University of St. Thomas

Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music

Minneapolis & St. Paul
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 02, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music position within the Center for Ministry.

The Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music is a member of the Campus Ministry staff who is responsible for the preparation of the liturgy and music program at the University of St. Thomas. This position requires specialized knowledge of the liturgy and training in church music and an ability to function in a university setting. This position is responsible for facilitating all aspects of the worship life of the community by coordinating quality liturgical experiences that strengthen the community’s faith life. This person must be comfortable working in many different worship and music styles.

  1. Responsible for the design and coordination of a comprehensive liturgical program. This includes leading planning of the liturgical seasons. Duties include implementing seasonal planning; supervision and scheduling of Liturgical Ministers as well as their education and formation.  (25%)
  2. Plan and direct, as needed, liturgical music for chapel functions.  (25%)
  3. Direct the recruitment, training, scheduling, and ongoing supervision of liturgical ministry student employees and volunteer positions, such as lectors and Eucharistic ministers. Recruit, train and supervise Music Ministry Coordinator student employees, chapel organists and volunteer music ministers.  (10%)
  4. Collaborate with various university departments regarding university liturgies including University Welcome Week and Opening Celebration, St. Thomas Day, dedications, prayer in times of difficulty and crisis, funerals, Commencement Mass. Cooperation with the Office for Mission regarding special liturgies is required.  (10%)
  5. Maintain the supplies and spaces associated with worship; purchases liturgical supplies from appropriate vendors and oversees the maintenance and good condition of the liturgical supplies and implements owned by the university such as banners, chalices and candlesticks. Maintain and develop liturgical instruments and resources.  (10%)
  6. Assists in the formation of the campus community through appropriate vehicles of communication such as development of clear worship aids, advertising for campus liturgies, workshops and other communications as needed.  (10%)
  7. Participate actively, positively, and collaboratively in the Campus Ministry team including meetings, general goal setting, budgeting, and the overall work of Campus Ministry.  (10%)

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications:  Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in theology, liturgical studies, sacred music, or a related field and five years of program administration experience.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications Master’s Degree in a pertinent field of study.

Knowledge of: Roman Catholic theology and worship; Proficiency in keyboard, organ or voice and a variety of styles of liturgical music. Principles and practices of budget development and administration; computer applications related to the work; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices.

Skill in: Instructing others in work procedures; reading and explaining rules, policies and procedures; composing correspondence independently or from brief instructions; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines; ability to handle a variety of responsibilities with flexibility; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; hospitality and good interpersonal skills; ability to practice confidentiality in all pastoral and personnel issues.

Ability to work in and move about an office setting; ability to use a computer and other office equipment; ability to commute to off-site locations to attend meetings; ability to transport materials weighing up to twenty-five pounds; ability to read printed materials and a computer screen; ability to communicate in person and over the telephone. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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