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Campus Ministry

Director of Social Ministry

St. Francis Xavier College Church, Archdiocese of St. Louis


Position Description:

The Director of Social Ministry at St. Francis Xavier College Church leads the development and implementation of mission driven parish and SMC goals and objectives, assures the implementation of results based tactics to assure the timely achievement of parish and SMC goals and objectives, animates the parish to fulfill the church’s mission of justice and reconciliation through an organized response to societal needs and manages and develops a ministry delivering direct service, education, and advocacy for the parish as determined through assessment of needs and in collaboration with parish leadership.

In collaboration with the Social Ministry Commission and other parish groups who all share responsibility for the social justice mission of the church, the Director is responsible for these competencies:

Management, Coordination and Administration

• Leads select initiatives in service coordination, fund raising and not for profit designation
by implementing a systems based methodology
• Recruits adequate support from parish resources and assures training for volunteer
activities of church and SMC (e.g Ignatian Volunteer Corp, Read for Life Program,
Outreach Program
• Deploys parish resources to most effectively achieve state goals and objectives
• Initiates hands on participation to assure timely completion of Parish and SMC initiatives
• Directs, delegates tasks to others as appropriate to assure timely completion of Parish and
SMC sponsored goals and objectives.
• Serves as a member of Parish Staff and as the administrative liaison to groups and
committees within the 3 areas of Social Ministry and other parish groups/activities as
determined by the Pastor and Social Ministry Commission
• Identifies and prioritizes the need for social services that the parish community can offer
• Maintains and builds community partnerships
• Assists Outreach Services Coordinator and Social Ministry Commission with implementing
annual Christmas Giving Appeal, and directly works with grant writing committee on
securing grant funding for Social Ministry programs
• Assists parishioners in identifying local, national, and international needs and appropriate
parish response
• Supervises training and placement of volunteers for social ministry, including Outreach
Services Coordinator-Graduate Scholarship Student, Service and Justice Intern, and
Ignatian Volunteer Corp members.
• Directly works with Social Ministry Commission in mission effectiveness and strategic
visioning for Social Ministry in relationship to the parish
• Develops promotional materials regarding social ministry and maintains website and
bulletin content
• Coordinates Social Ministry’s presence at parish’s Festival of Ministries
• Manages Social Ministry’s budget and reviews financial reports on monthly, quarterly, and
yearly basis

Direct Service

• Manages and Develops all direct service programs operating at College Church
• Networks with church, civic, state, ecumenical groups and individuals as necessary to
sustain programs
• Manages and sustains involvement of all volunteers in direct service programs

Formation and Education

• Collaborates with SMC and parishioner committees to produce formation and social justice
education events and activities including planning, scheduling, equipping, advertising,
communicating and reporting.


• Liaison to the Advocacy Committee and assists in identifying, educating, and executing
advocacy activities and events to the parish community
• Point-of-contact for community advocacy agencies to explore opportunities for
collaboration on advocacy efforts
• Liaison to SFX Fair Trade Committee and Peace Vigil Group for any needs and support in
coordinating and organizing groups respective efforts

Required Experience

• Masters degree in Social Work, Nonprofit Management, Pastoral Care, or other relevant
area of study
• Minimum 3 years of relevant professional experience required
• Commitment to the mission of the Church and to Catholic Social Teachings
• Experience in directing volunteers or managing others
• Demonstrated organization and communication skills
• Understanding and ability to work in a ministerial capacity with program guests, volunteers,
parishioners, and staff
• Ability to successfully manage multiple and concurrent projects through completion with a
high degree of autonomy
• Demonstrated skill in critical thinking, decision making and creative problem solving
• Self-motivated and self-directed
• Team player with positive and collaborative approach
• Computer skills necessary (Microsoft office)

Preferred Experience:

• Demonstrated project planning aptitude with achievement of desired results
• Demonstrated development and maintenance of professional interpersonal relationships
for achieving stated goals and objectives
• Direct exposure to or experience in grant writing, fund raising, and obtaining not-for-profit
• Demonstrated experience with prioritizing goals and objectives.
• Educational event planning and implementation.

Contact Details: 

For immediate consideration, please forward cover letter and resume to: