Assistant Director & Coordinator for Muslim Life job with the University of Chicago

CSL Spiritual Life Office

About the department
Completed in 1928, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the ceremonial and spiritual center of the University of Chicago. As such, it hosts ceremonial and spiritual events for the entire campus, from the offices of the President and Provost to student-run and student-led initiatives. The Rockefeller and Bond Chapels also serve as one of several arts and visitor centers on campus, welcoming more than 200,000 visitors to campus annually for musical performances and other events. The Dean’s Office oversees both chapels, as well as the Office of Spiritual Life in Ida Noyes Hall, which fosters the religious and spiritual life of students and provides spaces for programming, prayer and meditation suitable for the full range of religious and spiritual traditions.

Summary of work
Spiritual Life addresses the practical aspects of various religious and spiritual encounters on campus and in the larger context of the 21st century world. It addresses complex and often conflicting issues related to religious and spiritual practice, providing support to members of the campus community of any (or no) religious affiliation and also to those seeking a spiritual life beyond the restrictions of traditions. particular, and nurturing the spiritual life of the campus community. In line with the great intellectual strengths of the University of Chicago, the Spiritual Life Team addresses questions such as what it means to live in interfaith times and what it means to understand the spiritual as integrative for life and endeavor. humans.

Spiritual Life is part of Campus and Student Life. The Dean and Associate Dean of Rockefeller Chapel – of which spiritual life is an integral part – provide spiritual direction for the entire campus, working closely with the University of Chicago Divinity School and with the 25+ counselors recognized religious of various traditions.

The Assistant Principal/Muslim Life Coordinator works with the Associate Dean of Rockefeller Chapel/Spiritual Life Director to meet the needs of students of all traditions and Muslim students in particular, and to facilitate understanding between traditions through to meaningful encounter and shared scholarship.


  • To help convey the mission and vision of the spiritual life on a daily basis, encouraging a lively and solid involvement of students in organizations, programs and initiatives related to the spiritual and religious life; addressing diversity and inclusion; respond to campus concerns; and collaborate with institutional colleagues as directed.
  • Respond to the religious, cultural and individual concerns of Muslim students, staff and faculty (from all backgrounds and sects); to provide for the observance of the prayers and obligatory holidays of the day and Friday; collaborate with other University offices as required in relation to the needs of the Muslim community on campus (e.g. catering, housing, counseling, student deans, press office, international affairs); build strong working relationships with Muslim and other partners in the wider community.
  • Build community by working with Muslim students and alumni on campus to build connections between schools and divisions. The long-term goal is to help the community build an independent center for Muslim life in Hyde Park.
  • Mentor the leadership of student organizations and work with student leaders and academic and other units to create multi-faith programs that address the role of religion in today’s world in the context of civic engagement, ethics, politics, arts and culture, etc.
  • Help lead monthly Religious Counselor meetings and collaborate with other Religious Counselors to provide programming, crisis response, and spiritual care.
  • To help provide spiritual guidance to the University community in times of need or crisis.
  • Collaborate on other projects and initiatives as directed.
  • Coordinates with students and staff to develop activities, programs, and initiatives related to student life and/or community engagement. Develops and implements simple programming.
  • Advises, supports and recommends programming concepts to leaders of various organizations and programs.
  • Markets the programming of student activities throughout the year. Develops and implements protocols to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Minimum qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in a related field.

Professional experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills acquired through 2-5 years of work experience in a related professional discipline.

Preferred qualification


  • Master’s degree in theology, Islamic studies or similar field.


  • Two years of experience working with students and others in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of various religious and spiritual traditions and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with students in the area of ​​issues addressed by the spiritual life.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies within the University and beyond.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with undergraduate and graduate students and with people from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to be an effective community builder.
  • Crisis management and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in event planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others under deadlines and under pressure, and to take initiative.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work effectively in a team environment.

Favorite Skills

  • Diversity and inclusion.
  • Partnership & Collaboration.
  • Strategic view.
  • Emotional intelligence.

Work conditions

  • Some evening and weekend availability is required.

Application documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Motivation letter (required)

At the time of the request, the document(s) MUST be downloaded via the My experience page, in the section titled Application documents demand.

Release statement
Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information on requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disability/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation , gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other categories protected by law. For more information, please see the University’s Non-Discrimination Notice.

Job seekers requiring a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request through the application form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who want to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge. , commitment and exchange.

All job offers are subject to a background check which includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically bar employment at the University. Rather, the University reviews conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offence, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time to the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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