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Africana Spirituality Chaplain - University Chaplaincy
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 18956
The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community on all of Tufts’ campuses. The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multifaith engagement within Tufts’ tradition of progressive thought in education. Through its programming and initiatives, the Chaplaincy is actively committed to Tufts’ initiative in becoming an anti-racist institution and is welcoming to, and inclusive of, all people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Reporting to the President, the University Chaplain leads the University Chaplaincy team, which currently includes seven Associate Chaplains (Buddhist, Catholic, Humanist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant); three administrative, program, and music staff; one chaplain intern; and thirteen student workers. The University Chaplaincy works with 15+ campus religious and philosophical communities that offer over many weekly gatherings and special programs. Beyond its work supporting these communities, the University Chaplaincy offers multifaith programming and services for the whole University and its staff serve as liaisons to various departments and schools and are members of various University committees related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, campus life, and mental health and wellness. The department also manages the care and use of Goddard Chapel and the Interfaith Center.
What You'll Do
The Africana Spirituality Chaplain provides spiritual and cultural leadership, organization, advising, and support for Tufts' Afro-indigenous and Afro-diasporic communities. Through a global and pluralistic lens, the Africana Spirituality Chaplain centers the needs of the Tufts students of African descent by: supporting students and offering collaborative programs with both the University Chaplaincy and the Africana Center; facilitating educational and experiential programs reflecting the diversity of the traditions within Africana Spirituality; building relationships through active engagement with existing communities across Tufts’ campuses; coordinating and supporting the spiritual and cultural practices of the community; providing spiritual and pastoral care and leadership in service, social justice, and multifaith initiatives; supporting the administrative needs of the Africana Spirituality Chaplaincy; and connecting the Tufts community with the greater Afro-indigenous and Afro-diasporic communities of metro Boston.
What We're Looking For
Graduate degree or equivalent training in divinity, theology, religion, philosophy, chaplaincy, or a related field
Minimum 2 years’ experience in chaplaincy/religious/community leadership, which may include internships and field education
Demonstrated knowledge of traditions and practices connected to Afro-indigenous and afro-diasporic traditions, with the ability to support and encourage a diverse and pluralistic community
Demonstrated experience in multifaith dialogue and engagement
Experience in higher education and understanding of young adult development through a student empowerment and community-organizing approach
Master of Divinity degree
Ordination, licensure, or other certification
One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Minimum $52,600.00, Midpoint $65,750.00, Maximum $78,900.00
Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.
This is Tufts.
Tufts is a student-centered research university with a constellation of world-class schools encompassing undergraduate, graduate, professional, and lifelong learning programs. Across the university, students satisfy their intellectual curiosity, jump-start rewarding careers, and unlock bright, promising futures. Through rigorous academics, groundbreaking research, and a commitment to civic engagement and leadership, our community of students, faculty, and staff collaborate across four Massachusetts campuses to build a brighter world (Medford/Somerville, Grafton, Boston-Chinatown, and Boston-Fenway).
Our employees light the way.
Tufts develops innovative solutions for the most complex global challenges of our time through teaching, research, and an unparalleled investment in civic engagement. In administration and operations, in dining centers and in labs, every employee plays a role in our mission for a better, brighter world.
At Tufts, the work you do matters. So do you.
Enjoy flexible and remote opportunities, innovative benefits, and an inclusive, welcoming, collaborative culture that supports you. Develop your skills. Take classes. Advance your career. ...Do work that makes you proud in a community you love. All while taking great care of yourself and the people who matter most.
We’re all in on creating an anti-racist culture of belonging.
Across Tufts, we’ve deepened our commitment to making the university a truly inclusive place. Where every member of our community contributes and feels like they belong. Where diverse perspectives are seen as our strength, and great ideas are always heard. In offices, labs, classrooms, and beyond, we’re doing this work together, knowing it is the foundation of our mission to create a brighter world.
An innovative university needs resourceful people who make things happen.
Here, collaboration isn’t just a buzzword, colleagues actually care, and community means everything. Sound appealing? Come join us. Choose a campus and find the role that fits you. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.
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