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Employment Opportunities

Associate Director of Development

As a key member of the development team, the Associate Director of Development, together with the Chief Development Officer and Development Associate, works to help CTU meet its targeted fundraising goals.  The Associate Director of Development manages special events, annual appeals, campaign activities, stewardship, donor communications, prospect research and grant writing for the graduate school of theology.  The Associate Director of Development will also play an active role in planning of the school’s 50th Anniversary celebration taking place in 2018.

This position calls for superior organizational abilities, resourcefulness and a commitment to teamwork and mutual support among the school’s departments and in the overall CTU community. The ideal candidate will have a sensitivity and appreciation for working in a Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of progressive institutional advancement experience, with broad and successful experience in fundraising, marketing and communications, as well as demonstrable MS Office computer skills.

Catholic Theological Union is one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the United States with a diverse and international student body and a variety of academic and pastoral programs at the masters and doctoral level.  For more information about the school, please visit

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

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


Director of Residential Community Life

Catholic Theological Union seeks candidates for the part time position of “Director of Residential Community Life”. The primary responsibility of the Director will be to help foster community life for the student residents in CTU’s residence building.  This will include working with the residents, approximately 30-40 students to facilitate a rich liturgical life and social opportunities, and to provide referrals for students in need.  The Director will as required assist the Resident Assistants. The Director works with the Manager of Student Services and Events and reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

It is estimated that the time commitment of this position will be approximately five hours per week, with the understanding that the distribution of hours may vary depending on the time of the year as well as shared evening on-call responsibility with Resident Assistants.  Compensation comprises full room (a one bedroom apartment) in the 5401 building. 

Candidates must be a CTU student living in the 5401 Resident Building. Candidates should have proven maturity, experience in dealing with people in a pastoral setting, ability to relate to a diverse group of students, be empathetic to student needs, and have facility in helping organize opportunities for prayer and social life. Preferred length of service is a minimum of two years.

For application or further information: contact Sharon Fleming, Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and Finance (; 773-371-5484).


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.

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

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


Electronic Services Librarian, Paul Bechtold Library

Catholic Theological Union seeks a creative, service-oriented librarian to provide leadership for the organization, access, and management of its large electronic resources collection. CTU has a growing distance learning program and electronic resources are an integral part of its library collection. While a significant portion of the library will remain print-based, it is a priority to develop the electronic collection, integrating it effectively with the other materials the library offers. The Electronic Services Librarian will report to the Director of the Library, but will collaborate with other library staff as well.

The Electronic Services Librarian may be responsible for the following areas:

Electronic Services

  • Demonstrate familiarity with religious, theological, and related resources in various electronic formats (CD- and Web-based databases, electronic journals, e-books, etc.) and help provide the most reliable means of access to these resources
  • Maintain an electronic resources management system, including methods for tracking and managing licensing, report gathering
  • Plan and implement digital projects (including scanning and audio projects)
  • Catalog electronic resources using various metadata schemes
  • Work with link resolvers, knowledge base, HTML

Voyager Integrated Library System

  • Responsible for system administration responsibilities, including support for  Voyager modules (acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, system administration)
  • Oversee Reporting function
  • Collaborate with appropriate IT personnel on software upgrades

Research and Instruction Services

  • Provide research services, including: assisting faculty, staff and students with their research and curricular interests
  • Present instruction in using both print-based and electronic resources by means of class presentations, informal workshops, and individual sessions

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required: 

  • Commitment to the mission of Catholic Theological Union
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • MLS from ALA accredited school


  • Theology degree
  • Experience with Voyager Integrated Library System

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit cover letter and resume (with the names and contact information of three professional references). Please send applications electronically to:

Melody Layton McMahon
Professor/Director of the Library
Paul Bechtold Library
Catholic Theological Union
5401 South Cornell Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60615-5698


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.


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. 


CTU will not discriminate against any applicants for employment or employ any person on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, age, disability, or other legally protected status. The policy on non-discrimination will prevail in all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, placement, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, and termination. At the same time, CTU cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its character, goals, and mission.