Lilly Endowment Museum Fellow for Religion and Spirituality in the Visual Arts – University of Notre Dame, IN

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Lilly Endowment Museum Fellow for Religion and Spirituality in the Visual Arts.   Applications will be accepted until 3/23/2023.  In advance of the November opening of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, the museum institution seeks an inaugural Lilly Endowment Museum Fellow for Religion and Spirituality to join a dedicated, creative, and collaborative education team at a critical moment for the arts at the University of Notre Dame. Building on the work done at the previous Snite Museum of Art, the Fellow will have a significant opportunity to expand, re-envision, and activate the intersection of the arts and spirituality within the Museum. The work of the Lilly Endowment Museum Fellow for Religion and Spirituality will further the educational and outreach potential of the institution, welcoming new audiences to experience and consider the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through the lens of religion and spirituality, broadly defined. The Fellow will forge and nourish new relationships across the academy and the local community. During the two-year fellowship, the Lilly Endowment Museum Fellow will plant the seeds of new partnerships and programs that will bear fruit as they become part of the identity of the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art engages with religion and spirituality through its collection in ways that reflect a character that is both Catholic and catholic, both rooted in the faith identity of the University and in seeking truth in all of its forms. As part of Notre Dame, the Museum is enhanced by the aspects of a Catholic religious tradition that are expressed through the visual arts and imbue life on campus. Flowing from this Catholic character, the Museum welcomes and honors the faith traditions of all visitors and those who ascribe to no faith tradition, believing that one of the essential tests of justice within any Christian community is its abiding spirit of inclusion. The Museum seeks to advance ecumenical and interfaith understanding, cooperation and welcome—within the galleries and beyond. Considered one of the leading university art museums in the country, the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art maintains that art is essential to understanding individual, shared, and diverse human experiences and beliefs. This value inspires and drives the pedagogy of the education department, which creates experiences with significant, original works of art to stimulate inquiry, dialogue, and wonder with audiences across the academy, the community, and around the world. The education department is characterized by the collaborative nature of its work within and outside of the physical Museum as well as its strong belief in the role the Museum can play in creating a sense of belonging and connectedness.

Responsibilities   • Create opportunities within the newly installed Museum galleries that explore topics around religion and spirituality throughout time and across cultures while embracing a diversity of religious thought; embrace the potential of non-religious works of art to expand the spiritual imagination through close-looking and attentiveness. • Support existing education programs that broadly relate to spirituality, especially those that center mindfulness, wellness, personal reflection, and community-building. • Develop relationships and partner with local parishes and other religious communities and organizations, using the Museum’s resources and collections to explore faith and spirituality among their constituents. • Develop and execute programmatic ideas for the Museum’s Our Lady Queen of Families Chapel, with the goal of making it a living space beyond liturgical celebrations. • Connect with other Notre Dame entities who have shared goals of exploring, deepening, and nurturing active faith lives. • Develop relationships and partnerships with non-Catholic but faith-based area schools, colleges, and community organizations. • Serve as an integral team member in the many opening activities for the new Museum throughout late 2023 and 2024.  

Minimum Qualifications:    • Bachelor’s degree in a field providing a theological background, or an appropriate combination of education and theological, pastoral, or liturgical experience. • Training or willingness to be trained on sacramental liturgical life. • One or two years of relevant experience (including internships and volunteer work), preferably in an arts- or faith-based environment. • Experience working with diverse audiences and an abiding interest in different worldviews. • Proven ability to design and facilitate—directly or indirectly—meaningful experiences with art. • Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable cultivating productive relationships and engaging with partners and audiences; and confident acting as an ambassador of the Museum. • Outstanding diplomacy and interpersonal skills with a disposition towards extending hospitality and welcome to all, at all times. • Ability to work with sensitivity and discretion. • Ability to manage multiple priorities, both through working independently and in a team. • Willingness to work some nights and weekends, as required by programs and event schedules.   

ABOUT NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we are proud of it!   This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at  

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  

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