Resources for Mission Integration
Hiring for Mission Resources
Reflect on USF’s Vision, Mission, and Values statement.
Watch how USF colleagues are Living the Mission.
Discuss Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ’s address to the world gathering of Jesuit Universities, “The University as a Source of Reconciled Life” (2018)
For Search Committees, Department Chairs, and Hiring Managers
Searching, hiring, and onboarding colleagues provides an occasion to reflect on what makes USF unique. We encourage you to take some time as a department or search committee to think about what drew you to USF, how you understand the university’s vision and values, and how you and your division contribute to our mission. We hope these resources will help you think consciously and deliberately about mission in the hiring process.
Some questions to consider:
- What aspects of USF’s vision, mission, and values most resonate with you? How would you communicate USF’s mission to a prospective candidate?
- How has your understanding of USF’s mission developed over time? What experiences contributed to your development in relation to mission?
- How do you and your division contribute to USF’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice? How might these values inform what you are looking for in a candidate?
- What, in your view, distinguishes USF from other university settings-- public, secular private, other Catholic and/or Jesuit?
- How do you understand Sosa’s vision of the university as an agent of social transformation?
- How do you see USF responding to the challenges and opportunities Sosa puts forth to the global gathering of Jesuit universities? How might this inform what you are looking for in a candidate?
USF is one of nearly 200 Jesuit universities around the world with a shared mission to promote depth, discernment, and the preferential option for the poor through transformative education. The way USF lives out its Jesuit Catholic mission is shaped by the rich diversity of our community and the San Francisco Bay Area. As you prepare for an interview at USF, we invite you to consider how you understand our vision and values and how you might contribute to our mission.
- What aspects of USF’s vision, mission, and values most resonate with you? Does anything in particular heighten your interest to work at USF?
- USF’s commitment to diversity, social justice and academic freedom flows from its Jesuit Catholic heritage. What prior experiences and resources do you bring to contribute to these commitments?
- Grounded in Catholic social thought, and cura personalis (care for the whole person) USF celebrates the dignity of all workers and envisions a community where everyone can develop as persons. What prior experiences and resources do you bring to contribute to this vision?
- What, in your view, distinguishes USF from other university settings-- public, secular private, other Catholic and/or Jesuit? What makes you a good fit for this setting?
- If you were hired, what would you need to deepen your knowledge of USF’s mission?
Discernment Guide for Mission-Driven Budget Management
The budget is a concrete expression of our mission. Budget managers face difficult decisions, maintaining a sustainable fiscal policy and balancing multiple goods during times of reallocation. This discernment guide is designed to help all employees, especially those directly responsible for budget management, to make and evaluate decisions in accordance with our Jesuit values. This tool is a starting point for generating honest conversations, transparent decisions, and inclusive evaluation of the budget. Members of the University Council for Jesuit Mission are available to facilitate this process for your team.
Context: Naming the Reality
- What are the financial realities we face as a university? As a department?
- How does the context of higher education shape our financial realities?
- How does the context of our San Francisco location shape these realities?
- Who can I ask for more information? Who are the stakeholders involved in my decisions around the budget?
- What are the short-term and long-term consequences of this budgeting decision? Are there any implications for mission?
Experience: Finding Freedom
- What external factors limit my freedom?
- What are my hopes associated with the budget?
- What are my fears associated with the budget?
- What are the fears of my colleagues? How do they impact my decision?
- Am I willing to acknowledge difficult aspects of my decision, including tough tradeoffs and uncomfortable truths?
- Where have I experienced desolation (isolation, imbalance, disconnect) around the budget?
- Where have I experienced consolation (inner peace, alignment with my community, a sense of purpose) around the budget?
Reflection: Identifying Guiding Values
- To whom am I accountable in my decision?
- Who is most vulnerable in the context of our financial realities?
- How can I express solidarity with the vulnerable in my decision?
- Can I imagine a reality in which the budget supported the flourishing of everyone in the community? What does that flourishing look like?
- When I reflect on the Jesuit mission of the university, what values emerge to guide my decision?
- How do these values challenge me? Console me?
- Are there competing goods to consider in this decision?
- What is the greatest good I can imagine? How might I align my will with the greatest good? What do I have to let go of? What do I have to hold onto?
Action & Evaluation: Communicating & Listening to Colleagues
- How will I communicate my decision to those who will be impacted by it?
- Have I communicated, at many points, to those most impacted by the decision so that it is not experienced as a sudden and distressing decision?
- With whom can I share my fears and hopes around the budget?
- What would indicate to me that I made a good decision?