Assistant Director - Spirituality, Dialogue & Service

Apr 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Assistant Director - Spirituality, Dialogue & Service

Requisition Number: STFR003649

Division/College: Student Affairs

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


Under the supervision of the Executive Director and working alongside the Senior Assistant Director, the Assistant Director will support the administration/operations, programming and communications/community development functions of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service. S/he/they will serve the mission of the Center, Student Affairs and the University. The Assistant Director will help advance the Center's annual goals to: 1) Support students in becoming global citizens and leaders, 2) Provide opportunities to explore personal spirituality and religious expression 3) Foster interfaith and intercultural appreciation and competence, 4) Offer experiences of community, wellness, and wholeness, 4) Provide opportunities for constructive action through community service and civic engagement, and 5) Build partnerships with University departments, disciplines, and partners in the wider religious, academic, and public service communities. The Assistant Director will achieve the above in three key areas: Administration/Operations, Program Management and Implementation, and Communication/Community Development.

The Assistant Director's primary role and responsibility will be in Administration/Operations, ensuring that tactical operations tasks are accomplished. S/he/they will support strategic annual and long-range planning, implementation of goals and objectives, and the Center's growth. S/he/they will manage the Center's weekly and annual calendars and program workflow. S/he/they will support the implementation of Spiritualty programs, including Sacred Seasons and Holy Days, pastoral care and counseling, and community vigils and memorials, Working with the Executive Director and Senior Assistant Director, s/he/they will issue annual appointment letters to Advisors and Affiliates, oversee procurement of office supplies, and relations with outside vendors. S/he will work with student groups and Spiritual Advisors to schedule the University's Sacred Space and Reflection Room and coordinate the learning, dialogue, prayer, worship, yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice schedules. S/he/they will hire and supervise work-study students, including scheduling shifts and approving timesheets. S/he/they will coordinate logistics for signature events, speakers, retreats, seasonal celebrations, service experiences, and interfaith dialogue forums, as well as advance outreach to international and other student groups.

In terms of Programming, the Assistant Director will advance outreach and develop programming, especially for international and underrepresented student religious/spiritual/humanist groups. Working with the Executive Director and Senior Assistant Director, s/he/they will help coordinate interfaith and intergroup community service/civic engagement/social action programs. As needed, s/he will serve as an advisor to student organizations. S/he/they will support the Northeastern University Interfaith Council (NUIC). Working with CSDS' Executive Director, Sr. Assistant Director, and Spiritual Advisors, s/he will assist with the facilitation of leadership retreats, seasonal celebrations, and intergroup/intragroup/interfaith dialogue programs. The Assistant Director will help mentor/lead/teach/inspire program participants. The appropriate candidate will likely be called upon to provide for some of the spiritual and pastoral needs of the University Community, and serve as a mentor to students.

In terms of Communications/Community Development, s/he/they will advance the expansion of the welcoming environment of the Center, extending hospitality to visitors. The Assistant Director - in collaboration with student workers - will manage the Center's communications strategy, website content development, ENEWS, brochures and flyers, and social media sites. S/he/they will use social media for the creation and enhancement of community, in addition to promoting Center's work and events S/he/they will assist with the assessment and evaluation of CSDS programs and services, in order to improve services and tell the story interfaith life at Northeastern University.


Masters degree(s) preferred, in Higher Education, International Affairs, Theology/Religious Studies, Peace Studies, International or Intercultural Relations, or related fields. The qualified candidate will possess a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in higher education and/or related field (nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, service learning, social service agencies working with young adults, religious institutions, interfaith/multicultural organizations, etc.). The position requires excellent administrative skills; attention to detail; initiative; strategic thinking and planning skills; creative program development skills; student leadership development skills; oral, written, presentational, and interpersonal communication skills; skills in working with religiously and culturally diverse communities on and off-campus; the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and local and global University partners at all levels; a student-centered philosophy of education; a commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution, pluralism, and interfaith/cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. Other helpful skills include: social media outreach skills, budget management, community development, mediation/negotiation/conflict resolution skills, and the ability to effectively supervise students and volunteers. The appropriate candidate may help provide pastoral services/chaplaincy functions to one or more student communities.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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