Assistant Director for Spiritual Life; St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN)

Position Introduction

Seeking to foster the vibrancy of faith life at Saint Mary’s College, the Assistant Director for Spiritual Life provides engaging spiritual experiences for students and supports the growth of faith communities on campus. The Assistant Director guides the direction of liturgical life, small faith sharing groups, retreats, and interfaith outreach. This position oversees a team of chaplains and student leaders who assist in coordination of all spiritual life activities through the Center for Faith, Action, and Ministry.

Job Description

The Assistant Director for Spiritual Life guides the overall spiritual life programming, leads evangelization efforts, and facilitates ecumenical and interreligious outreach to students of diverse backgrounds. The position will create a robust retreat program for students emphasizing residential life, specialized focus of theological reflection, and practices that deepen the spiritual life of all students. The AD develops prayer and worship opportunities for the Saint Mary’s community, provides liturgical leadership for Catholic Mass, and provides support for ecumenical and interfaith services. The position coordinates student leaders for spiritual life including small group leaders, retreat leaders, and liturgical/music ministers.

The AD works closely with the Director of CFAM and AD for Justice and Solidarity for strategic planning and leadership of faith and justice initiatives of the Center. The position manages a team of chaplains and oversees pastoral care efforts, as well as assists the Director in facilitating sacramental preparation processes to students. The AD creates pilgrimage opportunities and provides spiritual guidance to students on an ongoing basis. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Divinity or Master’s Degree in Theology, Spirituality, or a related field required
  • Roman Catholic with a commitment to ministry in these contexts: Catholic, ecumenical, multi-religious/interreligious
  • 3-5 years of experience in Catholic higher education or college campus ministry, familiarity with the Holy Cross Charism preferred
  • Experience with planning Roman Catholic Mass, musical expertise strongly preferred
  • Supervisory experience, experience in working with Catholic priests, and desire to work with ecumenical and interfaith chaplains to meet the needs of a spiritually diverse student population
  • Commitment to practices of hospitality and welcome 
  • Experience offering catechesis, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to execute a new program or event from idea to completion
  • Computer skills including Google programs


40 hours/week, 12 months. Due to the nature of student programming, this position will require periodic evening and weekend hours as assigned. 

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