Columbia University — Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow

The Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow program is a 12-month appointment for one year with full benefits and salary. It is an opportunity for a seminary graduate (or its equivalent depending on candidate’s historic faith tradition) interested in college or university chaplaincy to receive training and supervision in the Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University. The appointment will give the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow the opportunity to discern vocational identity, claim ministerial authority, receive weekly supervision including theological reflection, and develop increased competence for college or university chaplaincy by facilitating programming, offering counseling, and working in an intercultural and interfaith environment.

The Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow will work directly with the University Chaplain/Associate Provost/Director of Earl Hall Center. Under this supervision he/she will support the multi-faith and interfaith priorities of the Office of the University Chaplain/Earl Hall Center in the development and implementation of comprehensive programming to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the Columbia University community. The incumbent will lead weekly evening programs, provide pastoral care/confidential counseling to students; may lead bereavement, sexual identity, spirituality and other pastoral care groups; manage workshops and study groups on sacred texts; mentor and conduct theological reflection with individual students.

A complete job description will be provided during interview.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Master of Divinity degree from a member seminary, divinity, or Rabbinical 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 an Islamic focus.

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

At least two years’ experience in interfaith work and/or a background in higher education, and/or community leadership (experience prior to advanced degree considered). Must work evening hours and be available for some weekend hours. Must be able to be on-call and respond to university emergencies. 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 both a team player and a self-starter. Strong computer skills are essential. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral are required.

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