Advisor for Muslim Student Life (Part-time)
Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative
Duration of Position:
Academic year / Part time
About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly
selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar
stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is
deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus
community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion,
and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications
from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of
racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented
groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Note:
Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a
COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees except
for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
The Advisor for Muslim Student Life is a newly expanded part-time
position, one of three core staff members in the Religious and
Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSLCP) Office, who all
participate in the larger Dean of the College area. This position
offers an exciting opportunity for a Muslim religious life
professional to help the college deepen a vibrant program and
vision for Muslim life at an institution known for its commitment
to educational access, its challenge norms, its courage to
challenge norms, and its aspiration to prepare students to do
transformative work in the world. RSLCP supports vibrant
communities of practice centered in specific traditions, while also
cultivating shared practices that bring these traditions into
robust conversation. This “both/and” approach is central to the
mission of the office.The Advisor for Muslim Life provides support
for the Muslim student community at the College, and works with the
RSLCP core team to design and support contemplative and
inter-religious programming for the wider campus community. The
Muslim Life Advisor reports to the Associate Dean for Religious and
Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices
- Advise and mentor Muslim student communities, providing
student-leadership development, guidance, education, and support
with programming and community involvement, including fostering
community for daily prayers, weekly Jumu'ah prayer, and the full
cycle of Muslim holidays.
- Foster a pluralistic ethos for Muslim life, pastorally attuned
to the ways Muslim students are navigating complex cross-pressures
across race, gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.
on a contemporary liberal arts campus. Welcome and mediate
differing views on Muslim learning, observance, and politics, in
order to develop a vibrant cultural, educational, and religious
- Embrace and contribute to the core work of the RSLCP
office—which includes serving as point person or active
collaborator on one or more projects within the office's
campus-wide initiatives, such as: RSLCP's annual program
activities; promoting inter-religious engagement and fluency;
developing student leadership; encouraging relationships within and
across our different spiritual communities; exploring partnerships
and collaborations on campus and in our neighboring communities;
planning and facilitating religious services and seasonal
observances, including office sponsored inter-religious gatherings
for the campus; working in close cooperation with the other RSLCP
staff and advisors; and providing supportive counsel for students,
faculty, and staff.
- Work collaboratively with campus constituencies in identifying
and implementing appropriate support for Muslim life.
- Support and initiate new educational programming, responding to
and supporting student-led initiatives and priorities and deepening
our campus' collective understanding of our spiritual, religious,
and cultural diversity.
The Advisor of Muslim Student Life at Vassar College is expected to
serve in-person for the academic year, working 25 hours each week
for 42 weeks; the position includes year-round benefits. The
Advisor will also be responsible for the oversight of a dedicated
Muslim prayer space in a separate building on campus.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Bachelor of Arts degree required.
- Practicum experience in Muslim chaplaincy, with experience in
Muslim campus life or other Muslim communal settings
- Master’s degree or in the process of completing a Master’s
- Highly motivated and innovative spiritual care professional,
with an understanding of and experience in mentoring and inspiring
Muslim young adults.
- Capacity to work effectively within the parameters of a
- Broad knowledge of and engagement with Muslim histories,
cultures, traditions, spirituality, and practices.
- Ability to facilitate prayer and study circles as well as to
mentor students to lead such gatherings.
- Commitment to pluralism within Islam, and ability to mentor
students from different Islamic traditions and forms of
- Ability to think critically and creatively about the place of
Muslim religious and cultural life in an inter-religious campus
setting, as well as about how young adults navigate their religious
commitments within a vibrant campus culture.
- Excellent organizational skills, as well as oral, written, and
interpersonal communication are expected, as is the ability to
display imagination, ingenuity and humor in solving problems, and
- Ability to work with a diverse student population and
demonstrated commitment to foster inclusive communities are
expected, as well as the ability to work productively, joyfully,
and collegially as part of a team.
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to
attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3
professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format.
Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any
questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/2934