Flourishing and Faith Chaplain Associate - Stanford

  • 27 Mar 2023 4:46 PM
    Message # 13146978
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)

    Flourishing and Faith Chaplain Associate

    Stanford University


    The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life is seeking candidates for a position in higher education chaplaincy to foster the spiritual health of students on campus. Chaplain associates will offer spiritual care, as well as programmatic development and facilitation for students that draws on the wisdom of diverse religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions to promote spiritual wellness and flourishing.


    Chaplain Associates will spend 30% of their time working one on one with students to provide spiritual care as chaplain associates. This will allow them to provide coaching, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the pressing challenges facing students. The position will spend 70% developing curricular and programmatic interventions within ORSL programs to implement the wisdom, teachings and practices that can help students enhance their own spiritual wellbeing and promote individual and communal flourishing.



    • Provide professional and compassionate spiritual care for students in light of emotional, religious, educational, social, and vocational issues  
    • Collaborate with ORSL staff to design, facilitate, and assess curricular and co-curricular programs that enhance students’ spiritual well-being
    • Collaborate with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and the Graduate School of Education to assess the current landscape of spiritual life at Stanford University and the impact of ORSL programs in promoting spiritual wellness
    • Assist in ORSL programming, events, and administration
    • Assist in advising student religious organizations
    • Participate in regular religious multi-faith services, ORSL signature events, and diverse campus programs
    • Respond with ORSL to campus crises that may include designing, organizing, and implementing communal ritual responses to events on campus and around the world
    • Write monthly reflections for the ORSL newsletter on issues impacting students’ spiritual well-being
    • Actively engage in the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education
    • Other duties may also be assigned




    Education and Experience


    Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


    Strongly Preferred: Qualified candidates should hold an MDiv or equivalent degree in religious leadership, practice, or chaplaincy; have graduated within the last five years; demonstrate experience and interest in student leadership. We are particularly interested in applicants who intend to enter the field of higher education chaplaincy. Applicants from under-represented communities and religious traditions are encouraged to apply.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • A depth of experience in spiritual and religious leadership, including the ability to counsel, teach, create and facilitate dynamic student programming, lead rituals or communal spiritual practices, collaborate across diverse communities, within and between distinct religious traditions
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in counseling, advising, supporting, and inspiring young adults
    • Experience designing and facilitating curricular and/or co-curricular programming for spiritual life
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in framing discussions and facilitating difficult dialogues across difference
    • Experience and ability to assess both campus climate and programmatic outcomes
    • Demonstrated passion for higher education and the role of religious and spiritual life in the care and formation of students
    • Capacity to nurture the spiritual life of students, both individually and communally
    • Demonstrated personal character traits of integrity, maturity, collegiality and a deep commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity
    • A rich understanding of the complexities, both gifts and challenges, for students from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities
    • Thoughtful spiritual and theological insight and an ability to integrate spirituality and scholarly engagement
    • A depth of understanding about the role of chaplain in higher education
    • Enthusiasm and capacity for working imaginatively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions
    • Knowledge of multiple religious traditions and a depth of multifaith experience
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team and across diverse departments
    • Ability to work independently, complete assignments, accomplish administrative tasks, and exercise sound judgment in determining priorities

    Certifications and Licenses:

    • Ordination or professional religious training, through an accredited institution encouraged
    • One or more unites of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) encouraged


    • Frequently sitting
    • Occasionally perform desk-based computer tasks, stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds

    Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



    • May work evening and weekend hours


    Application Process

    Interested applicants should submit the following by May 1, 2023.

    • CV
    • Cover Letter. Please address the following questions in your cover letter:
      • What does an engaging, responsive, and dynamic program for religious and spiritual life look like on a college campus?
      • How has your own life experience, religious participation, and education prepared and inspired you to apply for this position?
      • What do you hope to gain in this position?
    • The names of three professional colleagues who can attest to your commitment to fostering spiritual life and your commitment to or passion for chaplaincy in higher education.

    About Stanford University

    Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to societal challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The Stanford community includes approximately 7,000 undergraduates, 9,000 graduate students, 2,000 faculty and over 12,000 staff. The University has a fundamental mission of teaching, research, and learning, and has produced numerous Nobel Laureates and other leaders in every field of science, art, education and business.

    The expected pay range for this position is $64,480 to $76,000 per annum.
    Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.


    The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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