Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life

St. Olaf College | Northfield, MN
Date posted: September 12, 2019
Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life
Contact Name: Jessica Smisek
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 507-786-3068
Deadline: November 11, 2019

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power. Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

Job Description

1. Provide religious education, spiritual care, and program support for St. Olaf students, particularly for those who identify as Muslim – 60% of time
* Plan and help to lead Muslim holiday, religious, educational, and cultural events, working with the other members of the College Ministry team, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), and St. Olaf faculty, staff, and students.
*Advise the MSA and, as appropriate, other student religious groups, helping them plan for events, programs, or worship.
*Meet with students to discuss matters of college life, faith and values, and vocational discernment.
*Work collaboratively with colleagues in a variety of other offices to help meet the residential and co-curricular needs of students who identify as Muslim.
*Foster relationships with students in other ways, such as through participation in community events, student organizations and student activities.

2. Foster inter-religious education and engagement for the St. Olaf community – 30% of time
*Support the development of, and participate in, programming designed to foster inter-religious education and engagement.
*Promote community engagement with questions of faith, values, and vocation.
*Engage with student religious organizations from different faith traditions.

3. Serve as chaplain to the St. Olaf community – 10% of time
*Participate as a spiritual leader in community events as requested, including alumni and parent events.
*Collaborate in planning special services (i.e. convocations, commencement, memorial services).


Education: Master’s degree in a relevant field at the time of application or anticipated for completion by the end of the first year of appointment; significant professional experience in a relevant field, or other relevant educational credentials, may modify the degree requirements; maintain a valid driver’s license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience: 2+ years of experience in a relevant field

Education: Evidence of educational experiences relevant to chaplaincy, such as graduate coursework, clinical pastoral education, or certification

Experience: 2+ years of experience in a relevant field beyond an internship or graduate assistantship position(s); experience working with college students

Time Commitment

0.40 August-May, with occasional hours for program development activities in June and July

832 hours total to be worked; averaging 18 hours per week, hours to be worked primarily between Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., schedule established with supervisor; includes periodic evening and weekend hours; travel up to 5% of work schedule, which includes local (Twin Cities and and metro area), for professional development or student activities

Application Instructions

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