Colorado College — Chaplain and Associate Dean of Students

Colorado College (CC) is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Known for its “Block Plan,” Colorado College educates its students one course at a time through a highly engaged and immersive learning process. Creating a campus culture that honors community and is truly creative and innovative, valuing different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and opinions is central to the institutional mission and strategic priorities of the College. As a truly global learning center, Colorado College educates over 2,100 undergraduate students from 48 states and 29 foreign countries. Twenty-six percent of the student body are domestic students of color, seven percent are international, and approximately seven percent are first-generation college students.

The Chaplain and Associate Dean of Students (Chaplain/ADOS) provides leadership in the ethical, religious, and spiritual dimensions of community life, serving students, faculty, and staff at Colorado College. Partnering with campus and external colleagues, the Chaplain/ADOS develops and supports programs, activities, and conversations that foster a welcoming and supportive environment where religious and spiritual practice and exploration can occur. As a direct report to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, the Chaplain/ADOS is an integral member of the Division of Student Life and is responsible for actively supporting strategic goals of the Division and regularly participating in all-staff meetings, sponsored programs, and community building events. Promoting spiritual engagement as part of the human experience and raising the visibility and value of religious and spiritual practice, as well as inter- and intra-faith dialogue across all faith traditions are important responsibilities of the position. Along with other members of the Office of the Chaplain, the Chaplain/ADOS provides pastoral care to campus community members; leads or facilitates opportunities for prayer, reflection, meditation, worship, and retreats; supports the observance of religious holidays; and leads spiritual exercises at important moments in the life of the College, such as convocation and graduation.

As a community builder, the Chaplain/ADOS will serve as the College’s liaison to area churches and other religious institutions; will foster a shared vision, mutual respect, trust, and civil discourse among diverse religious and spiritual groups/individuals; and will organize and participate in movements for peace, service, and social justice with a focus on facilitating healing and advancing positive change among individuals, communities, and systems. The Chaplain/ADOS will administer a budget in excess of $100,000 (operating and endowment funds) and lead an Office currently consisting of one other chaplain, a coordinator for Jewish life, and office manager. This position is a 12 month, full-time, non-faculty appointment.

A master’s of divinity, or comparable professional degree, demonstrating training and experience in one or more faith traditions with evidence of proven leadership within a faith community, congregation, or campus setting is required. Additional knowledge, experience, and capabilities needed for success include: minimum of three years of supervisory, planning, and management experience; broad understanding of world religions and appreciation for individuals of all faiths, or none; ability to integrate spiritual engagement with all aspects of campus life and experience facilitating interreligious dialogue; demonstrated work with diverse constituencies (students, parents, faculty, staff, and community partners); evidence of advocacy and agency—leading and addressing challenging issues facing the immediate community and world at large; sophisticated understanding of social systems and change; ability to inspire trust and confidence, and to actively listen; keen desire to work closely with a residential student population including ability to work non-traditional hours; exemplary communication and interpersonal skills; unwavering commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and a leadership style characterized by openness, flexibility, and integrity.

Review of applications will begin March 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Colorado College – Chaplain and Associate Dean of the College
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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