Dean of the Chapel and Director of the Wisdom Center

Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Dean of the Chapel and Director of the Wisdom Center


This position is responsible for supporting the intellectual, ethical and leadership potential of Spelman students through developing innovative and creative programs that engage critical thinking, shape ethical leadership, and foster personal and spiritual development.  This role provides overall leadership and vision to the religious and spiritual life of the Spelman College community including supporting faculty and staff, acting as administrator and manager of Chapel events, organizing and coordinating interfaith worship services, counseling, teaching, providing outreach, supervising staff and consultants, and executing external invitations for preaching, lectures, Baccalaureate, student assemblies, and convocations.  In addition, this position is responsible for giving leadership and vision to grant initiatives including the WISDOM Center and its distinct student, faculty and staff programming plus conducting evaluations and assessments and coordinating external reviews.   


  • Develops a worship service schedule that includes renown scholars, teachers, preachers and pastors.
  • Preaches, teaches, and provides leadership to weekly worship services.
  • Develops and implements a student chapel assistant program and other mentoring and leadership development programs that provide opportunities for actualizing the intellectual, ethical and leadership potential of Spelman students.
  • Coordinates worship opportunities in distinct religious traditions, as well as lectures, workshops, forums, and seminars which expose students, faculty, and staff to diverse religious traditions.
  • Nurtures a community that shapes ethical leaders and affirms religious diversity as well as the numerous other diverse identities of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Conducts clergy functions for the Spelman community, including Holy Communion.
  • Serves as a person of influence and connection point for the College in the broader Atlanta and national faith communities and involve students in community service projects, social justice activities, and interfaith advocacy.
  • Serves as a confidential reporting office for Title IX-related matters.


Master of Divinity degree and a minimum of three years in professional ministerial work with the significant program and leadership development experience are required. A doctorate and a minimum of three years of administration and community organizing experience are preferable. Knowledge of diverse African American religious expressions and experiences and leading African American religious practices is required.




This position requires the ability to be flexible, think quickly, and engage in thoughtful preparation as the religious and spiritual voice at major college events.  The incumbent requires sensitivity to the culture, composition, diversity and religious profile of the campus community when making decisions on diversity, assigning student roles, literature review and selection of religious materials for college-wide events.  The employee must have knowledge and sensitivity to issues of diversity when providing public speeches and spiritual and religious leadership. Must demonstrate confidentiality, diplomacy, and tact.




Excellent oral communication skills are required when presenting information and responding to questions from students, parents, employees, and the general public in one-on-one or group situations.  Incumbent must be able to write business correspondence and procedure manuals plus compose memos, letters, and e-mails.  Also, must be able to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as professional journals and safety rules.




Certificates, Licenses, Registrations


Ordination through a religious denomination.




Qualified individuals are encouraged to visit our website and apply via our online application: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package and a campus environment filled with unique opportunities and experiences.


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