Wellesley College is an exceptionally diverse place. The presence of College Chaplains and Affiliate Chaplains, rooted in a variety of religious traditions, supports this diverse population of students in navigating the joys and challenges of being part of an inclusive campus community. The Black Women’s Ministry Affiliate Chaplain, as a member of the ORSL team, serves the spiritual and pastoral needs of Christian students of African descent. The Black Women’s Ministry Affiliate Chaplain creates ecumenical opportunities, provides spiritual guidance, and pastoral counseling across Christian denominations, practices, and doctrines.
The Black Women’s Ministry Affiliate Chaplain will address the needs of a complex and diverse population of Christian students of African descent in a multicultural environment and enable this diversity to thrive. The Black Women’s Ministry Affiliate Chaplain will have the ability to connect Christian tradition, culture, and theology with a contemporary context in a way that is authentic and accessible, in order to nourish students with a wide range of needs, and identities. Applicants must demonstrate a progressive ideology accepting of all cultural differences, sexual orientation, gender identities, and embody tolerance, while creating a welcoming space for all students.
8 hours a week during the academic year
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Religious Services: In collaboration with Black Women’s Ministry student leaders, oversees and promotes participation in weekly worship, cultivates student leadership, provides spiritual reflection and content
Pastoral Care and Counseling: Provides religious and personal guidance to students, and serves as a regular pastoral presence
Religious Education: In collaboration with Black Women’s Ministry student leaders, promotes appreciation and understanding of Christianity in the college community, by hosting sacred text study and religious literacy opportunities
Ability to relate to and mentor students
Ability to program effectively and reliably
Ability to collaborate within the ORSL department and across campus
Ability to prioritize and multitask while providing a high level of service
May be attained or in progress: Master of Divinity, Masters of Theological Studies, or other relevant master’s degree, or equivalent qualification in religious and spiritual life. Active practitioner and content expert in the Christian tradition.
A minimum of two to five years of related experience including, but not limited to, work in higher education in positions related to religious and spiritual life and student affairs. Experience with college age programming, especially at a women’s institution, preferred. Experience in counseling and advising.
Skills and Abilities Required:
This position requires experience and education in pastoral care and counseling, exposure and understanding of the diversity of beliefs and practices within Christianity, as well as cultural competency:
Experience of and commitment to working in a multifaith community
Experience working in the Christian community, particularly with young adults in teaching, mentorship, guidance, and advisory roles
Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people
A successful record of planning and implementing programs
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life serves students of all faith traditions and philosophical worldviews. Students need not identify with any tradition to seek support. All members of the Religious and Spiritual Life Team are confidential resources, meaning they do not share identifiable information without permission, unless sharing is required to address an imminent safety risk, or if you are a minor. College Chaplains support students through both acute crises and emerging life transitions. This office plays a significant role in the student experience at Wellesley College.
All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.
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