University of St. Thomas

Nesti Center for Faith and Culture

Houston, Texas

Assistant to the Director – CFC


The University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and to the religious and intellectual tradition of a Catholic higher education, is seeking an Assistant to the Director of the Nesti Center for Faith and Culture. The University enrolls more than 3,700 students with its main campus located in Houston’s Museum District. This position reports directly to the Director of the Donald S. Nesti CSSp Center for Faith and Culture (CFC).



The Assistant to the Director will focus on a variety of activities including events and special projects. Many of the activities will involve a cross-section of activities of the Center with a primary focus on duties associated with various pastoral, ecumenical and civic initiatives. The Assistant to the Director will assist the Director in implementing planned activities, initiatives, and events. The Assistant to the Director will also serve as a resource to other members of the Center.


Primary Responsibilities

Assist in the implementation and development of various pastoral and ecumenical initiatives in collaboration with the pastoral vision developed with the Director of the CFC.
Assist in the coordinating and conducting of various conferences, symposia, ecumenical events, dialogues and lectures as part of the CFC’s initiatives to engage civic society and other religious organizations to build community partnerships.
Work closely with the Director to develop outreach programs that serve to strengthen the University’s and Center’s relationship with other religious groups and organizations.
Attend and participate in various ecumenical and interreligious meetings and events, on behalf of the Director, representing the Center for Faith and Culture and UST.
At the direction of the Director of the Center, work in collaboration with all Cenyerstaff members to help prioritize the work of the Center and to implement the strategic plan of the Center.
Work as part of the Center staff dedicated to resourcing and consultation with other staff members in their areas of program supervision and responsibilities.
May be involved in other activities of the Center as directed by the Director.
Minimum Qualifications


An undergraduate degree is required in theology, religious studies, or related fields such as Catholic social teaching and public policy.

Preferred subject matters and skill sets (or equivalent experience) may include but not be limited to studies in Catholic Social Teaching, Theology, Religious Studies, Mediation, Advocacy and Public Policy.


The Assistant to the Director must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church with a comprehensive understanding of Vatican II and Papal teachings.

The Assistant to the Director must have a minimum of two years of experience working on various events and projects that relate to working with ecumenical organizations and religious groups.

Familiarity and detailed knowledge of other faiths including, but not limited to Protestant Christian denominations, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and other predominant faiths is preferred.

Familiarity with key religious contacts in the Houston metropolitan area is important. The person in this position should have developed a network of contacts with ecumenical and interreligious leaders, organizations, synagogues, and churches.

Minimum of two years of experience planning events such as, but not limited to, meetings, conferences, symposiums, and galas.

The Assistant to the Director must possess strong communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

Experience developing presentations and making presentations to small and large groups.

Intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

The Assistant to the Director must have strong administrative, organization and project management skills and be committed to working in a collaborative style with faculty and staff of the university, Archdiocesan personnel, and members of various churches and interfaith religions, organizations, and the community at large.

Experience with facilitating initiatives for on-going adult formation by facilitating dialogue, lectures and presentations with diverse communities.

Experience moderating and facilitating small group and large group settings, particularly dealing with topics of Catholic Social Thought and/or spirituality.

Proficient in speaking and writing in Spanish is preferred.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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