Canisius Employment Opportunities


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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional




Position Summary:

The director of Mission and Identity will be responsible for promoting the active engagement of members of the Canisius community in carrying out the college’s Catholic and Jesuit mission. The director is responsible for developing and promoting programs and activities that will promote awareness and support of the institution’s mission and identity.  The director is guided by the document, Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, developed by the presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and by a Statement of Shared Purpose between and among the college and its board of trustees, the USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits and the Canisius Jesuit Community.


A primary responsibility of the director of Mission and Identity is to ensure that the faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees of the college have opportunities to learn about and deepen their understanding of the institution’s Catholic and Jesuit identity, its educational mission, and their part in fulfilling it.  Building on that understanding, the director will invite and challenge the college community to ensure that the institution’s mission is clearly and consistently carried out by all members. As an institutional leader, the director is expected to stay abreast of developments in the Church and exhortations from Pope Francis and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus in order to initiate and develop specific initiatives to serve the marginalized and to work for social justice in the Buffalo community.

The director reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Academic Program Board. The director oversees the Center for Service-Learning and works closely with Student Affairs and the Campus Ministry team on projects of mutual concern.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for mission and identity at Canisius with measurable objectives and assessment mechanisms, which plan will encompass the commitments in the Statement of Shared Purpose and the essential elements of the Some Characteristics document.
  • Through communication and programming, assist members of the college community to more thoroughly integrate the institutional mission into the life of the community. Without limitation, this will include participation in the development and maintenance of resources on social justice, Ignatian pedagogy, and Ignatian spirituality.
  • As a representative of the college, develop collaborative programs between members of the college and the regional community to provide opportunities for mutual development in the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
  • Support the work of the New Buffalo Institute (currently in development) as it develops partnerships and initiatives to reorganize, refocus, and prioritize our existing connections and activities in the community and to develop new initiatives to better align our efforts with community needs and priorities.
  • Promote the academic and co-curricular professional and spiritual formation of trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni who will be able to work in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus in furtherance of the college’s Ignatian traditions, especially in its educational mission.
  • Lead the process of institutional self-reflection on mission and identity and peer review based on the Some Characteristics document that has been developed by AJCU and the United States Assistancy for the Society of Jesus.
  • Ensure the institution’s Jesuit mission and identity is accurately and adequately represented on the website and in institutional publications.
  • Collaborate with all campus constituents to promote a coordinated approach to mission-directed activities on every level at Canisius.
  • Participate in the implementation of the college-wide policy governing hiring and orienting for mission; present mission formation programing for new members of the community.
  • Serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees Mission and Identity Committee and, in that role, assist the committee chair in the development of a substantive agenda.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A highly motivated who can think creatively and strategically about mission and identity challenges, and design, promote and deliver appropriate initiatives in response.
  • Commitment to continual development of multicultural competence
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively across divisions and departments within the college and to collaborate effectively with the regional community.
  • Ability to encourage and empower others in the promotion of mission, both individually and collectively.
  • Work effectively with diverse constituencies, including different religious traditions.
  • Ability to plan effectively and deliver measurable results.



  • Master’s degree in theology or related field required; Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Five to seven years of experience in higher education or at a faith-based institution required; five to seven years of experience at a Jesuit college or university strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and personal experience with the Catholic and Jesuit traditions and experience as a spiritual director required; experience of the Spiritual Exercises strongly preferred.
  • Successful experience coordinating and/or directing spiritual formation programs for faculty and/or board members strongly preferred.

Application materials are requested by February 28, 2018, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please include your letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your online application.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

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