Chaplain - Rabbi

The Claremont Colleges Services

Claremont, CA

ID: 7075393
Posted: February 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Chaplain - Rabbi

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the shared services organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges located in Southern California. Today, TCCS is a nationally recognized educational model for academic support, student support and institutional support services to meet the needs of 6,300 students and 2,300 faculty and staff. Some of the more than 30 different services include: campus safety, a central library, health and counseling services, cultural centers, central bookstore, physical plant and facilities support, payroll and accounting, information technology, real estate, risk management and employee benefits.

TCCS is committed to offering a work environment that is supportive, collaborative, accountable and enjoyable. TCCS offers generous time off benefits, employer-paid retirement contributions, tuition remission benefits and professional development opportunities. Our employees also take advantage of discounted meals provided in the TCCS café, regular employee events and an opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues.

NOTE TO APPLICANT: Please submit your resume and cover letter along with your application. You may submit both documents as one attachment in the My Experience section of the application under the "resume/CV" upload section, or as separate attachments. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to attach additional documents.

Job Posting Title:
Chaplain - Rabbi

Job Description:

The full-time Jewish Chaplain is part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy of The Claremont Colleges and serves the Jewish campus community through outreach, worship opportunities, pastoral counseling, community building and facilitation of other programs, services, and events. The Jewish Chaplain also serves as the Director of Hillel at The Claremont Colleges as the primary professional leader of Hillel and oversees all Hillel activities on behalf of Jewish students. The Jewish Chaplain will provide outreach to the ethnically and culturally diverse constituency of the Jewish community at The Claremont Colleges. As part of the egalitarian Chaplaincy team, the Jewish Chaplain will model mutual respect for diverse faith communities and assist with orientation trainings, collaborative programs and other Chaplaincy events for the seven Claremont Colleges.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

Jewish Community Support:

• Leadership and/or facilitation of Shabbat, High Holidays, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and any other observances and rituals
• Engage students with formal and informal Jewish education, Shabbat dinners, cultural events, guest speakers, and relevant programs for building Jewish community and educating the campus about Judaism and Jewish culture.
• Provide pastoral counseling and mentorship to students
• Initiate and maintain outreach and support to the diverse Jewish community at The Claremont Colleges, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community.
• Convene and advise the Jewish Student Leaders Committee for intra-faith cooperation
• Advise/provide guidance to all registered Jewish student clubs/groups,
• Serve as an advocate for Jewish students throughout TCC community
• Meet regularly, collaborate and supervise Jewish religious affiliates of the McAlister Center
• Establish connections between students and local and regional Jewish communities
• Serve as Director of Hillel, including oversight of administration, finance, communications, development, student leadership, alumni/parent outreach, and programming for Hillel
• Support students to address anti-Semitism and work proactively to nurture a positive campus climate for Jewish students

Interfaith and & Consortium Support:

• Attend weekly staff meetings, participate on TCCS and campus wide committees
• Assist in or contribute to the administration of the McAlister Center
• Develop and routinely report metrics that inform program effectiveness
• Assist and support students, faculty and staff during campus wide crises
• Support students in response to discrimination and bias incidents
• Participate in campus celebrations such as convocations, graduation and Baccalaureate
• Participate in and celebrate Interfaith and multi-faith engagement
• Advise/provide guidance to non-Jewish religious student clubs/groups as needed
• Collaborate with Deans of Students, academic support services and other student facing offices within TCCS and among The Claremont Colleges (TCC)
• Collaborate with other Chaplains in interreligious programs, community service and social justice outreach
• Provide engaging trainings for residence hall staff, student peer mentors and participate in invited classroom and seminar presentations


• Ordained and in good standing with national rabbinic association and/or professionally trained as a Chaplain
• Master's degree required, especially in rabbinics, Jewish studies, theology or an equivalent
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in principles of leadership development and collaboration
• Demonstrated experience

• in innovative, student-oriented program development and coordination
• in teaching and/or preaching on religious and spiritual development and discernment
• with college-aged individuals required; experience in higher education preferred
• in and ability to engage in ecumenical, multi-faith and interfaith work
• in as well as background and familiarity with the diverse expressions of worship and religious practices
• in and understanding of residential, liberal arts colleges and graduate institutions
• and commitment to social justice and diversity
• and commitment to working in an egalitarian consensus team model
• with global perspectives rooted in his/her own international travel, residence or study outside of the United States

• Excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking and effective group facilitation skills
• Familiarity with best practices for campus-based religious and spiritual life programs and services
• Demonstrated progressive experience in leadership and administration

Further, the Consortium seeks a candidate who

• Models patience, open-mindedness and understanding; surfaces and resolves concerns in constructive and community-building ways; balances advocacy while maintaining confidentiality; handles difficult situations with sensitivity. Maintains a broad set of solid relationships in the university and beyond. Actively champions the needs and goals of the Consortium and willingly involves stakeholders and others to make decisions in implementing programmatic strategy.
• Assesses needs and follows-up on the impact of programs and resources; revises plans/programs accordingly and develops new programs. Evaluates and institutes new initiatives to provide new programs, services and communications that integrate the Chaplaincy with other university programs and other aspects of campus life and engage all populations of the university.
• Seeks input from stakeholders regarding the services provided and works with staff and Chaplains to consistently improve quality and type of service. Creates a transparent communication system through which provision of service is determined and delivered. Develops current and new communications methodologies to outreach to the community; engages groups/advisors in regard to improving services to constituencies.
• Recognizes when to move ahead independently and when to seek input/advice; collaborates with chaplains, students, staff, faculty, advisory groups and others to develop and implement meaningful programs and services; contributes effectively to university operations and culture.


This job description defines the essential job duties of this position. The Claremont Colleges Services expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, The Claremont Colleges Services will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

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