Chaplain of the Colleges
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges' (i.e., "the Colleges") seek a dynamic, energetic and thoughtful individual to serve as Chaplain at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Serving a community of more than 3,000 people, the selected candidate will be the spiritual leader to campus, sitting on the President's senior staff and working in collaboration with students, faculty and staff from dozens of religious traditions as well as those who do not identify as having a religious practice. The right candidate must have a deep understanding of and commitment to interfaith inclusion; the skills necessary to continue to advance the Colleges' religious and pastoral offerings to meet the changing needs of the community; and the ability to seek and articulate intersections between the life of the mind and the life of the spirit.

This search is underway following the announcement that the Colleges' current Chaplain, who successfully served HWS for 20 years, will retire from the position at the end of the 2015 academic year. The tenure of Rev. Lesley Adams is marked by the kind of dedication to interfaith witness that the Colleges now seek in its next Chaplain. In the past two decades, the Colleges have created the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and established the Muslim Student Center and prayer room. Services for students, faculty and staff have also significantly increased with an emphasis on hands-on ministry that engages all members of the faith and non-faith communities.


The Colleges' Chaplain is responsible for the spiritual life of Hobart and William Smith Colleges providing pastoral care, programmatic leadership, spiritual direction and moral guidance for the HWS community.

The Chaplain is a member of the President's senior leadership team; reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Guide and coordinate students groups.
Coordinate the work of diverse spiritual and religious life leaders on campus.
Serve as pastor to all students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, regardless of religious affiliations.
Provide pastoral, spiritual and grief counseling to all members of the Colleges community.
Make the resources and services of the Colleges' Chaplain and Chapel Office available to the Hillel and other Colleges religious groups.
Work with various departments and offices of the Colleges to promote those values, convictions, and commitments expressed by the dedication of the Chaplain and the founding of the Colleges. Serve and work with various groups as requested, e.g. Division of Student Affairs, Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, health and counseling centers.
Accountable for administering the College Chapel to ensure availability to members of the Colleges both for religious and spiritual functions, musical events and other functions of the Colleges.
Provide invocations and benedictions at regularly scheduled and special events.
Conduct regular services in the Chapel according to the customs of the Colleges and the provisions of the Episcopal Church; preach regularly in the Chapel and provide for visiting preachers; conduct special services, e.g. baptisms, weddings, memorial services for members of the Colleges; provide counseling and instruction for them as appropriate.
Work with the Association for Episcopal Colleges and the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion.
Work with the Geneva area interfaith community.

M.Div. and ordination as an Episcopal priest is required as well as 5 to 10 years of parish and/or higher education experience is preferred.

The Colleges' Chaplain must have the ability and personality to relate comfortably to a sophisticated and diverse community.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be a thoughtful and effective communicator and spokesperson. More specifically, he or she must be an articulate spokesperson for the value of spiritual life(s) generally, able to express his or her faith with insight and clarity while understanding and respecting a variety of other ecumenical voices in the Colleges.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to nurture and develop programs and events which inclusively address the moral and spiritual needs of the various constituencies of the Colleges’ community.
The position of Colleges' Chaplain requires knowledge of college administration, as well as familiarity with the major issues in higher education.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be a sensitive and able administrator with the ability to manage the programs of the Colleges' chaplaincy, its affiliated ministers and budget.
The Colleges' Chaplain must have the ability to anticipate and react appropriately in dealing with matters which are highly confidential and complex.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to represent the Colleges effectively in situations of major importance to the present and future success of the Colleges.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be willing and able to work cooperatively with staff at all levels and as an integral part of the entire HWS community.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be able to exercise tact and diplomacy.
The Colleges' Chaplain must be willing to work, travel, and/or confer at various hours as required.

This is a full-time, 12 month, administrative, salaried/exempt, benefits-eligible position. Compensation will also include campus housing and utilities and the expectation that the Chaplain will live on campus. Additional hours may be required on occasion. The position description is not all inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2015. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three references online via Interfolio at:


If you have any questions regarding this position or about Interfolio, please contact Peggy Ferran, Associate Director of Human Resources at ferran@hws.edu. EOE

Posting Dates: 
01/08/2015 to 02/01/2015
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Church, Ministry
Contact Name: 
Peggy Ferran
Contact Email: