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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

Website: williams.edu

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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

Muslim Chaplain
Williamstown
Part Time
Other
Master's Degree
Required
3+
Required

The College welcomes applications for a full-time Muslim Chaplain in the Chaplains’ Office. The Chaplains' Office provides pastoral care to the entire College community, offering counsel, support, and encouragement to individuals as well as comfort and wisdom to the institution as a whole. The Muslim Chaplain reports directly to the Chaplain to the College, who serves as the Director of a dynamic Chaplains' Office team which includes Catholic and Jewish Chaplains as well as the Office Administrative Coordinator. 

While the Muslim Chaplain will have a particular focus on the religious and spiritual needs of Williams' vibrant Muslim community, all of the chaplains are actively involved in inter-religious and interfaith activities, in the planning and leadership of dialogue and reflection among religious groups and traditions, and in collaborative ventures of humanitarian service. In addition to interfaith and campus wide activities, we seek a chaplain who is committed to helping students grow and flourish within the Muslim faith while living and learning in a secular and multicultural campus environment. In supporting Williams’ Muslim community, a successful chaplain will be committed to welcoming and supporting a plurality of Muslim experiences. A successful chaplain will also be committed to creating space for individuals who value a variety of expressions and practices, and for nurturing connections across many religious and secular communities.

The Muslim Chaplain will be a resource for students, faculty and staff who are practitioners or interested in learning more about the Islamic faith. The Muslim Chaplain will preside over or arrange for the religious life and practices of the Muslim student community and the wider campus; provide pastoral care and guidance, especially for the Muslim Student Union; create community building opportunities and instruction on topics related to faith and spirituality experiences. The Muslim Chaplain will also plan and help lead the celebration of Muslim holidays, including but not limited to Ramadan and Eid. The Muslim Chaplain will help students appreciate the diversity of Muslim cultures. In addition to campus events, which should reflect the vibrant and rich Muslim cultures both past and present, the Muslim Chaplain will help students attend regional and national Islamic student conferences or other learning opportunities. The Muslim Chaplain also will be expected to build relationships between the Muslim community and multiple stakeholders in the Williams College community.

The Muslim Chaplain will be visibly engaged in the whole life of the College, including its campus-wide celebrations and gatherings in times of crisis; this frequently involves work outside of standard weekday office hours – at night and on weekends. The culture of the Chaplains' Office strongly supports chaplains in negotiating their work hours so as to accommodate personal boundaries – but the workflows of the office cannot be confined to a standard 9-5 weekday work schedule.

Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. As in the case of all of the chaplains, the Muslim Chaplain must exercise cultural competency and support the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and the Chaplains’ Office interfaith efforts and support for all students, regardless of faith tradition or no faith. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse and inclusive community. 

  • Master's degree in religion, Islamic studies, divinity, or the equivalent
    • Pastoral care training, preferably a successful completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • At least 3 years in residential college campus chaplaincy or work relevant to similarly diverse Muslim constituents
    • Evidence of professional preparation for chaplaincy and administrative/advisory experience for the support of student community engagement
    • Familiarity with a diverse higher education environment and with experience working with the spiritual and emotional developmental issues of young adults
    • Leadership experience in youth and young adult work, higher education experience preferred
    • Demonstrated interfaith work and spiritual care that respects diversity and differences including, but not limited to culture, gender, sexual orientation and spiritual/religious practices.
    • Demonstrated understanding and ability to function within a secular institutional culture and system
    • Demonstrated aptitude for dealing with confidential and sensitive issues with significant experience in campus religious life
  • Must be an active member of a Muslim community with current endorsement or of good standing 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Application review will begin on January 5, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay starts in the low $80,000’s, commensurate with experience. 

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. A COVID-19 vaccine or approved exemption and participation in our testing program is required as a condition of employment at Williams.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at hr@williams.edu.

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