Student Employment in Mission and Ministry

The Office of Mission and Ministry employs students to assist in carrying out programs in support of the university Mission and community members. Please click below to see the job descriptions and responsibilities for each of the available jobs. 

Applications are open and will be accepted until March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

If you have questions, please email Ben Goodwin at goodwinb@gonzaga.edu

Hours/Week

1-2 positions available for the year 

12-14 hours/week (total, could be split between 2 employees), Academic Year 

Summary  

The student employee in this role provides outstanding leadership and support for all areas of liturgical ministry on campus. Through organization, preparation, training, and hospitality, the LMHS fosters a vibrant campus liturgical life specifically in daily, weekly, and special occasion liturgical celebrations.   

Job Duties 

  • Assists in the implementation of campus Liturgies as assigned by Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life. 

  • Provides support for weekday daily Mass 

  • Provides support for and is present for Sunday Mass and Large Liturgies (ie. Welcome Mass, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Commencement Mass) 

  • Co-creates liturgy scripts with Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

  • Prepares Presider before Mass (Week before & Hour before) 

  • Organizes and gives Mass announcements 

  • Prepare pre-Mass prayers for ministers 

  • Provides support for Adoration on Thursday nights (Light Nights) 

  • Provides support for Masses on Mission & Ministry retreats 

  • Assists in Recruiting, Training and Scheduling Liturgical Ministers, including Sacristans, Eucharistic Minsters, Lectors, and Altar Servers for Mass on campus.  

  • Is available to find substitutes or fill any vacant roles when scheduled persons do not attend 

  • Collaborates with the Setons (ushers) 

  • Cares for, including cleaning and set-up of, the physical worship space, particularly in University Chapel 

  • Organizes Sacristy & all sacred spaces on Campus 

  • Participates in General Cleaning (Linens, Baptismal Font, Liturgical Items, etc.) 

  • Maintains Liturgical Supplies & Equipment, including inventory 

  • Maintain sacred space in accordance with liturgical seasons 

  • Assists with documentation and record-keeping related to liturgies 

  • Co-chairs Liturgy Committee 

  • In partnership with the SA for Music Ministry, assists with Liturgical Formation, including the development of a Liturgy Retreat 

  • Participates in outreach and collaboration for Interfaith and Ecumenical opportunities 

  • Meets weekly with the Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Strong understanding of Catholic Liturgy, Catholic Teaching and Faith 

  • Desire and ability to integrate oneself within the Mission & Ministry Team and Gonzaga community 

  • Requirement to stand, walk, sit, sit, hear and use repetitive motion of hands/wrists. Lifts and moves items up to 15 pounds. 
     

Supervision Given/Received

Reports to: Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

 
 

Hours/Week & Term

1 position available

7-9 hours/week, Academic year 

Summary

The student employee in this role provides outstanding leadership and support for liturgical ministry on campus through sacred music. Particular care is given to leading disciples toward deeper conversion and fellowship, while ensuring that the University’s liturgical celebrations are uplifting, prayerful and reflective of our experience of God at Gonzaga. 

Job Duties 

  • Assists in the selection, coordination and implementation of music for campus Liturgies as assigned by the Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life. 

  • Provides support for and is present at Sunday Masses & Large Liturgies (ie. Welcome Mass, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Commencement Mass) 

  • Assists in recruitment of musicians and choir 

  • Schedules Cantors, Psalmists & Instrumentalists 

  • Co-Creates Worship Aids with Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

  • Prepares post-rehearsal prayers 

  • Maintains and sets-up music equipment in University Chapel 

  • Organizes and keeps appropriate documentation and records for liturgical music, including: 

  • Music Library organization 

  •  Preparation of Instrumental and Choir Binders 

  • Reports for Licensing 

  • Serves as liaison to and cultivates relationships with:  THIRST leadership, Choir President from Music Department 

  • Co-chairs Liturgy Committee 

  • In partnership with the SA for Liturgical Ministry, assists with Liturgical Formation, including the development of a Liturgy Retreat. 

  • Participates in outreach and collaboration for Interfaith and Ecumenical opportunities. 

