CSL Office of Spiritual Life
About the Department
Completed in 1928, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the ceremonial
and spiritual center of the University of Chicago. As such, it
hosts ceremonial and spiritual events for the entire campus, from
the offices of the president and provost to student driven and led
initiatives. Rockefeller and Bond chapels also serve as one of
several artistic and visitor centers on campus, welcoming over
200,000 visitors to the campus per year for musical performances
and other events. The Office of the Dean supervises both chapels,
as well as the office of Spiritual Life in Ida Noyes hall, which
fosters student religious and spiritual life and provides
programing, prayer, and meditation spaces appropriate for the full
range of religious and spiritual traditions.
Spiritual Life addresses the practicalities of diverse religious
and spiritual encounters in the campus setting and in the broader
context of the 21st century world. It speaks to the complex and
often contradictory issues related to religious and spiritual
practice, providing support to members of the campus community of
any religious affiliation (or none) and also to those who seek
spiritual life beyond the strictures of particular traditions, and
nourishing the spiritual life of the campus community. Consonant
with the great intellectual strengths of the University of Chicago,
the Spiritual Life team engages questions such as what it means to
live in an interreligious era and what it means to understand the
spiritual as integrative for human life and endeavor.
Spiritual Life is part of Campus and Student Life. The Dean and
Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel—of which Spiritual Life is a
component part—provide spiritual leadership to the campus as a
whole, work in close collaboration with the University of Chicago
Divinity School and with the 25+ recognized religious advisors of
The Assistant Director/Coordinator for Muslim Life works with the
Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel / Director of Spiritual Life
in addressing the needs of students of all traditions and of Muslim
students in particular, and in facilitating understanding across
traditions through meaningful encounter and shared scholarship.
- Assist in forwarding the mission and vision of Spiritual Life
on a daily basis, encouraging lively and robust student involvement
in organizations, programs, and initiatives related to spiritual
and religious life; addressing diversity and inclusion; responding
to campus concerns; and collaborating with colleagues across the
institution as directed.
- Address the religious, cultural, and individual concerns of
Muslim students, staff, and faculty (of all backgrounds and sects);
provide for the observance of obligatory daily and Friday prayers
and holidays; collaborate with other University offices as needed
in relation to the needs of the Muslim community on campus (e.g.
dining, housing, counseling, deans of students, news service,
international affairs); establish strong working relationships with
Muslim and other partners in the wider community.
- Develop community by working with Muslim students and alums
across campus to build connections between schools and
divisions. The long-term goal is to help the community build
an independent center for Muslim life in Hyde Park.
- Mentor student organization leadership, and work with student
leaders and academic and other units to create multi-faith programs
that address the role of religion in the world today in the context
of civic engagement, ethics, politics, arts and culture,
- Assist in leading monthly religious advisors’ meetings, and
collaborate with other religious advisors in offering programming,
crisis response, and spiritual care.
- Assist in providing spiritual guidance to the University
community at times of need or crisis.
- Collaborate in other projects and initiatives as
- Coordinates with the students and staff to develop activities,
programs, and initiatives related to student life, and/or community
involvement. Develops and implements straightforward
- Advises, supports, and recommends concepts for programming to
leaders of various organizations and programs.
- Markets student activities programming throughout the year.
Develops and implements protocols for evaluating the effectiveness
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed
through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job
- Master’s degree in Divinity, Islamic Studies, or similar
- Two years of experience working with students and others in an
- Knowledge of diverse religious and spiritual traditions, and a
demonstrated enthusiasm for working with students in the arena of
the issues addressed by Spiritual Life.
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, along
with an ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with a wide range of constituencies within the
University and beyond.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with undergraduate and
graduate students and with individuals of diverse cultural, ethnic,
and religious backgrounds.
- Strong leadership skills and ability to be an effective
- Skills in crisis management and conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated event planning experience.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others on deadline and
under pressure, and to take initiative.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and work effectively
in a team environment.
- Diversity & Inclusion.
- Partnership & Collaboration.
- Strategic Vision.
- Emotional Intelligence.
- Some evening and weekend availability is required.
- Resume (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be
uploaded via the My Experience page, in the
section titled Application Documents of the
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