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Associate Director of Spiritual Formation

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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

JOB PURPOSE: The Associate Director of Spiritual Formation is responsible for formational programs at the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality of Fairfield University (MCIS). The job includes creating, planning and implementing formation programs in spiritual direction, Ignatian Spirituality and the supervision of spiritual directors. The services will be provided with a spirit of hospitality and compassion that embodies the charisms of the Society of Jesus and Fairfield University.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality of Fairfield University welcomes those seeking to deepen their relationship with God and to enrich their daily lives. We offer spiritual direction and programming, in the Ignatian tradition, to guide individuals and groups in their journey toward this encounter, as St. Ignatius did, by “finding God in all things.” As part of this outreach, we also train spiritual directors who can assist individuals and groups in the discernment of God’s direction in their lives. We are committed to supporting the faith-life of the students, faculty and staff of Fairfield University as well as individuals from the larger community outside of the university.

  • Teach in the Spiritual Director Formation Program, teach the practicum on directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and teach the practicum on becoming a supervisor

  • Serve as liaison to the Bellarmine Campus of Fairfield University

  • Develop and implement programming for individuals who have completed the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

  • Develop and implement young alumni programing

  • Form faculty and staff in the Ignatian tradition

  • Facilitate a Woman’s Spirituality Group

  • Assess programs with the Director and MCIS team

  • Provide spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors

  • Assist Director with tasks, planning, and presence at programs/events

  • Participate on the MCIS Advisory Board

  • Other related duties and responsibilities

  • Facilitate ongoing formation of spiritual directors


Education, Competencies and Experience
  • Masters or Doctorate in divinity, theology, spirituality, religious studies or pastoral counseling

  • Certified spiritual director and supervisor

  • Minimum 3 years administrative experience

  • Demonstrated experience offering spiritual programing

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills

  • Proficient in MS Office, Zoom and Hybrid offerings

Preferred Qualifications
  • Embrace the mission and values of Fairfield University and MCIS

  • Ability to work evenings, weekends in a flexible schedule

  • Highly organized with attention to detail

  • Certified supervisor

  • Fluency in Spanish desirable

  • Creative and flexible

  • Ability to network and interact with a broad base of individuals/organizations

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting


Mission & Identity - Admin

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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