  • Meets weekly with the Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Strong understanding of Catholic Liturgy, Catholic Teaching and Faith 

  • Desire and ability to integrate oneself withing the Mission & Ministry Team and Gonzaga community 

  • Basic proficiency in Music Theory and Aural Skills 

  • Requirement to stand, walk, sit, sit, hear and use repetitive motion of hands/wrists. Lifts and moves items up to 15 pounds. 

  • Preferred Candidate is a Music Major in Liturgical Music Concentration program 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: Senior Coordinator for Liturgical Life 

 

Hours/Week & Term

1 position available for the year

5 hours/week, Academic year 

Summary

A student Office Assistant maintains a presence of hospitality, service, and information at the front desk in the Hemmingson Office of Mission and Ministry, particularly during the lunch hour.

Job Duties 

  • Welcome and greet those who visit the office 

  • Be familiar with and give information to visitors about program offerings, services, and team members of the Office of Mission and Ministry 

  • Use Cashnet (training provided) to accept payments from students for Mission and Ministry programs 

  • Refer people to appropriate Mission & Ministry staff and/or other campus resources as needed 

  • Help with office tasks such as organizing, filing, data entry, etc. as directed by the Office Coordinator 

  • Maintain order and cleanliness of the Mission and Ministry Hemmingson Office 

  • Answer the Mission & Ministry main  telephone line and direct calls as needed. 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Available from noon-1pm weekdays 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people 

  • Good discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality 

  • Job functions are usually performed sitting but may involve some time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting (up to 20 pounds occasionally), walking, carrying, and reaching while filing and performing other duties. This position includes extensive wrist and hand movements related to computer keyboard, 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: Office Coordinator 

 

Hours/Week & Term

1 position available for the year

3-5 hours/week, Academic Year 

Summary 

  • The CLC Assistant helps facilitate the organizational side of the CLC program by maintaining accurate and updated documentation, communicating with leaders, and serving as the “president” of the CLC Executive Council (ExCo). 

Job Duties 

  • Organize and maintain Universal CLC Spreadsheet 
  • Place new sign-ups in groups and communicate placements to participants and servant leaders 
  • Serve as “president” of Executive Council for CLCs 
  • Plan agenda for weekly Executive Council meeting in coordination with Program Lead 
  • Facilitate weekly Executive Council meeting 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills 
  • Good discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Understanding of the CLC program 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: Coordinator of CLC Program 

 

Hours/Week & Term 

There are two positions available per semester and each assistant will serve only one semester

1-3 hours/week, semesterly (fall)  

1-3 hours/week, semesterly (spring) 

Summary

The First Year Retreat Assistant actively supports and leads the Gonzaga University’s First Retreat. inviting all Gonzaga freshmen to meet the rich heritage of a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, the First Year Retreat specifically introduces students to life at Gonzaga, especially in its faith dimension. The Freshmen Retreat builds a connection between social life, academic life, residence life and spiritual life at college. Through sharing by student team members, small group discussions, praise songs, silent reflection, communal prayer, games and live entertainment, the First Year Retreat invites students to reflect on faith, relationships, community and service to others. 

Note: this position requires additional hours around retreat time; no more than 20 hours per week.  

Job Duties (First Year Retreat) 

  • Be available for and present on both weekend retreats during the semester of employment.  

  • Meet regularly with the coordinator and other FYR Assistant to plan crew meetings and prepare retreat materials  

  • Actively participate in both retreat preparation and retreat execution, with particular care given to the support of the crew and first year students 

  • Help recruit, review applications and select crew members 

  • Facilitate crew faith sharing at the three crew meetings leading up to the retreat 

  • Model and lead communal prayer at crew meetings and on retreat 

  • Model and enforce appropriate behavior by crew and freshmen 

  • Manage and direct crew and freshmen during the retreats 

  • Lead games and activities 

  • During week of retreat: organize crew to prep for retreat by making small groups, name tags, welcome posters, First Year retreat bags, stationery with envelopes etc… 

  • Maintain an organized set of records of the program 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Open to students who have academic standing as sophomores, juniors or seniors (during the academic year of employment) 

  • A serious commitment within a Christian or other religious tradition, and within a community of believers. Willing to lead prayer and talk about their faith. 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner and in a fast-paced environment 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people 

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 

  • Ability to facilitate peer-to-peer faith sharing in small groups 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: the First Year Retreat Coordinator of the Office of Mission and Ministry. This position is expected to work collaboratively with all members of the Office of Mission and Ministry to ensure successful and meaningful programs.

