The Program Coordinator for Student Religious Life and Leadership is part of the Office of Religious Life in the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor to the administrative, programmatic, and pastoral responsibilities of the office. The Program Coordinator for Student Religious Life and Leadership will oversee and advise several student religious life leaders and student religious life organizations; assist in developing student leadership training programs from a religious/spiritual perspective that complement training offered by the Office of the Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service; support the Student Advisory Board of the Holocaust Lecture Series; support interfaith programs, including the Interfaith Leaders Fellowship; develop campus-wide programming related to inclusion, identity, and social justice and collaborative programming with campus partners; and participate in administration of the department. Reporting directly to the University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, the Program Coordinator for Student Religious Life will build collaborative partnerships with offices, organizations, and groups at Vanderbilt and beyond campus in order to advance spirituality, diversity, multicultural learning, and inclusive excellence.
The Office of Religious Life leads spiritual and religious growth opportunities for students and other Vanderbilt community members; encourages the ongoing development of interfaith literacy and dialogue; promotes reflection on ethical questions and issues of values and character; and prepares students to lead in a religiously pluralistic world.
The Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE) has as its mission to work in partnership with members of the Provost Office and Vanderbilt's colleges/schools to ensure that we advance the success and affirmation of the Vanderbilt community. The Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence oversees and establishes strategic initiatives to promote (1) academic advancement, (2) belonging and inclusivity, and (3) cultural awareness in both education and practice for all students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. The Office works to assess the progress of inclusive excellence across all areas of Academic Affairs. The Office works with the Deans' Diversity Designates to advocate for inclusive excellence across the schools and colleges. The Office serves as an umbrella structure for the Identity Centers (i.e., the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the K.C. Potter Center (LGBTQI Life), the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, and the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life) to support all students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. The office partners with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to provide education to disrupt everyday bias within the processes and practices of the university.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversight of Religious Life Organizations
Advise student religious life organizations that do not have professional staff support provided by an agency of governance (for example, the Muslim Student Association, Vandy Karma, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the Secular Student Society, and others) in the development and implementation of organizational goals and missions.
Attend student religious life organization meetings as needed to establish programming calendars for the academic year.
Assist student religious life organization executive boards in the management of their organizations and execution of programming initiatives.
Advise student religious life organizations and assist students with planning and executing major events sponsored by those student religious life organizations.
Inform students in a timely manner of changes to student organization policies and procedures.
Provide monthly budget reports with fund balances and transactions for each student organization.
Ensure that all religious organizations and their professional representatives comply with the University's policy on solicitation and religious activities, as well as the University's policy on nondiscrimination.
Student Leadership Development
Support student initiatives regarding religious and spiritual development and leadership.
Develop and lead training events student religious life leaders and student religious life organizations.
Provide guidance to the Student Advisory Board of the Holocaust Lecture Series and its partnerships with campus and community organizations.
Provide advocacy and support students, faculty, and staff of various religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives, along with other Religious Life staff and affiliate chaplains, for individuals and student groups including advising and referral, as appropriate, on religious issues and biasrelated incidents.
Collaborative Programming and Partnerships
Create collaborative programing with campus partners, especially other offices in the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence and relevant academic departments.
Facilitate informal and formal programs and discussions that address relevant and pertinent issues centered on various religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives along with diversity, inclusion, identity, and social justice.
Office Leadership and Management
Serve as a liaison to religious and spiritual life organizations, including interfacing with campus groups, programs, or departments serving students, faculty, staff, and/or alumni of particular religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives.
Build relationships with Nashville communities of faith to enable connection and support for students, faculty, and staff beyond campus.
Supervise Divinity School interns as appropriate, providing clear performance expectations, effective feedback, and development opportunities.
Supervise financial management of student organization accounts and work with the Director to set department budget and management of expenses.
Help provide vision, leadership, and oversight for Religious Life at Vanderbilt.
Support implementation of an annual assessment plan which aligns with divisional and University strategic priorities and evaluate performance of the Office of Religious Life; make data-driven decisions to inform goals and programs.
Assess student needs and interests, as well as current trends in the fields of student development, spiritual development, and interfaith engagement to provide creative and innovative programs for students to forward the mission and strategic priorities of the Office of Religious Life and the Provost's Office of Inclusive Excellence.
Refine, develop, assess, and report student learning outcomes for relevant office programs and functions.
Professional Obligations and Development
Maintain membership with at least one national professional higher education chaplaincy organization.
Foster and maintain relationships with various religious communities throughout the city of Nashville and, when possible, engage in community service activities.
Keep aware of current social trends, movements, controversies, and directions in order to make relevant commentary and interface between matters of faith and culture.
Embody the professional code and conduct of a religious professional by maintaining an active connection with a sending agency or body of ordination.
Divisional and University Functions
Serve on divisional committees and working groups to enrich the experience and resources available to staff across the division.
Participate in division wide events as needed to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly.
Maintain an understanding of institutional and departmental financial policies related to areas such as travel, procurement, expense, and time reporting to ensure compliance and proper stewardship of university resources.
Demonstrate a willingness to support colleagues across the division in order to encourage the implementation or fulfillment of divisional goals and strategic priorities.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in a relevant field is necessary.
Certificate, advanced coursework, and/or academic background in Muslim religious experience is strongly preferred.
A Master of Divinity (MDiv) or equivalent is strongly preferred.
Successful completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a center accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is strongly preferred.
At least twelve months of relevant experience is necessary.
Acknowledgement and acceptance of diverse views of religion and faith is necessary.
Knowledge about and involvement with Muslim religious experience is strongly preferred.
Knowledge about and involvement with various religious or spiritual perspectives is strongly preferred.
Competency working with students of different cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating programs, specifically those focused on spirituality, diversity, multicultural learning, social justice, and inclusive excellence is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience with completing projects from inception to implementation is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience with cultivating collaborative interpersonal relationships with internal and external constituencies is strongly preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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