SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Chaplain reports to the Dean of Students and is an integral part of the Division of Student Development and Success. This is a twelve-month full time position. The Chaplain provides spiritual and intellectual guidance to a diverse faith community of students, faculty, and staff through worship, pastoral care, and counseling. The Founder’s Ideal sets forth the “desire and hope that Converse College always be truly religious, but never denominational… to be really, but liberally and tolerantly, Christian.” The Chaplain works with students, faculty, and staff to offer a variety of programs and events, which emphasizes the vitality of faith and learning, examines challenging ethical and social issues, raises awareness of and celebrates differences, and fosters greater knowledge and understanding of all religions and spiritual development. The opportunity to teach seminars and/or courses in religious studies or related fields may also exist.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Religious Life and Pastoral Care
Initiate campus devotional services, worship services, and prayer/interfaith vigils as needed
Serve as advisor and mentor to the Interfaith Council, Student Chaplain, and Associate Student Chaplain
Coordinate meetings of the Religious Life Council made up of Campus Ministers and student leaders
Communicate frequently in assisting, planning, and facilitating meetings and programs with the student presidents of the various religious organizations on campus
Assist students to establish student organizations affiliated with student identified religious/spiritual organizations
Provide religiously based support and make appropriate counseling referrals when needed
Be accessible to students for informal, individual, and/or group discussion about issues of concern
Make hospital visits when appropriate
Respond to those facing personal and family crisis such as illness or death in the family
Foster communication between and networking among various religious groups on campus
Provide opportunities on campus for students to meet leaders from various faith communities
Advertise special programs for college students offered by local faith communities
Education and Outreach
Plan, organize and oversee campus wide worship services including Festival of Lessons and Carols, Baccalaureate, etc.
Provide ongoing support and advice to students considering or preparing for careers in ministry
Work with local institutions to determine ways to coordinate events and other religious life programs
Plan and implement mission/service-learning work locally and in areas of need
Speak, teach, and preach in local faith communities when possible to help maintain relationships and facilitate various student participation in such programs
Consult with the Academic Co-Director of the Interfaith Studies Program and faculty, staff and students to identify speakers and provide appropriate programming for the Interfaith Studies Program
Enhance educational programming in areas of diversity, oppression and privilege
Serve on special task forces and committees as assigned by the Dean of Students
Male Mentoring Coordinator
Convene and lead a committee on male student engagement
Develop programming for male students to promote positive masculinity on campus
Host 4 to 5 significant events per semester specifically designed to engage men on campus
Coordinate guest speakers in collaboration with academic departments, clubs, and organizations
Arrange for off-campus excursions and activities to build fellowship and fun
Facilitate one-on-one mentoring opportunities and small group connections
Partner with athletics to support male student athletes
Manage a budget to develop new initiatives and programming specifically for male students
Possibility to teach courses as needed and as qualified
Develop programs and activities with other professional staff to promote service and leadership
Perform administrative duties and serve on college committees
Prepare departmental budget and operate within approved budget
Serve as member of the on-call rotation for Division of Student Life
Assist with the implementation of social events and activities that enhance community
May supervise graduate interns and student workers.
All other duties as needed to ensure the success of the Student Life Office
Proficiency in counseling skills, small group leadership, preaching and leading public prayers.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and to maintain confidentiality.
Experience planning and facilitating mission/service-learning trips highly desirable.
Familiarity with administrative workings of an office structure including use of a computer.
DISCLAIMER: The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.
We believe that a diverse faculty and staff are essential to achieving academic excellence; thus, we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Masters Degree in Divinity, Theology, Christian Education or related field preferred, or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. Minimum of three to five years experience expected.