Maclaurin Ecumenical Chaplain - The University of Auckland CBD

The Richard Maclaurin Goodfellow Foundation Trust Board (the Trust Board) is seeking to appoint a new Chaplain to lead the Ecumenical Chaplaincy team based at the Maclaurin Chapel within The University of Auckland CBD campus.

About Us

The MacLaurin Ecumenical Chaplaincy exists to enrich the life of Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau, the University of Auckland and its community. It serves the whole University community, working with others for the common good of society, integrity of creation and justice for all.

Our values are grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expressed in this unique setting:

· Thoughtful faith (fostering Christian academic thought and leadership)

· Integrated life (encouraging holistic spirituality and citizenship)

· People-centred (acting justly, loving mercy, acknowledging faith and diverse in makeup)

· Communal Richness (building inter-faith connection and fostering diversity)

· Hospitable Space (providing a place to rest, learn, pray and worship)

The Position

The MacLaurin Ecumenical Chaplain leads the chaplaincy team in fulfilling its strategic mission “to build and enrich Christian faith and character amongst the students and staff of the University of Auckland as the foundation of sound citizenship” (Trust Deed).

The Maclaurin Ecumenical Chaplain primarily represents and fosters the spirituality and tradition of the Christian faith and will be a recognised minister of good standing within their denomination, whilst respecting the proper academic freedom and ethos of a secular university. Given the University’s ethnic diversity and religious plurality, the Chaplaincy also acknowledges and affirms other faith traditions, seeking to build connections with hospitable openness to difference.

Some other key responsibilities include:

· Representing faith and fostering Christian thought in the academic and public sphere.

· Offering robust pastoral care within the University of Auckland that acknowledges the complexities and strengths of personal faith

· Building friendship and understanding amongst religious faith groups in the University of Auckland, and with the non-religious

· Ensuring the Chapel and Hall are welcoming, worshipful and hospitable meeting spaces, together with The University.

· Lead and develop the Ecumenical Chaplaincy team, comprising up to seven paid and volunteer chaplains.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required for this Position

· Understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as the basis for citizenship in Aotearoa-New Zealand

· Ordained Minister of good standing with her/his denomination, with post-graduate (ideally doctorate level) theological qualifications, as well as sufficient pastoral training (CPE or similar) experience from which to draw in exercising their role within the University community.

· Team leadership skills in addition to high level stakeholder and presentation skills.

This is a full-time, paid contract position reporting to the Trust Board. We also offer usual benefits including accommodation and other applicable allowances according to the denomination of the successful applicant. Please send any expressions of interest or enquires to Joshua Chapman – j.chapman@auckland.ac.nz

Download the position description.

Applications close Monday 20 July. This date may be extended as required.