Executive Director

Position Overview

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Located on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN, the Collegeville Institute is a meeting place and residential center shaped by the Benedictine tradition of work, study, and worship. Through its various programs, the Collegeville Institute convenes a diverse mix of people from different faith communities, including scholars, writers, professionals, ministers, artists, and corporate leaders, who gather to connect faith to the world and its pressing social issues. The Collegeville Institute provides space and time for the creative intersection of multiple disciplines and professional practices, diverse worlds of experience, and unlikely conversation partners.


The Executive Director serves as the chief program and administrative officer of the Collegeville Institute, provides collaborative leadership, oversees the work of nine staff members, and reports to the Collegeville Institute’s twenty-member Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be a seasoned leader who eagerly embraces the organization’s mission that “brings together people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to foster the world’s healing through the power of religious ideas, insight and practices.” He/she will have demonstrated experience as an administrator; a broad knowledge and understanding of theology; advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion; a track record of scholarship and writing; advanced study at the graduate level; and the understanding of strategy and management in a non-profit environment. Further details are provided in the search profile, linked above.


It is expected that strong candidates for this position may come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including those in the academy, theological education, congregations and church organizations, faith-based institutes and agencies, as well as non-traditional but related careers. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by March 1, 2021 and include a letter of interest that directly responds to the Leadership Opportunity and Desired Attributes for Leadership sections of the profile, a curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to collegevilledirector2020@agbsearch.com. The search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

This search is being assisted by AGB Search and welcomes nominators and prospective candidates to contact: Dr. Loren Anderson at loren.anderson@agbsearch.com.

The Collegeville Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.