Muslim Spiritual Advisor - Northeastern University

  • 26 Jul 2023 11:24 AM
    Message # 13232531
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)

    Title: Muslim Spiritual Advisor

    University: Northeastern University (Boston)




    Northeastern University is seeking a part-time Muslim Spiritual Advisor to work in a collaborative team serving the University’s large, diverse, and dynamic Muslim community. NU’s Spiritual Advisor positions cover several classic “chaplaincy” or “campus ministry” functions - and advance the global experiential educational mission of the University and its Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) (see, which coordinates Spiritual Life across the University’s Global Campus Network.    

    A successful candidate (or candidates, if open to a shared position) will have: 

    • a passion for working with Muslim undergraduate and graduate students from diverse US and international backgrounds.

    • an ability to collaboratively plan and develop programs with NU’s two dynamic student groups: 

      • the Islamic Society of Northeastern University (ISNU)– participating in leadership team meetings, Monday evening Deen and Dine learning/community building sessions, and weekly jummah

      • the Black Islamic Association (BIA)– participating in leadership team meetings and biweekly Tuesday halaqa sessions

    • interest in interfaith dialogue and collaboration.

    • experience in teaching, speaking, preaching, and/or spiritual/pastoral advising and care.

    • skills and interest in inter-Muslim Sunni-Shi’a dialogue and cooperation.

    • skills in fostering inter-Muslim dialogue while addressing racial diversity.

    • appreciation of the dynamics of young adult Muslim life in US society and higher education.

    • commitment to developing student leaders who are culturally adept, ethically reflective, and spiritually grounded global citizens and residents of the vibrant Boston and wider NU community.

    • a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.  

     Overall, Spiritual Advisors at Northeastern:

    • design effective outreach/hospitality/engagement approaches to students, faculty, and staff within the Spiritual Advisor’s own religious/spiritual tradition.

    • advise student organization(s) serving the SA's specific religious/spiritual tradition.

    • work with the Center Executive Director and staff to plan and implement dynamic programs of spirituality, dialogue and service -- bringing the religious teachings, practices, and culture(s) of the Spiritual Advisor's specific tradition to bear on the interfaith/intercultural mission of the Center.

    • meet with Northeastern community members from one’s own tradition for spiritual guidance/care/counseling, while maintaining respect for others’ traditions.

    • are available as needed to meet with and serve students of all religious/spiritual traditions, and none.

    • meet with a team of fellow Spiritual Advisors for dialogue and program planning (once a month, Thursday afternoons for two hours).

    • with the Executive Director of the Center, work to build bridges of communication and cooperation with the Spiritual Advisor’s specific religious/spiritual tradition locally, nationally, and globally.

    • serve as a representative of the Spiritual Advisor’s religious/spiritual tradition in University forums, interfaith services, events, conferences and symposia, experiential education, service/dialogue programs, urban and foreign study trips, academic classes, etc.

    • where appropriate, coordinate services and ceremonies specific to the Spiritual Advisor’s religious/spiritual tradition, or arrange for religious leadership to conduct services

    • other duties as assigned. 

    * The position is part-time, hours to be determined, and may be a shared position. Spiritual Advisors are supervised by Alexander Levering Kern, the Center’s Executive Director and lead Spiritual Advisor for the University. 

    If interested: please feel free to inquire or email resume/CV and references to CSDS Executive Director Alexander Levering Kern and CSDS Assistant Director Ryan Jenkins, who are working with a Muslim student/staff search committee.

    Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global research university located in the heart of Boston with a Global Campus Network extending from London to Vancouver. For more information, visit

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