Assistant Catholic Campus Minister

Lewisburg, PA
Sep 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Assistant Catholic Campus Minister for Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) is a full-time assistant to the Chaplain for the Catholic Community and provides faith-based support, ministry, and programming to Bucknell Catholic students and the broader University community. The Assistant Catholic Campus Minister will work closely with the CCM student-led leadership team providing advisement, mentorship, and guidance. This position partners with the University Chaplain, Chaplain for the Jewish Community, and other religious professionals connected with faith groups on campus. The Assistant Catholic Campus Minister is a member of the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life team within the Diversity and Inclusion department.

Job Duties -

• Advise and mentor CCM student leaders in planning retreats, prayer groups, and other faith-based activities; local community service projects and trips; and student social events.
• Initiate, plan, and implement annual CCM programs and initiatives including the Peace and Justice Lecture, Faith Based Alternative Spring Break, and Educational trips and the Women's Retreat.
• Develop and lead Catholic retreats, discussion groups, and prayer services for students, faculty, and staff.
• Provide pastoral counseling and spiritual direction to students. Make referrals to the Counseling and Student Development (CSDC) Center, Bucknell Student Health, and other appropriate offices.
• Oversee and attend weekly CCM Thursday night dinners. Recruit volunteer chefs and coordinate dinner preparation.
• Coordinate and lead the annual CCM Student Ministry Team Discernment including the application and interview process.
• Coordinate administrative tasks with the Catholic Chaplain.
• Provide articles and reflections in the weekly CCM Insights newsletter.
• Coordinate, review, and edit all CCM publications.
• Assist in the coordination of Catholic Life fundraising activities.
• Provide support and advisement to parents of Catholic students as needed.
• Develop Catholic religious, cultural, and service programming in partnership with academic departments and University offices.
• Contribute to and support interfaith programming and initiatives as part of the Chaplains and Religious Life team.
• Work with the University Chaplain, Jewish Chaplain, and Chaplain for the Catholic Community to promote inter-religious understanding and appreciation for religious diversity.
• Participate in ceremonial occasions of the University such as memorial services, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
• Work with and provide outreach to Bucknell's extended constituencies including alumni and parents.
• Work closely with the Diocese of Harrisburg and participate in appropriate diocesan meetings, communication, events, and training.
• Build and maintain relationships between Catholic Campus Ministry and the Lewisburg area community, especially Catholic communities, organizations, and volunteers.

Departmental and Divisional Responsibilities:
• Assist with the management of Diversity & Inclusion departmental projects, strategic plans, and staff development.
• Represent the Diversity & Inclusion department and the Division of Student Affairs by serving on University committees.
• Attend and actively participate in office, departmental, and divisional staff meetings and retreats.
• Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty, and staff.
• Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications -

• Fully initiated and practicing member of the Catholic Church
• Master's degree or equivalent training in an appropriate area of study (e.g. theology, religious studies, pastoral care, CCMA-sponsored Catholic Campus Minister Certification)
• Two years experience working with youth/young adult ministry in an educational and/or inter-religious setting
• Strong commitment to student growth and development
• Strong commitment to personal prayer and spiritual growth
• Posses an awareness of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Posses a basic understanding of Roman Catholic teaching in the areas of:
1. God, Christ, Church
2. Ethics and Moral Theology
3. Peace and Justice
4. Canon Law
5. Church History (World and American)
6. Pastoral Theology (Liturgy and Sacrament, Spirituality and Prayer, Scripture and Interpretation)
7. Adheres to Catholic Church teaching

This position requires evening and weekend availability.

Preferred Qualifications -

• Experience working with college students.
• Training and experience in providing spiritual direction to college students.
• Knowledge of developmental and spiritual issues central to college students.

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

Bucknell University believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns.

Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution, that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs.