Assistant University Chaplain resume example with 14+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary
Innovative, compassionate, and dedicated chaplain with over a decade's worth of experience in counseling and higher ed administration. Committed to diversity and excellence in spiritual counseling, teaching, and mentoring.
Work History
2016 to Current Assistant University Chaplain University Of Utah | Park City, UT,
  • Plan, execute, advertise, and evaluate several interfaith and arts-focused programs, such as Common Meal, Music at St. Paul's, and Arts at Earl.
  • Manage reservation of space in Earl Hall and St. Paul's chapel for student religious organizations and mentor them on how to make their events successful.
  • Lead Friday prayers and co-teach weekly halaqa sessions to Muslim students and community members.
  • Maintain inventory of office supplies and order them from our vendors as needed.
  • Point students to relevant information about academic and personal support services available at the university.

05/2015 to 2016 Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow Columbia University Office Of The University Chaplain | City, STATE,
  • Provided confidential pastoral counseling to members of the Columbia community, including students, staff, and alumni.
  • Reviewed, in collaboration with other chaplains and administrators, applications for the Kraft Family Fund (used to support student-led programs) and the Kraft Global Fellows Program (pays for the airfare and lodging of a student delegation to study religions and cultures in a global city).

08/2014 to 04/2015 Adult Support Staff Boston Mobilization | City, STATE,
  • Developed and led workshops on leadership development, anti-oppression analysis, and community activism for a group of high school and college students from the greater Boston area.
  • Learned to work independently in an unstructured work environment and develop the flexibility to respond to challenges as needed.

05/2013 to 07/2013 Research Assistant Harvard Religious Literacy Project | City, STATE,
  • Researched the religion-focused courses of over 2000 public high schools in Michigan, Iowa, and Rhode Island. 
  • Added research findings to Harvard University's Religious Literacy database, which was later turned into a website. 

08/2012 to 04/2014 Student Programming Assistant Harvard Divinity School Office Of Student Life | City, STATE,
  • Coordinated the development, implementation, and assessment of over a dozen reoccurring and one-time programs conducive towards students' professional development in chaplaincy or the non-profit sector.
  • Drafted and sent out a weekly bulletin containing information about upcoming programs for the Office of Student Life.
  • Advised student organization leaders on how to put together successful programs for the HDS community.

02/2009 to 05/2012 Chaplain's Associate Carleton College Office Of The Chaplain | City, STATE,
  • Assisted the college chaplain in the planning, advertising, and implementation of weekly religious services, interfaith discussion groups, and panels.
  • Organized a variety of programs promoting interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue about faith, diversity, and social justice, attended by students of a multitude of racial, ethnic, and religious identities.

05/2009 to 07/2009 Volunteer Teacher Worldteach | City, STATE,
  • Taught 135 hours of English as a Foreign Language to 50 Ecuadorian University students/professionals aged 15-55.
  • Created a dynamic, student-centered learning environment, accommodating over 8 learning types.

2006 to 07/2008 Crisis Hotliner National Runaway Safeline | City, STATE,
  • Provided confidential, non-sectarian and non-judgmental support to runaway youth and teens nationwide via telephone, responding to specific topics such as child abuse, family dynamics, suicide prevention, and bullying.

  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Peoplesoft, Canvas, and SPSS; Ability to work with several operating systems including Windows and Mac OSX;
  • Adult learning specialist
  • Fluent in English, French, and Wolof
  • Limited proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, and German
  • Living and working experience in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and Jordan
Expected in 2015 Master of Divinity | Islamic Studies and African Religions Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Cambridge, MA GPA:
  • Advanced academic research in Spiritual Counseling of African Muslim Immigrants

Expected in August 2014 Arabic Summer Language Study | Level 2 Sciences, Level 3 Skills Qasid Arabic Institute, Amman, Jordan GPA:

Expected in 2012 Bachelor of Arts | Psychology Carleton College, Northfield, MN GPA:
  • Emphasis in Cross-Cultural Psychopathology, Educational Studies, and Religious Studies
  • Board Member - National Association of College and University Chaplains 
  • Active Member - Ivy Chaplains, Association of Muslim Chaplains, Association of College Muslim Chaplains
  • Certificate of Participation - Muslim Leadership Training Program, Hartford Seminary and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (2016) 
  • Mental Health First Aid, USA (2013)

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School Attended

  • Harvard Divinity School (HDS)
  • Qasid Arabic Institute
  • Carleton College

Job Titles Held:

  • Assistant University Chaplain
  • Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow
  • Adult Support Staff
  • Research Assistant
  • Student Programming Assistant
  • Chaplain's Associate
  • Volunteer Teacher
  • Crisis Hotliner


  • Master of Divinity
  • Arabic Summer Language Study
  • Bachelor of Arts

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