Director of Religions Programs

Chautauqua Institution | Chautauqua, NY
Date posted: March 14, 2023
Director of Religions Programs
Contact Name: Melissa Spas
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (617) 620-4211
Deadline: April 10, 2023


Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities. Chautauqua Institution owns and operates Chautauqua Hotel Company, a comprehensive hotel, food & beverage, conferencing, and events organization. The Institution’s office in Washington, DC is located strategically for an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation.



This is a creative opportunity for an intellectually-curious leader to develop new multi-religious programs and contribute to the excellence of a legacy lecture series, bringing together religious voices from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, while fostering dialogue and reflection. The Director of Religion Programs will report to and collaborate with the Vice President of Religion to develop, implement, manage, and coordinate religious programming for a diverse and expanding constituency. This position will serve as a leader and primary point of contact for multiple religion programs, focused on educational programs, and with a portfolio of legacy projects as well as the management of new programs. This position will also be responsible for the development and enhancement of contracting, communication, and the management of program budgets, with dedicated attention to the development of digital delivery mechanisms for educational resources to an expanding audience. This work requires knowledge and research proficiency in religion and has a high degree of creative independence, with an emphasis on collaboration, relationship development, and operational excellence.This position is based on-site at Chautauqua Institution’s Main Campus in beautiful Southwestern New York with on-campus residence required during the Summer Assembly Season from June–August. The flexibility for hybrid telecommuting or remote work outside of summer operations may be considered.




Bachelor’s degree in religious studies, humanities, or social sciences is required. Advanced degree (MDiv, MTS, MA in Religion or Education) is preferred.


Minimum of 5+ years of combined education and experience in one or more of the following areas: religious studies; religious institutional leadership; educational program development; advanced project management for nonprofit, educational, or religious organizations.


Chautauqua Institution’s competitive compensation and a benefits suite that includes health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield, flexible spend (or health savings) account options, dental and vision insurance, complimentary life insurance, wellness incentives, and fitness options, an employee assistance program, and supplemental life insurance and long-term disability options.The Institution supports planning for retirement through a discretionary employer pension contribution, which has recently been (10%) of gross compensation following a designated service period.




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