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University Chaplain

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title:  University Chaplain
Department: Center for Student Services
Reports to: Vice President Center for Student Services
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.
The University Chaplain directs the University’s spiritual life, performs religious and spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as authorized, and provides spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to students and employees.   The leader in this position plays a collaborative and inclusive role to implement and foster the spiritual development of the University community.  The chaplain will bring energy and excitement to the work while interacting and cooperating at all levels on campus in order to minister effectively to the entire University community.  The chaplain guides the campus ministry programs to enhance student development and leadership, partner with the Sligo Church pastoral staff to establish a strong sense of community across all campus constituencies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Directs University’s spiritual program by developing short-term and long-range goals and objectives; provides information on, recommends and implements strategies and directives.
  • Directs and assists in planning University spiritual activities for the spiritual develop of university students.
  • Promotes spirituality by coordinating worship activities; including the University’s weekly Wednesday morning convocation, Friday evening worship services, and University Sabbath worship program; participates in student activities; instructs biblical 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 administration and the pastoral staff at Sligo on spiritual matters; serves on committees as assigned; upholds organizational values at various levels, both on and off campus.
  • Serves as liaison between University and Sligo Church through the integration and communication of ministry activities.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key community and educational partners in addressing the spiritual needs for campus life.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and required meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities                                               
Directly supervises student leaders. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training of student leaders; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience                                                  
  • Master’s degree in Theology (or a related field)
  • At least five years of pastoral experience, preferably in a higher education setting
  • A baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good standing.
  • Must be a student-centered, innovator, and an excellent listener and communicator, with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to exhibit flexibility in schedule and work weekends and evenings.
KEY COMPETENCIES                                              
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Business Acumen - Aligns work with strategic goals.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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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