Chaplaincy Development Advisor – Harvard Divinity

Harvard Divinity School seeks a Chaplaincy Development Advisor (part-time, non-benefits eligible). Candidates should submit their resume and cover letter as a single document via email to

Job summary:

At HDS, we define ministry broadly: a call to serve others through traditional ordination, chaplaincy, non-profit leadership, doctoral work, and many other occupations. The Office of Ministry Studies (OMS) prepares students in the arts of ministry in a multireligious, academically rigorous environment that fosters the skills and experience needed to enter a life of ministry, however defined.

OMS is seeking a Chaplaincy Development Advisor to advise the Assistant Dean for Ministry Studies and Field Education in supporting chaplaincy education at HDS, including the ethical considerations and training needs for students interested in preparing for psychedelic chaplaincy.

NOTE: This is a part-time (15 hours per week), non-benefitted, exempt, one-year term appointment, with possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.

Key Responsibilities of the Chaplaincy Development Advisor:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Ministry Studies and Field Education, the Chaplaincy Development Advisor will advise the Assistant Dean on:

  • trends in chaplaincy training within and outside of theological schools
  • curricular development
  • academic resources available to students, including courses within the BTI
  • assist in the understanding of ethical considerations and training needs for students interested in psychedelic chaplaincy, including the development of workshops and/or courses
  • development of field ed sites
  • recommend psychedelic chaplaincy conferences for OMS Deans to attend


This position will also involve supporting the chaplaincy program in general by:

  • counseling and advising students on chaplaincy opportunities and credentialing
  • developing resources to support students in their training
  • developing relationships with chaplains in area hospitals and CPE programs
  • event/conference planning



  • MDiv or MTS degree preferred. Other related Master’s degree may be considered.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in academic advising, counseling or education-related field/experience.
  • A cover letter (statement of interest) and resume are required as part of the application for this position.

To apply for this position, please combine your cover letter and resume into a SINGLE DOCUMENT and send to:


  • Previous chaplaincy experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Excellent counseling and communication skills, including person-to-person interactions, phone contact, and written communication required.
  • Understanding of multiple faith traditions, and an open attitude about valuing each of these traditions.
  • Harvard Divinity School is an inclusive community, in which persons from diverse racial, ethnic, and sexual orientations are equally valued and accepted. Person must have willingness to work in such an environment.
  • An understanding of the need for bridging multiple cultural perspectives, including the diverse cultures of academia and religious institutions.

Please Note: We are currently conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates. Final interviews may be conducted on campus. A cover letter is required for this position. Harvard Divinity School is unable to provide visa sponsorship.


Additional Information:

This position is based in Cambridge, MA and requires an on-campus presence. Work is expected to be performed onsite in an office setting, but a hybrid schedule may be possible, including some remote work, subject to business needs and manager and HR review/approval. HDS may adjust flex schedules as necessary or appropriate. Harvard has an established Flexwork Policy.

All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which are currently Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Harvard Divinity School seeks to respect, understand, and learn from all cultures, beliefs, and faith backgrounds, including those who are unaffiliated with a traditional denomination, of the members of our diverse community. HDS actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities.

Founded in 1816, Harvard Divinity School is most religiously diverse divinity school in the United States and is one of 12 graduate/professional schools at Harvard University. HDS is grounded in pluralism and fosters the kind of thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas that is vital for human flourishing. The School’s degree programs prepare students for careers in academia, ministry, and a wide range of roles across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.


EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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