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Resident Program Coordinator for Chapel House and Great Religions Fund
Colgate University

Date Posted Dec. 14, 2022
Title Resident Program Coordinator for Chapel House and Great Religions Fund
University Colgate University
Hamilton, NY, United States
Department Chapel House
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Professional Staff
  • Religion and Theology

Colgate University

Resident Program Coordinator for Chapel House and Great Religions Fund

Requisition Number: 2022S168 Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the Faculty
Department: Chapel House

Department Statement:
Reporting to the Director of Chapel House, the resident program coordinator is an integral member of the team that supports the mission of Chapel House. Chapel House is a quiet, spiritual retreat house in a natural setting on the Colgate University campus with five guest rooms, a meditation Chapel, religious art, a library, music room, and kitchen. The resident program coordinator maintains residency in private quarters within Chapel House. Responsibilities include coordinating educational programming and outreach initiatives, supporting the daily operations and hospitality provided for daily visitors and overnight guests of Chapel House, and supporting the activities connected with the Fund for the Study of Word Religions.

The successful candidate will reside in the living quarters and appreciate the value of living in a quiet, spiritual, retreat house in a natural setting. The candidate is welcome to take meals alone or join the guests of Chapel House for meals. Compensation includes salary, housing, food when taking meals with guests, and other benefits. It is reasonably anticipated that the duties of this position will not entail more than 40 hours of work per week, and may entail even less from time to time such as when there are no guests or visitors present. A spouse or significant other is welcome to reside with the Resident Program Coordinator, but due to the limited facilities available, and the purpose and mission of Chapel House, we are not able to accommodate children or pets.


  • Regularly develop and offer high quality workshops and programs of instruction (not credit bearing) that enrich the understanding of religion and spirituality for members of the Colgate community and beyond. Lead and/or coordinate daily meditation or yoga sessions in the Meditation Chapel.
  • Plan and implement outreach strategies that introduce and engage the community with the offerings of Chapel House, including: offering tours; participating in outreach events and activities (e.g. first-year orientation, activity fairs, homecoming and alumni weekends); engaging with Colgate's co-curricular programs and centers (e.g. Shaw Wellness Center, Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE), Outdoor Education, the Office of Chaplains, and others); coordinate the weekly newsletter; and work with faculty to bring classes for tours and programs.
  • Hire and train the student team that contributes to the mission through programming and supports the operations (e.g. leading tours and greeting visitors).
  • Serve as a steady and compassionate resource for guests and visitors to Chapel House including regularly taking meals with guests.
  • Support the daily operations of Chapel House, including welcoming and receiving guests, collecting and accounting for overnight guest fees, handling unanticipated facility or guest-related issues, occasionally putting out and cleaning-up meals, and ensuring a supportive and comfortable stay for overnight guests.
  • Support the Director of Chapel House on activities and events for the Fund for the Study of World Religion.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • Flexibility in schedule on a daily and weekly basis; ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends; and willingness to adapt to changing situations.
  • Among the other accountabilities in this description, regular attendance and the ability to occasionally work irregular hours are essential functions of the job.
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask.
  • A solid work ethic with a capacity to self-direct.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to maintain good working relationships with retreatants, faculty, students, and coworkers.
  • Commitment to providing quiet and steady support for others in their religious quests and abiding appreciation for religious pluralism.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess at least a B.A. and, preferably, a Masters Degree with training in Divinity, Religious Studies, Psychology, Contemplative Studies and Wellness, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Meditation, Yoga, or the Holistic Education Field.

Other Information

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, evenings and occasional weekends

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgates Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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