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Associate Chaplain for Buddhist and Interfaith Programs and Director of the Davidson Meditation Initiative

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Categories: Staff
Department: Chaplain

Position Summary:

As member of the Chaplains' Office team, the individual in this position will foster Buddhist, meditation, and interfaith programming for the college community; provide pastoral care and counseling to students, faculty, and staff of all religious traditions or no particular tradition; provide a Buddhist voice and presence at college gatherings; and promote a campus environment that values religious particularity, diversity, inclusiveness, and pluralism.

Essential duties:

Buddhist programming:

Initiate, plan, and lead Buddhist programming. This role includes but is not limited to: recruiting, training, and advising the leaders of student group Davidson Dharma to organize and conduct weekly meetings with teachings of the Dharma and meditation practice; planning and leading one off-campus retreat per year for students; organizing programs (sometimes in collaboration with faculty or staff), such as visits by teachers and lecturers, to educate the college community about Buddhist practices and/or to teach the Dharma; providing occasional opportunities for students who identify as culturally Buddhist to gather and build community; assisting students of all backgrounds who identify (or wish to identify) as Buddhist in their study and practice of the Dharma, as well as with concerns for which they seek pastoral counseling and care. (25%)

Meditation programming:

Initiate, plan, and lead meditation opportunities. This role includes but is not limited to: initiating and directing a network of on-campus programming to introduce and nurture meditation and mindfulness practices among a broad cross-section of students, regularly collaborating with staff and faculty in a variety of college contexts (e.g., the Student Counseling Center, the Athletic Department, Davidson Outdoors, Residence Life, academic classes, etc.); recruiting, training, and advising student leaders to organize weekly non-sectarian mindfulness meetings; meeting one-on-one with individuals seeking guidance in their practice, as well as with other concerns for which they seek pastoral counseling and care. (30%)

Interfaith programming:

Initiate, plan, and lead interfaith programming that engages the range of religious and secular diversity on campus. This role includes but is not limited to: planning and leading programs that bring together students of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds for relationship-building and social action; advising student organizations (e.g., Better Together, Muslim Student Association) to coordinate celebrations of major religious holidays, as well as to promote interfaith engagement through regular programming; facilitating religious literacy and interfaith leadership training for the college community (students, faculty, and staff) in collaboration with the chaplaincy staff and students; planning and leading an annual interfaith retreat. (35%)

Presence, communication, and administration:

Offer a public Buddhist presence at college-wide events (e.g., Orientation, gatherings in times of crisis); maintain email and social media communications with students; manage Buddhist, meditation, and interfaith programming budgets, and fulfill other administrative tasks as needed; attend relevant meetings on a regular basis (e.g., Student Life Staff, Religious Life Council, campus ministers' gatherings). (10%)

Position Requirements


  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required
  • An M.Div. or other relevant post-graduate training and/or degrees or certifications preferred
  • Rootedness in a particular Buddhist tradition and/or lineage and strong ties to a community within that tradition required
  • Substantial study of Buddhism under a qualified teacher or lama required
  • Ordination or certification by a Buddhist community preferred


  • Minimum of 7 years of personal Buddhist practice required
  • Experience of teaching the Dharma to both Buddhist and other constituencies preferred

Knowledge, skills, training:

  • Knowledge about a range of Buddhist lineages and current trends in Buddhism required
  • Experience in and/or enthusiasm for engaging in interfaith dialogue and programming with students and religious leaders from diverse religious traditions required
  • Attention to detail and strong administrative and planning skills for organizing and publicizing events required
  • Experience with and/or training in pastoral counseling and care required
  • Familiarity with major social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) preferred
  • A basic understanding of and comfort with Christianity preferred

The opportunity:

This is a full-time, 12-month position.  The position qualifies for full-time regular benefits. The starting salary will be in the low $50,000s. 

Please submit a resume and cover letter with the application by November 15, 2020, to https://employment.davidson.edu.


At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.



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