Oct 22, 2020

Vice President for Formation Programs

Full time Education: University/College Management Ministry, Pastoral Religious Education

Job Description

SACRED HEART SEMINARY AND SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (SHSST) seeks a Roman Catholic priest for a full-time, graduate-level seminary appointment to serve as our Vice President for Formation Programs starting January 2021 or July 2021. The Vice President for Formation Programs reports to the President-Rector regarding seminarian spiritual, human and pastoral formation programs activity. The VP-Formation supervises the formation department which is comprised of formation advisors, spiritual directors, pastoral placement supervisors, the Director of Liturgical Formation and an administrative assistant. The Formation Programs department coordinates all aspects of a seminarian’s formation journey from orientation, meeting with seminarian sponsors, seminarian assessments to graduation.

The right candidate will have proven leadership and team collaboration skills, preferably in a seminary environment. Compensation will be determined based on relatable degree credentials and experience.


  • Must be a Roman Catholic Priest in good standing,
  • Have a doctoral degree or equivalent preferred,
  • Have at least 5 years’ formation/seminary work experience,
  • Have significant experience in administration and supervision, and
  • Is required to live on campus.

To apply send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to hr@shsst.edu or by mail to Human Resources, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, P.O. Box 429, Hales Corners, WI 53130-0429.   

 Please direct any inquiries regarding this position to our Human Resource Manager Ms. Shari Wiemer (hr@shsst.edu or 414-858-4642).


The Vice President of Formation Programs (VP-Formation) is responsible to the President-Rector for the implementation of Formation Program policies. Resources include the latest edition of the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF), the internal Student Handbook and appropriate accreditation agency standards. 

 The VP-Formation regularly updates the President-Rector on all seminarian-related activities of the formation team as needed.  The VP-Formation oversees the Formation Programs department personnel.

 Major Responsibilities include the following:


Overall, the VP-Formation works in collaboration with and oversees the formation department’s human formation advisors, spiritual directors and pastoral placement supervisors in their work with the seminarians. The VP’s role is to ensure adherence to policies, provide guidance and assist with any issues that arise. The formation department has been tasked with the following responsibilities to accomplish its goal of supporting all aspects of a seminarian’s formation journey.


At Sacred Heart, we believe every encounter is a formation experience for our seminarians. In this regard, academic faculty play a very large formation role as seminarians complete their academic requirements.


The VP-Formation regularly updates the President-Rector on all seminarian-related activities of the formation team and as needed. This may be verbal or in writing. Additionally, more formal reporting includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate and participate in the process of writing end of year seminarian assessments
  • Present to the President-Rector a comprehensive year-end report on the Formation Programs for evaluation


The VP-Formation oversees SHSST formation department personnel which include formation faculty members (advisors, spiritual directors, pastoral placement supervisors), the Director of Liturgy and Music, and a nonexempt full-time Administrative Assistant.  Supervisory responsibilities include regular oversight and collaboration, biweekly approving time cards, as-needed approving time-off requests and writing annual performance evaluations. The VP-Formation works in collaboration with Human Resources to write or renew annual contracts and agreements.


  • Prepares the Formation Programs budget annually.
  • Regularly attends the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours.
  • Serves on the President’s Council weekly.
  • Participates in the Rector’s Cabinet meetings.
  • Other projects as assigned.

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