The Human Resources Office receives job openings from within the boundaries of the Diocese of San Jose, and open positions are frequently updated on this page. Persons wishing to be considered for these positions should follow the application instructions in the job posting. The hours of the Human Resources Office are: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please email the Human Resources Representative at or call at (408) 983-0149 for more questions or appointment schedule.

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Position Description

At the direction of and in cooperation with the pastor, the Director of Liturgy and Liturgical Music will oversee the liturgical life of a medium-sized multi-ethnic (but primarily English-speaking) parish that lives out the reforms of the Second Vatican Council with a spirituality that leans towards the traditional. This is a full-time hourly (32 hours per week) position including benefits; overtime hours may be possible before Christmas and during Holy Week. The start date is July 1, 2018.

Requirements: (ie. education, good communication skills, evening/weekend hours, ability to lift 50 lbs.)

Must have excellent musical skills, knowledge of and an appreciation for a variety of musical styles, and especially the ability to direct a church choir and lead a congregation in song. Presence required at weekend masses and other liturgical events throughout the year, including those which take place during evening hours. Master’s degree in pastoral liturgy or equivalent educational background necessary, experience as a liturgy/liturgical music director preferred. Will be expected to work collaboratively with other parish staff persons, as well as a large number of volunteers.

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Position Description
St. Thomas of Canterbury seeks a talented music minister who wants to set Sundays on fire with heartfelt singing. Needed for 9am & 11am masses, on the 3rd or 4th Sundays of each month, and occasional 5th Sundays, beginning in 2018. The ideal candidate wants to work with a pastor and musicians who love to hear the people singing, as well as plays piano or guitar, plans the music for congregational singing, works well with other musicians and vocalists of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, knows contemporary and classic hymns, and can be available for Christmas and Holy Week/Easter and to substitute on occasion. You’ll be supported by excellent pianists. Current musicians are available to mentor, if needed. Though not a deal breaker, able to lead monthly 9 am Children’s Choir.
Needs to understand music’s role in Catholic liturgy, with the goal being the full, active, and conscious pariticipation of the assembly.

If interested, please send resume to Luisa Lennon (, or the pastor, Fr. Dave Mercer (  or call 408-378-1595.

St. Martin of Tours Parish in San José has a NEW OPENING for a Music Coordinator for our 8:30 Mass on Sundays, beginning immediately.

This position involves planning the music on Sundays, Christmas and Easter for the 8:30 a.m. Mass, and coordinating the existing group of singers and two guitarists, along with preparing PowerPoint slides for the Mass. Ideally, we would like to hire someone who plays the piano and sings. Familiarity with Catholic worship and ability to read music are essential. Pay according to Diocesan Guidelines and commensurate with ability and experience.

For more information, please contact Judy Swazey, Liturgy Director, at (408) 289-9614. Résumés can be sent to 

Position Description: 
The Music Director (14-18hrs/wk) leads and coordinates the Music Ministry of St. Lawrence Parish in order to fully engage worshippers in liturgical celebrations, including Masses on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, Christmas, Triduum, Easter, Confirmation, funerals and weddings, as well as parish reconciliations services and any other special liturgical event. The main goal of the Music Director is to prepare music that will lead the parishioners of St. Lawrence to “full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations” (Sacrosanctum Concilium #14).

Requirements: (ie. education, good communication skills, evening/weekend hours, ability to lift 50 lbs.)
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
● Selects and plans music for Sunday masses and other special liturgical events. Coordinates singers, accompanists and other instrumentalists.  Accompanists when volunteers are not available.  Prepares projector slides to help assembly to participate in singing.
● Works with Parish staff to ensure that there is effective communications concerning Liturgy, especially on special holy days such as Christmas, Triduum, and Easter, and other liturgical events such as First Eucharist and Confirmation celebrations.
● Is open to ideas, concerns and suggestions regarding Music Ministry.
● Considers carefully any feedback that is relevant to worship and liturgies.
● Works with priests and the grieving to coordinate and plan for Masses of Christian Burial
● Works with Wedding Coordinator & engaged couples to coordinate and plan for Wedding Masses/Liturgies of the Word.
● Resource for School weekly Masses and other school liturgical events.
● Reports song titles to licensing agencies.
● Consults with pastor/parochial vicar about liturgical practices.

  • As required by Pastor – Will attend monthly parish staff meetings; Other duties as assigned.
    ● Acts as music liaison from parish to diocese. Attends appropriate conferences, workshops, training to remain current and up to date on Catholic liturgical music and spiritual life.

● Is a fully practicing Catholic; Familiar with Catholic liturgical music and Catholic worship.
● Possesses a passion for liturgical music and is committed to reflecting the parish community’s needs. Must be committed to quality liturgy and sees this as the most important service we provide to the community we serve.
● Candidates for this position should have significant experience in Music Ministry at the Parish level. (A Bachelor’s degree in music, religious studies or related field is a plus). Must be knowledgeable of Catholic liturgy, including liturgical documents and music resources and be committed to the pastoral application of these.
● Have experience in liturgical music as well as demonstrated organizational and coordinating skills.
● Experience in directing music in Catholic liturgical setting; skilled as a director and conductor, skilled pianist.
● Skilled in working with a variety of people and diverse teams; sensitive to a multi-cultural parish community.
● Well-organized and able to work in a collaborative setting; must be attentive to detail with good verbal and written communications skills.
● Dependable, responsible, self-motivated, creative and accountable.
● Must successfully pass required background and fingerprint check.

How to Apply:  Complete DSJ Application through DSJ website.  Please send application, cover letter and resume to