Part-time Buddhist Chaplain at Duke University (Durham, NC)

  • 18 Oct 2022 3:04 PM
    Message # 12958802
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)

    Job Description: 

    This person will serve as the spiritual leader for the Buddhist community at Duke University, providing counseling and programming through Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke, working with related student organizations, and supporting Religious Life at Duke. This position serves the University community by providing opportunities for personal religious growth and development through the many facets of spiritual leadership: prayer, counseling, workshops and studies, and opportunities to respond to human need within and beyond the University community. This person will report to the director of Religious Life, under the administrative structure of Duke University Chapel. 

    Work Performed 

    1. Spiritual Leadership 
      1. Provide regular programming for students through Buddhist Meditation Community. 
      2. Develop and maintain student leadership within Buddhist Meditation Community.
      3. Offer counseling, advising, and support to students and members of Duke University.
      4. Develop a council of students, alumni, faculty, and/or community members who will support Buddhist Life at Duke. 
    2. Organization and Administration
      1. Maintain accurate and appropriate records, budgets, and systems of communication. 
      2. Create statistical reports in order to capture data and share helpful information about Buddhist Mediation Community. 
    3. Collaborative Programming 
      1. Support Religious Life at Duke by participating in events, meetings, and programming, in conversation with the Director of Religious Life and in collaboration with other Religious Life groups.
      2. Serve as a resource to the University at large on matters of Buddhism in its religious and cultural diversities.
      3. Cultivate and maintain relationships with Duke Chapel, Student Affairs, academic departments, and other university offices as well as community and alumni organizations that support the mission of Buddhist Meditation Community. Perform other duties, as needed. 

    Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred. Clinical education or chaplaincy training strongly preferred. 


    • Two years comparable experience required. 
    • Experience in higher education, counseling, and/or chaplaincy settings strongly preferred. 
    • Experience attending to the intersecting emotional, spiritual, situational needs of emerging adults and college-age students strongly preferred.
    • Experience operating within a complex, multifaceted organization preferred. 

    ​For more information, please contact Kathryn Lester-Bacon, director of Religious Life at Duke University Chapel. (

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