Position Title: Assistant Director, Liturgical Programs
Status: Exempt, Full time
Division: Campus Ministry
Reports to: Assistant Director of Campus

Position Objective:

As an Assistant Director in Campus Ministry, the Director of Liturgical Programs will lead and support our Campus Ministry programs, enhance our student focused ministry, and report to the Director of Campus Ministry. Primary responsibilities of the Director of Liturgical Programs will be to: coordinate Catholic liturgies; serve as a resource and leader, as appropriate, for ecumenical and interfaith prayer; oversee Catholic chapels (environment, the policies and guidelines, supplies, etc.); maintain communication with the Marquette University Jesuit Community, Gesu Parish and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Worship; mentor, train and provide formation for student liturgical ministers. S/he will collaborate with Campus Ministry staff members to fulfill the mission of Marquette University Campus Ministry’s mission. This is a 10 month position.

Essential Duties:

1. Serve as Director of Liturgical Programs.

  • Facilitate the preparation and planning process for regularly and occasionally scheduled Catholic worship: Sunday Masses (6 p.m., 9 p.m), weekday (Noon and 10 pm), special services of liturgy/prayer (e.g. reconciliation services, commemorations, special need, memorial services).
  • Plan and facilitate a process for seasonal and Holy Day preparation and planning, especially for Holy Days of Obligation and the seasons of Advent and Lent.
  • Facilitate the preparation and planning process for campus wide liturgies such as Baccalaureate Mass and Mass of the Holy Spirit with Director of Liturgical Music and in coordination with the Office of the President, Special Events, and the Campus Ministry team.
  • Develop strong working relationships with members of the Jesuit Community including: invitations to preside, scheduling, and communication with all presiders for the Sunday, weekday Masses and special liturgies. Meet, as needed, with the presiders of these liturgies.
  • Invite, rectruit, and direct staff, administrators, and faculty from across the University to participate and serve at University wide liturgical celebrations.
  • Serve as a liturgical resource for the Campus Ministry team by keeping the team updated on liturgical issues, polices, rituals, and publications which come from the US Bishops, the Archdiocese, and other sources.
  • Serve as a resource and as prayer leader/emcee when appropriate for student groups/university staff preparing and planning special prayers,interfaith, ecumenical, and Catholic prayer services and memorials.
  • Oversee student sacristans, student liturgy assistants, and a student liturgy preparation team.
  • Through training, education and reflection, prepare student liturgical ministers, inclusive of August Campus Ministry Leader Retreat (liturgical planning team) and semester days of reflection.
  • Schedule student ministers for ministry at Sunday, weekday, and special liturgies.
  • Serve as pastoral presence and guide to students at all stages of planning and implementation of liturgical events.
  • Direct and develop annual student led retreat, “Salt and Light”
  • Work with Administrative Assistant to oversee the care and maintenance of the spaces, materials, and seasonal environments of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and the Chapel of the Holy Family.

2. Collaborate with the Director of Liturgical Music to:

  • Plan and execute liturgical responsibilities for university Masses, prayer services, reconciliation services and liturgical rites.
  • Plan and execute Liturgical Ministry Training for student liturgical ministers at the beginning of each semester and ongoing joint liturgy preparation meetings.
  • Serve as a ministry of presence to the worshipping community at weekly Sunday evening Masses.
  • Oversee the production of worship aids and supplements for campus Masses and prayer services.
  • Work with the senior student sacristan to process and schedule campus chapel requests.
  • Plan special prayer services (interfaith, ecumenical, and Catholic), Masses, liturgical rites, memorial services and concerts with appropriate staff members as the needs arise (e.g., Taize, RCIA rites, seasonal concerts, etc.).
  • Work with the Administrative Assistant to oversee the liturgical program budget.
  • Maintain communication and collaborate with the Jesuit Community and the Gesu Parish staff, including Director of Liturgy, Director of Music Ministry and organist at Gesu Parish.

3. As a member of the Campus Ministry team, this person will:

  • Report to the Director of Campus Ministry and meet her/him regularly.
  • Participate in team meetings, planning, retreats and committee work.
  • Prepare an annual report, maintain up-to-date files, assess programs.
  • Be available for pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, hospital ministry and crisis situations. This includes participation in the emergency phone schedule.

4. Serve as a supplemental retreat director when necessary.

5. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:


  • Master’s degree in Theology, Divinity, Liturgy,or Pastoral Ministry.
  • 3 years of university or related experience.
  • Proficiency in knowledge and implementation of Catholic ritual, worship and prayer.
  • Ability to teach lay liturgical ministers (e.g. in order to deepen their understanding of the new Roman Missal and church documents).
  • Experience in developing the liturgical life of a faith community (e.g. parish, university campus).
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with members of the Campus Ministry team, and members of the Marquette Jesuit community
  • Working knowledge of Ignatian Spirituality.
  • Working knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and Vatican II documents on liturgy.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Publisher.
  • Familiarity with Ministry Scheduling Program or the ability to learn.
  • Competency in liturgical inculturation to serve the needs of a diverse worshipping community.
  • Willing to work weekends and evenings.


  • Familiarity and experience with Jesuit Higher Education
  • Familiarity with Sibelius, Finale, or other similar music notation software
  • Ability to read music
  • Experience with a broad range of liturgical music
  • Experience in developing interfaith and ecumenical prayer
  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Liturgy

To apply: http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/9377

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wis., that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it. Along the way, we ask one thing of every student: Be The Difference.

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