The University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement provides strategic leadership for a comprehensive vision for supporting religious and spiritual life and advancing multifaith understanding at Elon. The Chaplain/Dean upholds the value placed on spiritual development, alongside intellectual and social development, as an essential part of Elon's educational program. The Chaplain/Dean leads the council of chaplains, supervises the Associate Chaplain and Director of the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and oversees the programmatic and administrative aspects of the Center as well fundraising and administration for the related Jewish Life and Catholic Life programs.
Responsibilities include providing pastoral care for the university community, leadership for religious diversity and multifaith understanding, administrative and programmatic oversight for religious and spiritual life, and representation of the university among community religious leaders. The Chaplain/Dean provides strategic leadership within the Division of Student Life, working collaboratively with all departments and programs, and maintains close working relationships with the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society and the academic Religious Studies department.
The Chaplain/Dean reports to the Vice President for Student Life and is a senior leader in the Division of Student Life, serving as member of the vice president's senior leadership team and the division leadership team, and representing Student Life on divisional and university committees. The Chaplain/Dean holds faculty rank and has open-door access to the President.
Master of divinity degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution required; doctor of ministry/divinity/philosophy or other terminal degree preferred
Ordination or its equivalent standing in a religious/spiritual tradition
Special Skills Or Experience:
Demonstrated transformational leadership skills
Demonstrated experience with leading multifaith/interfaith engagement and communities
Experience supporting faith communities from varying religious traditions
Experience with engaged learning and high impact practices
Ability to apply theory to practice, including student development, spiritual identity formation, learning theory, leadership, and group dynamics
Intercultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to articulate a vision and take steps necessary to actualize organizational goals
Strong skills with administrative writing, interpersonal communication, and presenting
Demonstrated experience building partnerships and relating effectively with diverse constituents including students, faculty, senior staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and leaders in the profession
Experience with staff supervision and development, strategic planning, assessment and evaluation, and data-driven decision making
Effective crisis and risk management skills
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time Regular
Length Of Experience:
10+ years of progressive leadership experience in college/university ministry, at least five of which must be at the level of director or above
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Pastoral Care and Leadership
Serve as a pastor to the faculty, staff, and students in moments of pain, loss, crisis, and joy. Offer timely prayer, worship, and reflection opportunities to mark campus and family events
Lead the team of Chaplains and other affiliate ministers to maintain good working relationships and collegial productivity; review, facilitate, and onboard new community ministries as needed, overseeing their work on campus with the Associate Chaplain and Director of the Truitt Center
Facilitate and deliver public prayers for university events, including commencements and convocations, faculty meetings, awards and retirement banquets, and Board of Trustees meetings.
Administer the Chaplain's Discretionary Fund to assist those in financial need; regularly invite the community to contribute to the Fund
Offer grief resources to the campus as needed (support, individual pastoral care, education, etc.) and preside at
Internal Number: 7343
About Elon University
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The 446 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 79 percent ranks in the top six percent in the nation.
Elon’s 6,277 undergraduate and 811 graduate students come from 48 states and 47 other countries. About 24 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation. Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Stud...ent Success.” Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences and service learning.
Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and 78 percent of students have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.