Medford, Middlesex County
Mar 17, 2014

This is a 1 year limited appointment position with potential for renewal. 

The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community on all of Tufts' three campuses. The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multifaith engagement within Tufts' tradition of progressive thought in education. Reporting to the President, the University Chaplain leads the University Chaplaincy team, which currently includes four associate chaplains (Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant); administrative, program, and music staff; chaplain interns; and student workers. The University Chaplaincy works with roughly 20 campus religious and philosophical communities that offer over 18 weekly gatherings and many special programs. Beyond its work supporting these communities, the University Chaplaincy offers its own tradition-specific and interfaith programming and services for the whole university. The department also manages the care and use of Goddard Chapel, the Granoff Family Hillel Center, and the Interfaith Center.

Reporting to the Tufts University Chaplain, the Program and Outreach Specialist serves as the main programmatic and communications assistant to the University Chaplain for the provision of tradition-specific and interfaith programs and services for the Tufts University community. Core duties involve outreach to and community building with, among, and beyond campus religious and philosophical communities; managing public relations and marketing strategies for the University Chaplaincy to ensure high visibility, engagement, and integration across the university community and beyond; and coordinating details of and staffing University Chaplaincy meetings and programs. University Chaplaincy programs serve Tufts undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, friends of the university, and community members. The Program and Outreach Specialist works closely with the University Chaplain to implement the programmatic vision of the University Chaplaincy by coordinating all details of University Chaplaincy programs to ensure successful achievement of the program goals. The Program and Outreach Specialist assists the University Chaplain by planning, implementing, and assessing meetings, receptions, and meals; vigils and celebrations; lectures, forums, and other educational programs; musical, artistic, and cultural programming; service and social justice initiatives; conferences and potentially educational travel experiences.

Examples of programs the Program and Outreach Specialist may help plan:
CAFÉ pre-orientation program
Matriculation, Orientation, and Fall Start Up programs
Parents Weekend, Homecoming, and Community Day programs
Outreach presentations and resource fairs
Interfaith Student Council meetings and programs
Heritage month collaborations (Asian American, Black, Latino/a, LGBTQ, Women)
Holiday programs (9/11, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays, MLK, Spring Holidays, Earth Day)
Russell Lecture and Dinner
Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration
Commencement/Alumni Reunion programs
University Chaplaincy Advancement programs
Memorial services
Interfaith vigils in response to current events
Interfaith retreats
Interfaith educational programs
Interfaith Service Days and social justice projects
Interfaith dialogue programs
Interfaith conferences
Advisory Board meetings, local religious leader meetings, student committee meetings

Basic Requirements:


• Bachelor's degree
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience in communications and event planning work, which may include internships and student leadership positions. Demonstrated successful leadership in interfaith initiatives
• Valid driver's license
• Strong computing skills, especially with regard to creative communications and social media strategies in a university environment (e.g., Flickr, Vimeo, blogs, etc.). Must be proficient in website management, social networking, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Office, web-based productivity tools (calendars, surveys/polls, invitation software, e-commerce, etc.), and preferably graphic design and desktop publishing applications
• Must successfully complete all appropriate background checks as required

Preferred Qualifications:

• Recent university graduate, Tufts preferred
• Photography and videography skills
• Applicants with backgrounds in traditions not currently represented among the chaplaincy team and/or interest in the intersections of religions and philosophies with race/ethnicity are especially encouraged to apply

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This is a 12-month, full-time exempt position that requires frequent evening, weekend, and holiday religious work/service. This position is on-call 24 hours a day and may be required to respond to emergency situations. Availability and prompt responsiveness by phone and email are of great importance. Must consult with the University Chaplain in advance of periods of unavailability and before planning vacations/time away; vacations/time away should ordinarily be scheduled during academic recesses. Travel to all three campuses is expected.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.