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Interim Chaplain for Ministry

Takoma Park, MD
Interim Chaplain for Ministry
Office of Campus Ministries
Position is available immediately and is open until filled

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

Purpose of Job:
The incumbent in this poisition furthers Washington Adventist University’s mission and vision by with specific duties centered on the direction and coordination of the religious activities of the University. In this role, the Chaplain of Ministry works directly under the Interim Vice President of Ministry.

  • Directs University's spiritual program by developing short-term and long-range goals and objectives; provides information on strategies; recommends strategies; and implements directives.
  • Directs and assists in planning University’s spiritual activities by overseeing Campus Ministries, currently comprised of some 15 ministries.
  • Promotes spirituality by coordinating worship activities; including the University’s weekly Wednesday morning chapel service, Friday evening worship services, and University’s Sabbath School program; participates in student activities; instructs biblical courses and studies; presents programs and services to student groups, staff, and faculty; engaging in interfaith, community, civic, educational, and recreational activities.
  • Represents spiritual interests of students by remaining accessible; advises the University’s administration and the pastoral staff on spiritual matters; serves on committees as assigned; upholds organizational values at various levels, both on and off campus.
  • Serves as liaison between the University and Sligo Church through the integration and communication of ministry activities.
  • Identifies individual student or group ministry needs through assessment and evaluation; develops and coordinates necessary responses to address these needs.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, hiring, and training new staff; developing work assignments; coaching, counseling, and rewarding or disciplines staff; plans, monitors, and appraises job results.
  • In coordination with Financial Administration, achieves financial objectives by assisting in the preparation of an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, initiating corrective actions, and participating in fund raising activities.
  • Provides regular information to the University administration by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trends; remains accessible; answers questions and requests.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key community and educational partners in addressing the spiritual needs of the campus family.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational and spiritual workshops; develops personal networks; participates in professional societies.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and required meetings (including weekly Convocation)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in religion.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
  • Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally up to 75% of time.
This full-time temporary position is not eligible for benefits

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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