Niagara University
  • Niagara University, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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Niagara University is a liberal arts university, steeped in the Vincentian and Catholic traditions, with a total enrollment of nearly 4,300 students. Located just a few miles away from one of the world's premier tourism destinations, Niagara Falls, the university occupies a lovely campus overlooking the Niagara River gorge. Its close proximity to major cultural and business centers in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto as well as the award-winning Niagara Wine Trail and several nearby cultural destinations make Niagara University an ideal place to work and live. If you'd like to know more, be sure to check out all of the NU Facts.


The Director of Campus Ministry directs an inclusive Catholic ministry, promoting and coordinating service and mission and formation opportunities for the university community, and helps to shape the Sunday liturgical experience. Building upon the university's Catholic and Vincentian tradition, the Director serves with other members of the Campus Ministry team in promoting faith formation and spiritual development for all members of the university community, regardless of faith tradition, interpreting the identity and mission of a University that embraces its diversity.

Under general supervision, the Director of Campus Ministry is primarily responsible for developing the liturgical, pastoral, spiritual, and faith community life on campus, in keeping with the mission of the university and the Catholic Church in higher education and oversees the maintenance and use of the Alumni Chapel.


  • Oversee a comprehensive campus ministry program in the areas of faith formation, liturgy, sacramental preparation, service, social justice, retreat ministry, leadership formation, and pastoral outreach, implement the covenant community model for the student portion of the university population.
  • Facilitate the campus ministry team in the formation of departmental goals and objectives and organize resources to realize the same.
  • Evaluate the quality of programs and services.
  • Supervise and annually evaluate campus ministry staff who report to this position.
  • Maintain a full-time, on-campus presence as one considered Essential Personnel, and be prepared to address those functions remotely (from off-campus) as needed when operations are restricted, or the campus is closed.
  • Apportion responsibilities for the implementation of programming with other campus ministers based on population needs and minster's skills in, but not limited to, the following areas:
    • Initiate and oversee the providing of information and/or programming to the campus community on spirituality, relevant Church teachings, and contemporary issues.
    • Develop and implement all policies governing campus ministry decisions consistent with University and Diocesan policy regarding the use of Alumni Chapel and the Catholic sacraments.
    • Counsel or refer students for human and spiritual growth.
    • Develop and oversee a campus religious vocation plan.
    • Facilitate worship opportunities for Catholic students and students from other faith traditions.
    • Maintain active membership in the national and diocesan campus ministry associations.
    • Direct university-wide prayer and liturgy events.
    • Work in concert with the Vicar of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo.
    • Serve as a liaison to the Alumni Chapel Community, a diverse group of alumni, ex-faculty, students, and others.
    • Provide necessary pastoral care in critical life situations of members of the university community.
  • Administer sector budgets in collaboration with the Vice President.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President in preparing materials for the Mission Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve on the University Mission Committee.
  • Convene regular staff meetings.
  • Review and apply policies and procedures outlined in the University Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Collaborate with current university-wide initiatives in Inclusive Excellence, sustainability, and poverty elimination.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: proprietary information, student and employee personal information, vendor information, pricing and cost information, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University. Any question regarding the confidentiality of material should be referred to the supervisor. Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays when necessary and be flexible with schedule. Sundays are key days.
  • Ability to articulate knowledge of one's faith and to share this knowledge and faith through one's own unique gifts and talents.
  • Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, copy machine, and fax.
  • Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries, and communicate with others by telephone
  • Must be a Roman Catholic in good standing, understanding and support the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, including moral and pastoral teachings.
  • Must be approachable, energetic, and possess sound management and planning skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue with all faiths on the campus.
  • Ability to promote a safe and inclusive environment for varied campus constituencies.
  • Ability to dialogue with others about spiritual concerns and to encourage the spiritual development of others.
  • Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business periodically.


  • A Master's degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, or related field is required.
  • A minimum of three to five years' experience in Campus Ministry or related work with young adults is required.
  • Valid driver's license required. A license must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria.
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