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Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS)    

Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS). Xavier University of Louisiana, located in New Orleans, is the nation's only Historically Black and Catholic institution of higher education. Founded by St. Katharine Drexel, the University's ultimate purpose is the promotion of a more just and humane society. The IBCS, which is housed at Xavier University, is currently the premier Institute for the study of Black Catholics. Founded in 1980, the IBCS was designed to sustain and support the pastoral theological reflection and work of Black Catholic pastors and educators. In 1979, a proposal called for the establishment of an educational institute with a curriculum organized around the pastoral and intellectual needs of Black Catholics and under their leadership and direction. Xavier University of Louisiana, as the only Black Catholic University in the United States, was chosen as the most appropriate academic site to host the Institute. Today, the Institute offers a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education Units in Catechesis, Leadership, and Youth/Young Adult Ministry.

The Director reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for implementing major policies and procedures relating to the overall administration of the IBCS. The Director supervises the Associate Director for Administration, the Administrative Assistant, and the Associate Directors for the specific programs and Community Life.

The Director of the IBCS should be an energetic, thoughtful and visionary leader who is able to work creatively with a variety of constituents and stakeholders.

Review of nominations and applications will begin on November 1, 2013. The search will continue until the post has been filled. Start date is no later than July 1, 2014.

The duties and responsibilities of the Director include the following:

-Officially represents the Institute to appropriate educational and ecclesial forums;
- Plans and implements the summer programs;
- Develops the academic and administrative calendars;
- Establishes faculty committees and appoints their chairpersons;
- Ensures the Institute's compliance with the policies of the University and SACS;
- Enforces the policies of the Institute and the University
- Works in collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Office of Mission Integration and Catholic Identity and the Theology Department;
- Appoints the Associate Directors;
- Encourages the on-going professional development of the Institute's faculty;
- Works with the committees to develop fundraising opportunities and promote the Institute;
- Oversees the Institute's budget;
- Works to identify communication and public relations networks;
- Supervises office staff; and
- Files annual assessment reports.  

Minimum Qualifications:

- A practicing Catholic;
- An earned doctorate in Theology or Religious Studies;
- At least five years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in higher education;
- Exhibited competency in research and scholarship;
- Attentive to trends in higher education and graduate Theology programs;
- Attentive to the changes and trends in the Catholic Church;
- Ability to assist in the Institute's move to offer online and blended courses;
- Demonstrated ability to fundraise and manage budgets; and
- Excellent communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications:

- A record of strong and effective leadership;
- Demonstrated experience in efficient administration and interpersonal skills with internal and external stakeholders;
- Ability to develop policies and practices that are consistent with trends in Theology, Black Culture and History, and Higher Education; and
- Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Theology Department and other relevant/appropriate campus constituencies.  

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Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Attach online only a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. The letter of interest should be addressed to Dr. Pamela R. Franco, Search Committee Chair, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125.