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DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

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Job Summary:

Provide administrative leadership, direction and oversight for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL). Ensure religious communities are contributing to the College's mission of inclusion and equity by affirming the openness and acceptance of all. Develop and lead interfaith sponsored programming and provide guidance for programs and activities sponsored by religious communities. Administer the budget and oversee expenditures for programs and operations implemented by ORSL. Provide counsel to students, faculty and staff. Develop and support inclusive religious and spiritual initiatives and capacity building as they relate to the overall well-being of the campus community. Bring a depth of understanding of religious spirituality, as well as spirituality, mindfulness and meaning making outside of faith traditions. Work in collaboration and partnership with members of Ithaca College and the local community.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership and direction in managing the operations of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Collaborate and partner with departments on campus to more fully integrate the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life with the rest of the campus community. Promote the programs and services offered, provide information and serve as resource to enhance awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of interests which are served by the department. Nurture the human spirit by inviting students to make meaning of themselves and the world.
  2. Plan, develop and implement interfaith programs, activities, and services that affirm human dignity through presence and programming, engage students and enhance students' religious and spiritual life experience. Support students of all religious identities, ethical backgrounds, and worldviews to discover what they deeply believe, to find places of spiritual belonging, and to grow into the people they feel called to become. Implement and oversee interfaith dialogue, service, and learning opportunities. Serve as Chaplain to meet the religious and spiritual needs for underrepresented student populations.
  3. Develop and implement a communication strategies and systems to ensure visibility of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life programs. Design, develop and produce publicity materials for religious and spiritual life programs and services. Ensure appropriate design and maintenance of the Chapel web pages and publications.
  4. Develop, demonstrate, and promote multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful College community. Demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as a college priority, communicate to employees an expectation of behavior that is civil and inclusive when interacting with all staff, faculty, students and visitors and promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment. Communicate to Chaplains and religious Board members the College's values and expectations related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  5. Identify opportunities for engagement in religious, spiritual and mindfulness frameworks and skills, identify any gaps in faith-based and non-sectarian spiritual well being support, and work to fill those gaps. Build capacity for students and the college in paradigms of meaning, purpose and centeredness.
  6. Develop, administer and monitor SACL division budget allocations for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.Prepare and submit budget recommendations; monitor, verify, and oversee reconciliation of expenditure of budgeted funds for specific programs and services.
  7. Provide financial oversight to the religious organizations to include monitoring financial operations and ensuring the annual SACL division ORSL operating payment is appropriate and based on need. Serve as the primary liaison with the Financial Services Office and the religious organizations.
  8. Employ and maintain methods of engagement with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for religious leaders and associates.
  9. Plan, organize, and coordinate the office's annual Orientation events, Welcome Week Activities, and Study Break Programs.
  10. Implement methods to assess the effectiveness of programs and services offered by the religious communities. Provide guidance regarding programs and services offered.
  11. Oversee the maintenance of the Chapel facility and work with the Office of Planning, Design & Construction to make safety improvements and aesthetic enhancements to the Chapel. Serve as building liaison to the office of Environmental Health and Safety.
  12. Serve as a liaison with Student Affairs and Campus Life and College administration for crisis management.
  13. Develop and implement policies and procedures ensuring compliance with Ithaca College policies. Develop and present educational workshops for all members of the campus community. Meet with the leadership of student clubs and organizations, as well as other departments to communicate programs and service offered by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
  14. Continue to manage and monitor implementation of the ORSL MOU process with partner and affiliate organizations.


Qualifications:

Master's degree in Religion, Theology, Ministry, Counseling or related field; proven ability to foster intragroup community amongst people of diverse backgrounds; experience in facilitating interfaith programming working with college students; commitment to religious pluralism and inclusion of/engagement with myriad faith and cultural identities and expressions; demonstrated commitment to student development, excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, budgetary literacy, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team; ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment; ability to treat all people equitably and with a sensitivity and awareness to cultural difference; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for behavior that is supportive of a community that is diverse and inclusive are required. Experience in or interest in grant writing is preferred.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants must apply online and attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references. Questions about online applications should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000 or humanresources@ithaca.edu

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

Hiring Range:

$70,000 to $73,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We pride ourselves on providing our benefit-eligible employees with comprehensive benefits, including work/life balance, generous paid time off policies, career-enhancing trainings, educational benefits, and opportunities to give back to the community. Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community. For an overview of our benefit offerings, please visit https://www.ithaca.edu/human-resources/employee-benefits-wellness

About Us
At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of approximately 5,000 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at http://ithaca.edu

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Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a private residential campus where students find life-changing academic pathways, powerful career networks, and lifelong community.

Founded by a homesick violinist with a big vision, Ithaca College started out as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music — combining theory, practice, and performance from its inception. By the 1920s, academic programs expanded to include business, speech therapy, physical education, and the dramatic arts. IC was originally located in downtown Ithaca and moved to the present campus on South Hill overlooking Cayuga Lake in the 1960s.

Situated near 150 majestic waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the city of Ithaca, New York, has been ranked as the best college town in the United States — hosting tech startups, a “killer music scene,” Broadway-caliber theatre, and world-class restaurants as well as alumni-owned ice cream shops.  

Ithaca College offers more than 140 majors and minors through its five schools. Whether our alumni are winning Pulitzers, launching nonprofits, anchoring broadcast news, leading multibillion-dollar companies, or revolutionizing patient care (among many other pursuits and accomplishments), students at Ithaca College learn different and leave different. 

Join an innovative educational community, where faculty and staff learn, thrive, and collaborate. IC will make you ready to take your career to new heights, giving you the chance to create your own path to success while you contribute to growing the minds of future generations.

As an employee at Ithaca College, you’ll get much more than a competitive salary and the traditional advantages. We pride ourselves on providing our employees with the most comprehensive benefits possible.

Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community. We encourage and contribute to the personal and professional development of our faculty and staff. We understand that it’s the people who work here that make Ithaca College special, and we strive to be an employer of choice in our region.

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