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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

Director, Church in the 21st Century Center

The Center

Boston College seeks a director of its Church in the 21st Century (C21) Center.  The Center was established in 2002 to help the Catholic community respond to the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States and seeks to be a resource and catalyst for the renewal of Catholicism in the 21st century. It focuses on four areas:  handing on the faith, relationships and sexuality in the Catholic tradition, roles and relationships in the Church, and the Catholic intellectual tradition. 

In the past 15 years, the C21 Center has sponsored or co-sponsored hundreds of events, such as lectures, symposia, personal testimonials about God and belief (Agape Latte), and the week-long Expresso Your Faith program, that have engaged thousands of participants, hundreds of scholars, and numerous prominent Church figures. Among its regular publications is C21 Resources, a 40-page magazine published twice yearly with a circulation of 180,000.  The Center also co-sponsors the Ever to Excel summer program for high school students from across the world to help them grow in knowledge and appreciation of the Jesuit educational and religious tradition.

In addition to the director, who reports to the President of Boston College, the Center includes an associate director, assistant director, and an administrative assistant. It also benefits from the experience and recommendations of both a steering committee and an advisory group drawn from Boston College faculty,
students, and staff.


Desired Qualifications for the Director


A member of the Catholic Church with in-depth understanding of and commitment to the Catholic tradition

Knowledge and appreciation of current issues in the Catholic Church, especially the four focal issues of the Center

Ability to offer strong leadership to the Center and work effectively with steering and advisory committees

Capacity and willingness to collaborate with a wide range of individuals and departments on and off-campus to advance the Center’s mission

Familiarity with digital technology sufficient to guide decisions on its use in fulfilling the mission of the Center

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Education and Experience

Post-graduate degree (preferred) and/or record of distinguished leadership, serviced pastoral work, and vision necessary to advance the Center’s mission
Five years’ experience in leadership of Catholic organizations


Robert R. Newton, Special Assistant to the President,


Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at