Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Waterville, Maine
Mar 14, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life


Waterville, Maine

Colby College invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life (the Dean). Colby seeks a visionary leader who possesses the skills and personal qualities to build on the strong foundation and to further broaden and deepen students’ connection between intellectual life, religious and spiritual learning in their residential campus community and beyond. The next Dean will build connections throughout Colby’s diverse campus community and must possess the character and spiritual gravitas to be an influential voice among students, faculty and staff.

Reporting to the Dean of the college, the Dean of religious and spiritual life oversees religious and spiritual life on campus including interfaith understanding, dialogue, and pastoral care. The Dean must possess the disposition and character to uphold the College’s values and be an influential and principled voice among students, faculty, and staff. This position is responsible for the leadership, development, and oversight of the College’s religious and spiritual life program, provides clerical leadership to one of the faith traditions and supervises two part-time chaplains. The Dean coordinates and leads educational programs on moral, ethical, religious, and spiritual issues and leads multi-faith community worship opportunities throughout the academic year. The Dean will also serve on the Dean of the college leadership team, playing a central role in the ongoing development and implementation of the College’s strategic and integrated plan for spiritual and religious life for the College.

The successful candidate will bring a thorough understanding and appreciation of the role of faith and spirituality within the liberal arts tradition and experience in an academic setting and understanding of the role student affairs in a residential college campus. The candidate will have strong consultation skills, collaboration and ability to bring community together in times of celebration and difficulty. A track record of commitment to diversity and inclusion to support interfaith programs and intercultural opportunities is essential as is a passion for the mission and goals of an outstanding liberal arts college.

Colby College has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important recruitment. For more details including the full position profile and to submit confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications, please visit the Isaacson, Miller website for the search. Electronic submission of materials is required and can be directed to:

Keight Kennedy, Managing Associate

Karen McPhedran, Senior Associate

1300 19th Street NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: 202-682-1504

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran's status in employment or in our educational programs. 

Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity. Colby encourages inquiries and applications from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college including persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution's educational programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby's Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website: