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Humanist Advisor

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Part time

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:

Amherst College invites applications for the Humanist Advisor (Casual, No Benefits) position. The Humanist Advisor is a part time position that works August 15 - May 31, not including school vacation periods, at an average of 7 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 Humanist Advisor serves a vital function in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in supporting our Humanist, atheist, agnostic, secular, and spiritual but not religious (SBNR) community (particularly students), and our broader campus more generally. While primarily focused on Humanist programming and pastoral care, the Humanist 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. This is a 5-year funded role, after which point the position and available funding sources will be reassessed.

P rin c ipal Duties a nd Re s ponsibi l i t ies:

  • Provides for Humanist programming on campus and makes all reasonable efforts to accommodate the spiritual needs of Humanist and SBNR students as well as faculty and staff
  • Provides programs for students to contemplate and discuss questions of meaning and values
  • Researches how to create a thriving Humanist community on campus, and developing plans and programming to support such a community
  • 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

  • Advises the Humanist Group, leading their weekly meetings and working with student leaders to offer special events and gatherings 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

  • 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 Philosophy (or equivalent) with focus on Humanism

E x p e ri e n ce :
R e quir e d:
  • Trained in Humanist thinking and able to facilitate Humanist contemplative practices
  • Organizational and pastoral care skills
  • Ability to teach Humanist tenets and reflection practices, and provide a welcoming ministry to a diverse student population and College community
P r e f e r r e d:
  • Humanist, philosophy, 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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