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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTERY
Young Adult Ministry, FT Employee
Diocese of Harrisburg (Bloomsburg University, PA)
Position: Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
Reports to: Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
Summary: 10 Month – Full Time
The Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry serves primarily as an ecclesial leader, professional in higher education, and pastoral minister providing mentorship for students, pastoral care, young adult faith formation, and vocation discernment. Together with the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry and the Administrative Assistant, the Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, is responsible for helping to articulate and fulfill Catholic Campus Ministry’s overall mission and vision of comprehensive campus ministry which forms the faith community, appropriates the faith, forms Christian conscience, educates for justice, facilitates personal development, develops leaders for the future, and promotes vocations.
Forming the Faith Community:
• Create innovative ways to bring people together, invite, and encourage a community of faith that witnesses the presence of the risen Christ.
• Represent Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at: university programs such as orientation days for new students and open houses, diocesan and local parish events, and local Bloomsburg community activities.
• Maintain communication between CCM, alumni, parents, the local Bloomsburg community, the local parish of Saint Columba 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.
• Participate in ceremonial occasions of the university and the diocese.
Appropriating the Faith:
• Respond credibly, intelligently, and sensitively to inquiry about the Catholic faith.
• Provide formal and informal opportunities for young adult faith formation.
• Coordinate the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Confirmation preparation program to assist inquirers in their journey of faith.
• Attend weekly liturgies (especially Mass), and coordinate the team of liturgical leaders.
Forming the Christian Conscience:
• Present the wisdom of the Catholic Tradition with respect to the Church’s teachings concerning ethics, values, and questions of morality.
• Teach and model decision-making skills based upon Gospel values and how to identify moral relativism through an informed conscience.
• Provide pastoral care to students and make appropriate referrals to Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, Catholic Charities, and other appropriate offices.
Educating for Justice:
• Encourage Catholic Social Teaching in all areas of campus ministry and catechize the depth of the seven themes of building a just society.
• Develop and maintain positive ecumenical and interfaith relationships with other campus ministers to promote inter-religious appreciation and dialogue for religious diversity.
Facilitating Personal Development:
• Coordinate annual retreats such as the Busy Persons Retreat and other overnight retreats and trips for students.
• Take responsibility to update professional education, personal development, and pastoral skills to ensure competency.
• Model the need for personal reflection on the presence of God, commitment to prayer from the heart, and dedication to ongoing spiritual growth.
Developing Leaders for the Future:
• Mentor and guide the student Leadership Team in planning, implementing and evaluating spiritual, service, and social activities.
• With the Director of CCM, plan and implement the day of discernment of student officers and appoint additional student leaders as needed.
• Provide theological leadership seminars throughout the semester to enable students to speak with confidence about living their faith on campus.
• Promote vocations to the ordained priesthood, the vowed religious life, the married life, and the committed single life through a variety of programs and opportunities for students to encounter each vocation on a regular basis.
• Provide discernment to students who seek assistance in responding to their call to live a life of holiness and service.
• Perform written and oral administrative tasks including: developing the weekly Cor ad Cor Loquitor e-newsletter, in addition to the liturgical leader schedules; publicity, email communication, phone messages, and upkeep of databases.
• Assist the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry with the planning of the annual budget.
• Other ministry-related 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 youth/young adult ministry
• Ability to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and religious leaders
• Ability to show sensitivity in handling confidential information
• Competence in computer skills
• Being comfortable in large group dynamics as well as one-on-one interactions
• Enthusiastic and compassionate leadership skills with a global world view, and commitment to the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church
• Excellent organizational skills, confident decision maker, creative solution seeker, and flexible with schedule changes. (89)
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