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Job Opportunity: Campus Minister and Associate Director

The Board of Trustees of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois announces the following job opportunity available July 1, 2013.

Campus Minister and Associate Director
Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois

The mission of the Wesley Foundation is succinctly stated in the mission statement of the greater United Methodist Church:  To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We embrace the vision within this simple statement as a guiding light on our journey of faith.  It guides and shows us how to live our faith through the application of the Wesley Foundation’s Core Values of Leadership, Worship, Study, and Service.  The Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois has a glorious and historic past!  We are the first Wesley Foundation in the world, born October 13, 1913.  Linking us to an even more distant past is our Foundation’s social center (1921) which purposefully resembles 16th century St. John’s College at Oxford, where John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism, initiated student ministry.  Our Modernist sanctuary stands in the heart of campus as a symbol of God’s presence.   As we look forward to our 100th anniversary celebration, we are responsible for our vision of “Inspiring Students, Transforming Lives, and Enriching Our World with Christ’s Love.”

The Wesley Foundation practices a strong belief in inclusivity –whether culturally, gender, spiritual and physical accessibility, or economic standing.  

The position description is listed below.  Your cover letter should address the following

To apply for a position, please send your resume and cover letter via email or by post to

Campus Minister Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL  61801

Phone calls regarding the positions will NOT be accepted. Applications are due by 5:00pm May 31st . In the event applications from qualified applicants are not received by the due date, we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Primary Responsibilities: Program development and management for the Wesley Foundation, pastoral care of students and other Foundation program participants, and supervision of part-time program staff and volunteers in Foundation programs.

Reports to: Director of the Wesley Foundation (Responsible to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation through its Personnel Committee)

Skills and Qualifications:

• Master of Divinity from accredited seminary or equivalent degree in related field;

• Ordination in The United Methodist Church preferred, or demonstrated church experience and commitment in harmony with United Methodist beliefs and polity required;

• Ability to relate well to students, church constituencies, and University personnel of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints;

• Demonstrated creativity and competence in program design and administration, an ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and to delegate tasks appropriately;

• Skills in developing student leadership;

• Basic skills in pastoral care; ability to provide short-term counseling on spiritual and life issues and/or make appropriate referrals;

• Willingness to work collegially with the total clergy and lay staff of Wesley Foundation and Church;

• Teaching and public presentation skills;

• Knowledge and ability in the application of information and communications systems.


Duties Include:

1. Program:

• Serve as the staff liaison to all student program committees, Registered Student Organizations, Foundation Student Council and other bodies for program planning and evaluation;

• Develop and coordinate strategies for outreach and recruitment of student participants which reflect the diversity of the university campus;

• Coordinate and participate in weekly Midweek communion service;

• Teach or facilitate student and campus study groups;

• Plan, coordinate, and participate in work trips and retreats;

• Plan for and participate in interfaith, ecumenical and denominational campus ministry events and programs and associations, such as the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association and the National Campus Ministry Association, Religious Workers Association or other campus ministry associations as may be determined (expect to attend one of these meetings every three to four years);

• Give leadership in joint Foundation and Church programs, especially worship, as assigned by the Director/Senior Pastor.

• Serve, with voice and not vote, on the Foundation Board of Trustees and Corporation.

2. Pastoral Care:

• Welcome students into the Wesley community

• Be available for conversations and short-term counseling, make appropriate referrals;

• Visit hospitalized/special needs Foundation constituents;

• If ordained clergy, conduct weddings and funerals as requested, in consultation with other clergy staff.

3. Supervision:

• Consult in the selection of all Program Associates and Peer Ministers, be responsible for their day-to-day supervision, evaluate their performance and positions once per semester;

• Be responsible for the supervision of recruiting, screening and operation for all volunteers in Foundation programs.

• Other supervision as required by the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry.

4. Continuing Education and Personal Growth: Expected to attend continuing education opportunities, with particular emphasis on campus ministry, at least sufficient to meet requirement of 4 CEUs in 4 years.

Compensation: This is a full-time, 12-month appointment.  Salary range is $35,000-$46,900, plus a $14,000 annual housing allowance.  Health insurance and pension contributions will be provided in accordance with Annual Conference policies for an ordained candidate and in accordance with Wesley Foundation Personnel policies for other candidates.