This part-time position is a cross-functional collaboration
between The Center for Faith and Spirituality and The Aspire
Program. The ideal candidate will assist students, faculty, and
staff with understanding an interfaith perspective on vocation and
how to integrate these teachings into day-to-day life at Carthage
and building a full life on- and off-campus. Because vocation is
expressed through personal and academic/professional choices, this
position bridges across students’ life experiences in and outside
of the classroom.
The Center for Faith and Spirituality (CFS) is a place for all
students to come and explore the big questions of life: Who am I?
What is my purpose? What do I believe? It is a space to learn about
different worldviews and to discover your own. Rooted in the
Lutheran tradition, the CFS is open to students of all faith and
non-faith worldviews. Our goals include finding common ground
for the common good of all people and helping students to develop a
toolbox of questions to help them with moments of discernments that
happen throughout a lifetime.
The Aspire Program is a newly developed, comprehensive 4-year
career development program that integrates entrepreneurship,
creativity, and leadership to prepare students for the careers of
today and of the future. Students make better professional choices
and have more options available to them when they are able to find
their voice and learn how to express themselves through their work
and non-work choices. The Aspire Center is the hub of activity for
The Aspire Program with a scope of work that extends well beyond
the work of a traditional career center.
The partnership strengthened through this position represents
the interrelated nature of making life decisions - weighing values,
cultural context, and so many other factors that lead to finding
meaning and defining personal notions of success.
This position will have a collaborative reporting line through
the Director of the Center for Faith and Spirituality and the
Director of Career Exploration and Design in The Aspire
Center. While workspace will be available for the Purposeful
Life and Leadership Coordinator in both the Center for Faith and
Spirituality and The Aspire Center with the expectation that work
time will be split between the two locations, the programming and
engagement work may happen in a multitude of spaces on campus.
- Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind,
even when working independently.
- Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without
always having all of the information.
- Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize.
- Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with
ease and cheerfulness.
- Comfortable having conversations about life’s great questions
and appreciating the value of different perspectives.
Leadership Development and Purpose
- Design activities (in-person, online, course modules, etc.) to
help students, including students without declared majors, to feel
a sense of belonging and to reflect on their personal identity, the
role of faith and/or values in exploration and decision-making, and
strategies for building a full life.
- Develop and facilitate student leadership activities that 1)
help declared and undeclared students to describe their
interests/values in casual and professional conversations, 2)
understand the role of calling in leadership development, and 3)
practice skills through experiential learning that support
leadership development/personal exploration, such as
communication/empathy skills, teamwork, and vision
- Contribute to presentations about principles for reflective
practice, clarifying interests, and identifying work/non-work ways
to follow curiosities and passions.
- Engage alumni and friends of the College to share their
vocation stories through mentoring, experiential workshops, and
CFS Program Development (35%)
- Coordinate with student staff, student organizations, and
faculty/staff to encourage faith development, interfaith
understanding, and vocational discernment.
- Collaborate with student staff to develop and execute 1 program
per week during J-term.
- Maintain relationships with local congregations and plan 1-2
shared activities per year.
- Develop assessment and evaluation procedures to inform
continued opportunities for improvement and valuable activities to
continue; inform donor stewardship activities.
- Manage a team of 16 student staff members as part of the Center
for Faith and Spirituality (CFS).
- Lead staff meetings and design professional development
experiences to support students’ personal and professional
- Encourage students to think creatively to about program
development and outreach activities.
- Facilitate guided reflection with student staff.
Additional Responsibilities (5%)
- In consultation with co-supervisors, attend relevant
- Complete other duties as assigned or as opportunities
- Participate in the Vocational Learning Community (VLC) and
assist with expanding the VLC into a vibrant community of practice;
contribute to annual goal-setting.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
- Significant leadership-related experiences related to the
duties of the position; graduate/professional school degrees are
valued (Bachelor’s degree required).
- Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills in
order to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, students, and
- Ability to use standard office equipment and technology,
including a telephone, keyboard, and personal computer and tools
such as Microsoft Office Suite and various Google
- Experience leading leadership development, vocation/purpose, or
related activities, including the ability to assess student
- Demonstrate strong time management and project facilitation
- Must be able to work some nights and weekends.
Sarah Gorke, Director of Career Exploration and Design; Academic
Advisor for Undeclared Students
Kara Baylor, Campus Pastor Director of the Center for Faith and
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of
reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation,
so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a
four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran
tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and
intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin,
midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the
opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful
campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home
to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time
students. Our rich academic experience equips students with
foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be
lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)
dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community.
We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including
members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation,
national origin, protected veteran status or status as an
individual with a disability.