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Coordinator of Community Engagement &Chaplain Resident 
Center for Faith & Service
Westminster College

Chaplain Resident position is currently open and taking applications for 2018-2019 academic year

Westminster College is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Coordinator of Community Engagement and Chaplain Resident. Westminster is a small liberal arts college in mid-Missouri of approximately 700 students. Our mission is to create “leaders of success, significance, and service…” through our “distinctive liberal arts curriculum and dynamic developmental experiences” (From the Westminster College Mission Statement).

The Center for Faith & Service is a relatively new initiative on the Westminster campus, created in the summer of 2016 through the merging of the Office of Spiritual Life, the Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Office of Intercultural Engagement. It serves as a radically inclusive, justice oriented hub for campus involvement and connection with the local community. Our next Chaplain Resident will assist in the discernment of our future structure, mission statement, and long term goals.

The Chaplain Residency Program seeks to support recent seminary graduates who feel a call to college chaplaincy. This position is designed as a learning opportunity for such candidates to provide hands-on experience and mentorship in the context of a small liberal arts college.

Supervisor: Rev. Kiva Nice-Webb, Chaplain, Director of the Center for Faith & Service, and Instructor of Religious Studies

Dates of Appointment: August 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020 (this is a 10 month annual position; Resident will not be obligated to work in June or July of 2018/2019). In consultation, Westminster College and the Chaplain Resident may choose to extend the position an additional year, ending in May of 2021. 

Position Summary: The Chaplain Resident will serve as a member of the Center for Faith & Service staff, offering a ministry of pastoral care and spiritual support for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, they will oversee community engagement initiatives and other areas of focus determined in conversation with the Chaplain and Director of the Center for Faith & Service. The Chaplain Resident will also serve on the faculty, teaching at least two undergraduate courses during their tenure at Westminster. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to ethical service, a passion for mentoring and journeying with 18 to 22 year old college students, and a deeply rooted commitment to spirituality. Because of the diversity of the Westminster campus, we seek someone with a welcoming, inclusive theological paradigm who thrives in an interfaith environment. The ideal candidate demonstrates an enthusiastic interest in exploring ministry within the context of higher education.

Position Responsibilities The Coordinator of Community engagement and Chaplain Resident position consists of three main components:

1) Directing the Office of Community Engagement (roughly 50% of the resident's weekly time):

  • Creating and coordinating opportunities for student involvement in communities beyond the Westminster College campus including annual programs such as Alternative Spring Break, regular blood drives, and other volunteer opportunities.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners in order to assist the Center for Teaching and Learning with service learning initiatives.

2) Teaching one academic course per semester (roughly 25% of the resident's weekly time) based on the expertise of the candidate and institutional need (e.g. Religious Studies, Westminster Seminar, Leadership Studies, etc.).

3) Serving as part of the Center for Faith & Service staff (roughly 25% of the residents weekly time):

  • Assisting with Center for Faith & Service programming (this may include worship, service opportunities, educational programs, etc.). 
  • Other duties to be determined in consultation with the Director of the Center for Faith & Service. 

Requirements: All candidates must have earned a graduate degree in theological education, including, but not limited to, an MDIV, MTS or similar degree and have graduated in Fall 2017, Spring/Summer 2018, or have earned their degree from an accredited institution within the last 12 months. While ordination is not required, the candidate must demonstrate a commitment to a spiritual tradition or community of faith and be rooted within a meaningful spiritual paradigm. Experience in any service oriented positions or service based learning is optimal but not required. Additionally, teaching experience is optimal, but also not required. Westminster College strives to offer a competitive salary comparable to other residency programs.

To Apply Submit the following to Rev. Jamie Haskins (Jamie.Haskins@westminster-mo.edu) by Monday, May 14 at noon central time:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three references

Questions regarding the application process or the position may also be directed to this address.


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