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Associate Director, Campus Ministry
Opening date:  3/25/2019
Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.
Internal Closing date:  
Bulletin No.:  2019  -  0987

Position Summary
The Associate Director of Campus Ministry embraces Gannon University’s primary aim of “transforming lives and fostering transformation” by re-visioning and sustaining  a model for student leadership in Campus Ministry and maintaining and growing a vibrant retreat program in Campus Ministry at Gannon University.  The Associate Director will work collaboratively with the Campus Ministry team to create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn by engagement in small groups, intentional mentorship, and meaningful relationships with the aim of helping students answer the question “How will I live my life?”  The Associate Director will form students around four mission values: faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility, so that students are equipped and instilled with the confidence to evangelize, inspire, and change culture.  The appropriation of faith and the spiritual development of students will be central to all dimensions of this work, including accompanying students on their personal exploration of values and worldview. S/he will also have opportunities to participate in high-impact programs for student engagement across the University. 

Essential Functions
  1. With the guidance of the director, and with the support of the Campus Ministry team, the Associate Director is responsible for the Campus Ministry Student Leader Selection Process and Student Leader Formation and Development, which includes a student-leader retreat each year.  Will coordinate a program for student leadership in Campus Ministry that forms student leaders who serve with the professional staff as co-workers and fellow accompaniers.   
  2. Directs the vision for Campus Ministry’s student-led retreat program, and builds partnerships across Student Development and Engagement to grow retreat opportunities across the entire division. Prepares and mentors teams of student-leaders to lead and facilitate high impact retreat experiences.  This will include faith-based retreats that  focus on the appropriation of faith, character formation, and cultivation of virtue within Campus Ministry, as well as partnership to meet retreat needs of other offices, including but not limited to Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Recreation and Wellness, etc.   
  3. Collaborates with faculty of Theology courses, First-Year Seminar courses, and others to support the creation of academic courses that contain a retreat requirement, providing opportunities to more fully engage academic material through an enriching retreat experience that can assist in giving clarity to students’ professional/vocational aspirations.   
  4. Assists the Director and the Campus Ministry Team in the development and implementation of Campus Ministry programs and essential functions, including but not limited to: Liturgies, special prayer services and vigils, the pastoral care, faith formation, and the catechesis of the university community.   
  5. Assists the Director in creating and maintaining outcomes and strategic goals for Campus Ministry programs, especially small groups, faith sharing groups, campus outreach, and student leadership.   
  6. Provides intentional and sustained outreach to one or more of the following specific student populations as assigned: Student-Athletes, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the L.G.B.T.+ community, commuters, international students, graduate students, and interfaith initiatives.   
  7. Supports high-impact programs for student engagement across the University as desired / assigned, which may include interfaith formation, orientation/transition/retention, globalization initiatives, A.B.S.T.’s (Alternative Break Service Trips), and the T.R.A.V.E.L. Program (Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning).   
  8. Serves as a member of the Mission and Ministry team, working closely with the Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry, the Director of Campus Ministry, and the Director of the Center for Social Concerns, as well as other Campus Ministers.   
  9. Serves on University committees as appropriate.   
  10. Performs other duties as assigned within the scope and responsibility and requirements of the job.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Under general supervision, this position reports to the Director of Campus Ministry and may assign and the check work of student employees and student leaders.

Contact With Others

Internal:  Has regular contact with faculty, administrators, staff, and students, exchanging information for the development of campus programs.       

External:  Has contact with the Diocesan Campus Ministry Office and the Coalition for Christian Outreach to develop campus ministry programming and to maintain standardized programs and services.


Education:  A Master’s degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, or a related field is required.   

Experience:  Three years of professional ministerial experience in a campus, parish, or other ministry type environment is preferred.  Experience with developing student leaders and facilitating / creating retreats is essential.   

Skills:  Must have working knowledge of Catholic Tradition, mainline Protestant and non-denominational traditions, and of the principles of ministry.  Must have the ability to address large groups of people and to effectively communicate and educate on issues pertinent to Catholic and ecumenical values and traditions.  Must have leadership ability as well as the ability to work among a diverse ecumenical team.  Must have the ability to mentor and advise multiple teams of student leaders concurrently.  Interfaith Competency is a significant plus.   

Licenses and Certifications: A valid driver’s license is required.   

University Mission:  Must be able to support and promote the University’s Mission.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to meet the physical demands associated with working in a University, camp or retreat environment.  

Working Conditions
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and overnight events.  Some work may be performed outdoors.

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