Resident Minister Volunteer Description
Position: Resident Minister, Office of Campus Ministry
Responsible to: Associate Director for Residential Ministry, Office of Campus Ministry
Statement of Purpose:
The Resident Minister position at Georgetown University is a 12-month, part-time (average of 10 hours per week) volunteer position for an ordained or lay minister living in a University residence. Volunteering for the Office of Campus Ministry in collaboration with the Office of Residential Living, Resident Ministers actively support and promote the spiritual, intellectual, and social formation of undergraduate students.
- Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Pastoral Counseling, Master of Social Work, or equivalent combination of graduate theological/ministerial/counseling education, training, and experience;
- Clinical Pastoral Education, supervised ministry, or similar education, training, and experience is strongly preferred;
- Excellent pastoral counseling skills, training, and formation;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Commitment to serving students of any or no faith tradition;
- Aptitude for dealing with confidential and sensitive issues;
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
- Understanding of and commitment to Georgetown’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity;
- Commitment to one’s own religious and spiritual life and comfort in sharing one’s own religiosity and spirituality with students, staff, and faculty.
Duties and Requirements:
- Offers regular pastoral presence and availability to students in the residence area by offering weekly hospitality (e.g., open houses/hospitality nights, meals, etc.), and other educational, spiritual, and/or religious programs; must exhibit the energy, commitment, visibility, and time to offer this presence and support;
- Engages in one-on-one pastoral conversations (as applicable) for undergraduate students;
- Participates in the University “Safety Net,” supporting students in crisis, as referred by the Associate Director for Residential Ministry; must offer excellent pastoral support to students in crisis;
- Supports Residential Living staff (Resident Assistants and Community Directors) by regularly attending weekly meetings and programs and by reaching out in times of need;
- Serves as the “Resident Minister on-call” for the University during non-business hours for one to two week(s) each semester during the academic year;
- Actively participates in Residential Ministry orientation, retreats, meetings, and one-on-one supervisory meetings with the Associate Director for Residential Ministry;
- Provides presence at other various University-wide events;
- Creatively engages and promotes the priorities of Residential Ministry and Campus Ministry;
- Exhibits a commitment to undergraduate student formation in the unique context of Jesuit higher education;
- Provides a safe, welcoming, hospitable place for all students, especially those who might feel marginalized;
- Exhibits excellent communication skills, respect, professionalism, and collegiality with all members of the University community;
- Commits an average of 10 hours per week of volunteer service;
- Must live in an assigned University residence (the housing, basic furniture, basic utilities, and internet are provided at the University’s expense);
- Must be a member in good standing in one’s own faith tradition;
- Must recognize that Georgetown is a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to Catholic principles and religious values. This requires respect, in one’s capacity as a Resident Minister, for the basic religious commitment of Georgetown University.
Interested applicants should follow these application instructions. All application materials should be emailed directly to Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, Program Director, Residential Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For first consideration for the academic year 2022-23, applications should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at noon (ET). Applications received after this time will be reviewed on an as-needed basis. Top candidates will be invited to interview in the spring. Individuals chosen as Resident Ministers can anticipate moving onto Georgetown’s campus in July. Orientation and ministry begin in August.