Santa Clara University

Vice President for Mission & Ministry

Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USA

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Vice President for Mission & Ministry

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This position offers a base salary in the range of $240,000-$300,000. Compensation will be based on education, experience, skills relevant to the role and internal equity.

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Executive Summary

Santa Clara University seeks a visionary, strategic, faith-filled and inspiring leader to serve as its next vice president for mission and ministry (VPMM). Reporting to the President and serving on the President's Cabinet, this executive leader will inspire and promote the active engagement of the SCU community in living out the vision, mission, and values of the University as a Jesuit Catholic educational institution. Serving as a strategic advisor, thought partner, and resource to the President on matters of mission, and as the administrator to the Trustee Mission Committee, the vice president will provide leadership in articulating and integrating the Jesuit, Catholic mission and character of the University into the life and ethos of the institution.

Guided by the University strategic plan, SCU Impact 2030, the vice president will take a leading role in fulfilling the University's ambitions, particularly related to SCU's goals around global reach to advance economic, social ecological and political development; sustainability and environmental justice; and fostering a community of belonging for all, inclusive of different traditions, cultures and religions. The vice president will build on SCU's global reputation as a leader in Catholic higher education.

Building on a strong campus commitment to the University's Ignatian heritage, Catholic identity and Jesuit mission, the vice president will oversee the development and implementation of initiatives that engage and inspire the entire community - students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, alumni and friends of the University - to help make the mission their own and apply it concretely to their work and life. The vice president will ensure that the division's programs and initiatives respect and appreciate the distinctive mission of SCU, especially with regard to faith, justice, interreligious understanding and hospitality as constitutive of our mission.

The VPMM will serve in a highly collaborative role and interface with a broad range of leaders and constituent groups to accomplish shared goals that allow Santa Clara University to live more authentically its Jesuit, Catholic mission. Key partners include the divisions of Inclusive Excellence and Student Life, Jesuit School of Theology (JST), President's Cabinet, and the Jesuit communities at Santa Clara and JST. In addition, as the chief mission officer of the University, the vice president will represent the University, interface with external organizations and leaders and maintain active relationships with the local dioceses, the Western Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU).

The vice president will lead the Division of Mission and Ministry, which encompasses Campus Ministry, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (ICJE), and the Mission Church, and serve as the Executive Director of ICJE. As a recently-established division, the vice president will strengthen division cohesiveness, creatively empower staff in building a collaborative culture, and further hone organization structure. The vice president will lead the division in strategic planning to meet the evolving needs of the campus, church, and local community, while strengthening Santa Clara University's position as a globally recognized Jesuit Catholic university.

Professional Qualifications & Personal Qualities

Santa Clara University seeks a creative, faith-filled and visionary leader who brings leadership experience in communicating mission across multiple stakeholder groups, building teams, guiding change in a dynamic organization, and managing staff and resources. The vice president for mission and ministry must possess in-depth knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition and Jesuit identity, as well as a deep familiarity with, and personal experience of, Ignatian spirituality.

The vice president must also have the following skills, qualifications and attributes:

  • Demonstrated capacity to sustain and strengthen the University's strong Catholic and Jesuit identity, exhibiting intellectual rigor, pastoral sensitivity and spiritual depth;
  • Passion for Jesuit higher education and for instilling Ignatian values in a multi-religious context; ability to generate enthusiasm for and commitment to furthering the University's service to the Church;
  • An in-depth understanding and personal commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit character of SCU, Ignatian Spirituality, and furthering interreligious understanding;
  • Experience with the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian spirituality, which takes shape within the academic environment for faculty, staff, students, and other University stakeholders.
  • Exceptional, effective, and charismatic communicator in both public and sacred spheres with the ability to articulate the University's mission and Catholic and Jesuit traditions in multiple settings, contexts, and across diverse audiences, both locally and globally;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to collaborate effectively and interface with internal and external constituency groups with tenacity and creativity. These include students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, the Jesuit community, religious leaders, and leaders in higher education.
  • Seasoned administrator with record of success in comprehensive management of administrative, personnel, and financial affairs within a complex higher education setting;
  • Ability to work effectively with other senior administrators to foster and sustain a sense of community, shared purpose, and collaboration among the University's diverse faculty, staff and students
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, program implementation, and assessment;
  • Ability to provide a strategic vision with scope, cultivate programmatic engagement in mission, and demonstrate energetic, innovative, creative, and visible leadership in consonance with the University's strategic plan and the President's vision;Well-versed in Ignatian pedagogy as fundamental to curriculum and programming, including community-based learning and immersion experiences;
  • A Master's degree at minimum; preferably a Ph.D., D.Min or equivalent;
  • Graduate training in theology, philosophy, pastoral ministry or spirituality;15+ years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience that includes program administration, leading/supervising teams and individuals in managerial contexts, and budget oversight.

The search committee seeks a diverse pool of applicants and welcomes applications from a broad range of backgrounds, including lay people as well as members of religious congregations. Information about Santa Clara's benefits can be found

Candidates should provide, as three separate documents:

  1. curriculum vitae,
  2. a letter of application describing their interest in the position and how the candidate's professional experience has prepared them for this position,
  3. the names and contact information of five professional references.

Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be submitted by April 25, 2024. Confidential inquiries may be addressed to Zenobia Lane and/or Molly McDonald, Search Committee Co-Chair, at

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EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Information about Title IX can be found at Information about Section 504 and the ADA Coordinator can be found at, (408) 554-4109, Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

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