 

Hours/Week & Term

There are two positions available per semester and each assistant will serve only one semester

1-3 hours/week (not including retreat weekends), semesterly (fall OR spring) 

Summary 

The Sophomore Retreat Assistant actively leads and supports Gonzaga University’s Year 2 Retreat. This retreat invites all Gonzaga sophomores and transfer students to grow in their formation through a series of reflections designed to help them become “contemplatives in action.”  The retreat consists of sessions and small groups rooted in themes and practices of Ignatian Spirituality. Year 2 Retreat builds a connection between personal faith, communal faith and justice. Sponsored and led by the Mission and Ministry team, with help of student leaders, we reflect on faith, prayer, community and service to others. The retreat includes sharing by pro staff, Jesuits and/or community partners, as well as small group discussions, silent reflection, communal prayer, Mass, games & free time. By the end of the retreat weekend, retreatants should be able to describe a contemplative form of praying, reverential attitude to our world and expectation of finding God daily” (paraphrase from Fleming, What is Ignatian Spirituality?)  In addition, they will learn how to pray the Examen and consider making a commitment to some form of regular prayer or reflection.  This retreat offers students tools and methods for reflection which prepare them for both a life grounded in contemplation and communal faith.  
 

Note: this position requires additional hours around retreat time; no more than 20 hours per week. 

Job Duties 

  • Be available for and present on both weekend retreats during the semester of employment.  

  • Meet regularly with the coordinator and other sophomore retreat assistant to plan crew meetings and prepare retreat materials  

  • Actively participate in both retreat preparation and retreat execution, with particular care given to the support of the crew and first year students 

  • Help recruit, review applications and select crew members 

  • Facilitate crew faith sharing at the three crew meetings leading up to the retreat 

  • Model and lead communal prayer at crew meetings and on retreat 

  • Model and enforce appropriate behavior by crew and sophomores 

  • Manage and direct crew and sophomores during the retreats 

  • Lead games and activities 

  • During week of retreat: organize crew to prep for retreat by making small groups, name tags, welcome posters, etc… 

  • Maintain an organized set of records of the program 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Open to students who have academic standing as juniors or seniors (during the academic year of employment) 

  • A serious commitment within a Christian or other religious tradition, and within a community of believers. Willing to lead prayer and talk about their faith and willing to dive into Ignatian Spirituality. 

  • Demonstrate organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner and in a fast-paced environment 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people 

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 

  • Ability to facilitate peer-to-peer faith sharing in small groups 

 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: Year 2 Retreat Coordinator of the Office of Mission and Ministry. This position is expected to work collaboratively with all members of the Office of Mission and Ministry to ensure successful and meaningful programs. 

 

Hours/Week & Term

2 positions available for the year 

5-8 hours/week, Academic Year

Summary 

A Search Retreat Assistant is a student employee who contributes to the work of Mission and Ministry by helping facilitate the Search Retreat four times per year (2 per semester). They are looked to as the student leaders of the Search Community on campus. They are involved in the planning and execution of the retreat, recruiting and advertising for crew members and retreatants, and the assessment and evaluation of the program. 

Job Duties 

  • Assist in the implementation of the Search Retreat as assigned by the Search Retreat Coordinator through office hours, crew meetings, and presence on the Search retreat. 

  • Maintain professional and accurate documentation and records including confidential participant information, program manuals, presentations, and reports. 

  • Advertise and market Search Retreat through appropriate channels. 

  • Support the Search Crew 

  • Recruit, select, and train student leader crews (as needed) for Search Retreats. 

