Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

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Volunteer & Community Services Specialist
Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD

The Campus Ministries Volunteer & Community Services Specialist serves to enhance the programming and support the work of JHU Campus Ministries. In conjunction with the Chaplain, the Programming and Community Services Specialist will initiate, implement, manage and evaluate programs with the goals of educating and advocating for the religious and spiritual life of the campus community. The Campus Ministries Volunteer & Community Services Specialist will serve as the lead coordinator for religious and spiritual life programs and Campus Ministries sponsored community service projects including Open Hand Open Hearts: Religious Diversity Awareness Days, Sandwich Sundays, community engagement service projects, educational programs, Alternative Break programs and will serve as a point of contact for inter-departmental collaborations. These duties will require some weekend and evening hours. This is a 12-month position.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:
Initiate and implement programs and projects that enhance the religious and spiritual life of the campus. This may include, but is not limited to speakers series, film screenings, themed dinners, sacred site, museum or cultural center visits, reading groups and other projects that may arise out of student need or suggestion. Assist in providing outreach to the campus community with the goal of educating and supporting well-balanced student life. This may include working with other departments on projects that will maximize resources, model healthy, thoughtful collaboration and providing opportunities for stress relief.

Examples include: Residential Life, Center for Health Education & Wellness (CHEW), Counseling Center, Athletics & Recreation, OISSS, Greek Life, OMA, SGA, HOP & Center for Social Concern (CSC). Collaborative projects may include wellness fairs, community service projects, mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation, film series, Women's History Month, & mural board painting.

Examples of current topics/trends include: inter-religious conflict, dispelling myths about religious traditions, educating to reduce prejudice and discrimination, sacred text study and globalization. There is also a component of learning about and addressing religious & spiritual ideas and practices through artistic and creative mediums (creating artwork to express religious beliefs or learn about other religions). Serve as the lead coordinator for community service projects. This includes matching community organizations with student interest and skill set, procuring needed materials, serving as on-site advisor, evaluating the effectiveness of the various projects. We participate in roughly two service projects per month and hope to increase to three per month. May work in collaboration with the CSC on large, campus-wide initiatives such as the Presidents Day of Service. Develop and manage Alternative Break programs, including service-based and education-based projects. This includes collecting applications, recruiting and training student and staff leaders, managing project logistics, conducting pre-event orientation, on-site reflection and post-event evaluation and assessment. Assist the Chaplain in convening the Interfaith Council. Provide support and advise student interns. Provide support and advise campus religious groups. Promote Campus Ministries programs and projects including web management. Serve as departmental representative on division-wide committees as needed. Assist in the collection of data and other needed materials for assessment purposes. Write reports as needed. Manage Campus Ministries in the absence of the Chaplain. Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor's Degree required. Master's Degree in divinity, theology, religious studies or related field preferred. Three years of related experience required, preferably in ministry, higher education and/or in religiously diverse settings.

Special skills and knowledge:
Ability to communicate and interact effectively in a cross-cultural, multi-religious environment with a variety of constituents. Working knowledge of world's religious traditions. Ability to create, organize, implement and assess campus-wide programming. Familiarity with web design and management and other publication platforms. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with great discretion. Ability to teach leadership and conflict resolution skills. Strong communication, organizational and problem solving skills. Ability to supervise staff and manage budgets. Must be able to handle multiple assignments, address needs and conflicts as they arise. Must have a valid driver's license.

Additional information:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

To apply, please visit, create and save your application, then click “Find your new job”: requisition #56139. Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. As such, Johns Hopkins does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristic in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admission or employment.

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