Southern Methodist University: Chaplain and Minister to the University

Date Posted: 2/7/2020

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Job Description

The mission of Southern Methodist University (SMU) is to create and impart knowledge that will shape citizens who contribute to their communities and lead their professions in a global society. As part of fulfilling its mission and its Methodist heritage, the position of Chaplain and Minister to the University provides religious, spiritual and moral leadership and counsel to the university community.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, with a dotted line report to the President of SMU, the Chaplain and Minster to the University fulfills these critical responsibilities through the provision of pastoral care; university worship; religious life advisement and programming; close interaction with the Dean of the Perkins School of Theology and other religious leaders in the community; and working with faculty, students, administrators and staff to create a campus environment that supports the university's commitment to spiritual growth, ethical behavior, intellectual and academic exploration of religion and spirituality, and the rich diversity of religious faiths and traditions. 

This position is part of the leadership team of the Division of Student Affairs and also supports the University's crisis management team.

The full-time staff of the Office of the Chaplain consists of the Chaplain, Associate Chaplain and the Program Coordinator. Additionally, the Office of the Chaplain employs a part-time Muslim Chaplain and a part-time Jewish Chaplain.

In collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Chaplain also provides oversight for the Center for Faith & Learning, its programs and its associated faculty and staff. The Office of the Chaplain oversees the advisement of 34 religious life organizations (26 Christian; 9 non-Christian) and is supported in their work by Chaplain's Interns; Resident Community Chaplains and 21 religious life ministers, hired by their respective religious organizations, but are accountable to the Chaplain and Associate Chaplain.

The ideal candidate is an ordained United Methodist minister who has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with college student populations and with individuals of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; has outstanding leadership and communication skills and is an effective community builder; has the ability to preach and lead worship services; and has previous administrative experience supervising staff and managing budgets.

The position requires a minimum of seven years of experience in an ordained or licensed ministry, university chaplaincy or related field; and a Master's degree with a specialization in theology or related field with a doctorate preferred. Based on academic credentials the Chaplain and Minister to the University may also have teaching responsibilities in the University.

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Contact Phone: 214-768-3311


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