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Hiring Process: Frequently Asked Questions



What is the selection process for Resident Ministers?
Why would I want to be a Resident Minister?
Who can apply?
Do I have to be a Roman Catholic?
What kind of commitment would I be asked to make?

What is a Residential Learning Community?
With whom do Resident Ministers work in the RLCs?
Who do Resident Ministers report to?
Where do Resident Ministers live?
What are the official job description and qualifications for a Resident Minister?

What is the selection process for Resident Ministers?

Information Sessions: 

Potential applicants can find out more information about Resident Ministry and ask current RMs about their experiences.

Local candidates are highly encouraged to attend an Information Session on Resident Ministry or meet with Frances Cook, Director of Resident Ministry.

All information sessions are in Campus Ministry, 105 Benson

February 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

February 26, 2014 at 12 pm

February 27, 2014 at 12 pm

If you are unable to attend these session and would like more information, please contact Frances Cook at fcook@scu.edu  

Applications:

Please email fcook@scu.edu for an application on March 3, 2014. Applications include:

  • Resident Ministry Information Application (including short responses)
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation / References
Interviews:

Candidates may be interviewed by Campus Ministers and members of the Residence Life staff.



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Resident Ministry hiring timeline for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are available March 3, 2014. Applications are due April 4, 2014 at 5 pm.

Interviews with Campus Ministers and Residence Life staff are held throughout March and April, with final decisions made in early May.  


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Why would I want to be a Resident Minister?



Resident Ministers have the opportunity to live and work at the exciting intersections of students' living and learning as they assist students in developing a care for the whole person in the Jesuit and Ignatian tradition.


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Who can apply?



All Resident Ministers must be an enrolled, degree seeking graduate student at Santa Clara University. This includes the Jesuit School of Theology, but not students seeking degrees from the Graduate Theological Union. 


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Do I have to be a Roman Catholic?



No. We are open to a diversity of faith traditions within Resident Ministry. We do ask that you have a commitment to growing your own religious and spiritual life, that you feel comfortable sharing your own religiosity and spirituality with students, staff, and faculty, and that you are open to dialoguing with and supporting students from a variety of faith traditions.  Most Resident Ministers are lay people (not ordained ministers) who provide an example of being a spiritual, faithful, compassionate person in everyday life.



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What kind of commitment would I be asked to make?



Resident Ministers contribute 10-15 hours a week in their community and make a one-year-at-a-time commitment (August 15 through June 15). Resident Ministers also are expected to participate in a four-day summer formation (2 day training and 2 day retreat) in mid-August, weekly Resident Minister staff meetings, and a mid-year Resident Minister retreat (weekend). Resident Ministers are asked to take these commitments into consideration when they are selecting classes.


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What is a Residential Learning Community?



Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are at the heart of Santa Clara's undergraduate experience. The RLC helps students to connect, a) with their peers, faculty, and staff in and outside of class; b) with student programs and organizations; and c) with the Santa Clara community at large. By combining students' living and learning experiences, RLCs are integral to Santa Clara's goal to "educate the whole person"—academically, socially, and spiritually. Privileged to live and serve in that exciting environment, Resident Ministers are a voice and support for vocation and spirituality in the RLCs. For more complete information, see www.scu.edu/rlc.

With whom do Resident Ministers work in the RLCs?



On a day-to-day basis, RLC leadership teams are Resident Ministers' significant partners. The RLC's Faculty Director, Resident Director (and/or Assistant Resident Director), and Resident Minister are ultimately responsible for the vision and implementation of the Residential Learning Community and its programs. Resident Ministers also work closely with the student staff, which includes Community Facilitators and Assistant Resident Directors. Outside the individual RLC, Resident Ministers work together with fellow Resident Ministers and with Campus Ministers to share resources, connect students with campus programs, and support campus-wide initiatives in vocation and spirituality.



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Who do Resident Ministers report to?



Resident Ministers report to the Director of Resident Ministry and work closely with both the Campus Ministry and Residence Life departments.



