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Resident Minister Application



The University of San Francisco is a Catholic Jesuit institution in the heart of San Francisco. A team of 15 Resident Ministers represents the Office of University Ministry by providing a pastoral presence in seven residence halls and serving over 2200 resident students. Resident Ministers engage USF students, especially those living in residential communities, to explore principles of Ignatian Spirituality and apply these principles to their life and work. Resident Ministers connect students to the USF Jesuit Catholic tradition by working to engage them in experiences through University Ministry; helping them to reflect on the influence and meaning of these experiences; inviting them to discern how they are to shape and transform their purpose in the world; and encouraging them to develop relationships of compassion, justice and advocacy. Resident Ministers are expected to attend University Ministry programs, liturgies and events, facilitate hall programs, and be attentive to any student needs that may arise. Resident Ministers also gain experience by serving in a specific internship in the University Ministry Office. University Ministry staff will mentor Resident Ministers in specific areas of responsibility such as liturgy, interfaith programming, social justice, community action, immersion experiences, retreats, faith formation and marketing.  

Resident Ministers are part-time employees who work up to 18 hours per week during the academic year. Most work hours are in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends. This ministry formation program is an appointed ten-month position. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (preference given to those working toward a Master’s degree in theology, ministry or a appropriate field). 
  • Ministerial experience with youth, or experience that would effectively transfer to ministry work at a Jesuit Catholic university.
  • Basic pastoral skills and an understanding of faith development and student development.
  • Ability to appropriately share one’s experience of faith and to invite students to explore their own sense of faith, spirituality and the promotion of justice.



1. Residence Hall Work:

         • Be available to students for conversation, support and reflection informally and during scheduled hours.

         • Meet with weekly with Residence Hall staff at regularly scheduled staff meetings, facilitate staff reflection opportunities, and support staff in community development and programming.  

         • Develop and facilitate a weekly Community of Reflection (CORE) group.

         • Develop programs that use principles of Ignatian spirituality to challenge students to engage, reflect, discern, develop relationships of justice, and live with hope, passion, integrity and purpose. 

         • Provide support and reflection opportunities for students connected to living learning, themed and academic program communities.

2. University Ministry Internship Focus Areas

         • Engage students in University Ministry programs as assigned by an Associate Director. 

         • Develop, coordinate and attend University Ministry programs as part of the University Ministry team including: weekly and special liturgies, days of service, community action opportunities, immersion trips, retreats, sacramental preparation programs and other University Ministry signature events.

         • Complete scheduled liturgical coordinating rotations for the 8:00 PM Sunday Student Liturgy and work to build relationships and community through communal prayer and worship.

         • Attend regularly scheduled meetings, in-services, theological reflection sessions and training opportunities.

3. Other Responsibilities:
         • Participation in required University Ministry and Residence Life staff training in August and January, a January Staff Retreat  and in training programs offered by University Ministry..

         • Attending regularly scheduled meetings with the Associate Director of Resident Ministry, the Associate Director of the internship area, a theological reflection group and the University Ministry/RM staff.



August 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016 


  • Hourly pay rate for $18 per week that includes Furnished University Housing and a University Meal Plan.


Visit and search in the job postings for Resident Minister.  This on-line application will also ask for a cover-letter and resume.  Please include in your cover letter what your status will be for the 2015-2016 academic year (i.e.  full-time student and academic program, working etc . . .)


For more information, or with any questions contact:

Don Crean

Associate Director of Resident Ministry

University Ministry

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080


The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic University founded in 1855 to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to work in a culturally diverse environment and to contribute to the mission of the University. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request