Reporting to the Director of Campus Ministry, the Campus Minister will share in the pastoral leadership and service of the university community. This position will advance the department's mission to foster the spiritual life of students by overseeing the pastoral support of diverse Christian students, strengthening ecumenical understanding and collaboration, and engagement with students of varied religious traditions. In addition, this position promotes interfaith understanding and relationships. This is a full-time, 10.5 month/year position (August 16-June 30).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Pastoral Leadership and Service
Provides pastoral support to students, regardless of religious affiliation. May include support during crises, spiritual accompaniment, general mentorship.
Supports other Campus Ministry-sponsored events and programs, such as outreach, retreats, university liturgies and departmental planning.
Represents the department and its pastoral role in varied university functions and committees
2. Provide leadership for diverse Christian ministries and ecumenical engagement
Plans and leads programs for Protestant and evangelical Christian students (e.g. small groups, Bible study, worship, fellowship, etc.).
Supports and advises Christian student groups as needed and requested, including registered student organizations.
Plans campus-wide ecumenical services (e.g. University Christmas service, Ash Wednesday)
Directs events for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)
Supports the student-led InterChristian Council
3. Promote interfaith understanding and dialogue
Serves as department liaison to student groups of various faith traditions (e.g. Jewish Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Sikh Student Union, etc.) and collaboratively supports their events and programs
Leads campus-wide interfaith services, including those in partnership with other departments (e.g. Thanksgiving, Immigration Week Agape service)
In partnership with appropriate faith-based club, leads planning and support for several annual events (e.g. Welcome Havdallah, Passover Seder, Ramadan Iftar, etc.).
Directs department's contribution to campus events related to religious diversity.
Plans and organizes student participation in interfaith formation and conferences (e.g. Interfaith Youth Corp offerings)
Supports Campus Minister for Graduate Student Ministry with resourcing of graduate students of varied religious traditions.
4. Strengthen internal and external partnerships
In collaboration with Center for Student Involvement, provides leadership, guidance, and mentorship to all faith-based registered student organizations.
Directs department's inclusion and support of faith-based student organizations.
Develop relationships with faculty and staff who can serve as resources and representatives of various religious traditions.
Establishes relationships with local Christian churches to make referrals for worship, as needed.
Develops relationships with religious bodies and interfaith organizations who resource students and advance interreligious education (e.g. Hillel of Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Interfaith Youth Corp, etc.).
Represent Campus Ministry on university committees, meetings and /or at events related to religious diversity, pluralism, inclusion, and in appropriate liturgical functions.
Discerns appropriateness of outside religious organizations that wish to operate on campus or resource students.
5. Supervision and mentorship of students.
Conducts regular meetings with student employees and volunteers to foster their learning and formation in ministry.
Promotes sustainable time commitments among student employees and volunteers.
Develops student leaders who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.
6. Other duties as assigned
1. Contributes to the department's efforts to carry out its mission, vision, and strategic priorities. 2. Ensures regular assessment of programs and events according to department guidelines. 3. Coordinates outreach and recruitment efforts for related programs. 4. Oversees financial accountability for area budget. 5. Establishes effective relationships within the university and beyond to advance department goals. 6. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. 7. Engages in professional development opportunities that enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.
Provides Work Direction
1. Supervises two student employees and shares in the mentorship of other student staff and volunteers.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
Work includes regular evening and weekend commitments.
May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
May be required to travel locally for department programs or to meet with partner organizations.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Office environment with frequent interruptions.
Regular events and programs in other campus buildings.
Pastoral needs that require immediate attention can surface unexpectedly.
Theologically prepared to engage with Christians of various traditions and to foster ecumenical relationships
Knowledge of non-Christian traditions and how to foster interreligious relations
Understanding of Catholic theological perspectives and their expression in ministry.
Appreciation for the tradition of Jesuit education, and Ignatian spirituality.
Pastoral care and spiritual accompaniment, including for crises response
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to use diverse tools for communication and planning, including Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Education (docs, sheets, forms, calendar, drive), social media, and the ability to adapt to new technologies
Adept at event planning and management
Relates to and serve as a mentor for college students in their spiritual formation
Serves as a pastoral minister for people from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions
Recruit, train, and supervise student staff and volunteers
Plans bible study, prayer services, small group discussions
Facilitates small groups and able to guide others in small group facilitation.
Able to work both independently and in collaboration with others
Demonstrates intercultural competencies
Education and/or Experience
Master's Degree of Divinity, Theology, Pastoral Ministry or related field, required.
At least 2 years of ministerial experience (paid or volunteer), required.
Knowledge and demonstrated experience with well-integrated Protestant Christian faith and ability to advance ecumenical and interreligious engagement.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.