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Africana Spirituality Chaplain - University Chaplaincy
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 4, 2022
Title Africana Spirituality Chaplain - University Chaplaincy
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department University Chaplaincy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Religion and Theology


The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community on all of Tufts’ campuses. The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multifaith engagement within Tufts’ tradition of progressive thought in education.  Through its programming and initiatives, the Chaplaincy is actively committed to Tufts’ initiative in becoming an anti-racist institution and is welcoming to, and inclusive of, all people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  Reporting to the President, the University Chaplain leads the University Chaplaincy team, which currently includes six Associate Chaplains (Buddhist, Catholic, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant); one Advisor (Hindu); four administrative, program, and music staff; one chaplain intern; and thirteen student workers. The University Chaplaincy works with 15+ campus religious and philosophical communities that offer over many weekly gatherings and special programs. Beyond its work supporting these communities, the University Chaplaincy offers multifaith programming and services for the whole University and its staff serve as liaisons to various departments and schools and are members of various University committees related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, campus life, and mental health and wellness. The department also manages the care and use of Goddard Chapel and the Interfaith Center.

What You'll Do

The Africana Spirituality Chaplain works with the University Chaplaincy Team in providing overall religious and philosophical leadership for the University community by providing primary leadership, organization, advising, and support for Tufts' Afro-indigenous and Afro-diasporic communities through a global and pluralistic lens and approach. The Africana Spirituality Chaplain centers the needs of the Tufts students of African descent by: supporting students and offering collaborative programs with both the University Chaplaincy and the Africana Center; facilitating educational and experiential programs reflecting the diversity of the traditions within African Spirituality; building relationships through active engagement with existing communities across Tufts’ campuses; coordinating and supporting the spiritual and cultural practices of the community; providing spiritual and pastoral care and leadership in service, social justice, and multifaith initiatives; supporting the administrative needs of the Africana Spirituality Chaplaincy; and connecting the Tufts community with the greater afro-indigenous and afro-diasporic communities of metro Boston.  

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent training in divinity, theology, religion, philosophy, chaplaincy, or a related field 
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in chaplaincy/religious/community leadership, which may include internships and field education 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of traditions and practices connected to Afro-indigenous and afro-diasporic traditions, with the ability to support and encourage a diverse and pluralistic community 
  • Demonstrated experience in multifaith dialogue and engagement 
  • Experience in higher education and understanding of young adult development through a student empowerment and community-organizing approach 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Divinity degree 
  • Ordination, licensure, or other certification 
  • One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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