Advising/Counseling, Multicultural Affairs, Other Staff/Administrative, Staff/Administrative
In partnership with the Religious Life advisors and chaplains provides oversight of the student multifaith leadership program. S/he holds several parallel roles: the head Chaplain to the community, the facilitator of multifaith dialogue and programming, an advocate for the relationship of spiritual life and service, and a leader in growing religious diversity at Wellesley College. Serves on the Dean of Student’s cabinet. Serves on the Emergency Response team of the College.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
• Provides leadership for the religious and spiritual life programs of the College. Supports the activities of the individual student religious groups on campus and the work of the chaplains with their particular communities. The Dean will lead the Religious Life Team of chaplains and advisors as a collective, as well as supervise and mentor them individually.
• Provides pastoral care and counseling to community members.
• Develop and oversee the administration, fundraising, and budget for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and related programs.
• Coordinate and preside at community rituals including: Convocation, Flower Sunday, Baccalaureate, Alumnae Council, Commencement and Reunion Services and at funerals, memorial services, and weddings.
• Offer opportunities for alumnae, faculty, staff, and students to examine the role of spirituality in their lives
• Acts as the College’s liaison with religious communities off campus and to higher education related organizations around issues of religious and spiritual life.
• Work as an active member of the Student Life Division as part of the Dean of Students’ leadership team.
• Develops a presence on campus as a spiritual leader by participating in a wide variety of campus events.
• Engages students, faculty, and staff pastorally and programmatically.
• Religious communities feel supported.
• Rabbi • Chaplains and religious advisors • Administrative Assistant
• Accredited M.Div. or equivalent academic credentials and training in religious leadership • Ordination when possible.
Experience Required: • Seven plus years’ experience in a college or university setting • Demonstrated leadership in a particular religious tradition
Skills and Abilities Required:
• Excellent communication skills • Excellent leadership skills • Pastoral sensitivity • Broad understanding of the world’s faith traditions • Understanding of the culture of a college/university and the nature of campus ministry
Other: • Twenty-five different student religious groups are recognized by the College and are served by 9 chaplains, 5 part-time religious life advisors, and 7 affiliated campus ministries.
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