About Virginia Tech:
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech
pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on,
transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and
problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that
enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world,
Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge,
discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280
majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate
colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college,
Graduate School, and Honors College.
About Student Affairs:
Student Affairs’ Aspirations for Student Learning serve as a
framework for our roles as educators as we work alongside students
to encapsulate their learning into a strengths-based discovery of
their talent so they may: commit to unwavering curiosity; pursue
self-understanding and integrity; practice civility; prepare for a
life of courageous leadership; and ultimately, embrace Ut Prosim as
a way of life. We operationalize these aspirations through
ExperienceVT whereby we work alongside undergraduate, graduate and
professional students to create a customized plan for their
experience designed to accomplish their individual goals. We
measure our success by the success of our students. To that end, we
will do whatever it takes to support the individual well-being and
success of every student at Virginia Tech.
Moreover, we pay significant attention to those within the Virginia
Tech student experience that feel marginalized and isolated.
Student success hinges upon each person being able to bring their
whole selves into our community. Identifying commonly held beliefs
and perspectives that can be agreed upon despite differences is an
end that we continually seek.
The Dean of Students Office (DOS) is committed to offering care and
support to students to assist them in flourishing personally,
academically, and socially. Guided by a strategic framework that
engages, educates, equips, and empowers students, the Dean’s team
stands ready to support all students and community members at
Virginia Tech. The Dean’s team is comprised of passionate and
student-centered professionals, who work closely with the seven
undergraduate colleges and administrative offices throughout
The Dean’s team employs a focused pursuit of care to assist
students through a relationship-rich approach. Members of the
Dean’s team embrace a strengths-oriented paradigm, and believe that
they can shape, respond to, and advocate for a dynamic,
inclusive, and learning-centered Virginia Tech experience. The
primary functions of the Dean of Students Office are: Advocacy;
Academic Engagement; Student Engagement; Interfaith Leadership;
First-Generation Student Success; and Off-Campus Life.
The Assistant Dean for Interfaith Leadership will work alongside
the Dean’s team to offer programmatic development for interfaith
experiences – a strategic priority of Student Affairs and critical
part of how we advance inclusion and diversity. Interfaith
development rests upon the belief that people of different faiths
and worldviews can seek common ground through compassionate
learning and listening. The friendships which evolve from dialogues
and partnerships across faiths creates the ideal holding
environment for students to make meaning of their world in
relationship with others.
The Assistant Dean for Interfaith Leadership will:
- Facilitate interfaith dialogue and develop/deliver appropriate
interfaith educational programming, in addition to weekly
programming promoting spiritual wellness in inclusive and varied
formats (social media and in-person programming).
- Supervise and evaluate the work of the Graduate Assistant for
the Dean of Students Office.
- Develop and implement programs of intellectual, social,
ethical, aesthetic, and spiritual and religious interest to
encourage student development and increase learning.
- In collaboration with religious groups and affiliates, promotes
religious/spiritual identity, diversity, and expression through
celebratory programs and events.
- Provide leadership to the Aurora living-learning program as
program director, which will begin its inaugural season during the
2021-22 academic year.
- Directly advise the student-run Synergy: Interfaith Collective,
which exists to create safe, structured environments for continuous
interfaith dialogue and experiences of faith and non-faith to
increase understanding across different faiths and worldviews.
- Facilitate the Common Ground interfaith leadership development
- Foster relationships with faith communities at Virginia Tech
and their professional leadership to create opportunities for
interfaith engagement on campus.
- Regularly convene the Interfaith Advisory Council and Aurora
- Identify and implement opportunities for faculty/staff
interfaith professional development.
- Collaborate with Student Affairs Advancement in its stewardship
efforts to support the growth of interfaith development and
- Partner with Communications and Marketing Specialist to
implement communications strategy for interfaith programs.
- Identify grants and other opportunities that can assist in
scaling efforts to support interfaith engagement throughout
Virginia Tech’s campuses.
- Assess the impact of programs and services – using data to
- Oversee and responsibly manage programming budget.
- Serve on division and university-wide committees as
The successful candidate will
hold a bachelor's degree and be able to demonstrate the following
experiences and capacities:
- A passion for building bridges through interfaith
- Commitment to inclusive and diverse practices that recognize
intersectionality and multiple identities.
- Advising and/or advocacy for students in a higher education
- Facilitation of leadership programming for students in a higher
- Managing confidential and sensitive information with high
levels of discretion.
- Enthusiasm for a team-oriented philosophy when advancing
strategic goals of an organization.
- High degree of curiosity and generosity when seeking and
- Comfortable with change and energized by creating innovative
resources/programs for students.
- Collaborative spirit when working with students, faculty,
staff, families, and community members.
- Master’s degree in counseling, student affairs, higher
education or field related to the responsibilities of the
- Related professional experience.
Commensurate with experience.
February 1, 2022
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, national origin, political affiliation, race,
religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise
discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,
discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of
other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by
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business days prior to the event.
December 17, 2021