Director of Social Outreach

POSITION TITLE: Director of Social Outreach (Ministerial Resident)

DEPARTMENT: Saint John’s Campus Ministry

REPORTS TO: Director of Campus Ministry

The Ministerial Resident in Campus Ministry for Social Outreach is the member of the Campus Ministry team who has primary responsibility for social justice education and service opportunities.  The position requires cooperation with other ministerial residents and may require coordination and cooperation with the CSB Office of Campus Ministry and the School of Theology and Seminary.

  1. Attends weekly Campus Ministry staff meetings and holds regular office hours
  2. Assist with campus wide Campus Ministry events, Sunday student mass, and major liturgies.
  3. Works with the Director, other Ministerial Residents, and student ministers to plan and implement programs in areas of social ministry and outreach including:
        -Planning of awareness campaign weeks (e.g., Hunger and Homelessness Week, Catholic Social Teaching Week, etc.)
        -Planning periodic awareness raising activities and other campus outreach opportunities (e.g. scheduling social justice speakers, films, and table display panels or organizing student involvement through CRS).
        -Promoting and scheduling Poverty Simulations for faculty members and trains student facilitators to run them
        -Planning and coordinating regular service opportunities
        -Connecting campus to local, national and global social justice resources
        -Maintaining a director of local service sites
  4. Assists with the coordination of SJU volunteer experiences and programming, e.g. service missions, sanctioned student service opportunities, and prison ministry.
        -Risk management including document tracking
        -Coordination and communication with service sites
        -Budget management including fundraising
        -Training and development regarding the mission of the program
        -Program assessment
  5. Promotes service and volunteerism among current and graduating SJU undergraduate students.
        -Supports and promotes service opportunities made available by Saint John’s Abbey (e.g., Benedictine Volunteer Corps)
        -With other Ministerial Residents, organizes and provides oversight for Community Outreach Programs such as Prayer and Work opportunities and participation in outside service programs such as Habitat for Humanity.
        -Assists as needed in planning and presentation of monthly staff development meetings.
        -Assists in the planning of and attend August and January Campus Ministry all staff retreats.
        -Assists with the coordination of volunteer opportunities with other departments in the University.
        -Supervises undergraduate employees assigned to this area.
  6. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Campus Ministry

Minimum Qualifications:

This position is intended to provide an opportunity for 2+ years of ministry immersion for a person who is:

  1. a professed member of Saint Benedict’s Monastery or Saint John’s Abbey who has either completed or is pursuing a graduate program of theological/pastoral studies; and/or,
  2. a student who is enrolled in the Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and is making progress toward completion of a program of graduate theological/pastoral studies.

Knowledge, abilities, skills:

  1. Must be a practicing Roman Catholic with continuing active membership in a parish/faith community
  2. Effective communication skills (listening, speaking, and writing)
  3. Computer skills
  4. Maintains a high level of competence, judgment, and appropriate confidentiality
  5. Knowledge and appreciation of the Benedictine heritage and character of Saint John’s Abbey and University
  6. Reliable and dependable
  7. Able to work collaboratively

Additional Requisite:

As a minister of the Roman Catholic Church, the successful candidate will also maintain a lifestyle that is publicly consistent with Catholic teaching and Benedictine values.

Formation Requirements:  Ministerial Residents are required to participate in the SOT formation program, including developing learning goals, theological reflections, and individual and group spiritual companioning.  In addition to SOT formation, the Ministerial Resident meets monthly with the Director of Campus Ministry as part of ongoing formation and assessment.

Work Schedule:  Administrative, 9-month (August 15 - May 15); 20 hours per week

Application: Provide the following information in two to three pages.

  1. Title the document:  Application for Graduate Assistantship in Campus Ministry, Saint John's University.  Indicate the Campus Ministry area(s) of responsibility.
  2. List your name, address, telephone number, email address, intended degree, the term you plan to enroll.
  3. List three experiences or qualities that you bring to this position and describe how you have used these in ministry or related areas.
  4. Request one letter of recommendation from your current or a recent supervisor of a ministry position.
  5. Describe how you wish to sharpen your skills and ministerial competencies through this position.
  6. Describe how you hope to use your theological education upon graduation.
  7. Email the document as an attachment to [email protected].  

Criteria for Award Distribution:

  1. Applicants must be accepted into a master's degree program.
  2. Selection of award recipients is based on the strength of the assistantship application and the formal interview.
  3. Award recipients receive a work award based off of 20 hours a week at $10 an hour and an allowance of $3,200 per academic year for Room and Board
  4. The work award is earned on an hourly basis and the room & board allowance is a monthly stipend; both are processed through student payroll with options for payments to be deposited into a personal bank account or applied to the student's account.
  5. Award packages can be renewed for up to three years pending satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree requirements and enrollment in consecutive academic terms of full time study.
  6. Appointments are 20 hours per week, August - May. 


Ministerial Residency: Fr. Ian Dommer, OSB, [email protected], 320-363-2790
Graduate Admissions: Andy Dirksen, [email protected], 320-363-2896