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Director of Beloved Community Initiatives

POSITION: Director of Beloved Community Initiatives

DEPARTMENT: Instruction

SUPERVISOR: Dean and President

FLSA STATUS: Exempt – Administrative

DATE of DRAFT: March 9, 2022

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation of the Beloved Community elements of the seminary’s strategic plan:
    • Collaborate with the Dean of Academic Affairs to utilize the Bertha Means Endowment to foster diversity in academic programming concerning both faculty and students.
    • Assist in implementing strategies to recruit diverse cohorts across its degree programs commensurate with funding available, in coordination with the Director of Enrollment Management; Executive Vice-President & CFO; and Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.
    • Coordinate the incorporation of principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity into policies, procedures, vendors, and staff development, working with the Executive Vice-President & CFO.
    • Work with the Vice-President of Communications to ensure a regular cycle of communications that highlight racial justice initiatives, specialized academic programming, scholarship opportunities for minority students, and other areas pertaining to diversity and inclusion.
  • Foster practices of belonging for the diverse spectrum of student cohorts at SSW, in the areas of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ideology.
  • Help equip students to be culturally competent leaders.
  • Develop relationships with the HBCUs of the Episcopal Church and elsewhere that lead to mutually enriching partnerships.
  • Lead the Black History Month committee in its year-round activities, including, committee membership and development, Fall semester offering, February speaker and worship events, and Black Alumni Dinner.
  • Collaborate with the Direct of the Latinx Studies Program around program design for Hispanic Heritage Month and other initiatives.
  • Work with Institutional Advancement to deepen and sustain relations with alumni of color.
  • Coordinate with the Black Religious Studies Group/Crump Visiting Professor on programming as appropriate.
  • Organize SSW’s participation in the annual Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage.
  • Develop relationship with local communities of color.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Union of Black Episcopalians and the racial/ethnic ministry offices of the Episcopal Church.
  • Serve as an advisor to student affinity group.
  • Serve on Faculty and Administration Council; Academic Affairs Committee; and Diversity Committee.
  • Develop other public facing program as appropriate.


  • Possesses Master of Divinity or equivalent degree.
  • Ordination in the Episcopal Church or another church in the Anglican Communion.
  • Experience in planning, administration, and implementation of programs.
  • Relevant professional experience in developing practices of inclusion and belonging with diverse populations.


The incumbent will exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, pastoral sensitivity and discretion, collaboration, genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, good judgment, fairness, creativity, decisiveness, tact, resiliency, adaptability, courage of convictions, and tolerance for ambiguity.

Environmental Conditions

  • Works primarily in a climate controlled indoor office environment with minimal

risk of safety and health hazards

  • Sedentary, sitting, walking, occasional lifting from floor, bending, frequent near

vision use, occasional stress

  • Traveling in aircraft and automobiles

Demonstrated behavioral expectations include

  • Unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to the seminary’s mission and strategic plan
  • Ability to make good, consistent, and fair decisions based on facts, context and data
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork


  • Valid driver’s license
  • Clear criminal background check prior to employment
  • Ability and availability for professional business travel
  • Availability for infrequent evening and weekend hours

Policy on Non-Discrimination

The Seminary considers employment candidacy without regard to age, disability, race, sex, color, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its admissions policies, federal student aid programs, educational policies, housing policies, student activities, employment, and all other school administered programs.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume with at three (3) references by April 30, 2022, to Lesley Wilder at [email protected]

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