Dean of Chapel and Chaplain

Berea College in Kentucky

Deadline March 07, 2017
Date Posted February 10, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time





Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. . In addition to an excellent liberal arts education, we require students to participate in a graded labor program (10-15 hours per week)

Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application!

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

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The Dean of the Chapel/Chaplain provides leadership for the Campus Christian Center (CCC) staff, who together administer and implement the numerous programs of the CCC.  The Dean of the Chapel reports directly to the President of the College.    With assistance from the CCC staff, the Dean of the Chapel fulfills the following specific duties: o   Member of the strategic leadership and governance system of the College; o   Plans and participates in ritual events in the life of the College;
  • Broadens the CCC’s impact on campus through programming and intentional relationships with various campus constituencies;
  • Builds relationships with and interacts regularly with local ministers and with religious professionals assigned to the campus (Intervarsity, FCA, Newman Club, etc.);  
    • 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;
o   Provides visionary leadership in conjunction with colleagues, the President, and advisory groups for the future direction of the CCC; o   Provides leadership in the planning of ecumenical worship, convocations, and other special services; o   Regularly offers sermons/homilies/messages during weekly noon worship services and other events on and off campus; o   Provides leadership in the implementation of the Christian initiative of the College’s strategic plan, within and beyond the CCC; o   Oversees the daily administration of the Center and its programs, and provides support and guidance to CCC staff members in their specific roles and areas of focus; o   Responsible for the budget in close consultation with the CCC Office Manager, providing responsible stewardship of the funds and resources of the CCC; o   Teaches 2 courses a year in area of academic expertise and/or General Studies; o   All other duties as assigned by the President.



The following responsibilities are shared by the staff of the CCC, including the Dean of the Chapel:

o   Provides leadership emphasizing ethical values and religious faith to create and sustain community; o   Develops collaborative connections with staff, faculty, administrative offices, programs, and Centers, (such as the Black Cultural Center/Carter G. Woodson Center, the Center for International Education, General Studies, Center for Excellence in Learning through Service, the Center for Transformative Learning, etc.); o   Ministers to students, staff, and faculty through programs, worship experiences, personal interaction, crisis-intervention, and individual and/or group counseling; o   Plans ecumenical worship, convocations, and other special services alongside other staff of the CCC, and takes the leadership role in ritual events in the life of the College; o   Supports the Berea College labor program by encouraging students to take on responsibilities, work side by side with staff, and be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them. o   Other roles / duties assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of its goals and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty.



o   Traditional ministerial/chaplaincy credentials (ordination, etc.); o   Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or equivalent; Doctor of Theology preferred; o   At least five years of appropriate ministerial/chaplaincy experience in a college or university setting; o   At least five years of successful leadership/administrative experience; o   A strong spiritual grounding and a commitment to ecumenism and interfaith cooperation; o   Excellent communication skills; o   Experience working with, and the ability to relate to, students, faculty and staff from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds; o   Significant training and experience in preaching and pastoral counseling with sensitive pastoral support skills and crisis intervention expertise; o   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; o   Expertise in mediation, large and small group engagement, community building, and experiential learning.  


  • Vacation and sick leave are accrued under the regular college policy.
  • 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.
    • 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;
    • 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;
  • The Dean of the Chapel will also have official college holidays when all offices on campus are closed;
  • 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 Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty.



College Chaplain: Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent (required)

Ph.D. or D. Theol. or equivalent is required for teaching



College Chaplain: 5 to 10 years of Chaplaincy in Higher Education and Supervision Experience



This position directly supervise 3-5 other Staff/Team Members  

This position does not directly supervise Students. 


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