University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation, holidays, tuition waiver and retirement plan participation.

The University of St. Thomas (, a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and to the religious and intellectual tradition of a Catholic higher education, is seeking an Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives. The University enrolls more than 3,700 students with its main campus located in Houston's Museum District.  This position reports directly to the Director of the Donald S. Nesti CSSp Center for Faith and Culture (CFC).



The Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives for the Nesti Center for Faith and Culture (CFC) is responsible for implementing the Center's Strategic Plan and planning and developing the pastoral and ecumenical initiatives and events offered and coordinated through the Center.  The assistant director position is a full time, benefit-eligible position, with salary based upon experience, education, and competencies. 


Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and direct various pastoral and ecumenical initiatives in collaboration with the pastoral vision developed with the Director of the CFC.


  • Develop, prepare and supervise conferences, symposia, ecumenical events, dialogues and lectures as part of the CFC's initiatives to engage civic society and other religious organizations to build community partnerships.


  • Develop outreach programs that serve to strengthen the University's and Center's relationship with other religious groups and organizations.


  • Attend and participate in various ecumenical and interreligious meetings and events, on behalf of the Director, representing the Center for Faith and Culture and UST.


  • Serve as a point of coordination with other university departments and centers on campus.


  • At the direction of the Director of the CFC, work in collaboration with all CFC staff members to help prioritize works of the Center and to implement the strategic plan of the Center.


  • Work as part of the CFC staff dedicated to resourcing and consultation with other staff members in their areas of program supervision and responsibilities.


  • May be involved in other activities of the Center as directed by the Director.


  • Supervise and assist the Marketing/Office Coordinator to implement the events of CFC.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education
    • A Master's Level degree in theology, religious studies, or related fields such as Catholic social teaching and public policy required.


  • Preferred subject matters and skill sets (or equivalent experience) may include but not be limited to studies in Catholic Social Teaching, Theology, Religious Studies, Mediation, Advocacy and Public Policy.





  • Experience


  • The Assistant Director must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church.


  • The Assistant Director must have a minimum of three years of in depth experience working with pastoral and ecumenical initiatives, various ecumenical organizations, and religious groups and be committed to continued studies and research in this developing area of ministry in the Church.


  • Experience as the key person responsible for developing related programs and events that target ecumenical dialogue and interaction.


  • Familiarity and detailed knowledge of other faiths including, but not limited to Protestant Christian denominations, Judaism, Buddhism, Muslim, and other predominant faiths.


  • Familiarity with key religious contacts in the Houston metropolitan area is very important. The person in this position should have developed an extensive network of contacts with ecumenical and interreligious leaders, organizations, synagogues, and churches.


  • Minimum of two years of experience planning events such as, but not limited to, meetings, conferences, symposiums, and galas.


  • The Assistant Director must possess strong communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.


  • Experience developing presentations and making presentations to small and large groups.


  • The Assistant Director must have strong administrative, teaching, and team- building leadership skills and experience, and be committed to working in a collaborative style with faculty and staff of the university, Archdiocesan personnel, and members of various churches and interfaith religions, organizations, and the community at large.


  • Experience with facilitating initiatives for on-going adult formation by facilitating dialogue, lectures and presentations with diverse communities.


  • Experience moderating and facilitating small group and large group settings, particularly dealing with topics of Catholic Social Thought and/or spirituality.


  • Proficient in speaking and writing in Spanish is preferred.


  • Experience living abroad and/or working with diverse cultures in other countries preferred.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by individuals in this job classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required of individuals in this job classification.  All job classifications may have miscellaneous job duties assigned on an as needed basis.  Management, at the appropriate level, retains the right to assign and change the duties of any position at any time.  


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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