POSITION SUMMARY: The Campus Pastor is responsible for (1) the on-going development of a high quality chapel program, and (2) a robust program that encourages the spiritual formation of students through small groups, mentoring and service, 3) serving as a pastor for the Westmont College community, all within the context of the Christian liberal arts mission of the college, 4) and any other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time.
Uphold and strengthen Westmont’s spiritual and theological foundation and actively engage the members of the Westmont College community as they endeavor to do the same.
Vision Casting: Develop, in conjunction with the college community, a vision and approach for the spiritual formation of Westmont students and chapel programs that advance the college’s mission and articulate this in a compelling manner that can be broadly understood by faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Spiritual Formation: Collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure the campus community is working together in our purpose that students grow in Christ, which will include cultivating and enlisting the gifts and resources of faculty and staff in the spiritual development of students; cultivate important partnership with faculty, Student Life and the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture.
Oversight of Chapel: Oversee and implement a high-quality Chapel program that meets the needs of students, faculty and staff within a collegiate setting and that exhibits sensitivity to and appreciation of a range of liturgical and worship styles; preach regularly at chapel services and invite chapel guests who will advance the vision for the chapel program; works closely with the Adams Chair of Music and Worship.
Discipleship: Develop a robust discipleship program through small groups and other means for students to grow to be more like Christ in thought, word, and action; lead small group Bible study and discipleship groups and promote spiritual development through spiritual disciplines.
Student Centered: Maintain high visibility with students; be accessible to and build relationships with students, seeking opportunities to advise, know and impact the various sub-cultures within the college.
Pastoral Ministry: Provide pastoral counseling, visit individuals in the hospital, offer a variety of religious services to students, staff and faculty, including administering sacraments in appropriate contexts.
Departmental Leadership: Develop and implement the Campus Pastor’s Office departmental vision, annual objectives, and long-term departmental goals.
Supervision of Staff: Hire, train, supervise, and develop the Campus Pastor’s Office administrative and professional staff, including conducting regular staff meetings, leading the team and promoting teamwork, encouraging a positive work environment, completing annual performance reviews and ensuring ongoing professional development of staff so they are aware of and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body.
Divisional and Institutional Responsibilities: Actively contribute to assigned committees and to the initiatives in the Student Life Division; serve on the Student Life Leadership Team, participate regularly in Student Life divisional and college events, and serve on college and Student Life committees as assigned; engage in the social and intellectual life of the campus (occasional attendance at campus lectures and athletic, music, arts and theatre events); participate as requested on campus forums and panels.
Operational oversight: Provide daily oversight of the Campus Pastor’s Office and conduct related administrative tasks, such as overseeing the budget.
Outcomes and Assessment: Oversee annual assessment activities for the Campus Pastor’s Office in alignment with divisional and institutional assessment goals.
Church and Community Relations: Work with the “Church and Community Relations” initiative to participate in and provide helpful input for the efforts to build strong relations with churches from whom we recruit, have alumni, and provide various and assorted types of programming.
Church Liaison: Serve as a college liaison for area churches and provide multiple means of encouragement for students to develop the habit of participating in the life of the local church.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Available to work occasional nights and weekends. 2. Expectations for workplace demeanor include but are not limited to: personal affirmation of and complete commitment to the Christian mission of Westmont College and the Community Life Statement and adherence to behavioral expectations; working collaboratively and harmoniously with faculty and staff colleagues by sharing ideas and resources willingly, constructively and positively; listening to and objectively and respectfully considering the ideas and perspectives of others; readily admitting and correcting personal mistakes; meeting commitments; keeping your supervisor and others who may be affected informed about work progress; addressing problems willingly and constructively to discover practical and lasting solutions acceptable to all parties; working promptly toward reconciliation and forgiveness during conflict; respecting the diversity of our community in words and deeds.
Work Schedule: This is a full time position with salary commensurate with experience and education and is a faculty status position that reports through Student Life.
Reports to: Vice President for Student Life
Review of applications will begin in November 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
QUALIFICATIONS: The position requires
An earned MDiv or equivalent (with doctorate in related field preferred);
Ordination in a recognized ecclesiastical body;
At least 10 years full-time pastoral and ministry experience in a local church, on a college campus, or through an evangelical outreach agency;
Demonstrated character and commitments of a mature follower of Jesus;
Substantial theological understanding and is a skillful expositor of the scriptures;
Demonstration of, support for, and the ability to articulate an understanding of the philosophy of a Christian liberal arts institution;
An exhibited understanding of college students, of the liberal arts tradition, and of the evangelical heritage;
Effective communication skills for large groups, small gatherings and one-on-one interactions;
The ability to address the complexity of current issues both within the church and in the larger culture with sensitivity, civility and conviction, being particularly attentive to God's redemptive purposes in crucial contemporary topics (e.g., issues of gender, ethnicity, and the environment).
Capacity to facilitate collaboration among people from a range of perspectives;
A nationally ranked liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, Westmont provides a rigorous academic program in a residential Christian community and seeks to cultivate thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. Undergraduates on the wooded, ocean-view campus choose from more than 100 majors, programs and concentrations. With... a low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, students develop close relationships with outstanding faculty. The college offers numerous overseas programs, up to 12 units for internships, and an elementary and secondary credential program. Vibrant arts activities, a tradition of volunteer service, and strong intercollegiate and intramural sports enrich the college experience. U.S. News & World Report includes Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation. In 2015, Forbes Magazine ranked Westmont No. 10 on a list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges and as No. 64 in its survey Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Princeton Review has recognized Westmont in three different categories: Best Western, Colleges That Pay You Back, and Private Schools. Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.