Cornell College
  • 22-Jun-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Applications are being accepted for the Chaplain of the College. The Chaplain is responsible for providing guidance and support on matters of spiritual formation; serves as counselor to students, faculty, and staff; works with various campus organizations and Divisions of the College; assists the President with church-college relations; provides Spiritual Life leadership, and engages in occasional teaching. This position is a full-time, 11-month benefits-eligible position.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by our Ingenuity curriculum that builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule. This combination encourages the qualities of being thoughtful, original, and inventive, using the strengths of a liberal arts education to apply ideas to solve problems and meet challenges through hands-on experience in learning. Academic immersion, Division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from across the U.S. and worldwide. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Ordination, preferably in the United Methodist Church, and a M.Div. degree. Experience in college chaplaincy or similar ministry with demonstrated ability to serve in a Church-related, non-sectarian, ecumenical, and multi-faith context.

Preferred Skills

Organizational, communication, counseling, and spiritual direction skills. Ability to preach and to conduct appropriately the customary rituals of the College throughout the academic year. Ability to communicate effectively, interact professionally, maintain confidentiality in a variety of situations (in person and on the telephone), and possess a commitment to compassionate social justice tempered with humility, fair-mindedness, and humor.

This position will remain open until filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through Cornell's online application system.

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.


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