Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for an advisor for identity and praxis in the spiritual life office.
The advisor for identity and praxis is responsible for creating and promoting opportunities for campus conversations on the intersection of spirituality and social justice. This position supports students, staff, and faculty who search for meaning and purpose within, across, and outside multiple traditions and help them navigate their identity and beliefs within larger political realities. This position also oversees Jewish life on campus, including planning and leading Jewish holidays, supporting Jewish students to plan cultural and religious events, and actively building a vibrant and inclusive Jewish campus community. The advisor for identity and praxis provides education and programming to enrich moral and ethical dialogues related to cultural & religious identity, intersectionality, and social justice, as well as address the practice of religious identity in a secular context and find meaning, purpose, and wellness. The advisor will support all students, faculty, and staff regardless of their religious commitments, by providing high quality, timely, and confidential spiritual care and counseling, and provide leadership for services, ritual ceremonies, and religious observances during the academic year, including, but not limited to, Shabbat, High Holidays, vigils, etc. They will advise student groups where cultural, spiritual, secular, and political identities entwine, including the Jewish Student Union. The advisor for identity and praxis will manage Kosher Kitchen and administrative duties of the spiritual life office.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of job-related experience is required; Master's degree with prior administrative, advising, or supervising experience preferred. Successful candidate should possess an awareness of religious identities and their intersection with social identities; skills in and commitment to multi-faith dialogue and diversity & inclusion, not only in spiritual traditions but also in gender, race, culture, class, ability, and sexuality; and to remain flexible and work collaboratively as part of a team. The advisor should have a strong knowledge of Judaism and Jewish life and commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant, and pluralistic Jewish community. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, event planning skills, administrative skills, budget management, and social media skills is essential. Prior experience with social activism and conflict resolution or intergroup dialogue and professional experience working with Jewish college students in a multi-faith environment is necessary.
This is a part-time, non-benefited position that requires occasional evenings and weekends. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/
Internal Number: 905
About Hampshire College
Education at Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through a multidisciplinary, multicultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students' active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place. Within the college's residential community, students encounter and learn to respect difference and appreciate diversity, thereby enhancing their capacity to live together well. Through commitment to testing and evaluating new ideas and new approaches to learning, national efforts to promote inquiry-based learning and teaching, and constructive civic and social engagement, Hampshire's actions serve as models for those of its students.