The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a variety of opportunities to students, staff and faculty for the support and nurture of their religious, spiritual, and relational lives. We offer programs that appeal to religious, spiritual, seeking, contemplative, and secular people and communities within and beyond the college. We create spaces, experiences and conversations for reflection and meaning-making. We support, work with, and bring together organizations on campus that work for the betterment and enrichment of community life. We seek to encourage a climate of genuine religious pluralism at Bates, in which the spiritual diversity and differences among us are respectfully and fruitfully engaged. We ensure that people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition are welcome to participate in all of our programs and to utilize each of our services.
Reporting to the Multifaith Chaplain, the Program Coordinator is a key collaborator in the Multifaith Chaplaincy, working with the Multifaith Chaplain, Associate Multifaith Chaplain, and 10-12 student Multifaith Fellows. This hands-on position provides direct support for an increasingly diverse Bates College community utilizing excellent customer service skills. The Program Coordinator helps to coordinate, sustain, support, and evaluate current multifaith chaplaincy programs, with the opportunity to innovate and create new initiatives each year. The program coordinator supervises students employed by the Multifaith Chaplaincy, oversees the Multifaith Chaplaincy general operating budget, and shares the administrative work of the office.
Takes the lead logistically for the programs/events/offerings that the Multifaith Chaplaincy is planning, working with the Multifaith Chaplains, Multifaith Fellows, outside guests, and/or offices across campus to conceptualize, plan and execute these events. Depending on the project, responsibilities may include conceptualizing the event, recruiting participants, writing contracts, fundraising when needed, overseeing project budgets, publicizing the event, arranging logistics for the event, supervising student fellows working on the event, and running/overseeing the event.
Assures equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to faculty, staff, and students.
The Program Coordinator can innovate and create their own programming within the Multifaith Chaplaincy framework-past Program Coordinator offerings have included book club, the Buen Camino podcast, and staff-centered reflection groups.
Collaborates with the Multifaith Chaplains and student Multifaith Fellows to assess the success of past programs and events, and to brainstorm and prioritize future programmatic offerings from the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
Represents the Multifaith Chaplaincy, when appropriate, on-campus planning initiatives or committees.
Other duties as assigned to support the mission and programs of the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
25% - Multifaith Chaplaincy Administrative Support
Oversees the Multifaith Chaplaincy general operating budget, tracking money spent and offering input on allocation of funds based on spending trends. This operating budget will also be written and submitted as a report to the president’s office once a year.
Works with Multifaith Chaplains to maintain Multifaith Chaplaincy website, weekly ‘happenings’ email, Facebook, and Instagram.
Processes Spiritual Advisor applications and renewals.
Maintains office supplies for the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
Approves space use requests in Gomes Chapel.
Processes invoices and payment requests for third parties.
Files receipts and reimbursements for the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
Occasional poster design for programs and events.
Occasionally assists in coordinating travel for the Multifaith Chaplains or student employees. - (Essential)
15% - Supervision of Multifaith Fellows and other student workers:
Supervises student coordinators as needed.
Promotes best practices and ensures student fellows and outside vendors comply with Bates policies.
Participates in Multifaith Fellows’ staff meetings and occasional retreats in a meaningful way, attending not only to programmatic business but also to community building and development of relationships.
Works to foster an environment of respect and open communication and to nurture the qualities and habits that promote reflection and community among Multifaith Fellows.
Coordinates the Multifaith Fellow hiring process and participates in the interviews and hiring decisions with the Multifaith Chaplains.
Approves student employees’ timesheets.
● Bachelor’s degree required.
● The ideal candidate will have experience with a residential liberal arts college, and a strong commitment to working with students. ● Experience interacting and collaborating across departments; as will be necessary across campus constituencies, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors to the College. ● Demonstrated knowledge of religions desired. ● Prior experience with religious or cultural programming desired. ● Experience and comfort in working with people from diverse religious, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and other groups. ● Program planning and management for both small- and large-scale events. ● 1-3 years of experience in office management and administrative work preferred.
Skills and Knowledge
● Intercultural understanding, awareness, and sensitivity, and comfort working across religious landscapes. ● Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with students, staff, faculty, and co-workers. Excellent communication skills. ● Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information discreetly. ● Detail-oriented in editing and revising written content. ● Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision. ● Strong organizational skills for successful documentation, planning, and execution. ● Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress [website], Google docs, email, and calendaring.) ● Maintain a personable and professional demeanor; including good listening, dependability, flexibility, and compassion. ● Ability and willingness to work weekends or evenings for major events and programs. ● Commitment and enthusiasm to forming student leadership and support for student programming. ● Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college. ● Demonstrated commitment to practices in equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick and vacation leave, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
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Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.