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College of Wooster: Interfaith Chaplain

  • 24 Feb 2017 9:16 AM
    Message # 4630647
    Cynthia Terry (Administrator)

    The College of Wooster: Staff: Student Affairs: Center for Diversity & Inclusion

    Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain

    Location: Wooster, OH

    Closes: Mar 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
    (GMT-5 hours)


    The College of Wooster has a long tradition and commitment to a religiously and theologically diverse campus community. The Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain seeks to promote the values of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Wooster’s graduate qualities concerning Religious Diversity to the Wooster Community. The Interfaith Chaplain is a member of The College of Wooster Division of Student Affairs and is housed within The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).



    The Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain provides pastoral care to the Wooster community including students, faculty, and staff.  The Interfaith Chaplain provides the vision and primary administrative oversight concerning activities and programs addressed to the campus community with the goals of increasing religious and spiritual awareness. By inviting personal involvement and commitment to the community and to serving others, the Interfaith Chaplain:

    • Accepts referrals for pastoral counseling from the Longbrake Student Wellness Center and The Dean of Students Office
    • Oversees the work of the various organizations that promote religious spiritual diversity including:
      • Darshan (Hindu)
      • Hillel (Jewish)
      • Interfaith Scholars and Dinners
      • Noor (Muslim)
      • UKIRK (Presbyterian)
      • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
      • Wooster Catholic
      • Wooster Christian Fellowship
      • Zen Meditation
      • Wordup!
      • Other(s) as assigned
    • Coordinates the following non-faith based programs:
      • Worthy Questions intergenerational mentoring program
      • Faculty and Staff Intersections initiative
      • Chaplain’s Book Study
      • Other(s) as assigned
    • Serves as the liaison for the Division of Student Affairs in areas of religious and spiritual diversity.
    • Participates in campus-wide taskforces and committees as requested and available.
    • Serves as a liaison to the boards of the Fall and Spring Academies of Religion.
    • Coordinates the Annual Interfaith Baccalaureate service.
    • Serves as an active member of the Division of Student Affairs staff by developing and maintaining cooperative programs with other offices. Involvement includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Works with the Department of Religious Studies to develop and promote the Morris Lecture.
    • Maintains relationships with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
    • Supports outreach to Presbyterians by Alumni and Admissions Offices.
    • Participates in Diversity and Inclusion training programs for residential life staff, and during New Student Orientation.
    • Participates in the religious dimension of the annual Martin Luther King observance
    • Serves as a member of the crisis response team for student deaths.
    • Manages appropriate budgets including the Morris Endowment and general funds budget assigned to the office.
    • Maintains a collegial relationship with the Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church by supporting the ministry of the congregation and promotion of a harmonious relationship between the College and the congregation in residence at Westminster Church.
    • Attends monthly pastors meeting of community based churches.


    Associate Chaplain, Campus Rabbi, and Secretary/ Building Manager are under the direction of the Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Campus Ministry. The Chaplain also supervises the campus ministers who serve on the campus by institutional agreement (currently Catholic Campus Minister and InterVarsity Staff worker).


    The Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Campus Ministry may have two constituencies: The College of Wooster and the wider Church.  With regard to duties on the College, the Chaplain is responsible to the Dean of Students for responsibilities on campus or to the President when representing the College.  With regard to the wider church, he or she is responsible to the Presbyterian Church (USA).  This person’s total ministry is important to both institutions, and both institutions recognize that, as a minister of the Gospel, this person must speak and act as he or she believes the Christian faith demands.  At the same time, as a participant in the programs of the College, the individual must recognize his or her responsibility to work cooperatively and in support of its goals.



    The successful candidate will have a Master of Divinity degree, affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and significant experience in pastoral counseling and interfaith ministry or a related field for a minimum of five years. Experience working with college students is preferred. Programming experience and an appreciation for the relationship between the academic and co-curricular programs at a liberal arts institution are essential.


    Programming experience and an appreciation for the relationship between the academic and co-curricular programs at a liberal arts institution are essential. Strong interpersonal and excellent communication skills are critical. Also important will be the candidate’s ability to work with and relate to a diverse, multi-faith student population. High energy, creativity, deep faith, a cooperative spirit, and sound judgment will all be important personal characteristics. The employee must be able to read and comprehend at the Masters Level and efficiently use a computer for regular communication.

    In addition, when invited by the Dean of the Faculty or an academic department and with the approval of the Dean of Students and the Provost, the Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Campus Ministry may elect to serve as an adjunct member of the faculty. He/She shall teach no more than one credit-bearing course per year. 

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