University Chaplain/Director of Spiritual and Religious Life
University Chaplain/Director of Spiritual and Religious Life
Posting Number: R0003482
Location: Salem Campus
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The role of the University Chaplain/Director of Spiritual and Religious Life is to enhance the religious and spiritual life of the University community. The Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) serves as a resource for members of the Willamette community, nurtures the spiritual and religious growth of students, staff and faculty, provides leadership and opportunities for multi-faith engagement and understanding, and provides pastoral care during difficult times. The Chaplain/Director is a senior leader in the Division of Student Affairs, serving as a member of the Division's executive leadership team. The position of Chaplain requires a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills, and a sensitivity to people of all religious, secular and spiritual identities.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- As a member of the Student Affairs leadership team, collaborate
with divisional colleagues in developing programs and initiatives
that address student interests, issues, and concerns.
- Organize programs of intellectual, social, ethical, aesthetic,
and spiritual and religious interest to the students, faculty, and
- Teach at least one course annually in the College of Arts and
Sciences. Types of courses offered to be determined in consultation
with the CAS Dean.
- Be accessible, visible, and present for relevant/occasional
university speakers and athletics events; attend
staff/student-planned community development activities and
educational events as appropriate.
- Assist with various projects and committees involving all
aspects of the University.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Provide appropriate, ethical spiritual and pastoral care to
students, faculty, and staff from a variety of religious, spiritual
and secular backgrounds. Pastoral Care includes making informal
contacts, providing counsel to members of the community, and
assisting students, faculty & staff with personal issues,
illness and family crises.
- Provide support for religious and spiritual practice across a
wide variety of religious, spiritual and secular
- Serve as the primary administrator for The Office of Spiritual
and Religious Life by overseeing the office budget, calendar, and
policies, in addition to event publicity and social media for the
- Facilitate small group activities and groups, co-sponsoring
activities when appropriate; advise religious or spiritually-based
student groups; authorize and oversee any external religious group
seeking to provide resources and support to students on campus,
ensuring compliance with policies and procedures of the
- Provide liturgical/ritual leadership for the University
community, including but not limited to leading interfaith
baccalaureate services, special services for student orientation
and other significant ceremonies or events. They will also be
called on to offer graces and invocations at Official University
functions, as well as less official functions such as weddings and
- Provide connection and outreach to the local religious
community and to the other parts of the community, including
organizations working for the common good.
- Nurture the traditional relationship between the University and
its founding religious tradition. This shall be done through
attending the local Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist
Church, and through relationships with local and regional
leadership, supporting United Methodism's commitment to higher
education and Willamette's recognition of the role of spiritual
growth in the educational process.
Minimum qualifications include any combination of education, training or experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions.
- M. Div. (or equivalent) from an accredited
- Five years of experience in campus ministry or
- Ability to effectively supervise multiple projects and multiple
personnel involved in these projects in accordance with University
objectives, policies and procedures.
- Ability to plan, organize, and implement programming consistent
with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
- Ability to supervise, train, and develop a wide variety of
full-time, part-time, and student employees.
- Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people
in a manner that positively portrays the University and its
programs, personnel, and philosophies.
- Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of
diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural
differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and
strategies for interacting effectively with people different from
- Demonstrated experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion
lens in chaplaincy and program planning.
- Demonstrated commitment to multi-faith engagement and
supporting the spiritual growth of people from multiple religious,
secular and spiritual identities that includes knowledge of and
experience working with multiple religious and spiritual
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, crisis response, and
conflict management skills.
- Ability to effectively represent Division and the University
with various constituencies, including senior leadership, students,
parents and families, faculty, other departments, and
- Ability to maintain composure and judgment in stressful
situations where there may be a variety of interests at
- Strong writing and oral presentation skills.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and
weekends as needed.
- Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain
harmonious relations with other staff, faculty, and
Typical Work Schedule:
Typical work schedule will be Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, August 1 - May 31. Some evening and weekend activities are expected.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment.
$80,000 - $85,000, depending on experience
Applications will be reviewed beginning April 19, 2021.
All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.
You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
- Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and
presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve
- Current Resume
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.