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Director, Religious and Spiritual Life & Protestant Chaplain

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs

The Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Protestant Chaplain at Bucknell University is a student-centered, creative, and thoughtful leader who will provide direction for spiritual and religious life within the University.

This position resides within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, which seeks to develop an inclusive religious and spiritual community that complements the overall academic mission of the University. This specific mission of this office is to put into practice through individual and community opportunities to worship, learn, explore, and examine a variety of religious traditions. Fostering a supportive environment, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life works to allow members of the Bucknell community to deepen the understanding of one's own spiritual and cultural traditions while encouraging respect and civil discourse among diverse religious groups and individuals.

The position is a full-time, twelve month appointment reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion.

This position requires evening and weekend work.

Job Duties - 
- Responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive interfaith and multifaith programs that champion the religious and spiritual needs of the Bucknell University community.
- Supervise and lead a team that supports Religious and Spiritual Life on campus including the Chaplain for the Jewish Community, Chaplain for the Muslim Community, and the Chaplain for the Catholic Community, as well as other personnel in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
- Create, develop, and maintain partnerships with community-focused religious and spiritual communities and campus-specific non-Bucknell programs.
- Build a cohesive team among the Religious and Spiritual Life staff and facilitate collaborations needed to accomplish office goals and priorities.
- Foster the development of co-curricular programming.
- Lead ongoing strategic planning and assessment processes for Religious and Spiritual Life.
- Oversee the management of the Rooke Chapel, Fellowship House.
- Manage the fiscal and budgetary process for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Protestant & Interfaith:
- Plan and lead rich, creative, and diverse Interdenominational Christian worship services with a focus on students to include traditional, global, and other diverse services.
- Recruit and involve student participation and representation in the planning, execution, and evaluation of worship services.
- Provide pastoral care and counseling to students, faculty, staff, and others as appropriate.
- Promote the coordination of on-campus activities of advisers to religious groups to engage in ecumenical and interfaith discussions and activities.
- Work to enhance understanding between members of different religious faiths, deepen appreciation for religious diversity, and increase cooperation between adherents of different religious communities.
- Develop and host a variety of innovative programs for education at Bucknell regarding religious, spiritual, and ethical values. Encourage the expression of religious and moral convictions in compassionate service to others, seeking to involve students in civic engagement opportunities.
- Collaborate with offices within the division of Student Affairs and other University departments to ensure cohesive programming and services.
- Participate as needed in various ceremonial occasions of the University (providing prayers of invocation, benediction, etc.).
- Create welcoming and inclusive environments and programming in the Rooke Chapel, Fellowship House, Berelson Center for Jewish Life, Newman House, and the Muslim Community Space.

Departmental and Divisional Responsibilities:
- Assist with the management of Diversity and Inclusion departmental projects, strategic planning and staff development.
- Represent the Religious and Spiritual Life team, Diversity and Inclusion, and division of Student Affairs by serving on University committees.
- Attend and actively participate in office, departmental, and divisional staff meetings, retreats, and trainings.
- Maintain a high degree of visibility to students, faculty, and staff.
- Manage complex and sensitive issues with compassion and confidentiality.
- Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications - 
- Master of Divinity in Theology, Religious Studies, Higher Education, or a related field.
- Minimum of three years of experience with inter-religious work in the context of serving young adults or in a higher education environment and student programming (or the equivalent combination of the two).
- Previous supervisory experience and proven leadership.
- Prior experience in project development, program planning, implementation, and assessment.
- Previous experience leading worship services, retreats, educational workshops, or other experiences, with particular attention to emerging adults.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills.
- Dedicated commitment to student growth and development.
- Ability to work collaboratively and successfully across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and experience ministering in a multicultural and multi-denominational contexts.
- Ability to effectively interface with a wide variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, prospective students, parents, alumni, and community members.
- Ordination (or similar credentialing) in a Protestant religious tradition.

Preferred Qualifications - 
- Doctor of Divinity in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related field.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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