272 - Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

272 - Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

Date Posted: 01/19/2015

The Chaplain is responsible for providing a vibrant and inclusive community for students of all faiths. This person coordinates religious activities, assists with recruitment of United Methodist students, serves as a resource and support person and counselor for the campus community on religious and spiritual matters, and works with church constituencies to assure campus and church collaboration.

The Chaplain will report to the Vice President for Student Development, but will also work with the Vice President for Enrollment and the President.

Primary Duties:

  • Oversee the total program of campus ministry at the College;
  • Provide advice, supervision, coordination, and support for all religious life organizations;
  • Coordinate, organize and preside over weekly community worship, special services and observances;
  • Support service activities and student volunteerism;
  • Develop and encourage a variety of religious life programs on campus;
  • Provide pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and referral to members of the campus community;
  • Coordinate service/mission trips;
  • Closely communicate and coordinate with the Bishop’s staff in preparation of and participation in the Annual Conference;
  • Work closely with the Office of Advancement to help foster good relationships between the College and The United Methodist Church, and to participate in appropriate fund raising activities;
  • Represent the College at church-related events such as Annual Conferences and United Methodist College Fairs;
  • Work closely with the Admissions Office to cultivate prospective students;
  • Travel to churches to meet with youth groups and prospective students;
  • Support and participate in student development events and activities;
  • Assist with special on-campus events such as visitation days, Family Weekend, and Alumni Weekend;
  • Develop a close working relationship with the Department of Religious Studies and teach an occasional course as requested or needed;
  • Manage and maintain budget responsibilities;
  • Mentor students considering ministerial careers and serve as advisor to pre-ministry students. In addition, work to actively recruit 5 – 10 students annually who are interested in a divinity degree;
  • Provide care, comfort and counseling to students in crisis (e.g. hospitalization, parent death); and
  • Perform other functions associated with the day-to-day operations of the College as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Masters Degree or Earned Doctorate in Divinity or related field.
  • Experienced United Methodist Clergy.
  • Proven success on a campus of increasing religious life participation and ability to relate to today’s students.
  • Willingness to help recruit United Methodist students.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Willingness to work at irregular hours for emergency situations.

Please electronically submit the following, by February 28, 2015, to Vickie Crowder, Director of Human Resources at crowder_v@wvwc.edu:

  1. letter of interest
  2. current resume
  3. list of three to five references


Contact Information:

Vickie Crowder
Director of Human Resources

West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201



West Virginia Wesleyan College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the College to create a favorable work environment in whichall employees, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious affiliation, can enjoy equal opportunities in their employment relationship with the College.

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