Director of Spiritual Life

Knox College | Galesburg, IL
Date posted: May 4, 2021
Director of Spiritual Life
Contact Name: Tatiana Spottiswoode
Contact Email: [email protected]
Deadline: June 30, 2021

The College’s enduring hallmarks, dating from its founding in 1837 by abolitionists, are academic rigor; student access without regard to gender, race or financial circumstances; a social justice ethos; and a supportive, richly elaborated student culture that inspires high affinity and loyal, active alumni devotion. The word alumni use most often in describing their Knox experience is “transformational.”

Job Description

As spiritual leader of Knox College, the new Director will:

  1. Develop educational initiatives and programming around spiritual issues, justice, ethics and values, in both formal and informal settings.
  2. Directly advise student Interfaith Ambassadors and provide support to a range of religious and spiritual student organizations.
  3. Conduct and participate in multi-faith services and academic ceremonies.
  4. Act as a moral and spiritual leader to the community by writing, speaking and keeping current on social justice issues of concern to members of the Knox and Galesburg communities and society as a whole.
  5. Collaborate with staff and faculty colleagues including Intercultural Life, International Student Services, Campus Life and others to deliver a holistic co-curricular education.

As head of the Office of Spiritual Life, the new Director will:

  1. Coordinate with other spiritual leaders both on and off campus.
  2. Make the resources and services of the Office of Spiritual Life available to all of the College’s religious groups, and lead this office so that it serves the needs of the campus and engages the Galesburg community.
  3. Supervise programming throughout the office.


A master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies or an equivalent. Candidates must be ordained or otherwise credentialed by a recognized religious order and qualified to officiate religious/spiritual services and rites. Previous formal experience with young adult ministry and demonstrated enthusiasm for supporting diversity of religious/spiritual identities and intersectional identities are essential. Candidates must be intentionally open and thoughtful in working with those of faiths other than their own, those who claim no faith tradition and those who are questioning. Candidates must have an interest in working directly with students of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, as well as engaging and partnering formally and informally with local spiritual leaders. Candidates should manifest an appreciation for the holistic student experience in a residential college setting with a respect and understanding of shifting demographics as it relates to the intersectionality of lived experiences, especially those pertaining to racial identities, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Time Commitment

Candidates should have the ability and readiness to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend professional obligations.


Full time with Benefits

Application Instructions

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or résumé and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this appointment. Named referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Tatiana Spottiswoode of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr. LLC is leading the search.

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