University of San Francisco Resident Minister in San Francisco, California

Position Information

Job Summary

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic institution in the heart of San Francisco. A team of 15 volunteer Resident Ministers represents the Office of University Ministry by providing a pastoral presence in seven residence halls and serving over 2200 resident students. The Resident Minister (RM) engages USF students, especially those living in residential communities, to explore principles of Ignatian Spirituality and apply these principles to their life and work. The RM connects students to the USF Jesuit Catholic tradition by working to engage students 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. The RM must be available to students and is expected to attend University Ministry programs, liturgies and events, facilitate hall programs, and be attentive to any student needs that may arise.

The Resident Minister also gains experience by serving in a specific focus area 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.

The Resident Minister is expected to volunteer an average of 15 hours each week (a fairly flexible schedule divided between residence hall hours, and hours in a University Ministry focus area). Most volunteer hours fall in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends, along with designated meetings and training sessions that are expected. This ministry formation program is a volunteer ten-month position with no formal compensation. As the nature of this position requires that Resident Ministers live on campus, The University provides free on-campus housing, and a University meal plan. This position is for the 2018-2019 academic year and begins on August 1, 2018. People of all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  1. Residence Hall Work:
  • Be available to students for conversation, support and reflection informally and during scheduled hours.

  • Meet regularly with Residence Hall staff at 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.

  • Promote University Ministry programs in the halls, and help students to connect to other campus opportunities that will foster their spiritual growth.

  • University Ministry 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.

  • Regularly support scheduled liturgical opportunities, especially the weekly 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.

  • Other Responsibilities:

  • Participation in required University Ministry and Residence Life staff training in August and January

  • 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.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Director/Associate Director.


Bachelor’s degree in an 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.

About USF

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit


The University is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

Requisition Number: 2017-1185Staff

Job Title: Resident Minister

Job Location: Main Campus - Hilltop

Salary Type: Exempt

Job Type: Temporary

Union Type: Non Union

Travel: No Travel

Work Environment: Office

Job Open Date: 01/24/2018

Posted until Filled: No

Fair Chance Ordinance: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. For more information visit: