Religious Advisors; Boston, MA

in Job Postings
January 2nd, 2013

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts seeks religious educators/leaders to fill the following part-time positions:



Positions will average 5-15 hours a week during the academic year, beginning (ideally) in January 2013, with possible summer opportunities.  Spiritual Advisors are new, paid positions covering several classic “chaplaincy” or “campus ministry” functions but with an expanded emphasis on advancing the educational mission of the University and its new Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (see for more information).   A successful candidate will have significant experience as an educator and organizer in educational, religious, and/or nonprofit settings; excellent communication, dialogue, organizational, and conflict resolution skills; experience in interfaith work;  deep knowledge and experience of one’s own spiritual/religious tradition and respect for others’; a passion for working with diverse groups of students, and a commitment to developing student leaders who are interculturally adept, ethically reflective, and spiritually grounded global citizens.   Each of the Spiritual Advisors is supervised by the Alexander Levering Kern, the Center’s new Executive Director.  The Spiritual Advisor will:

·         Design effective outreach/hospitality/engagement approaches to students, faculty, and staff within the Spiritual Advisor’s religious/spiritual tradition.

·         Advise student organization(s) serving the SA’s specific religious/spiritual tradition (e.g. Hillel, Catholic students, Hindu students, etc.).

·         Work with Center Executive Director and two Program Managers (for Service and Engagement/Social Justice Program and for Education and Dialogue Programs) to plan and implement dynamic programs of spirituality, dialogue and service — bringing the religious teachings, practices, and culture(s) of the Spiritual Advisor’s specific tradition to bear on the interfaith/intercultural mission of the Center.

·        Meet with Northeastern community members from one’s own tradition for spiritual guidance/care/counseling.

·         Be available as needed to meet with and serve students of all religious/spiritual traditions, and none.

·         Meet regularly with team of fellow Spiritual Advisors for dialogue and program planning.

·         With the  Executive Director of the Center, work to build bridges of communication and cooperation with the Spiritual Advisor’s specific religious/spiritual tradition locally, nationally, and globally.

·         Serve as a representative of the Spiritual Advisor’s religious/spiritual tradition in University forums, interfaith services, events, conferences and symposia, experiential education, service/dialogue programs, urban and foreign study trips, academic classes, etc.

·         Where appropriate, coordinate services and ceremonies specific to the Spiritual Advisor’s religious/spiritual tradition, or arrange for religious leadership to conduct services

·         Other duties as assigned.

Please email resume or CV, and references to Alexander Levering Kern,, with the subject line SPIRITUAL ADVISOR APPLICATION.

Northeastern University Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service 203 Ell Hall Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts) Boston, MA 02115

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.