Assistant Director for Faith Formation

Office of Campus Ministry, Loyola University Maryland

Under the supervision of the Director of Campus Ministry, the Assistant Director coordinates and provides faith-based programming, prayer, retreats and formation to support students in their faith development. This position oversees logistics and preparation for weddings and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. The Assistant Director will work in close collaboration with Campus Ministry team to promote the Catholic and Jesuit character of the university, foster a culture of inclusion and equity, build community, and provide personal care for the Loyola community.

Oversees two Kairos retreats and two semesterly days of reflection. Recruits, trains, forms and supervises retreat leaders. Coordinates all logistical aspects of each retreat, i.e. facility reservations, meals, transportation. Creates, adapts, and implements curriculum for retreats and reflection to meet the needs of students and programs. Coordinates all aspects of publicity and marketing for each retreat. Coordinates outreach to the wider Loyola community to recruit faculty, administrators, and staff to serve as leadership team members. Participates in the Campus Ministry Intern formation retreat.

Oversees and promotes the Cura faith-sharing groups and program. Organizes leader retreat development and implementation. Facilitate one faith-sharing group per semester. Broadly advertises and actively recruits group members and leaders for affinity-based Cura groups. Develops and manages effective system for member registration and group placement based on theme interest and availability. Manages weekly meeting agendas and updates program curriculum. Plans and facilitates monthly leader meetings and coordinates semester social events for Cura participants. Maintain regular contact and communication with group leaders. Supports group leaders with ongoing recruitment assistance and reflection materials. Evaluates the program each semester and adjusts programs to align and fulfill University, office, and program goals.

Coordinates reservations for the Alumni Chapel in cooperation with the Director of Liturgy & Music and the Office of Event Services. Maintains & distributes monthly Chapel events calendar. Maintains all written correspondence and documentation, including, but not limited to: Archdiocesan forms/dispensations/letters of delegation, correspondence with wedding couples, correspondence with presiding clergy, and correspondence with Archdiocese of Baltimore Chancery Office. Serves as a liaison with Cathedral of Mary Our Queen staff. Receives and screens all telephone correspondence establishes and maintains open lines of communication among all concerned parties. Maintains Wedding website content and presence. Coordinates and processes administrative fees payable to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen each month. Schedules wedding sacristans and prepares stipend requests for each sacristan monthly. Coordinates and facilitates the annual Marriage Preparation Weekend, including, but not limited to reserving conference facilities and catering/Office of Event Services, correspondence with wedding couples and recruitment and orientation of topic presenters.

Coordinates and facilitates the R.C.I.A. process. Plans overall RCIA process and provides ongoing communication with catechumens and candidates about the RCIA sessions. Communicates with the Archdiocese of Baltimore for coordinating date with Bishop/Archbishop. Invites and coordinates theology faculty, Jesuit community members, staff, administrators, and students for presentations/catechesis as needed. Coordinates candidate activities and support during formation and liturgical stages of the RCIA process.

Provides pastoral support to students from various religious affiliation. May include support during crises, some spiritual direction, general mentorship. Support other Campus Ministry-sponsored events and programs, such as retreats. Represent the department and its pastoral role in varied university functions and committees.

Participates in weekly staff meetings, Campus Ministry events and celebrations, University orientations and Admissions’ open houses. Co-leads formation and training for interns and student leaders on topics ranging from Ignatian spirituality, racial justice and interfaith cooperation and dialogue. Engage in discussions regarding the vision and priorities of Campus Ministry. Participate regularly in the worship life of the university. Represent Campus Ministry as requested by the director on university functions, committees and activities as requested by the Director.

Performs all other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Qualifications
In-depth knowledge of the Catholic faith and theology along with an appreciation and respect for diversity of faiths and traditions. Skills and experience planning and leading faith-based retreats.Exceptional organization skills. Commitment to engaging college students in spiritual and social justice issues. Experience and ability to foster religious literacy and fluency in diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. Possess exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm.

Knowledge of office practices, procedures, systems, and equipment. Working knowledge of Archdiocesan and parish structures and operations. Knowledgeable and comfortable with church documents on liturgy and the sacraments. Masters degree in Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies, Ministry or related field and 1-3 years of experience.

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