Assistant Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7110635
Posted: September 14, 2022
Application Deadline: October 2, 2022

Job Description

Assistant Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation


Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2015-1603537

Location: CA 94556, CA

Department: Mission and Ministry

10/2/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


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 and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 3,500 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.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


The Assistant Director for Liturgy and Faith Formation works under the supervision of and in collaboration with the Chaplain/Priest to provide all campus liturgies and deliver Catholic faith formation opportunities to Saint Mary's College community. Assistant Director also develops and provides oversight to all strategic programming efforts and campus partnerships that deepen the faith lives of students by meeting them where they are at on their faith journey. Including, but not limited to, seasonal retreat opportunities. Furthermore, this Assistant Director has the unique opportunity to provide a departmental presence in the residence halls through organized and regular programming across all campus residence halls.

1. Liturgies, Liturgical Choir and Prayer Services

In consultation with the Chaplain,

• provide training and oversight of student Liturgy Planning Committee and delivery of all weekly and special liturgies;

• recruit, train and mentor liturgical choir for weekly masses;

• develop the scripts for every liturgy, as well as compiling and proofreading of the worship aids;

• design and ensure liturgical environment appropriate to each season or event;

• deliver special seasonal prayer services,

• establish and deliver, in collaboration with campus partners, special inclusive prayer/reflections opportunities as an immediate response in real time of local, national and global crisis

• ensure the coordination of oversight of the Chapel and Sacristy, its use, scheduling, communication, and upkeep.

• support any other areas of liturgy preparation necessary.

2. Faith Formation

• In consultation with the Chaplain and Director of the MMC,

• envision and create regular and ongoing spaces for prayer and dialogue to deepen one's understanding of purpose, values and relationship with God and the sacred, collaborating with campus partners when appropriate;

• oversee the development and delivery of student led interfaith and interreligious prayer/reflection offerings and awareness opportunities for students in particular, and the SMC community in general;

• oversee the development and delivery of student-led multicultural faith sharing opportunities, including, but not limited to, Our Lady of Guadalupe events and other multicultural liturgies.

3. Retreats

• Assist student retreat leaders in scheduling, recruiting for, designing and delivering all agreed upon student retreats

4. Administrative Responsibilities

• work with Chaplain/Priest to schedule monthly Chapel Maintenance Committee meetings, establish agenda and implement any action items, ensure minutes are circulated in timely manner.

• facilitate Chapel Maintenance Committee meetings;

• in consultation with the Chaplain/Priest produce publicity and marketing materials, that support department focus on community building, inclusion and recruitment, for all events in the area of liturgy, prayer and faith formation;

• in consultation with Chaplain/Priest, order liturgical supplies and elements for chapel, and other worship spaces;

• work collaboratively with Administrative Assistant to manage Chapel use and logistics on the college calendaring system;

• assist in the updating of the Chapel Use Agreement forms.

• in consultation with Chaplain/Priest, secure liturgical objects and material for special celebrations;

• in collaboration with the MMC team, recruit public speakers and other guest presenters and provide hospitality for visitors;

5. Other Duties as Assigned

• collaborate with Mission and Ministry staff and student leadership when departmental program support is required.

• contribute to staff agenda for MMC weekly meetings

• meet regularly with the Chaplain/Priest, and when appropriate the Director of Mission and Ministry Center

• provide support to the college community on issues and programs related to liturgy, prayer, and faith formation

• other duties assigned by the Chaplain/Priest and Director.

Experience and Qualifications

Education: REQUIRED: Masters Degree in Theology, Religious Studies or related field

Experience: (years required and applicable field of experience): 5+ years in Catholic Campus Ministry (preferably in higher education), with substantial experience in all aspects of Liturgy planning; understanding of, commitment to, and articulation of the Lasallian tradition, Catholic Intellectual Tradition, theological foundations; 3+ cultivating robust liturgical choir; background in developing ecumenical, interfaith and inter-religious prayer services; 3-5 years of retreat planning and oversight required (preferably in higher education); experience in providing creative multicultural faith celebrations is essential; experience delivering training and formation for young adults to serve as ministers; proven record of creating dynamic experiences that inspire students from a variety of faith expressions to explore their purpose and values, and relationship with God.

Skills/Abilities: (e.g. computer skills, written & verbal skills, trades, laws, procedures, technical) Significant background in Catholic Liturgy, Liturgical Music and Liturgical environment (within Catholic university environment); Liturgical musicians strongly encouraged to apply; Google Suite and Microsoft 365; management, public speaking and facilitating skills essential; conversational Spanish desired.

Licenses & Certifications (e.g. CPA, RN, etc.): REQUIRED: PREFERRED:

Other Requirements: (e.g. travel, weekend/evening work) Committed and practicing Roman Catholic; available nights, weekends, some summer weeks; some travel for retreats and conferences.

Supplemental Information


Application Instructions: Please apply online at Your application is considered complete if you include the following:

• Resume

• Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the Mission of the College

• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references

• 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.

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