Bard College seeks to appoint a vibrant Jewish chaplain who, within the interfaith Chaplaincy of the College, will actively engage in building and sustaining a dynamic, meaningful, and pluralistic Jewish campus community.. This is a full-time exempt, 12 month per year position reporting to Reverend Mary Grace Williams, Chaplain of the College/Dean of Community Life. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.
Bard College's main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with 1900 undergraduate students; the campus also features multiple graduate programs. The 1000 acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, the Hessel Museum of Art, as well as the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as five international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard's priorities well in addition to the College's emphasis on civic engagement.
Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.
The chaplain's work is focused on the pastoral and liturgical care of students, including during the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, and also includes serving the staff, faculty, and alumni of the College. The Jewish chaplain coordinates his or her work with the Episcopal, Buddhist, and Muslim chaplains, as well as with other associates of the Chaplaincy, who serve students of other religious communities and who often collaborate in multi-denominational events. The successful candidate may be invited to teach within the academic curriculum of the College and/or engage in other on-campus activities, depending upon the qualifications and interests of the candidate and the needs of the College.
Ordination from a recognized seminary or rabbinic training program
Ability to work with a diverse, multi-faith community and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references through Interfolio.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
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About Bard College
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.