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College Chaplain & Director of the Christian Leadership Center

Shreveport, Louisiana (LA), USA 71104

Centenary College of Louisiana invites applications for a College Chaplain and Director of the Christian Leadership Center, beginning August 2017. This position reports to the Dean of Students and serves as a member of the Student Development team, working especially closely with the Director of Professional Discernment. In addition, the person in this position will teach Religion 200, the CLC Colloquium.

The Christian Leadership Center provides a transformational curricular and co-curricular growth experience for undergraduate students. As members of an ecumenical and inclusive community, participants explore their own beliefs and values, engage in small discussion groups, participate in the weekly Colloquium course, and give back to the community through internships, usually through local churches or non-profit organizations related to that individual student’s goals and interests.   The successful candidate will oversee the Christian Leadership Center in the areas of budget, academic support, and structural vision, providing guidance to Centenary College students in alignment with the goals of the Student Development division. The candidate will work cooperatively with the Development office in areas of stewardship and the support of outreach efforts with the United Methodist Church.

As Chaplain, the successful candidate will provide pastoral care, counseling, and referrals upon request in a college associated with the United Methodist Church, but with a commitment to fostering religious diversity and providing ecumenical and interfaith support to all members of the college community. The Chaplain will also work with faculty and others on ongoing initiatives such as work with the Interfaith Youth Corps and the college's Beliefs and Values Project.

A Master of Divinity or other relevant Master's degree is required at the time of employment. In addition, the Chaplain must be licensed as a UMC local pastor or commissioned or ordained as a Deacon or Elder in the United Methodist Church, or pursuing such credentials.

Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi river and is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.

Centenary College is located in the Shreveport-Bossier City metroplex in NW Louisiana, named recently as a “city of opportunity” and listed among Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” for 2014.

To apply, send a detailed letter of application addressing the features of the position, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references to hr@centenary.edu or:

Chaplain Search Committee
c/o Department of Human Resources
Centenary College of Louisiana
2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71104


Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Short-listed applicants will be asked to supply copies of all unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning and a statement of teaching and pastoral philosophy.

Centenary College recognizes that diversity is essential to its goal of providing an educational experience where students explore the unfamiliar, invent new approaches to understanding, and connect their work and lives to the world at large. We thus welcome applicants who would add to the College’s diversity of ideas, beliefs, experiences, and cultural backgrounds. (www.centenary.edu) EOE.