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Director of Marketing and Communications

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), one of the largest Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the U.S., is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications to join our senior management team. The position is responsible for the leadership and management of the school’s overarching marketing, advertising, and public relations initiatives, as well as for the effective promotion and communication of all school programming – both for CTU and our affiliated centers and programs – including brand development, messaging, marketing, advertising, and web and social media strategies.

Qualifications: The successful candidate is a keen strategist, with a proven track record of marcom plan execution, audience development, media relations, and external collaborations and business partnerships. The director  is at home in a Catholic graduate school environment that includes international and diverse student body; is able to work in a collaborative manner; has superior verbal and written communication skills; and leadership and management ability.

The position supervises a staff of two as well as a contract webmaster and graphic designer.  Competitive candidates will also have a strong track record of managing people; demonstrable computer skills including MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite; and graduate degree or equivalent. 

Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and salary history to  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), located in the Hyde Park (U of C) neighborhood of Chicago, is sponsored by twenty-four religious men’s communities. Its student body includes religious order seminarians and lay men and women preparing for Church service in various forms.   The school offers several graduate degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral level.  For further information see the school’s website:


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.


Development Associate:

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), a graduate school of theology and ministry in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, seeks a Development Associate.

The position of Development Associate reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. This position aids the efforts of targeted fundraising goals, particularly the stewardship and operations of fundraising campaigns.  The position assists in building, maintaining and analyzing the donor base, oversees gift acceptance and acknowledgments and reconciling of accounts.  This team member helps to maintain the development website, updates addresses and helps with donor communication.  This position is also responsible for overseeing basic office management functions.  This position calls for a commitment to teamwork and mutual support among the school’s departments (Enrollment Management, Bernardin Center, Business Office, Registrar) and in the overall CTU community. 

Demonstrable computer skills include MS Office (specifically mail merge); database experience, social media and email marketing.

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and 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.