Interfaith Residency

Apr 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Basic Functions: Assist with implementing global interfaith engagement outcomes at the local level, in a partnership between University/communities/congregations and in the Greater Columbus community. Support larger goals of Religious and Spiritual Life at Denison University and gain valuable experience in community engagement and support.

Essential Job Functions: * Partner with the Director, coordinate and manage the launch and implementation of "Sharing Sacred Spaces" ("SSS") program. * Assist Director in achieving interfaith learning outcomes of the Department (e.g., "Students feel equipped to engage in interfaith cooperation and dialogue"). * Cultivate student leadership for interfaith efforts; recruit student participants in SSS. * Facilitate training on interfaith dialogue and cooperation; support Denison Interfaith Dialogue, a weekly dinner, and dialogue. * Build and maintain relationships with Interfaith experts and leaders in both Columbus area and nationally. * Assist in coordinating annual interfaith events (e.g., celebrations of religious holidays and Denison's "Interfaith Week"). Perform additional duties as assigned. Sharing Sacred Spaces is: A joint program of Sacred Space International (SSI) and the Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR), originally implemented in downtown Chicago; a program Denison Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) is launching in the Greater Columbus/Central Ohio area, in partnership with SSI, funded by a generous gift from an alumna. Designed to: explore and appreciate religious architecture; to broaden and deepen society's understanding of the world's religions; and to build authentic, interreligious community around that understanding.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent; 3-5 years supporting interfaith programming and/or learning outcomes; demonstrated experience engaging with diverse religious communities/congregations (e.g., participation in faith groups, advocacy in support of faith groups, residential co-habitation with different faith groups, or established relationships with people of different faith groups). Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated enthusiasm for working with young people. Candidates must be intentionally open and thoughtful in working with those of faiths other than their own, as well as with those who claim no faith tradition, or who are questioning. Candidates must have an interest in community engagement and in working with students of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds; Must be willing to work during evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications: Masters Degree in Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies, Interfaith Engagement or equivalent. Experience supporting, managing, interfaith programming and/or learning outcomes, in a school environment, ideally at the University level. Experience evaluating the success of programs. Interest in capturing/writing stories about Interfaith efforts on a college campus and its larger community.

Salary: Competitive