College Chaplain and Director of new College Multifaith Space
St Hilda’s College seeks to appoint a Chaplain and Director of the College’s new multifaith space from 1 September 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Applicants should be ordained as a minister or have similar institutional recognition as a faith leader in any religious tradition and have substantial demonstrable experience of working successfully in a chaplaincy or similar role with students in an educational or higher educational environment. The role is expected to involve a commitment to being in College two days per week (or equivalent hours spread over more than two days) during the University full term, with greater flexibility in the amount of time spent in the College during vacations.
The appointee will be taking up the role at an exciting juncture in the College’s history as it moves from providing an Anglican chapel open for use by other faith groups in the College to a dedicated multifaith space in a newly completed building. Called The Sanctuary, the multifaith space is intended to be accessible to those of all faiths and none as a place for worship, assembly, and prayer, and for quiet contemplation and reflection. The main responsibility of the appointee will therefore be to lead the development of The Sanctuary as a successful multifaith space for the use of a range of identified student faith groups in the College as well as generating and overseeing a programme of activities, possibly including initiatives for interfaith dialogue and education, that will underpin the spiritual dimension of the life of the College as a diverse community fully committed to the principles of equality and mutual respect among all its members. As the Directorship of the multifaith space is a new role at St Hilda’s, there is ample opportunity for the appointee to use their creativity, imagination and experience to generate a programme of events in The Sanctuary to embody and project its multifaith vision. The Chaplain will work in conjunction with a ‘Sanctuary Users Group’, to be constituted of the Chaplain, members of the College’s Governing Body, and representatives of the different student faith groups regularly using The Sanctuary. There is no automatic assumption that the Chaplain will be a member of the College’s welfare team, but the appointee may be invited to join it in the event of presenting appropriate qualifications and experience.
The appointee will be employed on the basis of a 0.2 FTE Grade 7 level stipend per annum (in the range £32,817 – 36,914 pro rata, current rates). The post is permanent with a probationary period of six months. In addition to their stipend, the Chaplain will be entitled to an annual allowance of £1,000 to spend on materials or books, on the entertainment of students and, where relevant, on the hosting of guests invited to the College as part of the programme of activities of The Sanctuary. Membership of the USS pension scheme is offered. The appointee will have membership of the Senior Common Room and the right to take up to four meals per week in College (lunch or dinner) without charge during the full term when carrying out duties in College and to attend College dining events. The appointee will be entitled to use an office when in the College in the course of carrying out the Chaplain’s duties.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27 July 2020. Further particulars, including details of how to apply, may be downloaded below, or obtained from the Academic Registrar at email@example.com