The Assistant Dean of Multifaith Engagement works under the leadership of the University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement to provide strategic leadership and vision for supporting religious and spiritual life and advancing multifaith understanding at Elon. The Assistant Dean upholds the value placed on spiritual development, alongside intellectual and social development, as an essential part of Elon’s educational program. The Assistant Dean oversees several key programmatic and administrative aspects of Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, including fundraising and administration for the related Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Protestant Life programs and those of other represented faith communities.
Responsibilities include leadership for religious diversity and multifaith understanding, administrative and programmatic oversight for related aspects of religious and spiritual life, and representation of the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life within the university and local communities. The Assistant Dean provides key leadership within the Division of Student Life, working collaboratively with all university departments and programs, including the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society and the academic Religious Studies department. See https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/8433 for further details.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution required
Ordination or its equivalent standing in a religious/spiritual tradition is welcome, but not necessary.
6-10 years of progressive leadership experience in college/university interfaith work.
Experience with staff supervision and development, strategic planning, assessment and evaluation, and data-driven decision making
Demonstrated transformational leadership skills
Demonstrated experience with leading multifaith/interfaith engagement and communities
Experience supporting faith communities from varying religious traditions
Experience with engaged learning and high impact practices
Ability to apply theory to practice, including student development, spiritual identity formation, learning theory, leadership, and group dynamics
Intercultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to articulate a vision and take steps necessary to actualize organizational goals
Strong skills with administrative writing, interpersonal communication, and presenting
Demonstrated experience building partnerships and relating effectively with diverse constituents including students, faculty, senior staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and leaders in the profession
Effective crisis and risk management skills
About Elon University
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem-solvers. Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The 447 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 79 percent ranks in the top six percent in the nation. Elon’s 6,291 undergraduate and 826 graduate students come from 46 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and 49 other countries. About 24 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country. Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #10 for innovation. For the sixth straight year, Elon is the leader in the “Focus on Student Success” feature – the only college or university ranked in the top-20 in all eight categories of high-impact academic programs. Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences, senior capstone and service learning. Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and 78 percent of students have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations. The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.