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Human Resources

Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain

Date Opened: 6-17-2014
Closing Date: when filled

Southwestern University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain. Southwestern University stands in a United Methodist tradition of higher education.  The Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain promotes and supports a vibrant and inclusive community for students of all faiths.  The person in this position serves as a resource and support person for the University community on religious and spiritual matters.  This person leads and coordinates religious services and events, and provides comfort, care, counseling and advice to individuals, as appropriate.  This full-time, year round position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Life, but also may receive direction from the President and Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  directs Spiritual and Religious Life activities, but particularly student-focused activities, such as Destination Service, Interfaith Dialogue Group, Spiritual Life Retreat, and various Bible studies; presides over Chapel services during the academic year and special services (i.e. Candlelight, Homecoming, Ash Wednesday, Commencement, memorial services); provides religious, spiritual support and education to individual students; serves as a resource to the campus for religious and spiritual support and education; mentors students considering ministerial careers and serves as Advisor to the Pre-Ministry students; provides care, comfort and counseling to students in crisis (e.g. hospitalization, parent death); promotes and supports informed debate and social responsibility initiatives; creates and promotes the Chapel as a welcoming environment for a number of activities including religious services, intellectual discourse, and meditation; understands, embraces, and fosters Southwestern University’s Statement on Religious Diversity (found at: ); communicates and promotes religious holidays and observances to the campus community and is responsible for educating the Southwestern community about the Religious Holiday Policies of the University; serves as administrative liaison to the United Methodist Committee of the Board of Trustees; coordinates the Wilson Lectures; directs the scheduling of the Lois Perkins Chapel, including weddings, funerals, special services, etc. and ensures adherence to standard Southwestern University and United Methodist Church guidelines for such functions and use of the Chapel; assists and supports, as appropriate, student faith-based organizations; develops and maintains cooperative relationships with student, faculty and staff; performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Masters degree in Theology; proven ability to relate to today’s college students; understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including demonstrated ability to collaborate with a liberal arts faculty and all other University constituents; demonstrated ability to unite the various constituencies represented within the University community; demonstrated record of being flexible and having knowledge, understanding, acceptance, and a willingness to serve and interact with all individuals without regard to sex, race, religion, age, disability national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or any other impermissible factor; demonstrated record of an open, collegial management style; ability to be creative and engage others in creative conversations; excellent computer skills utilizing software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and mainframe database systems such as Datatel; demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic; willingness to adhere to the University’s core values; possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written); have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community; demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external University constituents; ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce a reliable work product; proven ability to perform well in stressful situations; ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation; ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule.

Preferred qualifications:  Earned doctorate of ministry or Ph.D.; experience as a United Methodist Church clergy member with pastoral duties within an assigned church or in other administrative capacities within the conference; ability to engage and work effectively and collaboratively with the United Methodist Church and its various constituencies; experience as a chaplain of an institution of higher learning or other similar non-profit institution; demonstrated commitment to providing service in the community; ability and qualifications to teach at the university level.

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, three weeks of vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.   Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

Interested persons may submit a letter of interest; resume; the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references; and salary history and expectation to: Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain, Job #584, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX, 78627-0770, or FAX:  512-863-1880, or e-mail to:  Nominations should be submitted with a brief cover letter from the nominator to the same address/contact information noted above.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered. Please, no third party submissions. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer.  EOE/M/F

Posted June 17, 2014.