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Religious Life Program Coordinator

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
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Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

Southern Methodist University’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life seeks to create an inclusive community that celebrates intellectual curiosity about religion and spirituality, nourishes ethical decision-making, cultivates deep spiritual exploration and supports faithful living. We promote moral and ethical leadership development. We also provide pastoral care, welcome, and hospitality for SMU’s religiously diverse community. The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life enhances the educational mission of the university through programming and services grounded in the United Methodist tradition for all students, staff, faculty, and administration.

About the Position:

The Program and Assessment Coordinator provides critical support and guidance to the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life at SMU.  With a focus on assessment, student leadership development, and event planning and logistics, the Program and Assessment Coordinator collaborates with OCRL colleagues to achieve the goal of creating an inclusive community that celebrates intellectual curiosity, nourishes ethical decision making, cultivates deep spiritual exploration and supports faithful living in the world.  Reporting to the Chaplain and Minister to the University, the Program and Assessment Coordinator brings knowledge of student affairs administration to the ministry of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life.  Persons of any religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions:

    Create new multi-religious initiatives. Develop and implement programming that build religious literacy and/or multi-religious community in collaboration with Religious Life staff. Primary oversight for designated programs offered by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life. Developing and implementing leadership opportunities.

    Collaborates with OCRL clergy and campus ministry affiliates to insure logistical support of all programs and events including; space reservations, travel arrangements, catering and other related logistics.

    Primary assessment contact for the office. Work with the Chaplain to design, implement, analyze, and share assessment and evaluation efforts for the Division. Ensure all members of the department have resources to develop robust assessment for programs and services. Work with the collection and analysis of baseline data to identify trends and themes among affinity groups.

    Student Leadership Development, including identifying and mentoring student leaders.

    Regular evening work and occasional weekend work is required.

Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in Higher Education, Education, Religion/Theology, Social or Behavioral Science or related field is preferred.

Two years work experience is required, work experience may include graduate assistantships and/or internships.

Candidate must have experience managing complex events or logistical experience. Student development experience is required. Assessment experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have an awareness of current trends and literature in religious life on campuses and beyond.

Candidate’s ability to develop strong, professional advising relationships with individuals and groups of students is required.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required. Knowledge of Qualtrics and other assessment tools (SPSS, SAS and Excel) is preferred. Some experience in the utilization of databases, spreadsheets and other analysis tools is also preferred.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of timeStand
Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by May 11, 2022.

This position is open until filled. 

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Student Services
Organization: Student Life
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: No
Job Posting: Apr 22, 2022, 11:21:49 AM
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