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Where do Resident Ministers live?



Resident Ministers live in the residence halls among the students' rooms, to optimize opportunities for interaction. While the apartments vary with the residence halls in terms of age and layout, most are 1-bedroom apartments of about 500 or more square feet, including kitchens and private bathrooms. Like other live-in staff and faculty, Resident Ministers are allowed to have pets, within the boundaries of Santa Clara's pet policy. Resident Ministers move in on August 15th.



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What are the official job description and qualifications for a Resident Minister?


The job description below is a copy of the official Resident Minister job description posted on the Santa Clara Student Employment website:

General Information:

Position Title:
Resident Minister

Departments:
Campus Ministry

Supervisor:
Director of Resident Ministry

Purpose:
A ten-month, fixed-term, part-time position (August 15-June 15) to support the vocational, spiritual, intellectual, personal, and social development of undergraduate students in the Residential Learning Communities.  Resident Ministers work in collaboration with the Director of Resident Ministry in Campus Ministry and the Residential Learning Community leadership team, including the Faculty Director, Resident Director, and Community Facilitators.  Resident Ministers live in their Residential Learning Community, attend leadership team and staff meetings, and are present to the community 10-15 hours per week.  Resident Ministers must also be affiliated with Santa Clara University through a graduate degree program, either from Santa Clara University or the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

Responsibilities:

  • Promoting Vocational Reflection in the Residential Learning Community
  • Serving as a Resource for the Spiritual, Personal, Social, and Intellectual Life of the Residential Learning Community
  • Mentoring Students within the Residential Learning Community
  • Modeling Jesuit and Ignatian Values within the Residential Learning Community

Duties include but are not limited to:

Promoting Vocational Reflection in the Residential Learning Community:

  • Organizing and facilitating a weekly student small group focused on vocation
  • Serving as a staff leader for the annual DISCOVER vocation weekend retreat
  • Providing monthly prayer and reflection opportunities for students in the Residential Learning Community such as worship, meditation, and/or faith sharing
  • Supporting students in the integration of their gifts, personal interests, course of study, and extra-curricular activities as they discern vocational choices for employment, relationships, and other commitments

Serving as a Resource for the Spiritual, Personal, Social, and Intellectual Life of the Residential Learning Community:

  • Serving as a contact person, connecting students with the spiritual and religious life offerings available on campus and in the surrounding area
  • Referring students with particular interests or concerns to the appropriate campus resources such as the Counseling Center, Career Center, Ignatian Center, etc.
  • Attending weekly leadership team and staff meetings within the Residential Learning Community, as well as biweekly Resident Ministry meetings and biannual Resident Ministry retreats and trainings

Mentoring Students within the Residential Learning Community:

  • Providing regular hospitality hours once a week, being available to students especially in matters related to spirituality, discernment, and care of the whole person
  • Participating regularly in student social and co-curricular activities within the Residential Learning Communities, supporting students in using their gifts for the betterment of the community.
  • Offering pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff within the Residential Learning Community.

Modeling Jesuit and Ignatian Values within the Residential Learning Community:

  • Seeking to foster care for the whole person by making visible a regular commitment to one’s own spiritual, personal, social, and intellectual growth.
  • Seeking to live a faith that does justice by encouraging students to participate in immersion trips and urban plunges and to offer their gifts for the betterment of the community.
  • Seeking to cultivate an awareness of the sacred within a world marked with great promise and great suffering by inviting students into the service of others, especially those most in need.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, MA preferred
  • Santa Clara University affiliation as a degree or certificate seeking graduate student
  • One year experience in active ministry (post-undergraduate)
  • Commitment to growing in one’s own religious and spiritual life and comfort in sharing one’s own religiosity and spirituality with students, staff, and faculty
  • Mature, ability to mentor students in practices of reflection, prayer, and discernment
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and an aptitude for dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Competency in inter-cultural, ecumenical, inter-faith, and justice issues
  • Understanding of and commitment to a Jesuit, Catholic University mission

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