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Director Franciscan Spiritual Center

by Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia

Information about the organization

MISSION STATEMENT: The Franciscan Spiritual Center (FSC) is a ministry sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Rooted in Gospel values and in the prophetic spirit of Francis and Clare, we seek to provide environments, experiences, and resources which enable persons to meet God in both stillness and activity. With hospitality, simplicity, and joy, we welcome all as brother and sister.

VISION STATEMENT: In the Franciscan tradition, we will share/create a place of simple beauty and hospitality that will support and deepen the contemplative spirit.

Position Description

POSITION OVERVIEW: Since 1983 our Franciscan Spiritual Center (FSC) in Aston, PA has touched persons’ lives through gracious hospitality, nurturing their spirituality and spiritual development, offering healing ministries, spiritual direction, hermitages, retreats and workshops. Our Franciscan tradition of ‘welcoming all as sister and brother’ is manifest by the diversity of our guests, presenters and programs, as we offer a place of peace and hospitality. The pandemic resulted in a significant reduction in programming, but we are now excited to hire a Director who will guide the revival and re-imagining of the FSC as we seek to fulfill the spiritual needs and longings in our neighborhood and in our world in the spirit and tradition of Francis and Clare. As such, we are currently seeking a creative, collaborative leader who shares our passion for our Franciscan charism and spirit, and who desires to share these widely through the ministry of the FSC



  • Ensure that our Franciscan mission and values are demonstrated in all aspects of the FSC, including relationships and interactions, programming and policies.
  • Integrate our Franciscan mission, values and vision with programming, marketing, development, planning and fiscal management. Present an image of professionalism, spiritual maturity and hospitable presence.

Leadership and Management

  • Lead the renewal and reimagining of the former FSC, Aston, building on its tradition and culture of Franciscan hospitality and the recommendations from the FSC Workgroup Proposal from March 2023.
  • With the Advisory Board, develop and implement a strategic plan that promotes the vision and realizes the potential and long-term viability of the Center.
  • Provide for appropriate staffing levels and implement processes to recruit, orient, supervise and evaluate personnel.
  • Maintain operational policies and guidelines according to the staff handbook and sponsorship manual.
  • Promote and participate in staff opportunities for reflection, contemplation, and continuing education, including weekly faith sharing sessions.

Programming and Marketing

  • Assess current programs and activities, website and newsletter, hermitage ministry, spiritual direction and spiritual companioning. Include current staff and Advisory Board in this process as appropriate.
  • Oversee program coordination for setting, monitoring and evaluating programming goals.
  • Explore programs and events that will attract younger participants seeking ways to enhance reflection on our corporate stands.
  • Create marketing and development plans in collaboration with the program coordinator and program and retreat facilitators.
  • Develop strategies for networking and collaboration with internal and external groups, to include Neumann University, Retreat Centers, Red Hill Farm, Companions, Communications Office, Finance and Human Resources.

Financial Stewardship

  • Ensure the financial stability of the ministry.
  • Maintain relationships with current and past donors; develop relationships with potential new supporters both individual and corporate.
  • Explore new partnership opportunities for programming and space.
  • Collaborate with the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Office, develop and administer an annual operational and capital budget, and ensure appropriate and timely payments and accounting.
  • Establish cost effective fee schedules and criteria for programming.


  • Facilitate the work and involvement of the FSC Advisory Board.
  • Serve as staff to and an ex-officio member of the Advisory Board.
  • Recruit, orient and engage Advisory Board members in the strategic planning and implementation process.
  • Provide leadership to the Advisory Board in the formation of policies that support and promote the Ministry’s mission and vision.
  • Coordinate an annual Advisory Board Retreat and other formative experiences.
  • Serve as the primary link with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
  • Maintain a responsible and cooperative relationship with the Director of Sponsorship and the local Sisters of St. Francis.
  • Establish and nurture a collaborative relationship with the FSC in Marylhurst, OR in the development and offering of programs and sharing of resources.
  • Prepare and present an Annual Report as requested.


  • Offer programs, spiritual direction and retreats on a limited basis as qualified.
  • Fulfill additional responsibilities as required.

Qualifications and Experience Required

Education and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree required; formal study of theology and spirituality or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years administrator/senior management in a ministry or not for profit organization.

Skills and Abilities

  • Understand and value the Franciscan theological and spiritual tradition.
  • Support and promote the mission, vision and values of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, of Sponsorship, and the Franciscan Spiritual Ministry.
  • Commit to personal growth in current theology and spirituality and willingness to share faith on a regular basis.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Show commitment to the contemplative dimension in personal life; seek a personal balance of prayer, work, and creative leisure.
  • Active participation in a Christian faith community; commitment to support the Catholic, Franciscan tradition of the ministry and its service to an ecumenical and interfaith community.
  • The desire and capacity to work collaboratively with Sisters of St. Francis and multiple publics.
  • Understand principles of fiscal management and have successful experience with budget preparation and accountability.
  • Effective conflict management and resolution skills.
  • Ability to develop new methods, envision creative alternatives, and make appropriate connections in the community.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and appreciation of diverse points of view.
  • Competence in use of online software platforms: Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom Conferencing and social media platforms.
  • Appropriate certification.
  • Demonstrated competence in planning, goal setting, and implementation.
  • Flexibility for evening and weekend work.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to for consideration.

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