Director of University Ministry

Joliet, Illinois, United States

Job description

USF believes University Ministry is one of the important ways the Church exercises her mission in higher education by promoting theological study and spiritual reflection gathering the community for prayer, liturgy and learning. The Director of University Ministry is responsible for the total University Ministry operations and committed to living out the mission of the university. Manages, directs and empowers the entire University Ministry team, including the Assistant Director, Peer Ministers, work-study students and volunteers in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and walking with those searching to deepen their relationship with God. This role is a key voice for articulating USF’s Catholic Franciscan mission and values to the students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work under the aegis of the approved Mission Statement and Charism of the University of St. Francis
  • Assure that the pastoral and spiritual needs of the university community are being addressed
  • Integrate all activities to be grounded in the Catholic teachings and a witness to Franciscan Tradition
  • Supervise Assistant Director and Peer Ministers and collaborate with University Chaplain in providing necessary organization in implementing the university ‘Cornerstone Programs’ for each academic year:

1. Religious Programming

2. Community Service

3. Values Education

4. Community Building

  • Provide necessary direction regarding ‘Service’ by designing programs for the understanding of ‘Peace Making’ both on campus and at off-campus sites
  • Assist the Vice-President of Mission Integration and Ministry in coordinating symposiums on issues of Ethics, Women in the Church, Peace and Justice, the church’s teachings on Social Justice documents, and student needs of the university
  • Responsible for maintaining a Social Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation component for the University Ministry Program with a special focus on mission trips during fall and spring breaks
  • Assist University Chaplain for the celebration of the sacraments, all university liturgies and para liturgies
  • Arrange events and programs of interest to the student body and invite speakers to address these topics
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Affairs, Alumni Affairs, and Admissions including during Freshman and Transfer orientation
  • Coordinate the Francis and Clare week activities in the first week of October
  • Maintain all aspects of the St. Joseph campus chapel (including weddings)
  • Manage University Ministry budget
  • Prepare reports for the Board of Trustees on the state of the department, track and assess Ministry programming
  • Actively participate in the Catholic Franciscan Charism Council
  • Liaison between University Ministry and Diocese of Joliet, especially regarding mission trips (Bolivia)
  • Participate in and promote a culture of continuing quality improvement
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Theology or Pastoral Studies from accredited institution, or equivalent experience
  • Three years’ experience in Pastoral Ministry
  • Proof of ability to direct and lead a team respecting strengths and inspiring trust
  • Person of high moral integrity and compassion
  • Commitment to USF Mission Statement and values
  • Exceptional leadership, organizational and communication skills
  • Possess high energy for the college temperament
  • Understanding of the holistic growth of a diversity of university students’ faith journey
  • Ability to perform the physical and temporal requirements of the position


  • Practicing Catholic with demonstrable commitment to the Roman Catholic Tradition

Preferred Requirements

  • Two years’ experience in higher education

Hours/Shift/Work Schedule

Minimum 40 hours per week in office; flexible and includes days, evenings, and some weekend duties.

Physical Requirements of Position

Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This sedentary work requires the following physical activities: sitting, walking, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.

Posting Number: FP0336-16

How to apply

Apply online

We are an Equal Op Employer and welcome all persons. Applicants requiring accommodation should contact Human Resources at

Salary and other considerations will be competitive and consistent with the university’s commitment to recruiting the best-qualified individual. For further information on the university and our department, please visit