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Employee Position Description
Position: Director, CTU’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center 
Supervisors:   President / Vice-President and Academic Dean
Classification: Administrative Staff/Faculty Status 
1. General Summary
The director is the chief administrator of the Bernardin Center and its operations. The Center is inspired by the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the late Archbishop of Chicago, with an original and ongoing commitment to four of the principal theological and pastoral priorities of the Cardinal’s ministry: the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, interreligious dialogue (especially among Jews, Christians, and Muslims), reconciliation and peacemaking, and the promotion of the consistent ethic of life. The Center serves to advance the mission of Catholic Theological Union by clearly identifying these theological and pastoral priorities of the late Cardinal as concrete manifestations of the vision of the Second Vatican Council, and by helping to integrate a focus on these priorities into CTU’s commitment to educate new generations of leaders for the Church in service to all of God’s people. 
2. Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Activities and Programs
Under the direction of the CTU President, provide leadership on a local and national level in furthering the mission of Catholic Theological Union and the charism and vision of Cardinal Bernardin through the planning and coordination of public events, conferences, and symposia focusing on one or another aspect of the Cardinal’s four principal theological and pastoral priorities mentioned above
Ordinarily teach two courses per academic year
Coordinate the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, including programming and publication of the newsletter, with other events and activities in the CTU calendar 
With the Enrollment Management Department, participate in the annual selection of Bernardin Scholars and coordinate an ongoing program of the scholars’ intellectual and spiritual formation that promotes the legacy of Cardinal Bernardin
Coordinate the Catholics on Call program
In coordination with CTU’s Development Office, oversee the Center’s budgets, including grants and other funding for the Center’s initiatives 
Collaborate with the directors of the Catholic-Jewish and Catholic-Muslim Studies Programs in coordinating the public dimension of the mission of those programs with the Center
Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Office with regard to planning and public relations strategies for all Center events and publications, including conferences, web-based platforms, CTU’s Logos quarterly newsletter, etc. 
Under the direction of the President and in coordination with the Development Office, engage in the ongoing cultivation of friends, supporters, and benefactors of CTU and the Bernardin Center, including foundations and corporations
Produce reports on the activities of the Center for CTU’s Board of Trustees and other constituencies
Representing the Center to the Wider Public
Under the direction of the President, prepare the annual meeting of the Center’s National Advisory Board, providing both a report on the activities and strategic goals of the Center as well as ongoing opportunities for receiving feedback and counsel from Advisory Board members
Maintain contact with Advisory Board members and other volunteers as they work to support the activities and mission of the Center in their various contexts throughout the year
Assist in the recruitment of new Advisory Board members
Maintain vibrant relations with the wider Church, especially the Archdiocese of Chicago and its Offices for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Young Adult Ministry, and Archives and Records Center
In coordination with the President, help develop and maintain vibrant relations with wider public stakeholders in the mission of CTU and the Center, especially members of the ecumenical, Jewish, and Muslim communities.
3. Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Dispositions Required
Strong leadership and organizational skills
Superior oral and written communication skills
Consultative and collaborative approach to administration
Thorough familiarity with the vision and mission of CTU and the legacy of Cardinal Bernardin
Ability to communicate that vision and legacy to Bernardin Scholars and potential recipients of Bernardin Scholarships as well as to actual and potential benefactors
Professional and personal capacity to represent CTU’s Bernardin Center to its various publics, in the generosity of spirit and breadth of intellect characteristic of Cardinal Bernardin
Ability to play a leading role in maintaining longstanding, and cultivating new ecumenical and interreligious relationships
A Ph.D. in a theological discipline or a D.Min.
Committed Roman Catholic 
Interested and qualified applicants are welcome to email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and (3) references to Review of  applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Director Paul Bechtold Library

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), a graduate school of theology and ministry in the Hyde Park (U of C) neighborhood of Chicago seeks a Director for its Paul Bechtold Library. The Bechtold Library houses approximately 150,000 volumes, mainly in theology and related fields, and has a significant degree of computerization. The library has active collaborative relationships with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools libraries, the Chicago Area Theological Library Association, the Chicago Library System, and the College and Research Libraries of Illinois (formally ILSCO). The Director is responsible for the overall administration of the library and its staff. The Director works with the administration and faculty in the strategic development of the library’s collection and maintains the library as an integral teaching component of the school and its curriculum. The director also represents the interests of the library and the school to its various publics and collaborating institutions. The Director reports to the Academic Dean; holds faculty status; and works closely with other departments and with the faculty.

Candidates must have a degree in library science and experience in library administration; comfortable in the environment of a Catholic graduate school of theology; able to work collaboratively with faculty and staff; conversant with all facets of library information technology; able to think strategically about the development of the library and its services.

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.

For further information see the school’s website:    Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and salary history to     Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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Administrative Assistant and Programs Coordinator


Catholic Theological Union (CTU), a graduate school of theology and ministry in the Hyde Park (U of C) neighborhood of Chicago seeks an Administrative Assistant and Programs Coordinator (Assistant). The Assistant supports the Directors of the Bernardin Center and the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (Centers) in the organization and management of the Centers and has significant responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of the events, programs and activities of the Centers. These Centers encompass various specific programs such as Catholic-Jewish Studies, Catholic-Muslim Studies, Reconciliation, Life Ethics, Catholics on Call, Catholic Common Ground Initiative and fulfills initiatives related to consecrated religious life.  


Candidates must hold a Bachelors Degree and have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in technology and administration and must work well with minimal supervision. Qualified candidates will also have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, as well as demonstrated computer proficiency with office productivity software and desktop publishing and other database programs. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work well under pressure, and balance a multi-faceted work load.  Candidates should be creative, possess strong organizational and problem solving skills. Duties include designing and creating worship aids, brochures and promotional materials for programs and events in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications department, coordinating inquiries for Bernardin scholarships with the Admissions Office, maintaining scholars’ files, assist in coordinating scholars’ orientation and colloquia.


Individuals must be comfortable working in a Catholic institution of higher learning and able to work well as a member of a team. Individuals are expected to become immersed in, and support the mission and vision of the school and the Centers.  For more information about the CTU and the Centers please see our website at

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

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.