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Description: The VP for Spiritual Life oversees all areas of spirituality on the campus of Southern Adventist University in conjunction with the mission of the university and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He or she helps provide spiritual mentoring and programming for students, spiritual support for employees, and spiritual guidance for administration and campus decision-making. As a chaplain, the VP for Spiritual Life fosters faith development and spiritual care for students and employees while collaborating with the pastoral staff of the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists to coordinate Christian growth and fellowship between the campus and church.
REPORTS TO: University President
Experience: QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES:
• A vibrant, personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
• Love for students and an ability to connect with them relationally
• Christ-like humility and a teachable spirit
• Willingness to partner and collaborate across all campus disciplines
• Ability to model servant leadership and grace-filled community
• Member in regular standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who is committed to the church’s message and mission as well as the ministry of Adventist higher education
• Minimum of five years professional experience in student personnel, collegiate chaplaincy, pastoral ministry, or comparable experience
• Exceptional public presence (including, but not limited to, preaching and training)
• Capability to articulate and assess spiritual learning outcomes
• A reputation for strong leadership and management skills
• Ability to work well with the full diversity of Southern’s campus family
• Proven capacity and character for effective pastoral ministry
• Commitment to excellence and professional growth
• Master of Divinity or equivalent required
1. Actively oversees the development and implementation of a campus-wide Spiritual Master Plan.
a. Serves on the President’s Cabinet to ensure spiritual focus and accountability.
b. Maintains a high level of visibility on campus and accessibility to students and employees.
c. Provides confidential pastoral care for the campus family.
d. Collaborates with other campus administrators for crisis response, as needed.
e. Partners with Student Development to plan and schedule all spiritual event programming additions to the university calendar.
f. Provides strategic guidance on issues related to the spiritual growth and personal development of the campus family.
i. Cultivates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and fosters commitment to the Adventist worldview and beliefs.
ii. Offers leadership and peer-mentoring opportunities for students.
iii. Nurtures a multicultural perspective and helps campus family develop a deep inclination for and celebration of diversity within worship.
iv. Coordinates with VP of Student Development for the administration and follow up of an annual student spiritual life survey.
v. Chairs Campus Spiritual Life Committee.
vi. Serves on Strategic Planning Committee.
vii. Serves on Campus Education Regarding Student Sexual Activity Committee.
viii. Serves as co-chair of the university board Student Life and Spiritual Life Committee.
ix. Presents to the campus, the board, and university constituencies regarding relevant spiritual life issues and information.
g. Fosters the development of co-curricular programming that will assist students in the integration of Adventist faith within their respective academic disciplines.
h. Informs and trains Southern employees on college student faith development and encourages participation in that development.
i. The Vice President for Spiritual Life represents campus spiritual life to all university constituencies.
2. Serves as director of the Chaplain’s Office.
a. Oversees the Student Missions and uQuest Missions programs.
b. Serves as general adviser to the Associate and Assistant Chaplains as well as Missions Directors.
c. Mentors and empowers student leaders to plan and execute worship, discipleship, and service opportunities for all students, including Collegiate Sabbath School, Student Weeks of Prayer, LifeGroups, residential-life chaplaincy and retreats.
d. Chairs Chaplain’s Advisory Committee.
e. Manages the Chaplain’s Office budget.
f. Supervises Chaplain’s Office credit cards and approves purchases.
3. Partners with the Senior Pastor of the Collegedale Church to facilitate spiritual community engagement in church life.
a. Serves on the pastoral staff, Board of Elders, and Church Board.
b. Attends weekly pastoral staff meetings.
c. Meets regularly with the Senior Pastor to collaborate on campus religious life programming for the university and church.
d. Facilitates partnerships with local churches in collaboration with the Collegedale Church to deeply engage students as a part of their university experience.
e. Strategizes with pastoral staff regarding calling and career mentorship and internship opportunities with church members.
f. Strategizes with leaders of the Center for Leadership and Innovation regarding leadership development opportunities for university students.
1. Serves on the NAD Chaplain’s Advisory.
2. Serves on the NAD Youth/Young Adult Advisory.
3. Serves on the Southern Union Youth Advisory.
4. Serves on the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Youth Leadership Council.
5. Maintains professional growth through involvement in professional organizations and other activities, such as Campus Ministries programs and missions.
Contact:Dr. David SmithP.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN firstname.lastname@example.org