Chaplain and Director of the Center for Faith and Service at Westminster College

  • 07 Jan 2022 11:56 AM
    Message # 12247283

    Chaplain & Director of the Center for Faith and Service

    Fulton, MO • Student Life - Center for Faith and Service

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    Under the general direction of the Vice-President/Dean of Student Life, the Chaplain/Director of Center for Faith & Service (CFS) directs the operations of CFS which includes the Office of Spiritual Life, the Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Intercultural Engagement. This position supervises the Coordinator of Community Engagement/Chaplain Resident and the Student Life Fellow (Diversity & Inclusion Focus), as well as a team of work study students. The mission of CFS is to engage students at levels of self, others, and community in practices of belonging and reflection through diversity programs, community engagement resources, and spiritual careCFS staff are responsible for programming and events related to faith and spirituality, community engagement and service, and diversity and intercultural engagement. The Chaplain provides pastoral care, spiritual support, and informal counseling for students, partnering closely with the health and counseling staff in the Wellness Center. Additionally, this position and office collaborates with Student Life staff in providing response, direction and assistance during times of crisis on the campus or response to global. Collaboration with students, staff, faculty, departments across campus, alumni, board of trustees, parents, and outside groups (alumni, national organizations, etc.) will be key to the success of this position and the Division of Student Life. This is a ten and a half month (10.5), full-time position, requiring some event and weekend events. 


    Essential Functions: 

    • Direct the operations Center for Faith & Service including management of administrative, operational, personnel and financial responsibilities. This includes planning, implementing and leading programs for the Office of Spiritual Life, with assistance provided by the Chaplain Resident, and supervising programs offered by the Office of Intercultural Engagement and the Office of Community Engagement. The Chaplain oversees a robust student staff, supervises, hires, and trains all CFS professional staff, and manages all related budgets in partnership with this staff.  
    • Represent the chaplaincy at college ceremonial functions. The Chaplain will plan or participate in the following annual events at the college: Convocation, Lessons and Carols, Baccalaureate, Commencement and other college lectures and events as requested. 
    • Provide pastoral/spiritual care to students, faculty, and staff. The Chaplain is available and accessible for both formal and informal pastoral care and spiritual direction for students of all worldviews. In this role, the Chaplain works closely with the Chaplain Resident and the staff of the Wellness Center. It is understood that the Chaplain is also available in this capacity to faculty and staff. Serves as an institutionally designated Title IX confidential source.
    • Build and strengthen relationships with local churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based organizations. The Chaplain works with local religious groups in order to involve them in the life of the college as appropriate and to involve students in the lives of these faith-based communities following student interest. The Chaplain works at strengthening the relationship between the college and the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as the liaison for the Presbyterian-related organizations, such as the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).   
    • Coordinate internal and external marketing and communication for the Center for Faith & Service. The Chaplain will maintain timely and appropriate communication with the campus community regarding events, opportunities, and programs through the Center for Faith & Service. This includes utilization of social media platforms, email and other established campus communication outlets. 
    •  Serve on committees within the department, division, and college as deemed appropriate by Vice-President & Dean Student Life. The Chaplain will attend Student Life Directors Meetings, 1:1 meeting with VP/Dean, campus staff meetings, and possibly serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. 
    • Develop and review policies, procedures, strategic plans/reports, regular reports for the Center for Faith & Service for occasions such as Student Life Directors meetings, Student Life Board of Trustee Committee reports, and other annual assessment reporting/documentation as requested.
    • Other Duties as assigned by the Vice-President/Dean of Student Life and/or Assistant Dean of Student Life.

    Job Requirements:

    Education: A Master of Divinity or related degree from and ATS (Association of Theological Schools) accredited institution.  Based upon the demographics and location of the college, it is preferred that the Chaplain be ordained or in the ordination process; however, other qualified candidates will be considered if in good standing with a spiritual tradition and possess or are eligible for professional certification if ordination is not applicable. 

    Experience:  Experience in higher education or working with college students strongly preferred. Experience in multi-faith and familiarity with spirituality but not religious is expected. Additionally, strong preference will be given to individuals with experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion training, programming, and or expertise. Supervisory experience is required.  

    Skills: A passionate interest in working with and caring for students in a small residential college setting.  Strong leadership and organizational skills including the willingness and ability to share responsibility for specific activities particularly with students (i.e., demonstrate commitment to student-centered programming approach).  The ability to work with a diversity of people (students, faculty, and staff) and a diversity of religious/nonreligious and social backgrounds.  Must articulate an inclusive theological paradigm or approach to chaplaincy.  Time and management, oral and written communication, self-motivation, and flexibility. 

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

    Westminster College encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The College is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The College does not discriminate in access to, treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, disability, or genetic information.

    Inquiries about compliance with this prohibition should be directed to:

    Associate Vice President & Chief HR Officer/Title IX Coordinator

    501 Westminster Ave, Washington West, 2nd floor

    Fulton, MO 65251


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