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Coordinator for Religious and Spiritual Life Programs

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All questions marked ‘Required’ need to be answered in order to submit the application. It is important that your application show all of the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. If rejected, you must reapply for the position in order to be considered. An attached resume or curriculum via, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position, contact information for 3 current, professional references, as well as copies of transcripts (if required) with each application.

Posting Details

Position Information

Classification Title
Job Title Coordinator for Religious and Spiritual Life Programs
Posting Number 2014263
Position Type Staff
Employment Type Full Time

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Coordinator for Religious and Spiritual Life Programs, under the direction of the University Chaplain & Director of the Wesley Center works closely with the Associate Chaplain of Jewish Life and the University Chaplain to coordinate and support religious and spiritual life programs toward the goals of interfaith literacy, interfaith cooperation, retention and diversity. The Coordinator supervises student workers of the Wesley Center’s religious and spiritual life student groups, and mentors the students who participate in these groups. The Coordinator organizes the logistics, promotion, and communication of the religious and spiritual life programs, with the intention of nurturing the religious and spiritual lives of students, faculty and staff.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

Religious and Spiritual Life programs

  • Coordinate the programs of the student-led groups including Better Together, Hillel/Jewish Student Life, Interfaith Council, Mindfulness Meditation, Multi-faith Student Alliance, and Muslim Student Association.
  • Organize student participation and assist the chaplains with the annual Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at graduation.
  • Coordinate and supervise the student-led programs of Holy Day celebrations.
  • Maintain the reverent environment for the chapel, including the maintenance of the library, storage areas, bulletin boards and hospitality room.
  • Provide support and assistance to the chaplains in response to crisis (vigils, memorials, ad education).
  • Advocate for students with religious observances, particularly in relation to food services and academic services.
  • Assist the Director in the administration of the Spirituality Scholars, Piper Pilgrimage, and other programs of the Mahle Endowment in Progressive Christian Thought.
  • Assist the Director in coordinating contracts for leaders of the Gospel Choir and Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Manage the Religious and Spiritual Life Programs budget and maintain accurate records of program expenditures and procurement card statements.
  • Develop system of filling and storing program materials and maintain sufficient records of previous years’ programming (print and electronic).

Educational Resource

  • Serve as the educational resource on religious diversity, interfaith literacy and cooperation.
  • Develop, update and distribute the annual Holy Days Calendar.
  • Serve as a resource for interfaith literacy and cooperation with student organizations, Student Affairs staff and other campus offices.
  • Serve as liaison with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for student leadership training and future programming.
  • Serve as a liaison with the St. Paul Interfaith Network, and other interfaith community partners.
  • Research current trends, policies and programs at the other universities regarding religious and spiritual life.


  • Develop new vision and student leadership of the Interfaith Council.
  • Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate the ongoing performance of student leaders of the Religious and Spiritual life program groups.
  • Coach, provide feedback, and guide others.
  • Supervise the reporting of information for the President’s Interfaith Campus to Community Service Honor Roll and other service-recognition opportunities.

Program Communications

  • Schedule, promote and communicate events and programs.
  • Communicate with various groups, organizations and offices on campus.
  • Communicate with leaders, organizations and religious institutions in the community.
  • Maintain files on scholarships for seminaries, catalogues for religious study and ministry exploration opportunities.

Wesley Center and general Student Affairs programs

  • Attend weekly staff meetings and staff retreats.
  • Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes.
  • Serve as a Catalyst Colleague in consultation with the Director and in consideration of job responsibilities.
  • Participate in All-Staff, Diversity and Professional Development meetings and retreats.
  • Participate in Student Affairs committees and University committees in consultation with the Director and in consideration of job responsibilities.
  • Participate in the programs of other campus offices in consultation with the Director and in consideration of job responsibilities.
  • Participate in end of year events such as Graduation, Honors Day (as available).

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as requested.
Required Knowledge, Skills and abilities
  • Interfaith literacy from experience in campus leadership or volunteering with an interfaith or multi-faith organization.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the student experience, higher education and mentoring.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams of people.
  • Clear writing and oral communication skills.
  • Organizational skills, with the ability to tend to details with precision and accountability.
  • Basic budgeting skills and balancing statements.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in caring, confidential manner.
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing, mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Strong collaboration skills.
  • Understanding of basic budget processes, balancing statements and reporting.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, including the ability to analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action.
  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely, conveying complex information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others.
  • Strong social media networking skills.
  • Proven ability to work under stress and tight deadlines.
  • Be familiar and comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and exercise best practices with regard to the maintenance of confidential student information.
  • Regular use of Microsoft Office Suite, Google, Google Apps, and Banner.
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year professional experience with interfaith student leadership on campus or in the community.
  • One year professional experience developing and coordinating Religious and Spiritual programs or events.
  • Ability to work evening and weekends as required.
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Religion or other related subjects.
  • One to three years professional experience where interfaith relations are vital to the organization or engagement with the community.
  • Academic knowledge of diverse religious and spiritual traditions.
  • Willingness to learn Ektron webpage management.
  • Skills in strategic planning, developing learning outcomes and practices of evaluation and assessment.
Required Licensure/Certification/Registration
  • Driver’s License and Van driving certification (training available following employment).

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 08/03/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of one year professional experience with interfaith student leadership, on campus or in the community?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of one year professional experience developing and coordinating Religious and Spiritual programs or events?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you available to work evening and weekend hours as warranted?
    • yes
    • no

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Documents
Optional Documents