The Church in the 21st Century Center emerged from the University's 2002 response to the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and became a permanent Boston College center in 2005. Its mission is to be a resource and catalyst for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the 21st Century. It has identified four foci for special attention: handing on the faith, sexuality in the Catholic tradition, roles and relationships in the Church, and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
In the past eleven years, the C21 Center has sponsored or cosponsored approximately 500 events that have attracted more than 65,000 participants, including 500 outside scholars or prominent Church figures who have participated in Center programs. The Center sponsors a robust website that provides access to Center programs and resources to a global audience, including more than 400 webcasts of C21 programs. Among its regular publications is C21 Resources, a 40-page magazine that features commissioned articles as well as the best articles from Catholic magazines, journals, and newspapers, and has a circulation of 175,000. The C21 Center has also established a book series with more than a dozen titles in print and more expected in 2015.
In recent years, the Center has attempted to establish a more national and international presence and has received external funding to replicate its successful Agape Latte program for undergraduates in other colleges and to assist parishes in using Center resources for adult education programs.
While the Center is firmly established and widely acknowledged as a model of a Catholic university's commitment to use its resources to serve the Catholic community, Boston College seeks to enhance the role and impact of the Center in the choice of its new director. In Boston College's strategic plan, the Church in the 21st Century Center was identified as one of the key strategies in advancing BC's leadership among Catholic universities. The director, guided by a small steering committee and advised by a broader advisory committee, is responsible for the Center's programs and for the direction and supervision of the Center. An associate director is responsible for the development of all on-campus programs and for ordinary administration.
Since its inception, the C21 initiative has been linked to the President's Office, and the new director will report directly to the President of Boston College.
Position Details: Department: 010081 - Church in the 21st Century Position: 00010264 - Director Church in the 21st Century Grade: 4TH
Masters level degree (doctoral degree preferred) with solid theology, pastoral ministry, or church history background
5+ years of leadership experience in a Catholic higher education environment
Experience managing an enterprise with multiple public events each year
Experience in marketing/outreach to promote mission
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both tea...ching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.