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University Chaplain

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title: University Chaplain
Department: Center for Student Life
Reports to: Vice President, Center for Student Life
FLSA Status: Exempt

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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Directs University’s spiritual programs 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.
  • Conducts periodic reviews and updates of the university Spiritual Master Plan.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates the university service days as well as other community service outreach activities.
  • Oversees the university food and basic needs pantry and supervises the pantry student employees.
  • 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.
  • Plans and coordinates all major university DEI initiatives to include chairing a university diversity committee and completing the MICUA annual diversity survey.
  • Supervises the Office of Ministry Administrative Assistant.
  • Attends University events and required meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Directly supervises student ministry 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:
· Bachelor’s degree in Theology (or a related field). Masters preferred.
· 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 student-centered, innovative, and an excellent listener and communicator, with exceptional interpersonal skills
· Must be able to exhibit flexibility in schedule and work weekends and evenings

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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