Dean of Chaple at Berea College

  • 04 Jan 2022 9:32 AM
    Message # 12237127




    Position Title: Dean of the Chapel                                                                                          Department: Campus Christian Center

    Title of Immediate Supervisor/Leader to Whom This Position Reports: President of Berea College

    *Expected Daily Work Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm                                    *Expected Weekly Work Schedule: Monday – Friday   

    * College offices are normally open from 8:00 AM until 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. However, because of the nature of the responsibility to the student body, individual offices or departments may have operating hours that extend beyond this period and may include evening or weekend hours. Non-exempt employees will normally work 8 hours per day.  Overtime (any hours in excess of 40 per week) for non-exempt employees is required to be approved, in advance by the department supervisor.  Exempt employees will typically work at least 40 hours per week and such additional time as may be reasonably required to fulfill the obligations of their position description.  Such additional work may include evenings and weekends.

    Workplace Expectations

    As a continuous learning environment built upon Berea’s Great Commitments and Common Learning Goals, the workplace at Berea College should expect all workers “to be active learners, workers and servers,” and a place where the Christian values of human compassion, dignity, and equality are expressed and lived.

    Therefore, workers are expected to:

    * Exhibit Enthusiasm for Learning

    * Act with Integrity and Caring

    * Value All People

    * Work as a Team

    * Serve Others

    * Encourage Plain and Sustainable Living

    * Celebrate Work Well Done

    Minimum Qualifications Required: (please be specific and respond to every question; indicate none if not applicable)

    Education required to ensure success in this position:

    ·         Traditional ministerial/chaplaincy credentials (ordination, etc.)

    • ·         Master of Divinity Degree (required)
    • ·         Ph.D., D. Theol., D. Min., or equivalent is required for teaching 

    Experience required to ensure success in this position:

    • ·         10 years of Chaplaincy in Higher Education and
    • ·         5 years of Supervisory/Administrative experience in Higher Education

    Special skills, knowledge and abilities:

    ·         A strong spiritual grounding and a commitment to ecumenism and interfaith cooperation;

    ·         Excellent communication skills;

    ·         Strong supervision skills;

    ·         Experience working with, and the ability to relate to, students, faculty and staff from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds;

    ·         Significant training and experience in preaching and pastoral counseling with sensitive pastoral support skills and crisis intervention expertise;

    ·         Working knowledge of various Christian traditions as well as significant major world religions and spiritual disciplines including an objective understanding of specific rituals, rites, customs and communal demographic trends;

    ·         Expertise in mediation, large and small group engagement, community building, and experiential learning.

    License, certification, or registration necessary:

    ·   Valid Driver’s License

    Physical requirements:

    • ·   Normal office environment, some nights and weekend work

    Environmental conditions:

    • ·   College campus

    Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:

    • ·   Automobile
    • ·   Standard office equipment, including technology

    Brief summary of this position:

    The Dean of the Chapel provides leadership in interpreting and applying the college’s 3rd Great Commitment through participation in formal occasions of the College, speaking to various groups on and off campus, supervision of the Campus Christian Center, and involvement in the governance of the College.  The Dean of the Chapel reports directly to and serves as an advisor to the President and the senior leadership of the College.

    Primary duties and responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


    ·         Leadership emphasizing ethical values and religious faith to create and sustain community;

    ·         Provides leadership in the implementation of the third Great Commitment within and beyond the CCC;

    • ·         Provides spiritual campus life leadership, creating space for campus community members to explore religious, spiritual, and ethical dimensions of life through connections to the College’s curriculum, programs, and activities;

    ·         Collaborative connections with other, administrative offices, programs, and Centers of the College;

    ·         Ministry to students, staff, and faculty through programs, worship experiences, personal interaction, crisis-intervention, and individual and/or group counseling;

    ·         Planning for ecumenical worship, convocations, and other special services and leadership in ritual events in the life of the College;


    With assistance from the CCC staff, the Dean of the Chapel fulfills the following specific duties:

    ·         Provides visionary leadership in conjunction with colleagues, the President, and advisory groups for the future direction of the CCC;

    ·         Oversees the daily administration of the Center and its programs, and provides supervision, support and guidance to CCC staff members in their specific roles and areas of focus;

    • ·         Organizes the two convocations which the CCC sponsors each year;

    ·         Provides leadership in the planning of ecumenical worship, convocations, and other special services;

    ·         Prepares the annual budget for the CCC in close consultation with the CCC Office Manager, providing responsible stewardship of the funds and resources of the CCC;

    • ·         Builds relationships with religious professionals assigned to the campus (Intervarsity, FCA, Newman Club, etc.), and together with the President, serves as liaison with local pastors and churches;

    ·         Regularly offers sermons/homilies/messages during weekly noon worship services and other events on and off campus;

    ·         Teaches 1-2 courses a year in area of academic expertise and/or General Studies;

    ·         All other duties as assigned by the President.

    Special provisions:

    • The particular nature of this position is recognized through several special provisions:
    • ·         There is the possibility for an additional 1 month paid leave each year for scholarly/professional development.  A proposal of study and a budget would be submitted to the College President for approval.
    • o    To make the one month of study/development time most effective, the Dean may apply for funds to cover expenses such as travel, software, seminar costs, etc. in a proposal made to the President;
    • o    It is assumed that one or two professional conferences taken as Dean of the Chapel/Chaplain each year, and as approved by the President, will not count toward the 22 days of study/development.  Study/development time is to be used to enhance performance of duties in the CCC and of teaching;
    • ·         With regard to teaching, it is expected that the Dean of the Chapel normally will teach one course per semester.  When extraordinary duties or circumstances intervene, reduction of this expectation to one course in a given year can be contemplated upon approval by the President.  Teaching and selection of courses are overseen by the Office of the Provost.

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