Director, Interfaith & Spiritual Life Job at The George Washington University, Washington DC

  • The George Washington University
  • Washington DC

Job Description

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status


Job Description Summary:

The Division for Student Affairs ( DSA ) engages and encourages student learning by creating and fostering communities that promote personal development. Students are offered opportunities, services, and activities that promote connectedness, diversity, inclusion, health and well-being, and belonging.

The Center for Interfaith and Spiritual Life will foster and support the diverse religious and spiritual needs of the George Washington University community, promoting interfaith dialogue, understanding, and cooperation.

George Washington University seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Director of Interfaith and Spiritual Life. This is a unique opportunity to foster a welcoming and inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff on a secular campus to explore their religious and spiritual identities, engage in interfaith dialogue, and navigate ethical challenges. The Director will play a pivotal role in shaping a vibrant and diverse community that respects and celebrates all individual journeys of meaning and purpose.

Reporting to the University Chaplain, the Director of Interfaith and Spiritual Life will:
  • Oversee the Center for Interfaith & Spiritual Life, provide strategic planning and staff management, and liaise between the university and religious communities to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
  • Liaison between the university and religious communities to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation
  • Provide pastoral care and support to students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and backgrounds.
  • Cultivate relationships with religious and spiritual communities on and off campus, building bridges and fostering collaboration. This includes collaborating with student groups, religious centers, and relevant community organizations.
  • Advocate for the needs and interests of the religious and spiritual community within the university and to external stakeholders. This may involve participation in relevant committees, policy discussions, and public events.
  • Provide educational programming on various religious and spiritual traditions, ethics, and related topics. This may include guest lectures, courses, or collaborative initiatives with academic departments.
  • Supervise student staff and volunteers involved in religious and spiritual life programs.
  • Stay current on trends and best practices in campus religions and spiritual life.
  • Contribute to the overall mission and values of George Washington University by fostering a spirit of inclusivity, understanding, and respect for diverse perspectives.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 8 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build rapport with individuals of all backgrounds.
  • Experience in program development, event planning, and budget management is desired.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to the mission and values of a secular university, including a respect for the diverse beliefs and non-beliefs of the campus community.
  • Experience in working on a secular university campus is desired.
  • Familiarity with interfaith dialogue and collaboration is preferred.

GW offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, time off & leave, retirement savings, tuition, well-being and various voluntary benefits. For program details and eligibility, please visit


Campus Location:

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.


College/School/Department: Division of Student Affairs


Family Academic Affairs


Sub-Family Program Administration


Stream Management


Level Level 4


Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Hours Per Week: 40+

Work Schedule:

Work Schedule: 9am – 5pm, with evening and weekend obligations as needed

Will this job require the employee to work on site?

Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes

Employee Onsite Status


Telework: No

Required Background Check:

Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only?

Internal Applicants Only? No

Posting Number:

Posting Number: S013141

Job Open Date:

Job Open Date: 06/25/2024

Job Close Date:

If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Are you currently employed with The George Washington University?
    • No
    • Yes
  • * For current GW employees, have you completed your Introductory Employment Period (IEP)? (As a reminder, employees in their IEP are not eligible to apply for other internal university staff and research positions until the IEP is complete.)
    • Yes, IEP complete
    • No, still in IEP
    • N/a - not a current GW employee
  • * What is your salary range expectation?

    (Open Ended Question)

  • Documents needed to Apply

    Required Documents

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    Optional Documents

    Human Resource
    Management & Development

    2013 H Street, NW, 3rd Floor
    Washington, DC 20006


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