University Chaplain - Mount Union

  • 31 Mar 2022 4:40 PM
    Message # 12689243
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)

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    Job Description: 

    The University of Mount Union is seeking a University Chaplain.  The position would begin in May 2022.   The Chaplain serves as campus and community Pastor for the University and provides structure and guidance for spiritual growth and development for students, faculty, and staff.  The Office of the Chaplain embraces the tenets of the University mission and is dedicated to helping students attain their goals related to fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship.  This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·         Foster an environment of spiritual inclusivity on campus—welcoming and affirming diversity and supporting students, faculty, and staff from all faith traditions

    ·         Provide pastoral care for the community

    ·         Facilitate regular worship services on campus

    ·         Coordinate interfaith worship endeavors and assist with provision of appropriate space for such activities

    ·         Provide pastoral counseling to students, faculty, staff and others as appropriate

    ·         Serve as advisor to Spiritual Life Leadership organization and provide support and liaison for students and advisors in the various spiritual life campus groups

    ·         Identify and cultivate student leadership for religious activities and for future church ministry—work closely with faculty to identify and support students interested in religious life

    ·         Coordinate and lead the annual baccalaureate service in conjunction with commencement activities

    ·         Provide prayers and benedictions at special University functions such as commencement, convocations, banquets, dedications, etc.

    ·         Assist, as needed, the relationship between University departments and the United Methodist Church

    ·         Initiate relationships with local, regional, national and global efforts related to questions of faith, action, community service and servant leadership

    ·         Manage all administrative aspects of the Chaplain’s Office—including event planning (weddings, funerals…), budgets, assessments, facility needs, etc.

    ·         Serve as a member of the Student Affairs staff

    ·         Supervise Chapel student employees and volunteers

    Required/Preferred Qualifications:

    ·         Master of Divinity degree

    ·         Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church

    ·         Five to seven years of progressive pastoral experience 

    Descriptive Information

    The University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s nearly 2,200 students can select from 50 broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors; master’s programs in physician assistant studies, education, and business administration; and a doctoral program in physical therapy. Known for its academic excellence and personal approach, the institution boasts a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty members, 91% of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields.   

    In the past two decades, more than $200 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities including a recreation center, apartment-style housing options, health and medical sciences facility, business and engineering building, and performing arts center. Primarily residential in nature, Mount Union’s picturesque 123-acre campus is located in Alliance, OH (population 23,000), within 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The 162-acre Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center is located six miles away. The University’s endowment is in excess of $173 million. 

    The University, historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, offering an array of activities for cultural, civic and social development.   Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and graduate study.  For more information, visit

    The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Mount Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now or may hereafter be required by university policy and federal or state law.

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