Colgate University invites applications for a part-time Campus Imam/Muslim Students Adviser to support the religious observation and exploration of Muslim students on campus and to serve as a part of a multi-faith chaplaincy team with the Office of the Chaplains. Colgate enjoys strong student leadership within the Muslim Students' Association and participation from a vibrant and active Muslim student population. The Imam/Muslim Students Adviser is an important student support position within the Dean of the College Division and is supervised by the University Chaplain. This chaplaincy position fosters inter-religious understanding and goodwill both on and off-campus. Colgate University is geographically proximal to larger Muslim communities in Utica, New Hartford, and Syracuse, New York, and with other colleges in the area. The chaplaincy staff members (including Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic ministers) work with one another, students, other religious communities, and the larger University community to provide support religious support to Muslim students within a diverse, liberal arts, residential college environment.
The Campus Imam/Muslim Students Adviser is rooted in the Islamic tradition and is visibly engaged in the whole life of the University, including campus-wide events and celebrations, multi-faith engagement, and student life programming. The Campus Imam must appreciate Colgate's residential liberal arts tradition and support students' faith journeys across a diverse spectrum.
Accountabilities: ● Serve as an active member of and collaborate with the University Chaplaincy staff. ● Serve as a religious professional (advisor, teacher, and mentor) to all students regardless of their religious commitments and beliefs, providing high-quality, timely, and confidential spiritual care and counseling. ● Provide high-quality, routine and seasonal, faith-specific and inter-faith, liturgical ceremonies and other faith-related gatherings. ● Ensure that students have access to opportunities for religious student group membership ● Encourage students' personal growth and belonging through participation in the campus and the local community. ● Provide leadership at public events ● Support divisional priorities, particularly around inclusive excellence, meaningful reflection, and inclusive community. ● Contribute to the Dean of the College Division through other responsibilities, as requested.
Muslim Student Advising Accountabilities ● Provide religious education, spiritual care, and program support for Colgate's Muslim students. ● Oversee Muslim Prayer Rooms. ● Plan and help to lead Muslim holidays, religious, educational, and cultural events, including, but not limited to, Friday Jummah prayers and Eid, working with others in the Office of the Chaplains, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), and the MSA Advisory Board. ● Advise the MSA, helping students plan and execute events of interest. ● Provide confidential counseling, exploring and employing the tenets of Islam where applicable. ● Work collaboratively with campus partners to help meet students' residential and co-curricular needs. ● Serve as a representative of the Muslim community to the larger University community. ● Endeavor to educate non-Muslims utilizing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation pedagogy. ● Assist with MSA social media presence and other publications. ● Support the development of, and participate in, programming designed to foster inter-religious education and engagement.
● 2+ Years of experience in a relevant field ● Knowledge of Islam, including diversity within Islamic religious belief and practice ● Formal education work in Islamic Studies and/or professional experience working with Muslim college students in a multi-faith residential environment preferred ● Knowledge of, and enthusiasm about engaging with, other religious traditions ● Demonstrated ability to interact in a diverse higher education environment ● Knowledge of developmental issues of young adults and those who are new to or exploring Islam ● Ability to relate with various constituents, read and adapt to their needs, foster relationships, and connect individuals ● Ability to manage difficult situations ● Ability to stay organized while changing priorities ● Commitment to confidentiality ● Skill in effective program development and implementation ● Skill in communicating effectively for the needs of a diverse audience ● Ability to convey a sense of welcome into community and conversation ● Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members
Master's degree; evidence of educational experiences relevant to chaplaincy, such as graduate coursework, clinical pastoral education, or specialized certifications.
Bachelor's degree; significant professional experience in a relevant field, or other relevant educational credentials, may modify the degree requirements.
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