
Grade 13, FLSA Exempt
Position: Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
Reports to: Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
The Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry serves as a pastoral minister, administrator, ecclesial leader, and professional in higher education, providing mentorship for students, pastoral care, and young adult faith formation. Together with the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, the Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry is responsible for helping to provide a comprehensive campus ministry which forms the faith community of college students, forms Christian conscience, educates for justice, oversees organizational and financial responsibilities, develops leaders for the future, and promotes vocations. The Associate Director plays an integral role in fulfilling Catholic Campus Ministry's overall purpose to create an environment in which all members of the university community are invited to enter more deeply into a loving and transformative relationship with God and to form disciples, who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, joyfully bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as lifelong evangelizers in his Church.
• Model the need for personal reflection on the presence of God, commitment to prayer from the heart, and dedication to ongoing spiritual growth.
• Create innovative ways to bring people together, invite, and encourage a community of faith that witnesses the presence of the risen Christ.
o The ideal candidate would not only conduct a weekly Bible study using a compelling presentation of the Biblical roots of the Catholic faith, but also be able to train and mentor Catholic students to start their own Bible studies as well.
• Respond credibly, intelligently, and sensitively to inquiry about the Catholic faith.
• Mentor and guide individual college students who are interested in becoming Catholic through the process of Christian initiation. (Background in RCIA is helpful.)
• Provide pastoral care by being available to students to develop appropriate relationships with them, and to listen, counsel, and pray together with them. Make appropriate referrals to Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, and other appropriate offices.
• As possible, plan, organize, and attend annual domestic and/or international mission trips, such as a week-long winter break trip and a spring semester trip (over a weekend or spring break).
• Coordinate annual retreats and trips for students.
• Facilitate Catholic Campus Ministry's weekly dinner by planning menus, purchasing food, scheduling volunteer groups to cook, and supervising volunteer groups.
• Mentor and guide the student Leadership Team in planning, implementing and evaluating spiritual, service, faith formation, and social activities. Supervise the discernment and appointment of new student leaders as needed.
• Attend weekly liturgies (particularly the 11 AM Liturgy) and recruit appropriate students to be involved in liturgical ministries.
• Maintain publicity and communications including: developing the weekly e-newsletter, writing weekly Mass announcements, creating and distributing fliers, updating the website and online calendar, being present on social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram), and maintaining Catholic Campus Ministry's webpage.
• Maintain communication between Catholic Campus Ministry, alumni, parents, the local Shippensburg community, the local parish of Our Lady of the Visitation, and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Harrisburg so as to build up the Body of Christ, to enable collegial support, and to encourage financial aid.
• Promote vocations to the ordained priesthood, the vowed religious life, the married life, and the committed single life and provide vocation discernment to students who seek assistance in responding to their call to live a life of holiness and service.
• Develop and maintain positive ecumenical and interfaith relationships with other campus ministers to promote inter-religious appreciation.
• Take responsibility to update professional education, personal development, and pastoral skills to ensure competency.
• Perform written and oral administrative tasks including email communication, phone messages, and upkeep of databases.
• Assist the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry with the planning of the annual budget.
• Assist with Catholic Campus Ministry's annual appeal, including the mailing and thank-you writing.
• Represent Catholic Campus Ministry at: university programs such as orientation days for new students and open houses, diocesan and local parish events, and local community activities.
• Participate in ceremonial occasions of the university and the diocese.
• Other tasks in collaboration with the Director.
• Fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church
• Master's Degree in pastoral ministry, theology, or equivalent training/experience
• Experience in campus ministry and/or youth or young adult ministry
• Enthusiastic and compassionate leadership skills with commitment to the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church
• Being comfortable in large group dynamics as well as one-on-one interactions
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills, confident decision maker, creative solution seeker, and flexible with schedule changes
• Ability to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and religious leaders
• Ability to work evenings and weekends
• Competence in computer and social media skills
• Ability to complete a myriad of secretarial and financial responsibilities in an organized and time-sensitive manner
• Competency in Word, Excel, and some financial knowledge is important
• Ability to show sensitivity in handling confidential information
One Final Note:
This job description is somewhat flexible. We are looking for someone who has unique charisms and talents- to be able to use them for the glory of God and salvation of souls. We are looking for someone who has the charism of college campus ministry.