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Director of Campus Ministries


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Department: Campus Ministries.

Reports To: Vice President for Student Services.

FLSA Status: Exempt (salaried).

Time Requirements: 40+ Hours per Week.

Summary Description: Responsible for the planning, development, administration, and the execution of all aspects of Campus Ministries. This includes the supervision of staff, programs, and activities to assist and further the mission and vision of Carson-Newman University and the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In general, the person filling this position will serve as the Pastor to the Carson-Newman community and will shepherd worship, discipleship, ministry, and mission opportunities that models a Gospel-saturated life for our students. The goal would be that our entire student body be impacted by Campus Ministries and students be encouraged and equipped to own their faith and live a Gospel-saturated life.

Functional Description:

• Provides pastoral leadership to the campus community.
• Supervises the day-to-day operation of Campus Ministries.
• Provides leadership to the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) organization.
• Plans, administrates, and leads the S.P.O.T.S. (Special Projects Other Than Summer).
• Mission Experience Program. This will require developing partnerships with the International Mission Board (IMB), North American Mission Board (NAMB), and the TBMB.
• Administrates the Community Life and Worship (CLW) Program.
• Provides crisis ministry as needed to students/faculty/staff.
• Provides leadership to public worship events and other University events as appropriate and as requested.
• Assists with administration and supervision of the Student Chaplaincy Program.
• Coordinates the administration and disbursement of resources from the BCM alumni and administers the BCM Alumni and Friends Missions Endowment Fund, the Bob and Kay Pentecost Missions Endowment Fund, the James and Irene Murphy Mission Scholarship, and the William J. and Linda L. Viel Student Missions Endowment Fund.
• Provides on-going support to The Saint John’s Bible/Lynn and Lindsey Denton Gallery.
• Serves on various University committees as assigned.
• Serves as the University’s liaison to FBC Jefferson City.
• Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Services, Provost, and President.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises all Campus Ministries staff, BCM Leadership Team, student chaplains, departmental student work-study employees, and the Worship Planning Team.

Education: Master’s degree in an appropriate ministry field is expected from an accredited seminary.

Experience: Campus Ministries experience in higher education is preferred. Pastoral experience in a local church setting is desired.

Lifestyle Expectations: The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christ-centered institution and to be examples of the highest of Christian ideals and character.
• Must be an active member of a Southern Baptist Church. Local church involvement must reflect the priority the local church should hold in the lives of faithful Christ-followers.
• Must convictionally agree with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
• Must have a strong pastoral calling to young adults.
• Must articulate a vision for involving the entire campus community in Campus Ministries.
• Must share the Gospel as a lifestyle and have a desire to inspire and lead our campus community to grow in Gospel faithfulness.
• Must be willing to affirm and support the Five Pillars of Purpose as the guiding framework for leadership at Carson-Newman University.

Required Skills:
• Strong administrative skills.
• Required understanding of Baptist life and work.
• Pastoral/teaching skills.
• Fiscal management.
• Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated abilities in Pastoral Counseling.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and inspire leadership abilities in others.
• Computer (Microsoft Outlook and Office, Datatel, Informer, Excel, Publisher, C-N website, ProPresenter Software).
• Operating knowledge of basic media equipment.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or listen. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, occasionally climb office attic stairs, First Baptist Church Jefferson City stairs, and play games with students. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The position requires on-call availability, varied night and weekend responsibilities, in addition to daily office hours. Ability to drive a 15-passenger van potentially long distances.

General Information: This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

• Possess a calling to and vision for collegiate ministry.
• Serves collaboratively with the Division of Student Services and other departments on campus to ensure quality offerings designed to support a holistic Christian learning environment.
• Works cooperatively with a variety of constituents from diverse backgrounds, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, ministers, and the community at large
• Desires to fulfill the goals and vision of the Carson-Newman University Mission.
• Must have a demonstrated ability to communicate and minister to college age students.
• Should have a vision for engaging all C-N students, not just those on campus.
• Understand that a Vice President for Church Relations will join the administrative team sometime in the coming year and be willing to shift organizationally to report to that Vice President.

Only complete application packets will be considered. A complete application packet will include a letter of interest, three professional references, a statement of Christian faith, and current vitae. If you have any questions, please email

Human Resources, Attn: Staff Recruiting
Carson-Newman University
Jefferson City, TN 37760

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