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About Sacred Heart University:
As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges-2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools-2023 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu
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The University Catholic Chaplain is responsible for enhancing, developing, and guiding ministry to SHU undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide for the sacramental life of the campus Catholic Community. In collaboration with Campus Ministry and the student Peer Ministry Team (PMT) assist with the planning and facilitation of a variety of liturgical celebrations, including weekday and weekend masses, as well as special liturgies that may arise.
Responsible for support to the Sacred Heart University community and alumni in relation to the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, confirmation, and marriage.
Offer sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer as components of retreats and other programs.
Participate in various service and social justice events organized by the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning.
Create and manage the planning and implementation of formal Sacramental preparation programs (RCIA), as well as develop faith-sharing opportunities.
Be available for pastoral and spiritual care for students, faculty and staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Flexible work schedule in order to be available for students. Weekend and evening hours are an expectation.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NEEDED:
Must be a validly ordained Catholic priest in good standing.
Undergraduate/Graduate degree in Theology, Pastoral Studies, or related field. Master's level degree preferred.
Knowledge of Catholic theology and the vision of the Second Vatican Council.
Demonstrated experience and pastoral sensitivity in parish or college ministry to college age students and young adults.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge and understanding of social media and other digital technologies to support outreach and engagement efforts with the Sacred Heart University community.
Comfort with clergy and students of other faith traditions.
Ability to collaborate effectively and creatively as a member of a team.
Sufficient initiative and confidence to work individually.
Demonstrated proficiency with facilitating group discussions and faith-sharing group activities.
Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate, mentor, and support student leaders.
Ability to support and guide students in issues related to the integration of their faith life.
Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Teams.
University-provided housing included.
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Inclusive Excellence
Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that our institution's success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alums, and surrounding community. It is a mastery of inclusion that fosters a consistent sense of belonging. Inclusive Excellence is aspirational and is the pillar that guides the mission, vision, and function of this unit.
To achieve Inclusive Excellence, our personal and organizational responsibilities are to:
Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.
Participate in educational and developmental activities to increase awareness and competencies of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole.
Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellence statements.
Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.
Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.