College Chaplain and Counselor

Coe College

College Chaplain and Counselor

Coe College is seeking qualified candidates for the position of College Chaplain and Counselor. The Chaplain’s position nurtures student spiritual awareness, fosters an inclusive community, encourages service to others, and works with the Coe community to develop an understanding of social justice. This position will also provide spiritual guidance and pastoral care, and will provide counseling resources and campus crisis management where licensed.

Work Schedule: Hours:  40+  Months of Service per Year: 11 


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate campus spiritual and religious life programming including weekly spiritual life activities, a beginning of the year convocation ceremony, mid-year Christmas program, and end of the year baccalaureate and commencement ceremony.
  • Advise a peer ministry program.
  • Provide pastoral care to Coe students and other members of the Coe community.
  • Build relationships between the college and the governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
  • Participate as a member of the Student Life staff.
  • Serve as an active member of the DEI Office (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), advising an LGBTQ+ student group and fostering spiritual inclusivity.
  • Have familiarity with other religious traditions and their practices and support students in sharing religious or spiritual practices with community members.
  • Manage the Chaplain budget.
  • Support and promote other health programs in the community and campus-wide strategic planning for health, safety, and well-being.
  • Consult with and assist students in navigating and accessing resources and support through the college’s systems for health and wellness.
  • Utilize positive behavioral intervention and positive psychology to instill life management skills and resiliency in students.



  • Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA) preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Seminary Degree required.
  • Iowa state license for counseling or social work preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience required.
  • Experience working with college students preferred.
  • Successful completion of a background check in accordance with Coe College policy.


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

Position Specific:

  • Student-Centered.
  • Deep understanding of diversity and social justice issues.
  • Ability to adjust to a changing work environment and to respond to changing institutional needs.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and administrative skills.
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends.

Coe Competencies:

  • Dedication to the educational mission of a private, residential liberal arts college.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships in a collaborative and diverse team atmosphere.
  • Commitment to excellent customer and/or student service.
  • Demonstrated ethical and responsible decision making.
  • Consistent attendance and accountability necessary to meet position objectives.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Typical office setting.
  • Some evenings and weekends required.


Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Benefits:

Coe College offers a generous benefits package including health/dental, matching retirement savings accounts and tuition exchange/remission benefits.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please see the Coe College website pages:  Covid-19 Updates and Safe Campus Initiative

Application Instructions:

Please apply through the link provided on Coe College's Careers web page.

Job ID: 76551

Posted 28 days ago

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