Jobs at CTU

Jobs at CTU

For those interested in a career with Catholic Theological Union, the following positions available at CTU are listed below.

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Catholic Theological Union (CTU) is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Its mission is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. CTU’s 4,000 vowed religious women and men and lay graduates are serving in 60 countries worldwide.


Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to

Visiting Scholar for Thriving in Ministry at Catholic Theological Union

CTU announces the establishment of a Visiting Scholar appointment sponsored by the Thriving in Ministry Initiative which is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  Typically, a Visiting Scholar holds an academic appointment within his/her home institution in the United States and proposes a research agenda for a stated period of time ranging  from one month and up to one academic year. Research conducted should include some element of inquiry into the thriving of Catholic  men and women religious in the United States. Access to data from recently commissioned surveys on men and women religious in the United States will be possible. While research goals remain primary, the Visiting Scholar would also offer one public lecture, engage with the grant staff relative to program development and other activities as negotiated. The Visiting Scholar would also interface with the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life.  The agreement will be negotiated with the Director of Thriving in Ministry who will organize and guide the Visiting Scholar’s activities at CTU. A PhD., D.Min. or other terminal degree is required. Applicants from a variety of academic fields will be considered.


Research related to the Thriving in Ministry Initiative entails an exploration of some element of the holistic wellbeing of the minister who serves within a specific ministerial context.  Some current research looks at the minister’s self-integrity, preparation, levels of engagement, resilience and sense of significance. This research might also examine the various relationships, communal structures and social influences that impact the fulfillment and flourishing of the minister. 


In addition to funding, applicants will have access to an office and a computer. Library access includes the institutions of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and the University of Chicago.

Limited housing is available in CTU’s residence hall for scholars without dependents. Parking is available onsite.  


About Thriving in Ministry

The Thriving in Ministry Initiative is part of Lilly Endowment’s grant-making to strengthen pastoral leadership in Christian congregations in the United States. CTU is one of 24 organizations taking part in the first phase of the initiative. In support of CTU’s leading efforts to prepare effective leaders for the church, including men and women religious and lay men and women, the grant opens a path for the school to identify and overcome obstacles and stress points that keep those ministering in the Church from thriving in their work, particularly those who are within the first ten years of ministry.


About the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

The Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL) was established in 2016 to serve as a theological, academic, and pastoral resource for engaging contemporary issues and realities in consecrated life today from a global perspective.  The CSCL carries out its mission through courses, symposia, and workshops. The CSCL seeks to encourage new scholarship across disciplines; provide processes for reflective dialogue and creative imagining; assist in the discovery of new calls to ministry; and explore the internationality of consecrated life. CSCL website.


Application Process

Applications should be completed at least twelve weeks in advance of your anticipated start date. Please send all questions regarding the application and research plans to Marian Diaz at Applicants will receive a response within four weeks of completion of their application. Applications will not be considered until all materials have been submitted.


Complete the online application which includes:

Online Application Form

Upload your CV/Resume

Upload your research proposal – In approximately 5-7 pages (12-point and double-spaced) describe your proposal in detail, using the following outline:

      1. Primary question and rationale. State the primary question under investigation and how it relates to the goals of Thriving in Ministry. Why does is this research important to men and women religious?
      2. Research methods and sources. Describe your research process and methods. Include a bibliography of central texts.
      3. Proposed outcomes of research and dissemination plan. Outline how the research findings will be disseminated via publications, reports, lectures, etc.
      4. Proposed schedule and funding request. Document any other funding requested or received.
      5. Impact. Describe the potential benefits of this project to you personally, to your home institution and to men and women religious in the United States.  


Letters of Support (Emailed to


A letter of release and recommendation should come from the applicant’s chairperson or academic dean confirming release from teaching and academic responsibilities if the funding is awarded.  This letter should also evaluate your ability to complete the project in light of your previous work and demonstrated skills.

A letter on the feasibility of the project from a colleague who can assess the project, the applicant’s capacity to complete the project within the proposed time and the uniqueness and contribution of this project.


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Catholic Theological Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Teaching Position in Old Testament Studies

Catholic Theological Union at Chicago invites applications for an entry-level position in Old Testament Studies. The position is full-time and tenure-track in the Biblical Literature and Languages (BLL)Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Old Testament studies by September 1, 2020. Additional competencies in early Jewish literature and the New Testament are desirable.


