Director, Religious and Spiritual Life & Protestant Chaplain
The Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Protestant Chaplain at Bucknell University is a student-centered, creative, and thoughtful leader who will provide direction for spiritual and religious life within the University.
This position resides within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, which seeks to develop an inclusive religious and spiritual community that complements the overall academic mission of the University. This specific mission of this office is to put into practice through individual and community opportunities to worship, learn, explore, and examine a variety of religious traditions. Fostering a supportive environment, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life works to allow members of the Bucknell community to deepen the understanding of one's own spiritual and cultural traditions while encouraging respect and civil discourse among diverse religious groups and individuals.
The position is a full-time, twelve month appointment reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion.
This position requires evening and weekend work.
Job Duties -
- Responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive interfaith and multifaith programs that champion the religious and spiritual needs of the Bucknell University community.
- Supervise and lead a team that supports Religious and Spiritual Life on campus including the Chaplain for the Jewish Community, Chaplain for the Muslim Community, and the Chaplain for the Catholic Community, as well as other personnel in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
- Create, develop, and maintain partnerships with community-focused religious and spiritual communities and campus-specific non-Bucknell programs.
- Build a cohesive team among the Religious and Spiritual Life staff and facilitate collaborations needed to accomplish office goals and priorities.
- Foster the development of co-curricular programming.
- Lead ongoing strategic planning and assessment processes for Religious and Spiritual Life.
- Oversee the management of the Rooke Chapel, Fellowship House.
- Manage the fiscal and budgetary process for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Protestant & Interfaith:
- Plan and lead rich, creative, and diverse Interdenominational Christian worship services with a focus on students to include traditional, global, and other diverse services.
- Recruit and involve student participation and representation in the planning, execution, and evaluation of worship services.
- Provide pastoral care and counseling to students, faculty, staff, and others as appropriate.
- Promote the coordination of on-campus activities of advisers to religious groups to engage in ecumenical and interfaith discussions and activities.
- Work to enhance understanding between members of different religious faiths, deepen appreciation for religious diversity, and increase cooperation between adherents of different religious communities.
- Develop and host a variety of innovative programs for education at Bucknell regarding religious, spiritual, and ethical values. Encourage the expression of religious and moral convictions in compassionate service to others, seeking to involve students in civic engagement opportunities.
- Collaborate with offices within the division of Student Affairs and other University departments to ensure cohesive programming and services.
- Participate as needed in various ceremonial occasions of the University (providing prayers of invocation, benediction, etc.).
- Create welcoming and inclusive environments and programming in the Rooke Chapel, Fellowship House, Berelson Center for Jewish Life, Newman House, and the Muslim Community Space.
Departmental and Divisional Responsibilities:
- Assist with the management of Diversity and Inclusion departmental projects, strategic planning and staff development.
- Represent the Religious and Spiritual Life team, Diversity and Inclusion, and division of Student Affairs by serving on University committees.
- Attend and actively participate in office, departmental, and divisional staff meetings, retreats, and trainings.
- Maintain a high degree of visibility to students, faculty, and staff.
- Manage complex and sensitive issues with compassion and confidentiality.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications -
- Master of Divinity in Theology, Religious Studies, Higher Education, or a related field.
- Minimum of three years of experience with inter-religious work in the context of serving young adults or in a higher education environment and student programming (or the equivalent combination of the two).
- Previous supervisory experience and proven leadership.
- Prior experience in project development, program planning, implementation, and assessment.
- Previous experience leading worship services, retreats, educational workshops, or other experiences, with particular attention to emerging adults.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills.
- Dedicated commitment to student growth and development.
- Ability to work collaboratively and successfully across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and experience ministering in a multicultural and multi-denominational contexts.
- Ability to effectively interface with a wide variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, prospective students, parents, alumni, and community members.
- Ordination (or similar credentialing) in a Protestant religious tradition.
Preferred Qualifications -
- Doctor of Divinity in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related field.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.