Vice President Of Institutional Mission And Ministry - College Of The Holy Cross

Holy Cross Worcester , MA 01601

Posted 4 months ago

Job Description:

The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry reports directly to the President of the College. As a member of the President's Executive Team (comprised of the College's Vice Presidents and the Special Assistant to the President), the Vice President works closely with the Executive Team to sustain and promote the distinctive mission of the College as a Catholic, Jesuit undergraduate liberal arts institution.

The Vice President also sits on the President's Cabinet (an extended group of College administrators) and serves as the administration's staff liaison to the Board of Trustees' Committee on Mission and Identity. In all of these roles, the Vice President also provides leadership and day-to-day management for the College's mission as a Catholic, Jesuit and liberal arts institution by overseeing and/or serving as a resource for the development and administration of mission-related programs, activities, and policies of the College while managing the budget for all mission-related programs directly sponsored by the Mission Office.

The Vice President directly supervises three individuals and indirectly those who report to them in the two departments that comprise the College's Mission and Ministry Division. These include the Director of the Office of College Chaplains (who oversees a staff comprised of eight additional full-time chaplains, several part-time and adjunct chaplains and their administrative supportive staff), the Director of Special Projects in Mission (currently open, hire will be up to new Vice President), and one divisional administrative assistant (who also assists the Director of Special Projects in Mission). Additionally, oversight of the programmatic needs and the on-going care of the College's Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center, as well as other campus worship spaces, fall within the purview of the Vice President.

The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry is guided by the document Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, developed by the Presidents of the then 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, and by a Statement of Shared Purpose signed by the College President and the Chair of its Board of Trustees, the Provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus and the Rector of the Holy Cross Jesuit Community. Reflecting the spirit of these documents, the on-going work of the Vice President will also be guided by the College's recent engagement with the AJCU Mission Priority Examen initiative.

In sum: The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry has oversight for the development of policies and programs related to the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the College, calling forth and seeking to inspire the entire College community - trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and friends - to engage one another and the wider world in ways that appreciate and promote the distinctive mission of the College of the Holy Cross as a Catholic, Jesuit and liberal arts college.

We also recognize that many members of this educational community belong to other religious traditions or no organized religious tradition. At a Jesuit institution where interreligious understanding is valued and promoted, we must be sensitive to the needs of those whose faith traditions and values are diverse. In our programing we must be respectful, promote dialogue, and educate one another to diverse ways of worship, belief and practice; and we must thoughtfully engage those with no religious affiliation or upbringing.


The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry must possess an in-depth understanding of and personal commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit character of the College of the Holy Cross and Ignatian spirituality.

  • The Vice President must also have the following qualifications and abilities:

  • A Master's degree at minimum, but preferably a PhD or D.Min or equivalent

  • At least 5 years of successful administrative experience in leadership in a Jesuit or Catholic university

  • Graduate training in theology, pastoral ministry or spirituality to meet the unique educational and pastoral expectations of this position

  • Demonstrated ability to sustain and develop the College's Catholic and Jesuit identity with intellectual rigor, pastoral skill and spiritual depth

  • A deep commitment to Jesuit education, knowledge of and experience in the Ignatian spiritual tradition, and mature pastoral and theological sensitivities to engage effectively the larger Catholic community and local diocese

  • An accomplished public speaker able to communicate our Catholic and Jesuit mission and values to diverse audiences

  • An ability to work collaboratively in various settings with the Executive Team, Trustees, Jesuit community, chaplains, faculty, students, staff, alumni and other external audiences

Additional Information:

This is a full time, exempt level position.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,000 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence.

It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City.

Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume/CV.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

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Vice President Of Institutional Mission And Ministry - College Of The Holy Cross

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