Executive Director of Mission

About Us:

Impelled by the love of Christ, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), a Roman Catholic congregation of women religious, offer every loving service in our power to meet the critical needs of God’s people. Established in 1858 in Kansas, the Sisters of Charity live our mission in the spirit of our founders: St. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Mother Xavier Ross. The Sisters, as Gospel-centered women, share a tradition of responding to the needs of the time, ministering to the vulnerable and marginalized, and caring for the fragile Earth. We share our mission in partnership and collaboration with those committed to working for peace and justice.


Position Summary:

The Executive Director of Mission, in collaboration with the SCL Leadership Team and the Executive Directors of Communal Life and Resources, will support the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Community as it focuses on sustaining its mission and charism into the future. The primary responsibility of the Mission Office is to oversee the coordination and communication of strategies and resources needed to implement the most recent SCL Chapter Directional Statement. The Mission Office, with dedicated staff, will assist the Community in developing, fostering, promoting, and communicating initiatives, activities, processes, and structures necessary for furthering the mission and charism. The Mission Office will fill a critical role in the development and promotion of the Integral Ecology Initiative with the Community’s three sponsored ministries.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate processes identified by the SCL Leadership Team needed for strategic mission planning, decision-making, and implementation of initiatives within established parameters.
  • Foster an environment that integrates the SCL commitment to sustaining and enhancing the future of the SCL mission and charism within Community life and beyond with ministries, partners in mission, organizations and structures, and operating practices of the Community.
  • Promote formation of lay partners (SCL Associates and beyond) in the SCL charism for the future.
  • Advocate for resources that enhance and support the necessary infrastructures for promoting the SCL mission priorities.
  • Create metrics for measuring mission effectiveness and promoting accountability.
    Identify situations and propose options where the SCL mission locations or ministries are at risk of diminished mission effectiveness or are exemplary promoting mission priorities.
  • Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with the Offices of Communal Life, Communications, and Resources to promote and advance the SCL mission.
  • Participate in mission outreach to explore collaboration opportunities with others.
  • Integrate mission into initial orientation and hiring policies with new employees in collaboration with Human Resources to include history, values, and meaning of mission for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
  • Explore new ministries and initiatives through the lens of integral ecology and the critical needs of God’s people.
  • Create dialogue opportunities with diverse and marginalized populations to explore and identify critical needs.
  • Initiate, participate, and develop ongoing communication with the Integral Ecology Initiative representatives from the SCL sponsored ministries.
  • Serve as the liaison from the Mission Office to the SCL Leadership Team on matters related to mission and ministry viability.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Archives
  • Associates
  • Human Resources
  • Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
  • Marillac Center



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in a faith-based mission and charism-driven organization
  • 1-3 years supervisory experience
  • Fluent in Spanish or willingness to develop proficiency in Spanish


Essential Attributes:

  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the life of Catholic women religious with ability to support the SCL philosophy of care, compassion, and concern.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to SCL mission and Vincentian charism.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning, and verbal / written communication skills.
  • Able to create a team environment and work collaboratively.
  • Able to create, modify, and implement structures based on a systems-thinking perspective.
  • Highly effective communication and coaching skills including the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Capacity to use technology adequately and appropriately.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, creativity, diplomacy, and personal initiative.
  • Model ethical conduct and personal integrity.
  • Capacity to learn, understand, structure, and manage the above duties of this position.


Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to sit for extended periods of time and perform computer work.
  • The ability to move around the office and perform tasks such as filing and retrieving documents.
  • The ability to attend meetings in different locations within the campus.
  • The position may also require occasional travel, which may involve sitting for extended periods on airplanes or in cars.
  • Candidates should be able to lift and carry up to 15 pounds.
  • Candidates should have good vision and hearing, as well as the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


A cover letter is required.


We are committed to ensuring the diversity of our team. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, those who identify as Native American, women, people of low-income backgrounds, and those who are differently-abled to apply for this role.

To Apply:

Email resumes to: recruiting@scls.org

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