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Chaplain for Spiritual Life - 501495

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Chaplain for Spiritual Life - 501495


  • Develop and implement all aspects of Chaplaincy programming to advance a big tent vision of spirituality across lines of sacred and secular to encourage self-reflection, ethical living, and to celebrate shared values. Programming may include the Chaplaincy's Consider This dinner and forum series, the Faith Matters series for faculty and staff, programming for students and others to explore various aspects of spirituality; organizing and leading campus wide lectures, discussions groups, workshops, and community conversations. Plan and implement programs specifically for students who are atheist, agnostic, or non-believers, and other historically underrepresented communities, including organizing formal communities of students and developing programming to help religious students and non-religious students form relationships across lines of difference.
  • Develop and coordinate a communications strategy for the Chaplaincy, including branding, website, social media, and hard copy as well as messages and artistic expressions communicated in the physical space of the Wilton Center and Cannon Memorial Chapel; help publicize Chaplaincy events across various UR calendar systems for greatest visibility; market Chaplaincy programs to the campus and greater Richmond community; write, edit, review, and oversee production of promotional materials and other communications; plan and coordinate special events such as open houses, meetings, and tours; represent the Chaplaincy on related campus-wide committees as needed. Create and maintain organizational systems for effective communications and coordination of contact lists.
  • Advance the Chaplaincy's commitment and collaboration within the University's Well-being Initiative. Programming may include mindfulness and meditation workshops, teaching regularly in the Wellness curriculum, and developing programing to highlight the intersection between spirituality and sexuality, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other forms of healthy living.
  • Plan, organize, and lead all aspects of the newly conceived Sylvester Spirituality Speaker Series which will regularly bring visible leaders to campus to discuss issues of spirituality, meaning, and purpose from multiple perspectives. The Sylvester series will be seen as a signature program of the Chaplaincy in future years, and will be used as a key form of collaboration with other areas of the University.
  • Plan, organize, and lead all aspects of the Chaplaincy's Summer Internship program which helps students connect their spiritual commitments to their professional aspirations. The Chaplaincy Summer Internship program is a key component of the UR Summer Fellowship Program which guarantees every student will have one funded summer experience during their time at Richmond. Serve as a mentor to one or more students in the program each summer.
  • Lead one or two international short term study abroad experiences within the Chaplaincy's pilgrimage program each year, and lead an accompanying class to help students learn across lines of religious difference, engage with other parts of the world, and strengthen the interfaith and spiritual climate at the University. Previous Pilgrimage destinations include: Poland, Israel, South Korea, Morocco, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
  • Plan, organize, and lead all aspects of the Chaplaincy's Orientation events, Welcome Week Activities, Study Break for the Soul programs, and annual Baccalaureate Service, and manage budgets associated with program responsibilities.
  • Serve on University-wide committees and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge and skill for encouraging the spiritual development of emerging adults
  • Knowledge of the theology and practice of world religions
  • Knowledge of the cultural trends in religious and spiritual life, particularly related to young adults
  • Knowledge of higher education culture, practices, and social norms
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Knowledge, skill, and ability to develop and implement large-scale projects and programs
  • Knowledge and skill in developing and implementing communications strategies and practices using multiple platforms to deliver key messages in diverse ways to diverse audiences
  • Strong organizational skills required to balance a variety of tasks with a high degree of competency and accuracy
  • Ability and skill to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and present a non-anxious presence in the midst of human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with the highest professional standards
  • Ability and skill to manage multiple programming priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to foster community amongst people of diverse backgrounds and spiritual worldviews
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.


  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Master's Degree required. A Master's degree that is nearing completion will be considered
  • Ordination or similar credentialing in a religious tradition is preferred
  • At least five years of experience in Chaplaincy, religious leadership, student development, or a related field in higher education or within a religious community
  • At least five years of experience in project development, and program planning and implementation in higher education of within a religious community
  • At least five years of experience leading worship services, retreats, or educational workshops or experiences, with particular attention to emerging adults


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Requires regular evening responsibilities during the academic year, and semi-regular weekend responsibilities
  • Some international travel is required as a component of the Chaplaincy's Pilgrimage program.


Pay Grade 6
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Job No: req1426
Posted: 1/2/2018
Application Due: 2/22/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable