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Executive Director for Mission Integration

Company name
Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT, United States

Employment Type

Clevel, Executive, Education, 100k

Posted on
Feb 22, 2023

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Executive Director for Mission Integration





Mission Integration, Ministry, and Multicultural Affairs


Fairfield, CT


Feb 22, 2023


Open Until Filled



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About Sacred Heart University:

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges-2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools-2023 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

View SHU's Faculty Experts Here

Job Description:

The successful candidate for this position will be enacting the university's vision for strengthening Mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University.

Responsibilities Include:

Provide oversight to liturgical celebrations and the coordination of mission-related programs and events among and for the campus community, as well as supporting strategies for the spiritual formation of campus community members.

Strengthen and promote the Catholic identity of the University in ways that are engaging and transformative at all levels of the University community.

Provide oversight to the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning and Campus Ministry and University Chaplain.

Develop partners throughout the university and be an integral part of decision making, strategic planning, and development efforts for the University community.

Work with institutional leaders to promote student and alumni engagement that reflects the mission and values of the university, including ensuring accessibility to and participation in community-engaged learning for historically underrepresented students in higher education.

Assume responsibility in the delivery and refinement of the Presidential Seminars and Faculty Conversations.

Develop and implement programming for staff, administrators and trustees on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and SHU's place within that living organic tradition.

Support and promote the staff's strong ethic of teamwork and professional development.

Collaborate on mission initiatives with the VP of Mission.

Other duties as assigned


Knowledge and Skills Needed:

Master's degree required; graduate degree preferred in theology, Catholic studies, or other related field and 7 years previous work experience in related field.

In-depth knowledge of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, especially in its pedagogical, liturgical, ethical and anthropological implications.

Experience implementing a strategic plan, including eliminating or adding programming or events, that is informed by systematic assessment and data.

Creative and collaborative leader who brings leadership experience in communicating mission across multiple stakeholders.

Previous work experience in higher education

Effective Communicator; excellent written and verbal skills; approachable, empathetic and a good listener.

Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to initiate, develop and sustain relationships with diverse stakeholders including community agencies, students, faculty, department chairs, deans, and professional staff.

Ability to work collaboratively.

Service oriented.

Proficient use of social media sites and Microsoft office suite.

May require evenings and weekend hours.

Additional Information:

Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that our institution's success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alums, and surrounding community. It is a mastery of inclusion that fosters a consistent sense of belonging. Inclusive Excellence is aspirational and is the pillar that guides the mission, vision, and function of this unit.

To achieve Inclusive Excellence, our personal and organizational responsibilities are to:

Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.

Participate in educational and developmental activities to increase awareness and competencies of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole.

Demonstrate that we are Stronger Together as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellence statements

Application Instructions:

Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.

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