Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to societal challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The Stanford community includes approximately 7,000 undergraduates, 9,000 graduate students, 2,000 faculty and over 12,000 staff. The University has a fundamental mission of teaching, research, and learning, and has produced numerous Nobel Laureates and other leaders in every field of science, art, education and business.
Stanford University is seeking to strengthen support for Muslim students on campus. Understanding the vital role religion and spirituality have in student wellbeing and success, the Office for Religious Life is seeking an Interim Advisor for Muslim Life to facilitate small group study, guide and counsel students, and coordinate weekly programming through the Office for Religious Life and in conjunction with the Muslim Student Union.
The organized Muslim community at Stanford has a history that dates back to the 1950s when the first Islamic Society at Stanford University (ISSU) was formed to promote cultural and social events for its members. In the 1990s a wave of second generation Muslim students entered the university and expanded the focus of the organization. To fulfill their goals, a host of new organizations grew out of the ISSU in the mid 90s including the Muslim Student Awareness Network, the Turkish Student Association, and Pakistanis at Stanford, among many others. Through this decade, the organizations have continued to grow and have strengthened their presence on campus to accommodate the increased interest in the Muslim world and the energy of its growing constituencies. Today both the Office for Religious Life (ORL) and the Markaz cultural center serve Muslim students.
Stanford University seeks qualified candidates for the position of Interim Advisor for Muslim Life. This position will report to the Director of Student Engagement in the Office for Religious Life and supervision will be managed by the Dean for Religious Life. This is a 20 hour a week position from February through June of 2020.
The Interim Advisor for Muslim Life will serve the campus community along with the staff of ORL in the areas of chaplaincy, education, weekly programs, and spiritual well-being. The Interim Advisor for Muslim Life should be knowledgeable about Muslim life and traditions and able to guide community members who have questions regarding their own belief and faith practices. Working primarily with students, the Interim Advisor for Muslim Life will lead a weekly study on Islamic texts and/or contemporary life, will attend Friday prayers, offer office hours for counseling, and facilitate monthly community gatherings. Although specifically hired to work with Muslim students, the Interim Advisor for Muslim Life will work with all members of the campus - students, staff, faculty and alumni. Working in a multifaith model for religious life, the Interim Advisor for Muslim Life should be intentionally open and thoughtful in working with those of faiths different from themselves, and with those who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious' or as having no religious affiliation.
Facilitate and lead a weekly gathering with students.
Facilitate monthly Muslim community gatherings in coordination with ORL and the Muslim Student Union.
Attend weekly Friday prayers and assist student leaders as needed.
Provide thoughtful pastoral care and counseling to students regarding emotional, religious, educational, social, vocational and civic issues.
Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings with ORL and collaborate on projects and programs as appropriate.
Represent ORL at campus events and programs.
Other duties may also be assigned. Minimum Requirements: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Acute pastoral sensitivity and discretion.
Experience in a role of religious leadership.
Demonstrated effectiveness in leading small group studies, facilitating public prayer, and in engaging presentations of religious, spiritual and societal questions and challenges.
Enthusiasm and capacity for working imaginatively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and religious traditions, particularly students.
Demonstrated effectiveness in counsel, support, and inspiration of young adults.
Understanding and fluidity with diverse Muslim traditions and practices and a familiarity and openness to other religious traditions.
Ability to work independently, complete assignments, accomplish administrative tasks, and exercise sound judgment in determining priorities.
Working Conditions: May work evenings and weekends.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
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