Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

Date Posted: March 18, 2024
Hours Per Week: 40
Cole Memorial Chapel
Norton, MA, USA
Job Type: Other Professional Ministry Positions
Other Details

Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life
FLSA: ExemptJob
Type: Full-Time
Staff Term: 10 Months
Staff Work Schedule (hours/dates): Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Position Type: Staff
Department: Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life will provide a transformative liberal arts education for intellectually curious students in a collaborative, academically vibrant residential community that values a diverse world. The Assistant Director is responsible for developing and facilitating interfaith initiatives for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with and advise (both formally and informally) religiously affiliated student groups including, but not limited to Wheaton Hillel, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, the Muslim Students Association, Interfaith House, the South Asian Students Initiative, and Newman Catholic Student Association student groups to implement and promote celebrations for religious holidays including, but not limited to Eid, Diwali, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, and Holi
  • Respond to campus and community bias events with compassionate educational dialogue and/or awareness programs as needed; plan, market, and execute community vigils/memorials/pastoral events as needed in response to local, national, or international events; Plan vigils and other crisis response for the community following campus, national and/or global tragedies to help participants to mourn and process them, including one to mark the anniversary of 9/11and Holocaust Day of Remembrance
  • Plan, execute, market, and assess programs that foster religious literacy and facilitate interfaith dialogue. Coordinate, develop, facilitate, and assess programs that center on religious and spiritual wellness. Provide program support for major campus programs in conjunction with the Student Activities staff and spiritual wellness initiatives with Residence Life
  • Supervise the Interfaith Engagement Intern and the broader work of the Interfaith Council and Interfaith House to establish and convene an interfaith council of student leaders from different faith and spiritual traditions. With the help of the Interfaith Engagement Coordinator, students in the council should collaborate to identify disparities in interfaith education on campus and plan events to address the same. This may include holding campus-wide discussions, inviting guest speakers, and organizing informal mixers between and beyond different faith groups on campus; and assess programs; Collaborate with the interfaith student intern to develop and implement 1-2 anti-bias and/or “icons” workshops per semester. The workshops should promote interfaith literacy, interfaith dialogue, the exploration of campus members’ own spirituality and values, and challenge religion-based discrimination; and assess programs; notify the campus each semester about the Interfaith Calendar, and working with other college operations (ie. Dining and Housing) to ensure religious accommodations are met when possible
  • Collaborate with campus constituents including but not limited to Counseling and Health, Athletics and Recreation, Academic Advising, Global Education, Student Activities, the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact, etc. pursuant to the goals of religious and spiritual wellness
  • Represent RSL on various committees; such as DEAL Education & Programming, the Hybrid and Remote Learning Resources Team, the Wellness Committee, etc; partnership with local religious institutions and leadership
  • Other Duties – Performs all other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for the role.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree | Religious Studies/Religion/Ministry preferred
  • Level of Experience: 1 – 3 years
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the major world religions, Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic, and familiarity with contemporary approaches to spiritual life is required
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with diverse religious communities is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills is required
  • Strong problem-solving skills are required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree | Religious Studies/Religion/Ministry
  • Have high social and emotional intelligence
  • Have the ability to meet deadlines and self-motivate, as well as the willingness to take initiative
  • Having a sense of humor and flexibility would be helpful

Compensation and Benefits

To attract and retain the most talented individuals, Wheaton College maintains a flexible and competitive staff compensation and benefits program.

When determining and establishing hiring rates or recruitment ranges for a position, the College considers a number of factors including the budget for the position, the range of the grade, the external market for the position or similar positions, level and scope of responsibilities, required education, skills and relevant experience as well as internal equity. All salary offers must have the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with the qualifications, education and experience.

Physical Demands

Office environment/no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands

ADA Statement:

Individuals must possess these knowledges, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

EEO Statement

Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich an intellectually diverse learning environment, the Department and the College actively encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Wheaton’s core belief is that valuing diversity is pivotal to personal development, intellectual expansion, and societal equity. Our community is united by a shared dedication to equity and access that is essential to providing a transformative education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Contact(s): Office of Human Resources

Contact Phone/Extension: 508-286-8206

Email: [email protected]

Contact Fax Special Instructions to Candidates:

The federal government and the state of Massachusetts have made the decision to end the COVID-19 public health emergency. Effective June 1, 2023, the college will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for members of our community. Rather, we strongly recommend that everyone stay up to date on their vaccinations, including boosters, as recommended by their health care provider.

While we will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations, we strongly encourage members of our campus community to adhere to public health recommendations for vaccination to protect against COVID-19, as well as influenza and other diseases.

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