  • Facilitate 3 crew meetings in preparation for each Search Retreat 

  • Be prepared to fill in for any role on any of the crews in preparation or during the retreat 

  • Meet with crew members/chiefs as needed leading up the retreat to answer questions and support in their preparation for retreat 

  • Check in with crews to make sure work is being done in a timely manner 

  • Unify students to work together on their spiritual and religious development in accord with the Jesuit educational philosophy that pursues the integral educating of the whole person of our students  

  • Work with crew members, focus on the retreatants, and be capable of following detailed directions and scheduling  

  • The week before the retreat, be prepared to help with preparation/clean-up of events, as needed.  

  • The day before retreat, be present at Bozarth set-up night and supervise the set-up of the mansion. 

  • On retreat: 

  • Serve as point to movie the retreat along and transition participants through retreat elements. Speak in front of the large group.  

  • assist the coordinator in risk management protocol  

  • organize crew to make sure they are prepared for their tasks as part of the retreat 

  • provided spiritual accompaniment for the crew in their retreat experience 

  • After retreat, participate in reflection and evaluation of Search program for future retreats including but not limited to the assessment of Search Retreats following departmental standards for program evaluation. 

 

 Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people 

  • Good discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality 

  • Job functions are usually performed sitting but may involve some time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting (up to 20 pounds occasionally), walking, carrying, and reaching while filing and performing other duties. This position includes extensive wrist and hand movements related to computer keyboard, 

  • Preferred: familiarity with the Search Retreat at Gonzaga University 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: Professional Staff Coordinator of the Search Retreat 

 
 

Hours/Week & Term

There are two positions available to work during the time frame indicated below.

Embark is a 5-day pre-orientation retreat program ran for incoming first-year students at the Bozarth Retreat Center. 

August 17-26, 2021, averaging 10 hours/week 

Summary

The Embark retreat is a 5-day, 4-night Pre-Orientation Retreat for incoming first-year students. It is run concurrently with other Pre-Orientation programs such as GOOB, RISE, and BRIDGE. The retreat itself focuses on introducing students to the Office of Mission and Ministry and its programs and foundation in Ignatian Spirituality, as well as providing opportunities to experience prayer, build community, have fun, and put their faith into action. The student employee position for this retreat is a supportive role, helping to facilitate the crew training and logistics in the week before the retreat, check-in and gathering students on the first day of the retreat, and welcoming students back to campus and helping with logistics on the last day of the retreat. This position does not require participation in or presence on the Embark retreat program.  
 

Job Duties  

  • Supports and leads Crew training  

  • Facilitate daily crew prep sessions August 17-20, 2 hours each day  

  • Facilitate opening or closing prayer opportunities for each day of crew prep  

  • Work well with crew members, focus on getting them ready to work with retreatants, and be capable of faithfully following detailed directions and scheduling  

  • Assist program lead with set-up and clean up for crew prep  

  • Assist program lead with Costco run on August 20th, dropping off materials at Bozarth  

  • Assist program lead with organization of supplies for check-in, nametags, etc.  

  • Supports Embark “Send-off” on August 22, 9 am-12pm, 1-2pm  

  • Staff the check-in table and run logistics on check-in day 

  • Gather retreatants at designated check-in spot at 1 pm, secure their bags in the office  

  • Develop icebreakers and other activities for retreatants as they are waiting to load the buses  

  • Walk retreatants to gather their things from the office and load the buses – check in the crew and retreatants as they board buses  

  • Supports Embark “Return” on August 26, 10 am – 2 pm  

  • Welcome retreatants back to campus  

  • Lead retreatants and crew from buses to store belongings in Mission & Ministry Hemmingson Office  

  • Lead retreatants and crew to closing Mass  

  • Eat lunch with retreatants and crew  

  • Give closing announcements, ensure retreatants and crew retrieve their belongings 

Qualifications/Necessary Skills 

  • A serious commitment within a Christian religious tradition, and within a community of believers. 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner in a fast-paced environment 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people 

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 

Supervision Given/Received 

Reports to: program lead for Embark in the Office of Mission and Ministry.