Director Religious and Spiritual Life
Job no: 496134
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs
The Director of Religious and Spiritual Life is a student-centered, creative and strategic leader who provides direction for spiritual and religious life at Bucknell University. The Director serves as one of the many faces and voices of religious and spiritual life in university gatherings, ceremonies, and occasions that call for prayer and spiritual support and guidance. The Director is responsible for meeting the needs of all faiths by encouraging a wide spectrum of religious traditions on campus, fostering dialogue about social justice, and overseeing religious organizations that seek university recognition. Key responsibilities of the Director include engaging in outreach to students, providing pastoral care, leading the Rooke Congregation, serving as Protestant Chaplain, strategic planning, and the administration of the professional and support staff, budget and facilities.
Religious and Spiritual Life is a non-denominational, non-sectarian office that is a part of Diversity and Inclusion within the Division of Student Affairs. This model highlights the significance of the religious and spiritual growth and development of our students and the changing landscape of their religious and spiritual identity. The position is a full-time, 12-month appointment reporting to the Associate Dean of Students. This organizational model intentionally supports Bucknell University's vision for a future that aligns with the changing national and international climate.
This position requires evening and weekend availability.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive interfaith and multifaith programs that champion the religious and spiritual needs of our students
- Supervise and inspire a team that includes the Chaplains for the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim Communities, Orthodox Campus Minister, Religious and Spiritual Life Office Coordinator, Rooke Chapel Organist, and Director of the Rooke Chapel Vocal Ensemble
- Support the engagement of campus liaisons, which currently includes DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, as well as religious and spiritual organizations in the community
- Coordinate innovative and collaborative programs that engage in ecumenical and interfaith discussions and experiences
- Work to enhance the understanding between members of different religious faiths, deepen appreciation for religious diversity, and increase cooperation between different religious communities
- Lead ongoing planning and assessment for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
- Manage the fiscal and budgetary process for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
- Oversee the following vibrant communities and facilities: Rooke Chapel, Fellowship House for Protestant Life, Berelson Center for Jewish Life, Newman House, and the Muslim Community Space
Protestant Chaplaincy and Rooke Congregation:
- Plan and lead weekly worship services in Rooke Chapel, and ensure they embrace the diversity of Christianity across nationality culture, and denomination
- Recruit and involve students in the planning, execution and evaluation of worship services
- Provide pastoral care to students and other members of the campus community
- Develop and host a variety of programs that center religious, spiritual and ethical values
- Encourage the expression of religious and moral convictions in compassionate service to others by involving students in civic engagement
- Participate in various ceremonial occasions of the university (providing prayers of invocation, benediction, etc.)
- Create welcoming and inclusive environments and programming in the Rooke Chapel, as well as the Fellowship House (a gathering space for students of the Protestant faith)
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
- Collaborate with offices within the Division of Student Affairs and other university departments to ensure cohesive programming and services
- 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
- Master of Divinity or equivalent graduate degree
- Demonstrated experience with inter-religious work in the context of serving young adults, preferably in a higher education environment
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience leading, managing and supervising professionals
- Ordination or similar credentialing in a Protestant religious tradition
- Demonstrated experience in planning, implementing and assessing programs
- Demonstrated successful experience with preaching and pastoral abilities, leading worship services, retreats, educational workshops, or other related experiences
- Effective 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
- Doctoral or terminal degree in related field
- Working knowledge of liberal arts institutions and student affairs
- Demonstrated experience leading, managing and supervising religious life professionals
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell's 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell's beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The 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. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University's main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell's surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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