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Job Req ID:  88676

Assistant Chaplain

Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) is seeking to further embody the Johns Hopkins University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment to “be a model of a pluralistic society in which we acknowledge, embrace, and engage diverse identities, perspectives, and experiences.” As such, RSL seeks to hire an Assistant Chaplain who has the experience, knowledge, and background in supporting students from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds (e.g., Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Vedic, etc.).


The Assistant Chaplain will serve by helping to enhance and expand programming and support offered through JHU Religious and Spiritual Life.  Reporting directly to the University Chaplain, the Assistant Chaplain will initiate, implement, manage, and evaluate programs with the goals of educating and advocating for an increasingly diverse religious and spiritual life in the campus community. 


The Assistant Chaplain will serve as a lead coordinator for religious and spiritual life programs, inclusive of our increasingly diverse religious communities (e.g., Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Vedic, etc.).  The Assistant Chaplain will also work collaboratively in leading RSL-sponsored community service and social justice projects, including Open Hand Open Hearts: Religious Diversity Awareness Days, community engagement service projects, holy days and observances, educational programs, Alternative Break programs, and will serve as a point of contact for inter-departmental collaborations. These duties require regular evening and weekend hours and may require in and out of state travel.  This is a 12-month position. 

Two openings available, we are seeking to hire one position to serve our Muslim community.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and implement programs and projects that enhance the religious and spiritual life of the campus, inclusive of an increasingly diverse religious community at the university. 
    • This may include, but is not limited to, speaker series, film screenings, themed dinners, sacred site, museum, cultural center visits, reading groups, meditation classes, artistic and creative projects and other projects that may arise out of campus needs or suggestions. 
  • Serve as the lead advisor to worship, devotional, religious holy day observances, and signature programs and events in collaboration with on-campus and off-campus partners, and student leaders. 
    • These events may include High Holiday Services, Shabbat at the IFC, Diwali, Holi, Ramadan Iftars, Eid Celebrations, Kirtan and Langar and other religious observances. 
  • Advise and support undergraduate and graduate RSL student organizations. 
    • In this capacity, provide guidance and support for student leaders, ensure they are operating within the parameters of university policies, advocate for their needs and offer conflict resolution skills as needed. 
  • Provide leadership for particular religious communities which may include leading or arranging to be led weekly worship, devotional or prayer services, offer learning circles and sacred text study, providing support for holidays and holy observances. 
  • Collaboration with community partners and congregations and advising university policy and processes may also be required.
  • Assist in providing outreach to the campus community with the goal of educating and supporting well-balanced student life. 
    • This may include working with other departments on projects that will maximize resources, model healthy, thoughtful collaboration and providing opportunities for stress relief.   Examples include: OMA, LGBTQ Life, Women and Gender Resources, Residential Life, Center for Health Education & Wellness, Counseling Center, SOS, Athletics & Recreation, OIE, OIS, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Center for Arts and Innovation, LEED, SGA, HOP, the Center for Social Concern and Academic Departments.
  • In collaboration with other RSL staff plan and host ice cream socials, RA Dinners, regular study breaks, Interfaith Center Open Houses, dessert socials and other hospitality events. 
  • Develop and manage Alternative Break programs – including service-based and education-based projects. 
    • This includes collecting applications, recruiting and training student and staff leaders, managing project logistics, conducting pre-event orientation, on-site reflection and post-event evaluation and assessment. 
  • Collaborate in planning, implementing and attending interfaith and multi-faith programs, events and conferences.
  • Provide one-on-one confidential spiritual care to students, staff and faculty.
  • Respond as needed during times of crisis or student death. 
  • Actively participate in the work of the Centers for Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Assist the Chaplain in convening the Interfaith Council and other student groups as needed.
  • Recruit and supervise coordination of RSL student interns.
  • Provide support to and attend RSL Advisory Board Meetings.
  • Promote RSL programs and projects including web management, social media and communications outlets and platforms. 
  • Serve as departmental representative on division-wide committees as needed. 
  • Assist in the collection of data and other needed materials for assessment purposes.
  • Write reports as needed.
  • Manage RSL Office in the absence of the Chaplain.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Master’s Degree in Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies, or related field preferred.
  • Three to five years of related experience in ministry in higher education and/or in religiously diverse settings.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Special Knowledge, Skills or Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively in a cross-cultural, multi-religious environment with a variety of constituents.
  • Working knowledge of world’s religious traditions with adept experience working with traditionally underserved religious communities.
  • Ability to create, organize, and implement campus-wide programming, including assessment and evaluation.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with great discretion.
  • Demonstrated reliability and enthusiasm for campus chaplaincy work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others on deadlines and under pressure, take initiative, and well-developed problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Strong organizational, problem solving and logistics management skills.
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage budgets.
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments, address needs and conflicts as they arise.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. 
  • Mileage will be compensated according to university guidelines.


Classified Title: Assistant Chaplain 
Working Title: Assistant Chaplain   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB  
Starting Salary Range: $40,100 - $55,140 - $70,180 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001407-Religious and Spiritual Life 
Personnel area: University Student Services 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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