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Buddhist Advisor

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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    138271208

Amherst College


Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Casual
Part time
JR1132

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

S um m a r y of Pos i t i on:

Amherst College invites applications for the Buddhist Advisor (Casual, No Benefits) position. The Buddhist Advisor is a part time position that works August 15 - May 31, not including school vacation periods, at an average of 8 hours per week. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Buddhist Advisor serves a vital function in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in supporting our Buddhist community as well as those interested in meditation and mindfulness (particularly students), and our broader campus more generally. While primarily focused on Buddhist/meditation programming and pastoral care, the Buddhist Advisor also contributes to interfaith, contemplative, and service programs sponsored by the Office. The Advisor provides a welcoming ministry to a diverse student population and College community, and takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce by participating in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. The position mainly requires weekday work hours, with the exception of creating and facilitating a weekly evening program at a time to be determined. Flexibility and availability for select additional evening and weekend programs (e.g. panels, vigils, etc.) is expected.

While this role typically works August 15 - May 31, we anticipate holding one or two onboarding meetings the week of August 9, 2021, for which compensation will be provided.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

P rin c ipal Duties a nd Re s ponsibi l i t ies:
Programs
  • Provides for religious programming on campus and makes all reasonable efforts to accommodate the religious and spiritual needs of Buddhist students as well as faculty and staff
  • Provides trainings and support to teach meditation and mindfulness practices and tools to those not necessarily identifying as Buddhist
  • Participates in Religious & Spiritual Life programming (e.g. interfaith panels and service events, Baccalaureate, vigils, retreats)
  • Participates in College committees as eligible and able
  • Makes provision for weddings and funerals for the campus community and alumni/ae as requested and as available

Advising
  • Advises the Buddhist Group, leading their weekly meetings and working with student leaders to offer special events and Buddhist holiday celebrations as appropriate
  • Provides pastoral care and guidance to students and other members of the campus community as requested and appropriate
  • Serves the campus community in times of crisis

Administrative
  • Holds regular office hours
  • Attends regularly scheduled Religious & Spiritual Life staff meetings
  • Communicates in a timely manner with students and staff, balancing weekly hours between on-campus commitments and responsive attention to communications
  • Remains current with trends in chaplaincy through membership and service in the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE) or comparable organizations and professional development opportunities

Edu ca t i on:
R e quir e d: Bachelor's Degree
P r e f e r r e d: Master of Divinity or equivalent with focus on Buddhist ministry

E x p e ri e n ce :
R e quir e d:
  • Trained in Buddhist tradition and able to facilitate Buddhist religious and spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, and scriptural study
  • Organizational and pastoral care skills
  • Ability to teach Buddhist tenets and provide a welcoming ministry to a diverse student population and College community

P r e f e r r e d:
  • Buddhist, religious, and/or pastoral work in a higher education setting

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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Posted: 2021-06-02 Expires: 2021-07-04

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