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Employment Opportunities

Communications Associate

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry, is seeking a Communications Associate. The Communications Associate reports directly to the Director of Marketing and Communications and assists the Director in all areas of promoting CTU to its many constituencies through advertising, publications, e-communications, news releases, website updates, social media, event collateral, and media relations. The Associate coordinates and facilitates the production of print and electronic materials used in the promotion of CTU.

Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree, have a background in marketing and communications, and possess a working knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop programs. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be a clear, effective writer, editor, and proofreader. Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus but not required. Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, work well under pressure, and balance a multifaceted work load are needed.   Individuals must be comfortable working in a Catholic institution of higher learning and able to work well as a member of a team in achieving the mission of the school.

CTU, located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, has a global student body that includes religious order seminarians, sisters, and brothers, as well as lay men and women who are preparing for various ministries in the Church and beyond.  The school offers several graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral level.  For further information, visit:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume, including salary history to:

Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.


The Receptionist provides a welcoming presence to all people that enter the doors of CTU and/or calls CTU; coordinates the delivery of all incoming and outgoing mail; maintains excellent communication skills on the switchboard and front desk; and handles temporary parking pass requests. The receptionist supervises one part-time employee and hires and coordinates student workers to oversee the front desk during evenings and weekends. The Receptionist reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Welcoming and hospitable presence or aptitude
  • Caring presence
  • Ability to identify potential problems and their complexity and takes appropriate steps to get problem resolved
  • Basic computer skills with aptitude to learn more
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to handle many requests at one time
  • Self Starter

Applicants should email a letter of intent, resume and salary history to: Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Sharon Fleming ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Assistant Director of Admissions and Retention

The Assistant Director of Admissions and Retention is a full-time position responsible for the implementation of admissions procedures of the school, from the point of application until admittance and registration which includes responding to students’ inquiries and concerns, insuring prompt communication with inquiries and prospective students, and proper data management. The Assistant Director is also responsible for the efficient management of the admissions process and insures effective communication with the office of the Registrar and that of the Academic Dean and various Program Directors. The Assistant Director of Admissions and Retention reports to the Director of Enrollment Management and Retention, and works in close collaboration with all Enrollment Management staff. Some instances may require involvement in direct recruitment activities in coordination with the Assistant Director of Recruitment.      

Additional desired qualities include:

  • Familiarity with and/or awareness of higher education context, enrollment operations and education for theology and ministry; experience in an academic admissions department is preferred.
  • Excellent time management skills: goal setting, prioritizing goals, time allocation, multi-tasking, adjusting plans as necessary, assessing goals and priorities on a regular basis and evaluating results.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (writing, speaking, and presentations).
  • Possess knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and proficiency in social media is imperative.
  • Have direct knowledge and experience in gathering and analyzing data
  • Models a collaborative and team-oriented approach in fast paced office setting.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for CTU’s Catholic context and particular mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.

Applicants should email a letter of intent, resume and salary history to: Director of Enrollment Management and Retention, Christine Henderson at  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Religious Formation Conference - Program Director

The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is seeking a full time Program Director, who will work collaboratively with the Conference’s national office staff, advisory and program teams, and others to develop, design, market, coordinate, and implement programs for women and men religious engaged in the ministry of formation as well as programs for newer members in initial formation and for the lifelong formation of seasoned members.  Qualifications include a Master’s level in theology or an equivalent credential. The successful candidate will have experience in initial or lifelong formation ministry and/or faith formation as well as in program design implementation, and evaluation and some proficiency in technology, in particular with its use in instruction and training.  Please see for more detailed information.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and three reference letters to Sister Ellen Dauwer, SC, Executive Director, at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by April 22, 2016.


Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program

Part-Time Position

Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the United States, is seeking a Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program. The Director is responsible for the overall promotion and well-being of the program, for working with the Archdiocese and CTU in the recruitment and selection of qualified candidates, and for insuring the ongoing support and direction of the scholars as they pursue their program of studies and formation. The Director is responsible for all the administrative work connected with the program and all communications regarding the program. The Director reports to the Vice President and Academic Dean and works in close collaboration with the staff at the Archdiocese of Chicago and an Advisory Board composed of representatives from CTU and the Archdiocese. In addition the Director works with the Development Office of CTU in the effort to raise funds for the program.

The Director should hold at least a Master’s degree in theology or a related field; have an understanding of and ability to lead and coordinate processes of formation for ministry experience; have familiarity with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the African American community in Chicago; have an aptitude for administrative work; enjoy working with students; and be comfortable with the mission and environment of a Catholic graduate school of theology.

Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and salary history to: Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 or via email:  Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

Full-time Administrative Assistant (40 hours per week with benefits)

The Administrative Assistant will coordinate and fulfill the required administrative tasks relating to a grant. The grant proceeds are used to build the capacity of the Giving Voice, a young religious sisters’ organization (  The grant’s focus is on expanding the Giving Voice network and supporting its strategic initiatives to network and connect younger women religious across congregations in North America.

This full-time position serves as administrative support to the Giving Voice Core Team and coordinates required grant activities with Catholic Theological Union.  Administrative support includes handling correspondence, maintaining financial and other records, processing payments and receipts, coordinating registrations, and updating the website and e-newsletter and requires the facile use of the computer.

Candidates must be based in or near Chicago. Candidates may have an opportunity to continue with Giving Voice at the completion of the grant.  Candidates must have administrative experience; the ability to communicate virtually using e-mail, phone, and web-based conferencing (Skype, Zoom); ability to work both independently and as part of a creative team; proficiency in word processing, spread sheets, and databases; experience in finances or accounting; experience in managing websites, Google drive, access database and quick books; ability to learn programs such Constant Contact and proficient in Spanish preferred.

Applicants should send a letter of intent and resume to

Applications will be accepted until the job is filled. 

Assistant Professor of Liturgy


Catholic Theological Union is seeking to fill a full-time, entry-level, tenure-track position in liturgical studies to begin August 2016. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent; be a Roman Catholic, preferably a presbyter; and have a strong competency to teach the breadth of liturgical and sacramental studies across the professional and academic degrees offered, including online courses.

The candidate should also demonstrate a secondary area of competency in which they can teach (especially catechesis, as well as music or other arts, intercultural worship, ritual studies, and communications). In addition to teaching, all faculty of CTU are expected to engage in scholarly research and publication in professional and pastoral venues and offer service to the school and wider church community. Candidates from underrepresented constituencies are especially encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae, a letter of intent, and arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. It is preferred that this dossier be submitted electronically to . The materials may also be sent by mail to Office of the Dean, Catholic Theological Union, 5401 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615.

Review of applications will begin 16 November 2015.

Candidates will share a commitment to CTU’s mission to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. CTU strives to accomplish this mission in a community environment composed of religious, clergy, and lay women and men who mirror the local and global Roman Catholic Church in all its vibrant diversity.