Jewish Chaplain and Director of Religious Life - 501798
**Application Review Will Begin on January 15, 2018**
**Cover Letter Is Required And Should Address The Two Following Questions**
1. What would be your philosophy for leading a comprehensive Jewish Life Program at the University of Richmond?
2. What would be your philosophy for leading Interfaith Programming at the University of Richmond?
Serve as one of the senior religious leaders at the University of Richmond. Develops, leads, and promotes Jewish life programs for the University community, represents the University Chaplaincy to off-campus faith organizations, supervises the work of eighteen partner campus ministries, and directs the University's interfaith activities and programming.
Develop and implement an outstanding program for Jewish Life at the University that is comprehensive and inclusive of the wide range of experiences within the Jewish tradition, specifically attending to the diverse religious, cultural, and social expressions of Jewish practice. Provide visible and thoughtful leadership to Jewish students, staff, and faculty including opportunities for worship, prayer, mentoring, and spiritual guidance. Serve as advisor to the Hillel student group. Advocate for Jewish concerns within the broader campus community. Work closely with Enrollment Management to help recruit students; establish and strengthen relationships between the University of Richmond and the wider Richmond Jewish community; develop connections and communication patterns with Jewish alumni; represent the University to Hillel International and other Jewish institutions, as well as other faith organizations throughout the Richmond Region. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.
Provide interfaith leadership by creating and implementing a wide range of programs for UR community members to learn from one another across religious differences. Lead the Multifaith Student Council, Multifaith dinner and discussion group, and develop interfaith initiatives that acknowledge particularity while seeking common ideals and values; develop programs to connect religious practices and beliefs with social concern and change; initiate programs to educate the campus community on a range of religious holidays and sacred expression; teach on issues of religious literacy and global citizenship.
Lead eighteen campus ministers to implement a wide range of religious programming for all members of the University community. Meet regularly with campus ministry staff; organize and lead on-going meetings and retreats; develop shared programming; develop and implement policies and procedures for religious work; maintain campus ministry files; provide leadership for orientation, the annual baccalaureate service, and other on-going religious events. Serve as Chaplaincy representative on welcome week committee, commencement committee, MLK celebration committee, and other University wide committees as assigned.
Lead one or two international short term study abroad experiences within the Chaplaincy's pilgrimage program each year, and lead an accompanying class to help students learn across lines of religious difference, engage with other parts of the world, and strengthen the interfaith climate at the University. Previous Pilgrimage destinations include: Poland, Israel, South Korea, Morocco, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Establish goals and objectives for Jewish life, campus ministries, and multifaith programs in support of Chaplaincy and University strategic plans; conduct ongoing evaluation and assessment of programs and student engagement outcomes. Manage Jewish Life, Campus Ministry, and Multifaith Programming budgets. Develop and maintain records to include program information, participation, and status. Prepare reports and analyses reflecting budget, progress, participation, trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
Work closely with enrollment management and advancement services to cultivate relationships with Jewish alumni, prospective students, and donors. Establish and maintain healthy and creative relationships with Jewish institutions and interfaith organizations in the wider Richmond community. Represents the Office of the Chaplaincy within the wider University community and Richmond region as needed.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge and ability to lead a wide range of Jewish religious, cultural, and social practices from a variety of social and theological perspectives.
Knowledge of a wide range of religious traditions and practices.
Knowledge and ability to lead interfaith dialogue and programming within a University setting.
Knowledge and ability to offer pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff of various backgrounds.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
Ability to create, compose, and edit written and presentation materials.
Ability to create new programs and develop policies and procedures to strengthen and access new and current programs.
Ability to read, interpret, and apply policies and procedures.
Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
Ability to recruit, supervise and train volunteers, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
Ability to represent the University to the community, and the community to the University.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Ability to relate religiously, politically, and socially to a wide range of constituents, including perspective students, alumni, and donors.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
At least seven years of professional work experience.
Rabbinic ordination preferred, or at least five years of professional leadership in a Jewish congregation or community organization.
Demonstrated experience supervising and leading staff.
Demonstrated experience organizing and managing a budget.
Demonstrated experience creating, initiating, organizing, and managing programs and projects.
Demonstrated experience in interfaith dialogue, education, and program leadership.
A Master's degree is required. Candidates who are nearing the completion of a Master's degree program will be considered.
The University of Richmond is a private, highly-selective, liberal arts university founded in 1830. The University provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other in higher education, offering students an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education. It is characterized by a distinctly integrated stude...nt experience?a rich and innovative life for students inside and outside the classroom?and a welcoming spirit that prizes diversity of experience and thought. It is rooted in a determination to engage as a meaningful part of our community and our world. It is committed to ensuring its opportunities are accessible to talented students of all backgrounds.