Muslim Chaplain

Bard College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Oct 1, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Religious Affairs & Ministry
Employment Type
Full Time
Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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The Muslim Chaplain is responsible for the pastoral leadership of the Muslim community at Bard and for collaborative leadership within the Chaplaincy and the College community, including: leadership development; programming; community building; teaching and counseling; regular religious services and seasonal observance; and supportive counsel for students/faculty/staff and alumni/ae. The Muslim Chaplain will also serve as a resource and advisor to the Muslim student community. This is a part-time position (approximately 15 hours per week during the academic year including the summer Language and Thinking intensive weeks and the Citizen Science winter intensive weeks.)

Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 1,900 undergraduate students; the College also includes multiple graduate programs. The 1,000-acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, and Hessel Museum of Art, and is the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college-degree-granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.

Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education.

Expectations :
  • Advise the student Muslim organization by providing education, guidance, and support with programming and community involvement.
  • Promote a multi-religious ethos; work in close cooperation with other chaplains encouraging good relationships among different faith communities and exploring modes of engagement.
  • Participate in campus-wide events and traditions such as the annual Festival of Lights; initiate new educational programming that furthers individual and community understanding of spiritual and religious diversity.
  • Advise the Chaplaincy and all other areas of the College on matters relating to Muslims, rituals, practices and beliefs; increase understanding and awareness of Islam.
  • Work collaboratively with campus constituencies advocating for the needs of Muslim students and in identifying and implementing appropriate support including coordination with dining services and residence life.
Qualifications :

The successful candidate will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree, Islamic Chaplaincy Certificate, or other graduate study is preferred.
  • A broad-based knowledge of Islam, including religion, history, and culture.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to be an effective community builder, problem solver; and work effectively in a team.
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Capacity to cultivate resources, campus presence, and facilities.
  • Appreciation for and demonstrated ability to work in a diverse and creative liberal arts college community.
  • Available to respond on-site to address community needs in times of crisis.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information of three references to by following this link:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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