TITLE: University Minister, Ministry en lo Cotidiano
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT (Full Time; 12 months)
DEPARTMENT: University Ministry
REPORTS TO: Director, University Ministry
PRIMARY PURPOSE/POSITION SUMMARY:
The University Minister, Ministry en lo Cotidiano integrates the University’s mission as a Catholic, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and the four pillars of the Dominican Order by centering the ways of knowing and ministering, living and praying of Latine communities that have been historically minoritized in Catholic higher education. The University Minister will engage and mentor students, partner with staff, faculty and community stakeholders to help fulfill Dominican University’s strategic commitment to equity and inclusive excellence. This position seeks to build healthy, faith-based communities that represent the full diversity of God’s creation. It will draw on, celebrate and engage the cultural wealth, strengths and assets of Latine communities, in particular. The University Minister will have a strong personal and theological formation in the Roman Catholic Church, and a knowledge of and appreciation for the sources, methods and experiences of Latine communities and the scholarship that emerges from them.
This is a grant-funded position with anticipated conclusion in December 2025. These grants are renewable.
Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 51% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Latino. Among undergraduates, 48% are Pell-eligible and 43% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.
VISION OF UNIVERSITY MINISTRY
University Ministry aspires to the following values in every aspect of daily living with the students, faculty, and staff of Dominican University:
- We are a community of radical hospitality that fosters belonging.
- We honor and cultivate the rhythm of contemplation and action.
- We do theology, ministry, and formation that begins with students' social locations—their cultures, faith traditions and their own human development.
- We are called to interfaith dialogue and action because we are a Catholic, Dominican community.
- We witness and celebrate the places where God's right relationship, or justice, emerges and we commit ourselves to bringing about that same justice in daily life.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES:
To support the University’s mission: As a Sinsinawa-Dominican sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to prepare students to pursue truth, give compassionate service and participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.
As a diverse, Catholic HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution), we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to relationship-centered service and leadership reflective of the Dominican mission.
JOB COMPONENTS/ DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, & DEVELOPMENT (70%)
Ministry en lo Cotidiano is a leadership development and faith formation program that immerses undergraduate students in Latine communities in Chicago and the near western suburbs. This program fosters the fellows’ vocational discernment through transformative mutual encounters in these communities and carefully crafted, weekly theological reflection that draw on the sources, methods and resources of Latine theologies and spiritual traditions.
- Engage, mentor and resource student leaders to provide meaningful service that is highly valued by community partners and contributes to their respective missions
- In conjunction with the Director of University Ministry, establish and nurture mutually enriching community partnerships that participate in the organization’s efforts to address structural inequity and create vibrant faith communities, especially among minoritized peoples
- Create and develop theological and spiritual formation experiences that are grounded in the sources, methods and resources, strengths and assets, and daily lived experiences of Latine communities
- Utilize assessment data to determine approaches to the growth, replication and scalability of this program
- Create new and strengthen existing pathways for Latine students to utilize internships as credit-bearing high impact practices and, in conjunction with the Director of University Ministry, collaborate with faculty to develop new curricula that align with these experiences in order to promote retention and purposeful, timely completion of studies
2. FAITH PRACTICES, JUSTICE MINISTRY, PASTORAL MINISTRY AND COLLABORATION (30%)
- Collaborate with University and community stakeholders to create practices that emerge from the rich faith identities and cultural commitments of every student
- Actively support the initiatives of University Ministry where possible, including but not limited to the following: Sister Melissa Waters Internship Program, Theological Reflection, Alternative Break Immersions, Liturgy, etc.
- In collaboration with the University Ministry team, create and maintain the Ministry Center and all virtual gathering spaces as places of welcome and belonging
- Provide pastoral presence and spiritual companioning to students, as needed
- Participate in and contribute to the division of Mission and Ministry and other relevant committees of the University
- Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of Roman Catholic theologies and histories, specifically those theologies that emerge from Latine communities in the United States
- Open to and knowledgeable in ecumenical and interfaith engagement
- Immersion in and ability to articulate the Catholic social traditions
- Some experience in community organizing, community development, non-profit program coordination, ministry and/or university education
- Demonstrated ability to manage small budgets (events, etc.)
- Strong communication skills both verbal and written, and excellent organizational skills
- Effective interpersonal skills to develop collaborative working relationships across a diversity of racial and cultural backgrounds
- Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and establish goals
- Willingness and ability to work varied hours as needed
- Willingness and ability to travel occasionally for retreats, conferences and alternate break immersions
- Professional Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in theology or pastoral ministry preferred
Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
A background screening is required.
Apply online at http://www.dom.edu/jobs. Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, CV/resume and a list of three references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission. Applications will be accepted immediately and review will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and questions may be directed to Tara Segal, hiring manager ([email protected]).