The Chaplain for Athletics will advance this mission by integrating Campus Ministry support and resources into Athletic Department efforts to form student-athletes and leaders over the course of their time at the university. The Chaplain will oversee support for the spiritual needs of 600+ student-athletes by providing pastoral presence at practices, meetings and regular office hours, coordinating pastoral responses to students in crisis, connecting students to relevant department and university resources, and developing opportunities for student reflection around meaning, belonging and purpose in collaboration with coaching staff and administrators. This is a new position at the university. Implementation of programmatic objectives will be a gradual process requiring sensitivity to the needs and concerns of students, coaches and administrators. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supports Athletic Department leadership in its strategic goals and initiatives through participation in programs, meetings and committees, occasional assistance in communications and fundraising, pastoral presence and development of retreats and reflective opportunities for 75+ coaching staff and administrators.
  • Ensures clear communication and coordination between the Athletic Department and Campus Ministry chaplains and staff, working with Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Orthodox Christian chaplaincies to help integrate athletes into religious communities, enlisting chaplains in providing religious tradition-specific care and counseling, and overseeing affiliated ministers serving in the Athletic Department.
  • Supports student athletes.
  • Participates in department meetings, tracks/evaluates activities and manages budget.
  • Support department communications, fundraising and supports department colleagues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, including Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years’ ministry experience
  • Strong familiarity with the Jesuit tradition of higher education and the culture of intercollegiate athletics
  • Ability to effectively engage diverse constituencies, including students, coaches, administrators; strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and basic Excel, as well as email, web content and social media
  • Requires some night and weekend availability

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