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Dean of Spiritual Life

Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA

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Shenandoah University is seeking applications for a Dean of Spiritual Life. This is a full-time benefited position located on our main campus in Winchester, Virginia.

The Dean of Spiritual Life advances the University’s mission by providing oversight for spiritual support and council which includes spiritual leaders of several faiths to promote student development and well-being, and serves as a liaison between the United Methodist Church and Shenandoah University. The Dean of Spiritual Life is responsible for budget management of the Office of Spiritual Life, supervision of professional staff and student employees, officiating spiritual rituals and events, and leading established university traditions such as but not limited to the following; Baccalaureate, Convocation, Commencement, etc. Additionally, this position is responsible for the co-curricular components of the Institute for Church Professions including but not limited to the following: Calling 21, Faith Seeking Justice, and the Youth Theology Institute (until September 2021).

The Dean of Spiritual Life reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and provides oversight and leadership for the Office of Spiritual Life and the Institute for Church Professions. In this role, the Dean of Spiritual Life will be responsible for supervising two full-time employees and one 10-month employee.


    Supervision of the following staff members: Worship Arts Coordinator and Campus Minister (12-month employee), Chaplain and Muslim Community Coodinator (10-month employee), and Director of the Youth Theology Institute (until August 2021), and an Administrative Assistant/Interfaith Coordinator (12-month).Maintain a visible and active presence on campus, especially among students to promote spiritual growth and reflection, and overall support for students of any/no religious beliefs. Perform and participate in other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Student Leadership Development.Oversee student religious life organizations and coordinate student programmatic initiatives with other departments and affinity groups on campus. Lead the university community in offering spiritual and other forms of pastoral care to students, faculty, staff, and alumni who experience joy, sorrow, and loss. Creatively leads worship service by preaching and engaging the campus community. Visit members of the campus community in hospitals and prisons.Teach at least one course per academic year (Fall, Spring or Summer) in Christian Leadership and Mission.Cultivate relationships with the department of Religion and Philosophy as well as other organizations including but not limited to the following: Virginia Conference of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, local and regional congregations within the Districts of the United Methodist Church, Virginia United Methodist Conference, Valley Interfaith Council and Downtown Clergy.


We are Shenandoah

Some places radiate special qualities — Shenandoah is one. At Shenandoah lives are illuminated by a love of learning, collaboration, service and a deep, shared history. Its name and location evoke images of legends, natural beauty, exploration, and timelessness. Shenandoah University embraces and reflects its storied valley home, educating students as radiant and warm as mythical lights inspiring Shenandoah’s meaning: “the sons and daughters of the stars.”

This green, fertile, and enchanting land has attracted people for thousands of years, inspiring stories, songs, and lives marked by joy, scholarship, accomplishment, and delight. That legacy remains vibrant to this day, as the leader of the future call upon the rich echoes of the past for inspiration.

We are all part of this timeless story. We are Shenandoah.


Mission & Vision Statements

Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.

Shenandoah University will be nationally recognized for forward thinking programs that produce competitive and purposeful graduates.


Shenandoah's History

Dayton, Virginia was Shenandoah’s home for 85 years. In 1875, the university was founded there as Shenandoah High School. Over the next 85 years, the institution changed names six times but always kept “Shenandoah” as part of its name. In 1946, the school nearly closed due to financial concerns. Rather than closing the school, university president Dr. Forrest S. Racey oversaw the move to Winchester. The last classes in Dayton began in the fall of 1959 with an enrollment of 159 students. Shenandoah opened its doors in Winchester in September 1960.


In Winchester, the school began to thrive and, in 1991, became Shenandoah University. 


The Shenandoah of Today


The university now spans 5 locations: 

Shenandoah offers over 150 academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students across seven schools:

Join a university community that brings high energy to learning and activities on and off campus. With 21 men’s and women’s athletics teams and more than 90 clubs and organizations, jump into life on a vibrant campus. Countless international programs expose our students, staff, and faculty to the world and teach them to become global citizens.



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