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Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry

Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Job Location:
Detroit, Michigan
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Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry

The Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry serves on the seminary’s administrative council and directs the work of the Institute for Lay Ministry (ILM). The ILM is the administrative branch of Sacred Heart Major Seminary that offers formation opportunities and other student services for commuter students matriculating into the seminary’s degree and diploma programs as well as those who wish to take courses for enrichment. The ILM personnel serve students preparing for various lay ministries and leadership roles, including the permanent diaconate, by helping them to discern their call to ministry and determining which programs will best prepare them. In collaboration with the Central Service Departments of the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD), the Institute also provides continuing education programs and assists students seeking archdiocesan certification in ministry. The Dean is also a full faculty member of both the college and theologate faculties. The Dean serves as Formation Director for students in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program and also provides formation opportunities and support for students in other programs.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Serve on the Administrative Council, under the direction of the Rector/President
  • Direct and supervise the ILM staff
  • Liaise with the Board of Trustees for commuter student formation and services; staff support for the Board of Trustees Student Life Committee; assistance in Board Development sessions and support at Board meetings
  • Prepare strategic planning and budget reports for the ILM
  • Contribute to the seminary publication, Mosaic, by authoring articles on formation, featured students, student services
  • Represent SHMS on visitation teams/events sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the seminary’s accrediting agency
  • Serve on the Scholarship Distribution Committee
  • Additional duties as requested by the Rector/President

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Teach yearly “Theology of Ministry” course or another course, as needed
  • Facilitate Theological Reflection groups for students in supervised ministries
  • Liaise with students in MAPS Supervised Ministry (IS 891)
  • Serve on the following faculty committees: MA/MAPS Committee and AAM/Diploma Committee
  • Serve on admissions committees: Undergraduate Admissions Committee and MA/MAPS Admissions Committee
  • Serve as an academic advisor for commuter students doing pre-requisites for graduate study
  • Attend at seminary events as stated in the faculty handbook
  • Serve on other ad hoc committees as requested by the Dean of Studies

Formation Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate psychological inventories for MAPS applicants
  • Administer and interpret of ATS tool, Profiles of Ministry, for all MAPS candidates
  • Supervise MAPS students in setting goals for formation and accountability for those goals through yearly individual meetings
  • Plan and administer monthly formation sessions for MAPS students, including content, securing appropriate speakers, prayer, and evaluation
  • Identify suitable ministry mentors for MAPS students with appropriate support and yearly evaluation
  • Assist students, especially MAPS students, in finding suitable spiritual directors
  • Evaluation annually the MAPS program components in light of USCCB document: Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord.
  • Plan and administer annual MAPS Day of Reflection
  • Plan and administer three formation sessions per year for students in undergraduate programs
  • Collaborate with the seminary marketing office in the planning and administration of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Speaker Series

Student Services Responsibilities:

  • Direct ILM Student Council and advocate for commuter student needs in administration meetings
  • Direct students to appropriate personnel and sources for student advising and financial aid; serve on seminary and archdiocesan financial aid awards committees

Archdiocese of Detroit Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with AOD departments in the planning and administration of a series of catechist formation courses – On Fire for the Faith – delivered in an online format
  • Serve on AOD Ministerial Certification Committee to evaluate candidates for certification in pastoral ministry

Personal Development Responsibilities:

  • Maintain membership in National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) and participation in yearly conference
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities in ministry, formation, and theology yearly
  • Keep current on literature in the above fields


  • Candidate must have a terminal degree or licentiate from an accredited institution in Catholic theology, philosophy, Catholic studies, or closely related field
  • Candidate must have a minimum of five years teaching experience in theology, Catholic studies, philosophy, or a closely related field at a post-secondary institution
  • Candidate must have demonstrated excellence in higher education leadership and administration
  • Candidate must be able to forge positive relationships with coworkers, students, local ministries, the Archdiocese of Detroit, churches, pastors, and community leaders, while balancing the administrative tasks of the position.
  • Candidate must be committed to the spiritual, human, pastoral, and intellectual formation of lay students
  • Candidate must have effective written and oral communication and presentation skills

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three professional references by January 31, 2022. (Priority given to early applicants):

Attention: Ann Marie Connolly, Director of Finance/Treasurer and Director of Human Resources


Mail: Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Attn: Ann Marie Connolly

2701 Chicago Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48206

Phone: 313-883-8587

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Pay Range: $80,000 - $90,000

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