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Director, Bannan Forums

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For full consideration, applications should be received no later than Tuesday, March 27th. The application review process will begin on March 28th.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Director, Bannan Forums
Department Ignatian Center
Fixed Term End Date
Part Year No
Part Year Months
FLSA Status Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week)


Position Summary Information

Position Purpose

I. The Director of the Bannan Forums (DBF) will lead and manage the Bannan Forum of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (ICJE). In consultation with the Executive Director (ED) to whom this position directly reports, the DBF will develop and run programming reflecting and fostering the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual character of SCU and targeted at faculty, staff, students, and the larger public in Silicon Valley and beyond. Through the programming of the Bannan Forums, the DBF will promote and make accessible the comprehensive humanism of the Jesuit intellectual heritage, bringing it to bear on contemporary global realities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

II. In consultation with the ED

A. Proposes, plans, and executes the work of the Bannan Forums.
B. Builds ICJE profile in high-influence, extra-academic spheres.
C. Contributes to the development and implementation of the Ignatian Center Strategic Plan.
D. Develops and delivers other programmatic work that exemplifies and promotes the Catholic, Jesuit character of SCU.
E. Contributes to the communications and fundraising efforts of ICJE.
F. Collaborates with the broader work of ICJE.
G. Other duties as assigned.


A. In consultation with the ED, and in alignment with the ICJE Strategic Plan, the DBF proposes, plans and executes the work of the Bannan Forums to provide high-impact, innovative and original programming that brings key individuals and units on campus and the wider Silicon Valley community and beyond into experiential contact with SCU’s Jesuit, Catholic intellectual character and mission, with a focus on (though not limited to) the intersection of faith, culture, and questions of justice and reconciliation.

1. Proposes and develops Bannan Forums themes and programming.
2. Proposes, invites, oversees and evaluates Bannan Grants, Bannan Fellowships and Visitors and lectures that include the annual Lou Bannan, S.J. Memorial and Santa Clara Lectures, and presentations by other speakers invited under the aegis of the Bannan Forums or by ICJE generally.
3. In collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing (DCM) acts as editor of print, online and other collateral, including the ICJE’s journal explore.
4. Determines the scope and charge of committees related to the Bannan Forums, advises the ED on nominations.
5. In consultation with the Associate Director/Chief of Operations (AD/COO), plans budgets for the Bannan Forums.
6. Oversees and manages budgets, monitors spending, financial reporting, and allocates resources consistent with program needs.
7. Provides annual assessments of costs/benefits of programs for review of ED and AD/COO.

B. In consultation with the ED, builds ICJE profile in high-influence spheres, extra-academic and non-traditional, as well as academic.

1. Represents the Bannan Forums and the ICJE more generally in these spheres.
2. Develops partnerships and collaborations with bodies and individuals in these spheres.

C. Contributes to the development and implementation of the ICJE Strategic Plan.

1. Evaluates the programming of the Bannan Forums annually to reflect and advance the four goals and the initiatives of the ICJE Strategic Plan.
2. Annually proposes a three-year sequence of strategic initiatives that operationalize the four goals of the ICJE strategic plan.
3. Collaborates with other sectors of the ICJE to ensure successful implementation of the Strategic Plan.

D. In consultation with the ED, delivers other programmatic work that exemplifies and promotes the Catholic, Jesuit character of SCU.

1. Proposes speakers for the Search For What Matters series, develops their presentations, arranges and promotes the events.
2. Develops events and programs that promote the Catholic, Jesuit character of SCU, including its Ignatian spiritual dimensions.
3. Identifies and invites participants,—especially those from historically under-engaged sectors of the University community, University leadership, and key sectors of the Silicon Valley communities—to these events and programs.

E. Contributes to the communications and fundraising efforts of ICJE.

1. Supports the DCM by providing relevant material for print and online resources.
2. Where relevant, supports Director of External Relations in fundraising activities and donor relations.
3. In consultation with the AD/COO contributes to ICJE budget planning.

F. Collaborates with the broader work of ICJE

1. In consultation with the ED, represents the ICJE on and off-campus in a wide range of public settings, including non-academic.

G. Carries out other duties in support of the work of ICJE, as assigned by the Executive Director.


Directly supervises staff members or short-term contractors hired to support the work of the Bannan Forums.


1. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
2. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
3. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; plans training and performance initiatives.
5. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
6. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals.
7. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
8. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
9. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.

Provides Work Direction

Directly supervises staff members or short-term contractors hired to support the work of the Bannan Forums.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a socially diverse environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

1. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal
2. Will be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
3. Will be required to attend meetings and conferences within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
4. May be required occasionally to travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

1. Typical office environment, including open-plan with designated work-stations.
2. Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
3. Offices with equipment noise.
4. Offices with frequent interruptions.


Deep familiarity with the Catholic intellectual, creative and spiritual tradition, especially in its specifically Jesuit dimensions.


Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills that can successfully engage a wide range of constituencies.


High-level organizational skills.
Ability to work non-traditional hours.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in relevant area required.
Master’s degree in relevant area preferred.
Valid US Driver’s License.

Minimum of 6-8 years of related professional work experience.
Demonstrated success in engaging a range of faculty, staff, and wider publics in relevant areas.

Salary Information $3145.00 - $3697.50 semi-monthly, commensurate with experience

Posting Detail Information

Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applications should be received no later than Tuesday, March 27th. The application review process will begin on March 28th.

EEO Statement

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • SCU Website
    • SCU: University Promotion/Transfer
    • Periodical
    • SCU Employee
    • Conference
    • Assoc of Jesuit Colleges & Universities
    • CAL Jobs
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Indeed
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • CareerArc Networks
    • Handshake
    • Other
  2. * Are you a current SCU employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
    • High School Diploma
    • Professional Certificate
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • JD
    • PhD
  5. * Do you have 6+ years of related experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents