Position Available: Lecturer in Pastoral and Spiritual Care/Spiritual Care Program Director

Applications close 5pm on 2 December 2022

Whitley College and the University of Divinity seek to recruit a Lecturer in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, and Spiritual Care Program Director to commence immediately. This is a full-time position available for a fixed-term appointment of 3 years (with potential for renewal) located in Melbourne, Victoria.

About Whitley College

Whitley College is the Baptist College of Victoria, an agency of the Baptist Union and a College of the University of Divinity. Whitley provides high quality theological education to those committed to the call of God and to the life and mission of the Church in a rapidly changing society. As a College of the University of Divinity, it offers theological education, professional development opportunities, advanced research programs, and innovative and flexible training initiatives. Whitley’s mission is to equip its students for leadership and service in a variety of ministries in church and society.

About the University

The University of Divinity delivers education and research in theology, philosophy and spirituality and for over one hundred years has prepared its graduates for ministry, leadership and community service.

The University is regularly ranked by students as the top University in Australia for student satisfaction and learner engagement, reflecting the high quality of its curriculum and the dedication of staff to working with small classes.

The University operates across Australia and works in partnership with Colleges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, together with over thirty churches, religious orders and associated organisations in a unique ecumenical enterprise. The main campus is located at the St Paschal Estate in Box Hill in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.

The University’s Vision is that:

Together we empower our learning community to address the issues of the contemporary world through critical engagement with Christian theological traditions

For more information, please see www.divinity.edu.au.

About the Spiritual Care Program

The Spiritual Care Program is a new collaborative initiative of the University under its Strategic Plan. The Program aims to meet emerging needs for spiritual care and chaplaincy in a wide variety of areas such as the health, education, community service, defence force and mining sectors, and, through the University’s Colleges, reaching into faith-based agencies from a range of Christian denominations. The Program will commence with establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care and to develop specialist streams in related awards at Graduate Diploma and Masters level.

The Spiritual Care Program Director is the University’s lead on the program, accountable to the University Executive. The Director will build partnerships with students, industry, graduate employers, professional associations, agencies and Colleges to support the Program’s development and growth. The Director will lead the creation of the Graduate Certificate and associated business plan in 2023 for a 2024 commencement, and coordinate its delivery by staff from across the University’s Colleges and partner agencies.

The Director will also serve part-time as a Lecturer at Whitley College, delivering courses and units in Spiritual and Pastoral Care.

Position Description: Lecturer in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, and Spiritual Care Program Director

The Lecturer in Pastoral and Spiritual Care is responsible for conducting, coordinating and developing teaching and research in the areas of Pastoral and Spiritual Care at Whitley College. The Lecturer will make original contributions to knowledge and practice through research, writing and teaching, and develop educational offerings in the area of pastoral and spiritual care studies.

The Spiritual Care Program Director is responsible for the development and implementation of the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care, and delivery of this and the University’s related awards in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. This includes finalising development of a common core curriculum for the award, preparing a business plan, gathering and coordinating the staff team, student recruitment, alumni development, research directions, and engagement with partners and end-users (including graduate employers).

Key responsibilities, key working relationships, key performance indicators, selection criteria, and terms and conditions can be found in the position description below.

Position Description

The position of Lecturer in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Spiritual Care Program Director is a full-time, fixed term appointment for three years subject to satisfactory performance (with possibility of renewal). Salary level is subject to the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate in the range of $91,490 – $106,562 plus 10.5% superannuation and 17.5% annual leave loading.


Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 2 December 2022

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact details for three referees

Send applications electronically to: Anjali Antoniotti, Chief of Staff: aantoniotti@divinity.edu.au

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