Columbia University — Assistant University Chaplain

Reporting to the University Chaplain/Associate Provost/Director of the Earl Hall Center. Working with and on behalf of the University Chaplain, the Assistant University Chaplain is responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive interfaith and multifaith programs to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the Columbia University community.

A. Develops, executes and evaluates interfaith and multifaith programs consistent with the mission of the Office of the University Chaplain and the Earl Hall Center. Develops programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students that relate their learning experiences to issues of faith, spirituality, religion, and social justice. Leads and facilitates discussions with students and with recognized student organizations about their spirituality, faith development, religious diversity, community building, interfaith concerns, and social justice commitments. Leads discussions at Office of the University Chaplain programs such as the Common Meals, Town Hall meetings and other open forums. Assists in the management of timely Town Hall meetings, memorial programs, and emergency Columbia community meetings held in the Earl Hall Center. Performs outreach to recognized student groups interested in religious life and in interfaith and intercultural activities. Meets with students interested in religious life and in the programs of the Office of the University Chaplain to discuss co-sponsorships. Assistant University Chaplain will lead weekly evening programs and provide pastoral care to students. Assistant University Chaplain will m the development of and the evaluation of programs led by the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellows and will provide recommendations to the University Chaplain for consideration .

B. Directs Common Meals, BraveSpace, Arts at Earl and Music at St. Paul’s. Oversees all special events sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain.

C. The Assistant University Chaplain will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellows and the Programming Associates which includes the coordination of weekly work assignments and providing training support. . Manages along with the Departmental Administrator and Earl Hall Religious Life Fellows the mandatory student employee training sessions each semester.

D. Oversees the administrative tasks of student programming for the Office of the University Chaplain’s Co-Sponsorship Fund and the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness; including with support from the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellows, the preparation of the Kraft Family Fund binder each semester. Provides advice and assists recognized student groups with the design and evaluation of programs co-sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain and the Kraft Family fund for the Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. Along with the Departmental Administrator and the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellows, assists student groups with planning of proposed events for co-sponsorship. Oversees programming budgets and financial transactions for expenses related to all co-sponsorship funds. Attends events co-sponsored by the Office of
the University Chaplain and Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. Writes evaluations of all programs attended for departmental records and, as appropriate, for the Kraft Binder. Works with the Departmental Administrator on the preparation and analysis of programming budget.

E. Attends monthly Religious Life Advisers meetings. Along with the Departmental Administrator, keeps Religious Life Advisers abreast of University policies and OUC practices and programs.

F. Other duties and projects as assigned.

Must be able to work evenings and weekend hours, may be asked on occasion to come in early, and cover emergencies as needed.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Master of Divinity degree from a member seminary or divinity school recognized by the Association of Theological Schools or an equivalent advanced degree in theology or religious studies from an accredited college/University, such as a certificate in Islamic studies or Islamic law (minimum 2 years); or degree in Chaplaincy with Islamic focus. Experience in interfaith work in a college or university setting.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications
A demonstrable commitment to fostering religious pluralism in a university setting. Ability to facilitate programs and discussion groups on religious, spiritual, and social texts and issues of diverse faiths required. Prior programming experience in a college or university setting required. The incumbent must be able to balance multiple priorities and projects, be sensitive in highly emotional situations, and consistently exercise discretion and excellent judgment. Must be a self-starter and be able to accept constructive feedback and direction. Strong computer skills are essential, including social media familiarity and poster design. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Must be able to work evenings and weekend hours. Experience with university or community leadership is strongly preferred. Respect for familiarity with services in houses of worship is essential.

Preferred Qualifications
Ordained, eligible for ordination, licensed or certified strongly preferred.
Experience with university or community leadership is strongly preferred.

Applicants must visit the CU jobs site to apply at: https://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=165575

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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