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Campus Pastor

Thiel College is pleased to invite nominations and applications for an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to serve as its full-time Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life, the Campus Pastor will provide pastoral leadership and care to the Thiel College community of students and employees. The Pastor’s primary areas of responsibility include efforts to support the spiritual development of all community members regardless of faith background, facilitating Interfaith dialogue, creating opportunities to explore the relationship of spiritual development and service, and offering a variety of worship experiences to support students from diverse religious traditions.  The Pastor will also work with the President and President’s Cabinet to advance the College’s mission and identity as a Lutheran institution of higher education. 

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus community;
  • The skills and disposition to effectively engage with a wide variety of students, employees and other constituents;
  • High levels of energy, initiative and creativity;
  • A deep commitment to our Lutheran values and institutional mission, together with a broad understanding of the world’s faith traditions;
  • An advanced degree, ordination, and pastoral training with preference given to candidates that have experience serving as a campus pastor or chaplain or comparable experience with young adult ministry. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide effective leadership for the College’s spiritual life programs.  Support and oversee activities of the student religious organizations and their advisors. Develop programs and resources to support community members in exploring the role of spirituality in their lives.  Establish worship opportunities that meet the diverse needs of the student body.
  • Serve as a leader in the planning and development of Interfaith programs, initiatives and dialogue.
  • Develop community service opportunities for students, such as alternative fall and spring breaks, as a means of caring for others as well as reflecting on service as a meaningful expression of one’s faith or values. Collaborate with career development staff, faculty and other staff to work with students on vocational exploration.  Lead initiatives to build capacity among faculty and staff as it relates to engaging students in thoughtful reflection about meaning and purpose in their life and career choices.
  • Offer pastoral care and counseling to community members, particularly in times of loss, crises, sickness, or family emergency.
  • Coordinate, preside over, and/or offer public prayer at public events including: Convocations, faculty meetings, special events, Baccalaureate, graduation, alumni events, memorial services, and weddings.
  • Serve as the liaison to off-campus religious communities and organizations, and higher education organizations around issues of religious and spiritual life. 
  • Support the College’s participation in conferences, organizations, and activities related to the ELCA and CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE).  
  • Support the Religion Department, teaching courses in the Pre-Ministry minor, mentoring students considering seminary, and offering core and elective courses in balance with other responsibilities.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the President and the Cabinet on topics related to the College’s mission and Lutheran identity. 
  • Work as an active member of the Student Life Division as part of the Vice President’s leadership team.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Life and/or College President.

Position Duration and Working Conditions:

This is a twelve (12) month, fulltime position.  Standard office hours are 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday with frequent evening and weekend hours during the academic year.  Travel for conferences, training and outreach is also required.   

In addition to the duties and responsibilities specific to the role of Campus Pastor, successful leadership at Thiel requires commitment to the College’s mission and vision, participation in the academic, athletic, spiritual, and artistic life of the campus, and interaction with the Greenville community. Understanding of and respect for the concept and process of shared governance in academia, the highest integrity in all actions, and clear, consistent communication with all constituencies also are critical to success at Thiel.

Application Process:

Nominations and confidential inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Clark, Director of Human Resources, Thiel College, by e-mail at jclark@thiel.edu or by phone at 724-589-2858.

Electronic submission of all application materials is required. Materials may be submitted in confidence to the following e-mail address: employment@thiel.edu, and should be sent as a single PDF document that includes a letter of application, resume, and list of five professional references. Candidates will be evaluated as soon as their applications are received. However, candidates who submit their materials by May 07, 2019, will receive first consideration. The search will be confidential and references will not be contacted until the applicant is notified.