Elon University seeks an experienced and energetic professional and leader as Associate Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, whose strengths and skills will help to further develop the multi-faith mission of the University and further broaden and deepen the experience of Numen Lumen (intellectual light and spiritual light, the University’s motto) in the residential campus and community. With historic ties to the United Church of Christ, whose values inform our multi-faith initiative as well as our commitment to the development of mind, body, and spirit in our community, Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty, staff and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at http://www.elon.edu.
In April 2013, Elon dedicated the Numen Lumen Pavilion, a state of the art multi-faith facility which houses the Chaplain’s offices and the programmatic Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the offices of all religious life affiliates and professionals, as well as the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society. The Numen Lumen Pavilion is also home to 17 religious, spiritual, and secular student groups, 12 full-time professionals, 7 part-time religious professionals and affiliates, and a large array of related spaces and programs. Additionally, the University operates the Newman Center at Holland House, the newly opened Sklut Hillel Center, and Holt Chapel. The major goals of the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual life are to afford opportunities to deeply root and explore traditions, understand and engage those of other traditions, and to interact in ways that enable lives of reconciliation.
The Associate Chaplain, in partnership with the University Chaplain, is pastor to the community, facilitator of multi-faith and interfaith programming and dialogue, coordinator of the student multi-faith leadership program, advocate for the relationship of spiritual life and service, and a leader in growing religious diversity at Elon University. The Associate Chaplain reports to the University Chaplain, is the primary contact for student religious and spiritual life on campus, and is an active member of the division of student life.
The ideal candidate must have experience in programming for students and the larger intellectual and multi-faith community, pastoral and theological depth, the ability to form appropriate and caring relationships with a wide variety of students and campus community members, maturity, and skills in communication. This position requires ordination in religious leadership and an accredited M.Div or their equivalents, and demonstrated understanding of the nature and culture of a University context.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume or CV, names and contact information for three references, and a philosophy of multi-faith chaplaincy. Priority will be given to applications submitted by February 5, 2014. Preferred position start date is June 2014. Application may be submitted at https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/2018.
More information, as well as a University prospectus, including a history of religious and spiritual life at Elon, is located at www.elon.edu/rellife. Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes applicants from underrepresented groups.