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Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Rollins College
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

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Administrative, Deans
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Employment Type
Full Time

Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Rollins is the best college in Florida, but don't just take our word for it. See what the experts are saying. Explore all of the ways Rollins is top ranked—from our academic excellence and expert faculty to our unparalleled campus and one-of-a-kind study abroad opportunities.

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Benefits & Perks:
  • 25 Days - Paid Time Off (vacation, sick and personal time)
  • 10 Days - Paid Holidays
  • 5 Days - Paid College Closure Days
  • Eligible for Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurances (within 30 days of hire)
  • 100% Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account ($125+/month)
  • 100% Employer-Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • 11.5% Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Discounted On-Campus Dining Meal Plans
  • FREE On-Campus Parking
  • FREE Access to Campus Amenities (gyms, pools, library, sporting events and more)
  • FREE Full Tuition for Employees and their Families
  • Pet Insurance
  • 100% Employer-Funded Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Award-Winning Wellbeing Programs: Blue Rewards, Rally Dollars, Hinge Health Musculoskeletal Coaching
  • Plus More!

Additional Perks:
  • Local & National Discount Programs, including Winter Park Locations (i.e. shops, restaurants, gift cards and more)
  • FREE E-Training Courses & Professional Development Opportunities
  • IT Software & Laptop Discounts (Apple, Lenovo, and more)
  • College Bookstore Discounts
  • Annual Service Awards & Recognition Programs
  • Discover what it's like to live in Orlando: Live, Work, Play and Learn
  • Plus More!

Rollins offers a competitive salary, along with out generous benefits package! Click here to review our full benefits package.

Job Summary:

Rollins College's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging importantly extends to the religious and spiritual life of the campus community. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life is an engaged, compassionate, collaborative educator and leader who champions spiritual growth and interfaith dialogue, engagement, and understanding.

The Dean provides spiritual guidance and ministry to the campus community, encourages and mentors students in their spiritual development, and advances the mission of the College to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership through the lens of spiritual and religious inquiry, exploration, and appreciation. The Dean partners with students, staff, faculty, and community leaders to prepare students for the pursuit of a life of purpose and meaning. Committed to working within and supporting a multi-faith community, the Dean fosters the religious and spiritual development of all students, including those who may be atheist, agnostic, seeking, or secular. The Dean oversees and nurtures the ministries of the chapel while cultivating a strong, cohesive ministry staff team. The Dean will leverage existing and emerging strengths and opportunities while managing and implementing change for continuous improvement.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
  • Leadership
    • Serves as a campus leader and advances the mission of the college through education and program offerings that respect and appreciate our diverse identities and perspectives.
    • Assesses the spiritual needs and interests of students and develops relevant programming and educational initiatives, provides for community building, engages community members in their own spiritual journey and assists them in exploring the connections between spiritual growth, social justice issues, and leadership.
    • Provides leadership and institutional input on issues relevant to the larger campus that may have a religious connection, e.g., diversity, social justice, anti-racism, gender and LGBTQIA equity.
    • Coordinates an integrated and comprehensive program that promotes interfaith dialogue and engagement.
    • Establishes and maintains formal relationships with campus advisors and religious leaders and staff of external religious organizations who have a presence on campus. Develops and leads a council made up of all religious leaders and advisors.
    • Sets the vision for the program. Creates and shepherds short and long-range planning to align with the priorities of the Division of Student Affairs and the College.
    • Presides over and/or coordinates chapel services, college ceremonies, memorials, vigils, and college rituals as needed.

  • Student Care, Advising & Support
    • Mentors students and provides confidential pastoral care and counseling. Makes referrals as appropriate, e.g., religion specific pastoral guidance, CAPS/mental health professionals, Office of Title IX, Financial Aid, etc.
    • Supports, assists, and advises student faith-based, spiritual, and religious groups and facilitates student interactions across faith and belief traditions. Supports the creation of new organizations on campus.
    • Promotes interfaith student leadership on campus and provide mentoring and leadership development opportunities for student leaders.
    • Assists the Office of the Dean of Students with supporting students and families in crisis and in need.
    • Provides support and assists in response in the event of a death of a community member.

  • Community Engagement & Collaboration
    • Fosters collaborations with local and regional churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious bodies to enhance the spiritual and religious needs of students, specifically volunteer chaplains and occasional pastoral counseling or services from global religious perspectives.
    • Partners with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to support community engagement efforts that elevate faith-based cooperation and service, and with faculty to develop high impact engagement experiences for students.
    • Fosters productive relationships and effective partnerships with AVP & Dean of Students, Dean of the Student Center for Inclusion & Belonging, Executive Director of the Wellness Center, and other relevant stakeholders to advance DEIB and health and wellness initiatives.
    • Collaborates with the Center for Career and Life Planning in supporting and educating students as they explore and discern their career and vocational paths.
    • Fosters partnerships and collaborative connections with the Director of the Endeavor Center, faculty, academic deans and leaders in the promotion of inclusive classrooms and in the development of academic initiatives that advance the religious and spiritual development of students.

  • Administration
    • Supervises and provides guidance to the Associate Director for Jewish Life, the Interreligious Chaplain, 8 volunteer or affiliate campus ministers or chaplains who serve as advisors to student organizations, and a student employee who supports office functions.
    • Interprets college policies to community religious leaders and confers with administrative officials concerning religious activities as appropriate. Develops policies, processes, and protocols that support the mission and vision of the program and the College.
    • Manages administrative and budgetary matters related to the duties of the department. Responsibly stewards the program budget. Forges purposeful relationships with colleagues in Institutional Advancement / Development to engage in strategic fundraising.
    • Serves as a steward for the Knowles Memorial Chapel space and works collaboratively in its use and oversight with Event Services and Scheduling and Facilities Management. Creates and coordinates a structure that ensures appropriate building priorities, policies, and use.
    • Represents Student Affairs and Rollins College in a variety of forums on and off campus, attends, conducts or participates in a variety of meetings as assigned, and serves on divisional and campus-wide committees.
& Education:
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div) or equivalent, and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Three or more years of experience working with college students

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The spectrum of contemporary religions and emerging spiritualties, as well as major world religions.
  • Community building and outreach strategies with spiritual communities.
  • Student development theory and/or youth development.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting, administration, supervision and training.
  • Compliance regulations for federal and state law and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pastoral care to individuals and a community
  • Ability to listen, lead, and facilitate dialogue within a campus community.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement, event planning and management.
  • Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Ability to understand and support the needs of a diverse population
  • Ability to engage and work in collaboration.
  • Strong budgetary skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned student staff.
Work Environment:
  • Campus-based position working in an office environment.
  • Must be willing to work occasional nights and weekends.

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until job is filled.

Diversity & Inclusion at Rollins:

Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities.

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Rollins is the best college in Florida, but don't just take our word for it. See what the experts are saying. Explore all of the ways Rollins is top ranked—from our academic excellence and expert faculty to our unparalleled campus and one-of-a-kind study abroad opportunities.

For the 15th consecutive year, Rollins College has been named a “Great College to Work For”! Be a part of the Rollins experience and find a place where you belong. Ready to join us?


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