Director of Mission and Ministry Center

Saint Mary's College of California
  • Location
    Moraga, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 17

Position description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian heritage and Liberal Arts education, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 3,100 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College that they founded.

Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education rooted in inclusive excellence and community. Ranked in the Top 5 Best Colleges: Western Region by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Mary’s reputation for exceptional academic quality and unparalleled heart stems from its vibrant heritage as a Lasallian, Catholic, Liberal Arts institution. World-class faculty and exceptional staff join together with students to form a close-knit community that provides innovative education through hands-on, real world experience. The College is also deeply committed to the educational benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


**Accepting applications for internal transfers only***

The Director for the Center of Mission and Ministry, in consultation with the Vice President for Mission, develops, coordinates, and oversees the Mission and Ministry Center aligned with SMC's trifold liberal arts, Lasallian, Catholic mission. Student-centered areas of focus include: Liturgy, Prayer, and Faith Formation; Lasallian Formation and Student Leadership; Justice Education programming including overseeing the GaelPantry; Interfaith and Religious Diversity; programming and support as an Hispanic Serving Institution; and Retreats and Community--Residential Ministry. The Director coordinates the MMC response to the spiritual needs of our diverse student body and SMC community. In consultation with the Vice President for Mission, the Director oversees all programs, staff, budget and strategic planning as well as its implementation.The Director collaborates with the Vice President for Mission and other campus leaders, and Christian Brothers, to enhance, contribute to and support the Mission of the College, as well as emerging community needs and priorities.

Supervises and supports staff (full-time, part-time and student leaders) in the Mission and Ministry Center in their areas of responsibility. Meets with staff individually regularly and as a team on a weekly basis.
Responsible for staffing the Mission and Ministry Center to meet needs of SMC (searching for and hiring staff members), including planning and implementing a professional development plan for individuals and full department; evaluating staff regularly, and addressing any personnel matters)

Prepares and oversees annual budget, including regular budget analysis with VP for Mission to meet college budgetary priorities.

Develops and implements strategic plan for departmental assessment, growth, and development, aligned with institutional strategic planning and priorities, as well as emerging needs of students.

Provides service to the SMC community through service on committees, collaboration and communication with departments and colleagues; and supports integration of Mission across the College community.  
Committee membership includes Cummins Institute, Student Experience Committee, Lasallian Heritage Days, and other task forces and committees, as appropriate. Collaborations include Student Life, FYAC, CILSA, CERP, TRS, interfaith groups, Intercultural Center clubs, Health and Wellness, SIL, CWGE, Associated Students, Athletics, Development, etc.
Service to SMC campus includes oversight of the general maintenance and usage of the College chapel for weddings and events sponsored by on and off-campus groups.
Service also includes all communication from the MMC, both webpage and social media as well as emails, announcing activities, events and inviting participation from the broader campus community.

Supports programs advancing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Catholic Social Teaching, and initiatives promoting Vocation development for the SMC Community; collaborates with others to foster spiritual and intellectual growth of the campus community.

Provides programming and collaborates with others about Lasallian identity, including programs for FYAC, Jan Term, and teaching about Lasallian identity; collaborates on programs for the Lasallian network, including district, regional, and international as identified with the VP for Mission. These include the Lasallian Consortium for Interfaith and Religious Diversity, student programming, Institute strategic plans, etc.
As a means of providing programming about Lasallian identity and promoting the Lasallian mission, teaching is an option - especially for Living Lasallian course, LSI Jan Term courses, etc.  

Experience and Qualifications


Required: Masters degree

 5 years in higher education, experience in campus ministry preferred, administrative experience with progressive responsibilities in related fields ( theology, education, counseling, etc.). Current or former participation in Lasallian Formation programs, preferred.

Excellent administration, communication and interpersonal skills. Experience creating an inclusive community. Supervision experience and a collaborative team player.

Other responsibilities:
24 hour availability/flexible schedule including weekends and evenings. Some travel required to attend conferences, retreats and professional meetings.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions: Please apply online at Your application is
considered complete if you include the following:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to
support the Mission of the College
3. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references
4. Consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle
check, and a third-party background check

Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all. College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws. Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, see the website here: To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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