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Job Type: Full-Time Position
Location: Houston, TX
NOTE: Hiring for this position was paused at the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and is now re-open for hiring for the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to move forward!
Duration: School Year per contract (11 months)
Reporting to: Director of Campus Ministry
Schedule: Monday through Friday (participate in overnight retreats/mission trips/student evening events)
Hours: 7:45 am – 3:20 pm
Mission: Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
Faith, Community, and Dominican Charism
• Ensure that the four pillars of a Dominican education (prayer, study, community, preaching) are developed and promoted among the school community
• Develops an active faith community and models Christian values
• Incorporates prayer and spiritual formation within the student, faculty/staff and parent communities
• Upholds and implements the Dominican charism and the Houston Dominican Sisters congregational goals
The office of Campus Ministry is integral to the mission of St. Agnes Academy. In collaboration with the Director of Campus Ministry, the coordinator of Campus Ministry is responsible for nurturing spirituality and creating ongoing opportunities for faith development of students with an intentional focus on service and living faith, building an inclusive environment for students who might not otherwise be engaged in their faith.
The main responsibilities will include:
The Coordinator of Campus Ministry is responsible for overseeing ongoing faith development opportunities throughout the year, focusing especially on discipleship and sustainable faith among all students, from the first moments of 9th grade, through their experience at St. Agnes.
Programming should include, but is not limited to:
1. Campus Ministry Club and its leadership (peer ministry, as well as guidance from Coordinator)
2. Service projects and outings (ex: Caritas club)
3. Respect Life Club
4. Other programming as the Director or Coordinator sees fit, such as Reconciliation services, Meditation opportunities, Praise & Worship, other Spiritual formation opportunities.
Service and Social Justice are integral parts of the Mission of St. Agnes Academy. Students complete 100 hours of service between Junior and Senior years. This service is commissioned, completed and recorded through the Office of Campus Ministry, under the leadership of the Coordinator of Campus Ministry.
Retreats, Conferences, and Mission Trips:
Retreats, conferences and mission trips are offered for our students and faculty to allow an opportunity to deepen one’s faith and build community with one’s peers. The Coordinator of Campus Ministry attends all retreats, certain conferences and mission trips, and assists in ensuring a smooth, powerful experience and connecting ongoing programming to these experiences. This may include working with student peer ministers, responsible for designing and facilitating retreats.
Liturgy & Prayer:
All liturgy and prayer at St. Agnes should have the goal of bringing students, faculty and staff to a deeper relationship with God. We should practice liturgy that recognizes the faith and gifts of the individual and of the community.
The Department of Campus Ministry facilitates celebrations for all Holy Days of Obligation, as well as major Dominican feasts and opportunities to celebrate the mission of St. Agnes. The Department works as a team, guided by the Coordinator of Liturgy, to facilitate all aspects of these celebrations.
The Department of Campus Ministry currently provides opportunities to celebrate Mass most Thursdays during Community Time, facilitated by the Coordinator of Liturgy. The Department of Campus Ministry attends all Daily Masses.
Daily Prayer on VTV
The whole school community prays together daily with a student-led prayer on VTV. The Coordinator of Campus Ministry ensures that there is a student leader for each day’s prayer, and provides the prayer for the student (or works with students to write/provide prayers).
The chapel serves as a physical symbol of our school’s commitment to our faith. The Campus Ministry Department works together, guided by the Coordinator of Liturgy, to ensure that the Chapel remains a prayerful environment.
Students should see the Coordinator of Campus Ministry as an advocate and a person whom they can turn to in times of need. The Coordinator is a pastoral minister, first and foremost.
The Coordinator of Campus Ministry teaches at least two classes.
1. Maintain excellent organizational and record-keeping skills, creating lists, keeping track of programming details and logistics throughout the year.
2. Collect and organize paperwork, payments, permission slips, for all retreats and Campus Ministry programming
3. Coordinating supplies, providing meals/snacks/hospitality for Campus Ministry events including retreats, meetings, liturgies as needed
4. Plan and calendar events and programming, working with the Director of Campus Ministry
5. Returning phone calls and emails pertaining to the Coordinator of Campus Ministry as well as the Department of Campus Ministry.
Personal and Professional Growth and Development:
1. Keep current on trends and developments in teenager development and spirituality.
2. Attend conferences that pertain to ministry and participate in Archdiocesan workshops that relate to the field.
3. Seek out “best practices” in the Houston area and nationally.
4. With the Director of Campus Ministry, work to maintain and build relationships with parishes, schools, youth ministry programs and campus ministers
• Commitment to embracing the mission of St. Agnes Academy
• Completed Safe Haven training
• Practicing Roman Catholic in good standing
• BA in Theology, Pastoral Studies, or related field, MA is preferred; three-five years’ relevant experience
• Must show a demonstrated competency in multicultural, ecumenical, and interfaith issues
• An ability to continue and advance the ecumenical and inter-religious understanding among students, faculty and staff on campus, and support all students in their own unique faith formation.
• An understanding of the spiritual/religious development stages for contemporary teenagers/young adults and the capacity to implement programs to meet these spiritual developmental aspirations
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
• Strong work ethic with the ability to manage multiple, and occasionally simultaneous, deadlines and projects
• Excellent accuracy in completing project work
• Excellent judgment, confidentiality, discretion, and diplomacy
• Highly organized and reliable with demonstrated success working in quick-paced, dynamic environment with many responsibilities, ability to act efficiently on last minute projects
This job operates in a professional/education/office environment, with many responsibilities taking place outside of the school building, at retreat facilities (large group camps). This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at desk area, communicate via phone/face to face, manually input data into a computer, walk to different office areas, reach with hands and arms, travel in buses and airplanes, pack/unpack/move retreat boxes, participate in games/activities, endurance/stamina for retreat walking, hiking, dancing and lifting a minimum of 25 lbs.
Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
St. Agnes Academy was founded in 1905 by Mother Pauline Gannon, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas. The Academy opened on February 11, 1906, at its former location at 3901 Fannin. It was in operation at that site until September 1963 when the present-day campus opened at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in Sharpstown. St. Agnes numbers more than 10,000 graduates, many of whom now have daughters, granddaughters, and even great-granddaughters who are Academy students or alumnae.
In 1917 St. Agnes was accredited by the University of Texas and the State Board of Education. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations: Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, The National Catholic Educational Association, The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and The College Board.
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