The University of Notre Dame invites nominations and applications for the role of Rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, located in Jerusalem.  The start date for a successful candidate will be in June 2020.

About the Tantur Ecumenical Institute

The Tantur Ecumenical Institute envisions a world-wide Christian community which is focused on Jesus, attentive to the poor, and thirsting for unity, responding to Jesus’ prayer that all may be one. 

Founded by Pope Paul VI and entrusted to the stewardship of the University of Notre Dame, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute works to contribute to the healing of divisions amongst Christians.  Anchored in Jerusalem and at Notre Dame in the United States, the Institute today is a catalyst for scholarship, pilgrimage, prayer, and encounter amongst Christians and other religious believers.  In line with its mission, the Institute has become a global hub for the continuing education of clergy, pastoral leaders, and pilgrims from a wide array of Christian traditions.  In Jerusalem, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute collaborates with the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, which works to raise the University’s academic profile and mission in the Middle East.  

About the Position

The Rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute is responsible for the leadership of the Institute’s initiatives in the Holy Land, represents Tantur throughout the world, and is a leader within the global ecumenical movement.  The Rector supervises a host of continuing education programs and pilgrimage experiences for clergy, pastoral leaders, and other visitors to the Holy Land, and is empowered to work creatively to build, within available resources, additional pastoral, scholarly, and spiritual initiatives aligned with the Institute’s ecumenical mission.  The Rector animates the prayer and spiritual life at Tantur and collaborates with Notre Dame colleagues on initiatives which deepen Notre Dame’s commitment to be a healing, unifying, and enlightening force in the world.

The Rector collaborates closely with the Executive Director of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur (EDNDT) to ensure operational and administrative support for the Ecumenical Institute’s programming and to steward joint academic initiatives, partnerships, and mission-central efforts on behalf of the University.  The Rector has primary responsibility for representing the Tantur Ecumenical Institute to the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel / the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine, and other ecclesial institutions.

The Rector resides at Tantur, located in Jerusalem near Bethlehem.  The Rector is an employee of the University of Notre Dame and will report to the Executive Director for Ecumenical and Church Affairs within the University’s Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs.  The Rector collaborates with the EDNDT, the Senior Ecumenical Fellow, the leadership of Notre Dame International, and other faculty and administrators of the University of Notre Dame. 

Key responsibilities of the Rector include:

  • In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Notre Dame, provide vision for the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and the pursuit of its mission.
  • Provide administrative, pastoral, and educational leadership to the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and its initiatives.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the Program Director in such a way that ensures the excellent quality of all of the Institute’s programs and the programs’ alignment to the mission of the Institute. 
  • Participate in the leadership of continuing education programs, including introducing pilgrims to various communities and holy sites, lecturing on various relevant themes, and assisting pilgrims to process their experiences in the Holy Land.
  • Undertake measures to ensure that the Institute’s continuing education programs are sufficiently enrolled.
  • Within available resources, conceive, plan, and implement additional pastoral, scholarly, and spiritual initiatives aligned with the Institute’s ecumenical mission.
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and professionally develop the Institute’s staff. 
  • Cultivate an ethos of prayer and worship at the Institute and collaborate with other University colleagues on attending to the spiritual lives and needs of the Notre Dame community at Tantur.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director for Ecumenical and Church Affairs and the EDNDT, attend to the Institute’s budget and administration, and implement sustainable management of financial resources.
  • Work collaboratively with the EDNDT to represent the Tantur Ecumenical Institute as a legal entity.
  • Strengthen relationships that are important to the Institute.  Key constituents include the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel / the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine; international leaders and scholars of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, including global ecumenical institutions and communities; local, regional, and global religious leaders, including the leaders of the churches and communities of the Holy Land; and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute Advisory Board. 
  • Represent the Tantur Ecumenical Institute at appropriate meetings and conferences which align with the Institute’s mission and objectives.
  • Collaborate and communicate with the Executive Director for Ecumenical and Church Affairs, the EDNDT, the academic affairs leader of the Notre Dame undergraduate program, the Senior Ecumenical Fellow (a faculty member in the Notre Dame Department of Theology), as well as other Notre Dame officials.

Necessary and Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in divinity, theology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in ecumenism and in the formation of clergy and pastoral leaders. 
  • A robust track record of leadership and at least ten years of work experience in pastoral, administrative, or academic settings.
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to succeed in a multi-cultural, inter-faith context.
  • Strong sense of character, integrity, work ethic, and commitment to developing and sustaining relationships with a diverse constituency.
  • Commitment to the Catholic Church’s teachings on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.
  • Familiarity with and appreciation of numerous traditions within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  • Language proficiency in English.  Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Experience in the Holy Land is preferred.
  • Must be eligible to work in Israel / Palestine.

Salary and Benefits

The Rector position is a full-time position with benefits.  Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

Nominations and Applications

Please submit nominations for this role to  Qualified applicants are invited to submit an application, cover letter, and CV / resume at .  All applications will be considered highly confidential.  The start date for a successful candidate will be in June 2020.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).