Southern Methodist University — Program & Communications Coordinator (Office of the Chaplain & Religious Life)

Job Summary:
The Program and Communications Coordinator provides critical support to the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life (OCRL) at SMU, with particular focus on the Center for Faith & Learning. The Program and Communications Coordinator supports the OCRL staff (2 full time chaplains, 2 part time chaplains and the Director of the Center for Faith & Learning). Reporting to the Chaplain and Minister to the University and the Director of the Center for Faith & Learning, the coordinator manages the office environment and programmatic priorities to insure effective operations, communications and development. The coordinator will demonstrate a commitment to integrating intellectual and spiritual life.

Essential Functions:
Office Management – provides administrative support to OCRL and the Center for Faith & Learning. Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to) fields phone calls, orders and distributes office supplies, manages calendars for staff and various programs, prepares for and provides support for the Center for Faith & Learning Advisory Board.

Communications – manages social media accounts and department website, develops and distributes regular e-newsletters, communicates with students, university community, and external community to share information about programs and events, prepares and sends regular communications to donors.

Financial – reconciles expenses for the Chaplain, processes payment requests and manages gift transmittal and donor appreciation.

Faith & Learning Scholars – processes stipend payments, facilitates the application and selection process as well as communicating with the scholars and coordinates meeting spaces for each cohort.

Event Planning and Support – handles the location reservations, travel, catering and all other logistics for events hosted by the OCRL.

Occasional evening and weekend work is required for special events.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree is required.

Two-years work experience in office management/administrative support, communications or event planning is required.

A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills to build relationships successfully with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing, including proper usage of spelling and grammar. A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time-management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Must also demonstrate a strong focus on attention to detail. The ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing priorities is essential.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. Must also demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with others.

Candidate must possess a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and must be able to learn and adapt to new software/processes quickly.

Physical/Environmental Demands:
Reach above shoulder
Sit for long periods of time
Handle objects (dexterity)

Deadline to Apply:
Priority Consideration Date: September 3, 2021
Deadline to Apply: September 17, 2021

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.

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