Resident Minister – Liturgy & Music
University of San Francisco
USF Hilltop Campus
Resident Minister – Liturgy & Music
The Resident Minister for Liturgy and Music assists with the planning and preparation of Sunday night student liturgies, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, major university liturgies, and prayer services. The Liturgy and Music RMs recruit, train, schedule, and build community among student lay ministers and maintain a database of students involved with lay ministry.
Full Job Description:
Resident Ministers (RMs) are members of the University Ministry team who live in the residence halls and support the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of students. RMs support and encourage USF students of all religions, beliefs, and identities to connect their faith, spirituality, and values with curricular and co-curricular opportunities including University Ministry programs and other on-campus programs and resources. RMs must be available for up to 18 hours (residence hall work hours, work hours in a specific program area, and work in general UM training and signature programs) each week and are expected to attend University Ministry programs, liturgies and events, facilitate hall programs, and be attentive to any student needs that may arise.
1. Residence Hall Work:
• Be available to students for conversation, support, and reflection informally and during scheduled hours. Up to 8-10 hours of availability a week. This may include a combination of in-person and online availability.
• Be available as part of the residence hall emergency response team when necessary.
• Meet regularly with Residence Hall staff at regularly scheduled staff meetings, facilitate reflection, and support staff in community development and programming.
• Develop programs that use principles of Ignatian spirituality to challenge students to engage, reflect, discern, develop relationships of justice, and live with hope, passion, integrity and purpose.
• Provide support and reflection opportunities for students connected to living learning, themed and academic program communities.
• Some Resident Ministers may be assigned to one of several Living Learning Communities: St. Ignatius Institute, Esther Madriz Scholars, Muskat Scholars Program, or the BASE community.
2. Liturgy and Music:
Resident Ministers in this area:
• Assist the Associate Director of Liturgy, Music, and Interfaith with the planning, preparation, and celebration of Sunday night student liturgies, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, December and May Commencement Liturgies, and Taize prayer services.
• Recruits, trains, schedules, and builds community among student lay ministers
• Maintain a database of students involved with lay ministry and the student liturgies.
• Create social media postings for Liturgy to be posted on the UM website and social media accounts
Preference given to candidates who:
• Have a familiarity with Roman Catholic sacred liturgy
• Have served in Lay Ministry roles within a parish or student parish setting
Recruit, train, schedule, and build community among student lay ministers
• Altar Servers
• Eucharistic Ministers
• Lectors, Readers
Division of hours:
• First month is unique in that hours are devoted primarily to training in the program area. Once liturgies begin, this is the typical allotment of hours. Special liturgies will require additional hours taken from hall ministry time.
• 8 hours weekly – ministry in the residence hall
• 8 hours weekly – ministry in the liturgy and music program area
• 4 hours from 5-9 p.m. Sunday evenings when there is a Student Liturgy
• Pre-mass setup and lay minister coordination
• Coordinate of lay ministers during the liturgy
• Coordinate post mass liturgical clean up
• Coordinate and lead post liturgy liturgical training sessions
• Be present at and assist with the after mass social
• Assist with closing the church after mass
• 4 hours during the week when the UM Office is open
• 1 hour planning meeting with Assoc. Director of Music and Liturgy
• 1 hour publicity
• Social Media posts
• Coordinate Student Liturgy publicity with UM staff
• 2 hours Communication and team building with Student Lay Ministers
• 2 hours weekly – RM formation and signature programs:
3. University Ministry Signature Programs and Ongoing RM Formation:
• Support and attend University Ministry programs as part of the University Ministry team including: the weekly 7:00 pm Sunday student liturgy, opportunities of service, major university liturgies, seasonal liturgies, University Ministry signature events.
• Rotate as part of the post-liturgy social team.
• Attend RM orientation in August, retreats, regularly scheduled meetings, in-services, theological reflection sessions and training opportunities.
• Other duties as assigned.
UNIVERSITY MINISTRY MISSION STATEMENT
University Ministry supports the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of the University of San Francisco community.
At University Ministry, we support and encourage USF students, faculty, staff and alumni of all religions, beliefs and identities, to connect their faith, spirituality and values with social justice and solidarity with the poor, and with care for the earth, our common home, in order to realize the fullness of our humanity, and lead lives of meaning and purpose. This is at the core of the Jesuit Catholic mission at USF and Ignatian spirituality, a spirituality for everyday life. We invite you to consider how God is present in our world and active in our lives. At UM, we provide pathways to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.
RMs must be available for a 10-month commitment beginning on August 1, 2021 and ending on May 31, 2022. RMs must be available for a mandatory week-long orientation from August 2 -6, 2021.
ROOM AND BOARD
RMs are classified as volunteers. The position requires that RMs live on campus in the residence halls and, therefore, receive housing accommodations and a flexi meal plan.
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (preference given to those working toward a Master’s degree in theology, ministry, education, or an appropriate field). Ministerial experience with youth, or experience which would effectively transfer to ministry work at a Jesuit Catholic university. Basic pastoral skills and an understanding of faith development and student development. Ability to appropriately share one’s experience of faith and to invite students to explore their own sense of faith, spirituality, and the promotion of justice. All faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to apply. Preference given to new and current USF graduate students or graduate students at local universities. The Liturgy & Music RM should have experience in planning and a passion for the liturgical life of the community at USF. RMs are also expected to train students in various liturgical roles. Applicants must have a high level of comfortability with public speaking and interacting with different constituencies.
In your cover letter, please indicate your experience and why you are interested in being a resident minister of Liturgy and Music within the University Ministry. Please explain why you are passionate about this area and what you can contribute. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Please do not email your materials to University Ministry.
To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2228416.
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