Human Resources

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Department

Student Affairs

Overview

In our inquiry based liberal education, we value the deep connection that faith traditions have in our reflections.  We recognize the importance of creating spaces for those who seek comfort in and connection to their faith journeys.  We also seek to aid students as they discern their vocation in light of our classroom and campus conversations.

 

The Director provides religious and spiritual leadership and guidance for students and other members of the Ursinus community, and is an advocate for students, and student religious organizations. The Director facilitates interfaith conversations within a campus context that celebrates religious diversity.  This is a one year appointment to be reviewed at the end of the year.

Responsibilities

  • Aid in facilitating workshops and shaping campus discussions regarding religious and ethical issues

  • Educate the campus on the intersection between faith, service, and social justice

  • Assist in organizing regular faith and meaning events alone or in collaboration with student groups, faculty, and staff

  • Participate in college ceremonies and services upon request

  • Foster communication between the various student religious groups

  • Coordinate and supervise student religious group advisers and student leaders

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with students and other offices

  • Provide pastoral crisis support in tandem with the crisis response team

  • Offer spiritual counseling to students and develop pastoral relationships with the campus community

  • Help facilitate experiential learning and service opportunities designed to aid students in the discernment of their own vocational interests and values

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Ability to be ecumenical and inclusive in all aspects of ministry.  The director must demonstrate respect for all faith expressions (and tolerance toward persons of no faith) and be enthusiastic about ministry to all persons and must be ready to assist persons in the celebration of various faith expressions that exist on campus.

  • Demonstrated ability to minister to the community and providing a moral compass for the college.  The director must be ready to assist persons who are asking profound questions of faith and life.

  • Experience and strong understanding of traditional college age students in the residential liberal arts setting.

  • Enthusiasm in advocating for students, and actively supporting their activism and spiritual growth.

  • Experience providing pastoral care or counseling in a professional position.

  • Although the applicant does not have to be ordained, he/she/they must have firm grounding in a faith tradition.

  • The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.

Anticipated Start Date

September 1, 2017

Application

Interested candidates should apply online here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database. 

 

Ursinus is an EO/AA employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.

 

Posted 8/11/17