Hindu Affiliate Chaplain
Wellesley College

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Job Posting Title
Hindu Affiliate Chaplain

Job Description Summary
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Job Description

Role Summary:

Wellesley College is an exceptionally diverse place. The presence of College Chaplains and Affiliate Chaplains, rooted in a variety of religious traditions, supports this diverse population of students in navigating the joys and challenges of being part of an inclusive campus community. The Hindu Affiliate Chaplain, as a member of the ORSL team, serves the spiritual and pastoral needs of Hindu students. The Hindu Affiliate Chaplain supports the department mission by strengthening and sustaining the Hindu community through weekly services, religious education, pastoral care and counseling, and the promotion of interfaith understanding, in collaboration with Darshana student leaders.

The Hindu Affiliate Chaplain will address the needs of a complex and diverse population of Hindu students in a multicultural environment and enable this diversity to thrive. The Hindu Affiliate Chaplain will have the ability to translate Hindu tradition, culture, and theology into a contemporary context that is authentic and accessible, in order to nourish students with a wide range of observances, practices, and identities. Applicants must demonstrate a progressive ideology of Hinduism accepting of all cultural differences, embody tolerance, provide mentorship, and create a welcoming space for all students.

8 hours a week during the academic year

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Religious Services: In collaboration with Darshana student leaders, oversees and promotes participation in weekly pujas, cultivates student leadership, provides spiritual reflection and content
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling: Provides religious and personal guidance to students, and serves as a regular pastoral presence
  • Religious Education: In collaboration with Darshana student leaders, promotes appreciation and understanding of Hinduism in the college community, by hosting sacred text study and religious literacy opportunities

Desired Skills:
  • Ability to relate to and mentor students
  • Ability to program effectively and reliably
  • Ability to collaborate within the ORSL department and across campus
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask while providing a high level of service

No Supervision

Education Required:

May be attained or in progress: Master of Divinity, Masters of Theological Studies, or other relevant master's degree or equivalent qualification in religious and spiritual life. Practitioner of Hinduism that is actively connected to Hindu institutions and resources.

Experience Required:

A familiarity with campus culture in higher education, preferably in positions related to religious and spiritual life and student affairs. Experience with college age programming. Experience in mentoring.

Skills and Abilities Required:

This position requires exposure and understanding of the diversity of beliefs and practices within Hinduism, as well as cultural competency in both the American Indian and Indian culture:
  • Experience of, or commitment to working in a multifaith community
  • Experience working in a Hindu community is preferred, particularly with young adults in teaching, mentorship, guidance, and advisory roles
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people
  • A successful record of planning and implementing programs is required


The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life serves students of all faith traditions and philosophical worldviews. Students need not identify with any tradition to seek support. All members of the Religious and Spiritual Life Team are confidential resources, meaning they do not share identifiable information without permission, unless sharing is required to address an imminent safety risk, or if you are a minor. College Chaplains support students through both acute crises and emerging life transitions. This office plays a significant role in the student experience at Wellesley College.

All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.

Worker Sub-Type
Intermittent Fixed (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Part time

EEO Statement

At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas-the best solutions-draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences.As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish.

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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