Office of the Chaplain and Director of Church Relations
The Director of the Wesley Foundation at Millsaps College leads a program of campus ministry to facilitate a faith-oriented educational experience for students based on Wesleyan principles. The Director serves as a pastor to students by providing spiritual counseling, faith-based outreach events, worship, Bible study, and fellowship.
The Director reports to the Chaplain and Director of Church Relations, with additional accountability to the Millsaps Wesley Advisory Board and the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Committee of the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to the following:
- Serve as the primary representative for campus ministry for The United Methodist Church on campus and work to develop faith-based student engagement.
- In the true Wesleyan tradition, create a hospitable atmosphere to build a diverse and inclusive community of Millsaps students to foster spiritual and religious growth.
- As a member of the religious life team, be available and inviting to students beyond the United Methodist tradition.
- Plan and implement spiritual and religious activities for students, including worship services, fellowship activities, Bible studies, mission trips, etc.
- Organize and hold campus outreach events to raise student awareness of the Wesley Foundation.
- Provide spiritual counseling to students.
- Organize and lead a student leadership team.
- Provide for mentoring for students in vocational discernment.
- Manage the planning and implementation of all Wesley Foundation activities.
- Work with the Chaplain and Advisory Board to accomplish the mission and vision of the Wesley Foundation.
- Work with the Chaplain and Advisory Board to develop an annual budget.
- Work with the Chaplin and Advisory Board to develop and implement and annual fundraising program for the Wesley Foundation.
- Be knowledgeable about and follow all Millsaps College guidelines for student campus activities.
- Prepare and submit all required Annual Conference and College reports.
- Collaborate with the Chaplain on a plan of visitation to local churches, and community college to promote the Wesley Foundation and Millsaps College.
- Participate with the religious life team of the Office of the Chaplain.
- Participate in district and conference meetings, gatherings, and events.
- Attend the annual Statewide Wesley Retreat
- Attend bi-annual campus ministry training provided by the Annual Conference.
- Participate in relevant professional associations, conferences, and seminars.
Evaluation and Compensation
- A yearly evaluation will be conducted by the Chaplain and Director of Church Relations, with input from the Advisory Board.
- Compensation will be commensurate with experience and professional qualifications, subject to yearly adjustment.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
- A master’s degree from an accredited college of university is preferred.
- Membership in The United Methodist Church is required.
- Ordination or Commissioning in The United Methodist Church is preferred.
Interested and qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume, and three references to Kenneth Townsend. Email email@example.com and please reference “Director of the Wesley Foundation” in the subject line.
Millsaps is an accredited, privately-supported, national liberal arts college founded in 1890. Ranked as the Best College in Mississippi by Forbes, Millsaps is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education and has been praised by Colleges That Change Lives, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, the John Templeton Foundation, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Insight Magazine.
Located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, Millsaps is a vital part of this progressive southern metropolitan area of nearly half a million people. Jackson is home to world-class museums and exhibits, thriving festivals and events, James Beard Foundation chefs and restaurants, and a multitude of world-class authors, painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, architects, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and artisans of many disciplines.
Millsaps College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Millsaps College to offer equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.