Vice President of Ministry

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 06-07-2018
Office of Campus Ministries

Position is open until filled

For best consideration, apply by June 30, 2018

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 Vice President of Ministry 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 Vice President 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 Vice President guides the Campus Ministry staff to foster student development and leadership, and collaborates with the Office of Student Life to strengthen a sense of community across all campus constituencies.

  • 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 by overseeing student-led campus ministries.
  • Promotes spirituality by coordinating worship activities; including the University’s weekly Wednesday morning chapel service, Friday evening worship services, and University Sabbath worship 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 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 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 of the campus family.
  • May teach one class in the Department of Religion per semester, as assigned and approved.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and required meetings 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience                                                  
  • Master’s degree in Theology (or a related field)
  • At least five years pastoral experience, preferrably in a higher education setting
  • A baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good standing.
  • Must be a 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.
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.

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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