University Minister for Service and Justice
Detroit, MI University Ministry
Job Type


Job ID

AF9605 -2008-1681

Position Classification

FT Administrator

Position Summary

The University Minister for Service and Justice promotes the University’s Catholic, Jesuit and Mercy mission by working collaboratively to create opportunities for service, immersion, reflection, social justice and advocacy. This position engages students in today’s social problems and in becoming agents of social transformation. The University Minister is to be a model of faith in action that encourages students to know, love and serve God and one another.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1) Service Immersion program:

  • Site development
  • Logistical coordination
  • Budgeting/fundraising/marketing
  • Student recruitment and placement
  • Theological reflection preparation for student leaders and participants as well as the ability to lead theological reflection.
  • Create a formation program for student leaders and colleague facilitators including developing and updating student leader resources, policy binder, orientation training, immersion prep and training meetings.
  • Risk management
  • Assess and evaluate student learning outcomes for all trips and preparing an annual report of activities for the program, including assessment reports to the UDM assessment committee.
  • Attends and leads at least one service immersion trip per year.
  • Coordinate and lead local service immersion days in the Detroit community.

2) Advocacy and Justice:

  • Create and implement programs that engage students on topics such as Catholic Social Teaching, social justice, solidarity, and advocacy; programs which form students into being “persons with and for others.”
  • Coordinate and lead a student delegation to the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington DC, including organizing the day of lobbying with Michigan legislators.
  • Collaborate with and connect students with organizations that promote “a faith that does justice,” such as Ignatian Solidarity Network, NETWORK Catholic Lobby, and Mercy Justice Team (Mercy DC Justice and Advocacy Program).
  • Serve as the University Ministry representative on university committees, taskforces, and work groups, especially those with a focus on peace and justice work. Collaborate with other campus departments in engaging students in peace, justice, and social change initiatives.

3) General University Ministry responsibilities:

  • Supervise our Jesuit Volunteer team member through bi-weekly check-in meetings, professional mentorship, program oversight and annual administrative tasks to renew our JVC position. 
  • Regular attendance at University Ministry Team meetings (weekly). Assist with general University Ministry programs, as assigned, and assist with Sunday Student Masses and other large liturgies such as Mass of the Holy Spirit and Baccalaureate Mass. 
  • We are committed to the spiritual accompaniment of all students, so an ability to incorporate diverse religious perspectives, practices, and dialogue into our programs.
  • Assist with other various campus programs where mission integration is needed or prioritized.

4) Other duties:

  • Participates on at least one university-wide team, committee, or taskforce.
  • Other duties as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree (M. A.) or equivalent in Theology, Pastoral Studies, Divinity, Social Justice or related field; at least three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred experience with youth or young adult ministry or equivalent work experiences.
  • Preferred higher education experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  •  A sincere commitment to operate within the university’s Catholic, Jesuit and Mercy spirituality, mission, and tradition.
  • Commitment to one’s own personal faith formation and prayer life; to being a contemplative in action.
  • Preferred experience with young adult ministry or equivalent work experiences
  • Preferred higher education experience
  • Strong leadership, organizational and communication skills

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift 25 lbs. to do manual labor projects, and travel long distances.

Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


A valid motor vehicle license is required and the ability to drive a 12-passenger van.

Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience

Anticipated Schedule

TBD (Ability to work some evenings and weekends.)

Instructions to Applicants   

Applications are due by March 25, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.