Shenandoah University is seeking applications for a Dean of
Spiritual Life. This is a full-time benefited position located on
our main campus in Winchester, Virginia.
The Dean of Spiritual Life advances the University’s mission by
providing oversight for spiritual support and council which
includes spiritual leaders of several faiths to promote student
development and well-being, and serves as a liaison between the
United Methodist Church and Shenandoah University. The Dean of
Spiritual Life is responsible for budget management of the Office
of Spiritual Life, supervision of professional staff and student
employees, officiating spiritual rituals and events, and leading
established university traditions such as but not limited to the
following; Baccalaureate, Convocation, Commencement, etc.
Additionally, this position is responsible for the co-curricular
components of the Institute for Church Professions including but
not limited to the following: Calling 21, Faith Seeking Justice,
and the Youth Theology Institute (until September 2021).
The Dean of Spiritual Life reports directly to the Vice President
for Student Affairs and provides oversight and leadership for the
Office of Spiritual Life and the Institute for Church Professions.
In this role, the Dean of Spiritual Life will be responsible for
supervising two full-time employees and one 10-month
- Supervision of the following staff members: Worship Arts
Coordinator and Campus Minister (12-month employee), Chaplain and
Muslim Community Coodinator (10-month employee), and Director of
the Youth Theology Institute (until August 2021), and an
Administrative Assistant/Interfaith Coordinator (12-month).
- Maintain a visible and active presence on campus, especially
among students to promote spiritual growth and reflection, and
overall support for students of any/no religious beliefs. Perform
and participate in other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice
President for Student Leadership Development.
- Oversee student religious life organizations and coordinate
student programmatic initiatives with other departments and
affinity groups on campus.
- Lead the university community in offering spiritual and other
forms of pastoral care to students, faculty, staff, and alumni who
experience joy, sorrow, and loss. Creatively leads worship service
by preaching and engaging the campus community. Visit members of
the campus community in hospitals and prisons.
- Teach at least one course per academic year (Fall, Spring or
Summer) in Christian Leadership and Mission.
- Cultivate relationships with the department of Religion and
Philosophy as well as other organizations including but not limited
to the following: Virginia Conference of Higher Education and
Campus Ministry, local and regional congregations within the
Districts of the United Methodist Church, Virginia United Methodist
Conference, Valley Interfaith Council and Downtown Clergy.
How to Apply:
- Master’s Degree in Divinity, Theology, Religion, Pastoral
Counseling or equivalent
- 3-5 years of experience
The complete application will include a cover letter, resume and
contact information for three professional references. The review
of applications will begin immediately and continue until a
qualified candidate is selected.
Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational
experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty,
administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged
to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in
which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.
**Note: A pre-employment background check and drug screen will be
required as a condition of hire. If the job requires driving for
University business, a satisfactory driving record will be required
At this time, SU is requiring that individuals within certain
groups specifically those who have high levels of contact with
others at the university or pose a greater risk to our community to
be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by August 1 for Fall 2021 or have
at least the first dose by June 1 for groups that will be in person
this summer (with full vaccination following as soon as possible),
unless they have a SU-approved medical or religious
Shenandoah University prohibits discrimination against and
harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment because
of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion,
disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions,
marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic
protected under applicable federal or state law.