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Grandview College Director of Faith Life in Des Moines, Iowa

Director of Faith Life

Department: Campus Ministries

Location: Des Moines, IA

Grand View University aspires to serve a diverse community of learners- students, faculty, and staff- in an inclusive and equitable environment with the goal of empowering all to achieve their fullest potential. Our objective is to sustain a campus environment that is free from the power imbalances and institutional biases that contribute to systems of oppression, while preparing our students to stand against those inequities when they leave Grand View.

Grand View University is dedicated to the goal of an inclusive campus where people of diverse identities feel welcomed and empowered to shape our culture and processes. At Grand View University we view diversity through the collective or group and we welcome and affirm the thoughts and experiences each distinct member brings to our community of learners.

To learn more about Grand View-s commitment to diversity, and to read our entire Diversity Statement, click on this link:

Director of Faith Life Life for Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

(The James E. Rasmussen & Duane M. Skow Chair in Pastoral Excellence)

General Description

The Director of Faith Life for Grand View University is responsible for leading Christ-centered formation and discipleship opportunities for Grand View students as well as overall campus engagement for Grand View University Campus Ministry programming, which includes people of many faith traditions. Responsibilities also include general tasks that contribute to the ministerial care for Grand View University students, faculty, and staff. The Director of Faith Life serves all the students through worship and leadership of student ministries. The worship life of the community, including weekly chapel. The Director of Faith Life will work closely and collaborate with the Pastor for Luther Memorial Church. The Director of Faith Life contributes to the university, including participating in institution-wide strategic planning, decisions regarding the allocation of resources as well as seeking to acquire resources, and leading projects, events, and initiatives involving a broad range of constituencies both on and off campus.


The Director of Faith Life works under the direct supervision of the President of Grand View University and in collaboration with the Grand View student ministry team members and the Pastor of Luther Memorial Church.

Objectives of the role

  • Worship, Preaching, & Faith Formation: Work with the Pastor of Luther Memorial Church to plan and lead worship services and campus chapel services, Bible studies, and faith formation courses for the campus community and congregation, as well as provide vocational discernment leadership for students. (Note: This is not an academic appointment).

  • Vision, Mission, & Strategy: Lead and direct the Grand View Campus Ministry Department (in collaboration with the President, President-s Council) as well as provide pastoral guidance and care for the university.

  • Spiritual Guidance: Foster the spiritual welfare of the Grand View University community, giving special attention to the needs of students. Develop and oversee a team of student leaders who participate in the work of faith formation and engagement across the university.

  • Presence & Outreach: This is a people-facing position requiring regular engagement with the campus community to foster belonging and participation on campus.

  • Development Relations: This position partners with the university Advancement Office to expand the support, reach, and impact of faith life at Grand View through fundraising and grant opportunities. This position also partners with the Enrollment Management department to enhance recruitment efforts with church and faith partners.

    Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • An ability to publicly witness to Jesus Christ within a diverse religious community

  • Natural oral and verbal communication skills

  • A collaborative and people-centered mindset that can engage and work with multiple constituencies and programs

  • Strong Adaptive Leadership Skills

  • Good leadership skills for supervising staff

  • Good listener

  • Confidentiality

  • Entrepreneurial spirit & demonstrated success in previous roles

    Application Process

    All applicants must apply through our online application system.

  • All candidates are asked to submit the following:

  • a resume/CV;

  • a letter of interest reflecting on the leadership attributes noted above and your interest in this unique call; and

  • the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) references.

  • References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate.

    Please submit documents in MS Word or Adobe PDF format.

    To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before May 30. Ideally, the starting date for the position is on or before August 1, 2023.

    Grand View University is an equal opportunity employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

    A pre-employment background check is required.