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Vice President of Mission & Ministry
Marian University

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2024
Title Vice President of Mission & Ministry
University Marian University
Indianapolis, IN, United States
Department Mission & Identity
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Student Affairs

Job Description

As a part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University seeks a Vice President for Mission and Ministry to promote our Catholic Franciscan mission characterized by a joyful proclamation of the lived Gospel, intentionally forming a family of faith, and the relentless pursuit of wisdom. Working closely with the Chief Mission Officer, as well as the Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President will lead Marian University in empowering students to live as missionary disciples through formation programs and service opportunities. To do so, the Vice President will lead the Office of University Ministry in strategic planning, program implementation, and staff development. Furthermore, the Vice president will provide a joyful witness of the Catholic faith and the Franciscan charism to students and be a key resource and partner for faculty and staff.
The ideal will be a person of deep faith, have a joy-filled missionary spirit, possess expertise in the Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions, and be in good standing with the Catholic Church. S/He must possess an advanced degree in Theology (Ph.D. preferred), and have a demonstrated record of leadership.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Actively engage the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling the Franciscan Sponsorship Values and honoring the legacy of the founding congregation through transformative education, unity in diversity, leadership through service, integrating faith and life, and institutional policies. (integrated throughout all duties)
  • Develops the Ministry department through strategic planning, implementation, and staff development. (25%)
  • Ensure the availability of the sacraments on campus, the excellent and faithful celebration of the sacraments, and administer the sacraments as needed. (25%)
  • Available to students as needed for pastoral care, which may include, but is not limited to, bereavement visits, and spiritual direction. (30%)
  • Engages faculty, staff and administration in the Catholic Franciscan tradition and life of the university with VP Mission Integration. (10%)
  • Other Responsibilities: Collaborate with university and community stakeholders to advance the mission of the Center for Franciscan Leadership. Complete other duties as assigned. (10%)


Required Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Baptized, practicing Catholic with the ability to embody the Catholic Franciscan identity of the University as a practicing Catholic, exhibiting public conduct and ministerial practices reflective of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Master’s degree in ministry, theology, or equivalent; Ph.D. preferred
  • Expertise of the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Traditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in ministerial leadership
  • Record of excellent program design and implementation
  • Experience in working with persons of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Knowledge and understanding of the following Church documents as they relate to the execution of the duties assigned this position is required:
  • Documents of Vatican II
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae
  • Joy of the Gospel
  • Empowered by the Spirit
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong, internally motivated work ethic
  • Competency in the Microsoft office suite
  • Experience in budget management
  • Willingness and availability to work nights and weekends
  • Spanish fluency (preferred)


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications require a cover letter, a current resume, contact information for three professional references, and responses to the supplemental mission questions.

Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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