The responsibilities connected with this position include teaching on the Master’s level and supervising Master’s theses and projects. The BLL department is responsible for an annual study- tour of biblical lands. The BLL faculty rotate responsibility for the academic direction of the program, which includes in-class preparation and onsite input. CTU has distance-learning programs so faculty are expected to be able to teach online courses.


Catholic Theological Union was founded fifty years ago to prepare men from several religious orders and congregations for the ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. Today its student body also includes women and men, religious and lay, who are preparing for a variety of ministries in the Catholic Church. CTU offers several academic and professional Master’s degrees and a professional doctorate. The successful applicant will join a faculty of women and men who have a reputation for excellence in teaching and scholarship that engages both the academy and the Church. The applicant should feel at home with the mission and environment of a Catholic school of theology. CTU’s faculty and administration are committed to theological education within the Roman Catholic tradition in ecumenical, interfaith, and cross-cultural contexts.


Applications are to include
• a letter of application
• the applicant’s curriculum vitae
• three references with email addresses


These materials should be saved as PDF documents and sent as attachments to The deadline for applications is August 15, 2019.
Inquiries should be addressed to Leslie Hoppe, OFM at


Catholic Theological Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Admission Counselor

General Summary

The Admission Counselor reports directly to the Senior Director of Enrollment Management. In collaboration with the Senior Director of Enrollment Management, the Admission Counselor offers input in the design, execution and assessment of a comprehensive recruitment plan.  The successful candidate will serve as the primary field representative through a range of recruitment activities with stated benchmarks/objectives for the purpose of increasing applications and enrollment from the Chicago metropolitan area.


To this end, the Admission Counselor will foster relationships with key influencer contacts as outlined in the institutional strategic plan, facilitate CTU’s presence at conferences and exhibits, actively manage a set of inquiries from initial interest through application, and assist with the coordination of recruitment and orientation events.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Build, manage and maintain a designated portfolio of key influencers with the Senior Director of Enrollment Management.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and respond to questions and inquiries from prospective students through various channels (e.g. individual appointments, telephone, email and social networking.)
  • Nurture relationships, through various communication channels, with prospective students, parishes, Archdiocesan and campus contacts providing admissions advice and counsel relative to the recruitment and admissions processes.
  • Maintain a travel schedule and represent CTU at various recruitment events, conferences, campus visits, and yield activities throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as Regional/National conferences.
  • Arrange and complete campus appointments with prospective students by coordinating schedules and logging appointments.
  • Regularly present admissions and recruitment information.
  • Project management for events such as student receptions and alumni events.
  • Regularly interface with external community groups and organizations to promote and support the CTU’s overall recruitment efforts.
  • Host and assist in the coordination of on-campus programs for prospective students.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment strategies and make recommendations for program changes and enhancements.
  • Compile, assess and interpret student data, event outcomes, recruitment trends, market area trends and regularly report findings to senior leadership.
  • Utilize CRM system to track and follow up with active prospects and influencers, ensuring contact information and activity is captured in system in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Participate in and contributes to Enrollment Management Team meetings and projects.
  • Reviews assigned admission applications and make decision recommendations.
  • Proactively address the needs of the regional territory.
  • Attend major CTU programs, events, and trainings.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Theology or Ministry preferred.
  • Familiarity with and/or awareness of higher education context, enrollment operations and education for ministry and theology.
  • Extensive local/regional/national travel is required on a weekly basis.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, sensitivity to, and appreciation for CTU’s Catholic context and particular mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and implement institutional recruitment processes, policies and procedures.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented approach in a fast-paced admissions office setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills: Microsoft Office, database and web applications
  • Superior communication skills: writing and speaking, interpersonal and group presentations.

Administrative Assistant/Programs Coordinator

The Administrative Assistant/Programs Coordinator is a part-time position and is responsible for the general administration of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL) and works under the supervision of the Director of the CSCL. Responsibilities include administrative support in the planning and implementation of events, management of website and social media, office organization and other related tasks.

Successful candidates will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Proven administrative skills, including project management and financial management of a budget. Collaboration and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team and across departments. Demonstrate computer proficiency with the office productivity and desktop publishing software.

Bachelor’s Degree required with strong experience in office management and interest in consecrated life issues. Master’s Degree in Theology/Religious Studies preferred. Please email resume and cover letter to

Catholic Theological Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.