University Chaplain and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life

Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Denison University
University Chaplain and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life

Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with an increasingly diverse campus community. It offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Denison, located in the village of Granville, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.

Denison University invites applications for a full time University Chaplain and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life. This person will serve as the student’s beacon of support for spiritual exploration, ethical and moral development, crisis, and emotional matters. Provide outreach to students and the Denison community to more fully understand diverse religious/spiritual needs as healthy contributors to the Denison community. Oversee local religious and spiritual support and a spiritual council, which includes spiritual leaders of several faiths, to promote student development and well-being. Maintain positive relationships between the campus and religious/spiritual partners.

As a member of a dynamic division and unit, the University Chaplain and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life will serve as a positive influencer, consistently cultivating a sense of inclusion and belonging for all members of the Denison community by successfully collaborating with a variety of stakeholders within the college as well as local community partners.

Minimum qualifications include: Master’s Degree in Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies or Pastoral Counseling or equivalent. Must be ordained or otherwise credentialed by a recognized religious order. Qualified to officiate religious/spiritual services and rituals. Previous formal experience with young adult ministry; demonstrated enthusiasm for supporting diversity of religious/spiritual identities and intersectional identities. Candidates must be intentionally open and thoughtful in working with those of faiths other than their own, those who claim no faith tradition, or who are questioning. Candidates must have an interest in community engagement and working directly with students of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds, as well as identifying and partnering formally and informally with local religious leaders who provide mentorship and pastoral support to a diverse religious community. Exhibit an appreciation for the holistic student experience with a respect and understanding of shifting demographics as it relates to the intersectionality of lived experiences especially those pertaining to race and racial identities. Ability to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend work hours.

To learn more about the position and to apply, please visit Candidates applying by June 21, 2021 will be given full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide at Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.