Coordinator of Muslim Life and Religious Life Associate

Summary Job Description
Columbia is seeking its first full-time Coordinator of Muslim Life to provide guidance and support to the University’s diverse Muslim community and to serve as an advisor to student organizations, including the Muslim Student Association. The role is also expected to promote greater understanding and fellowship among members of different religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions at Columbia. The position reports to the University Chaplain, Associate Provost and Director of the Earl Hall Center. 


  • Supports and nurtures a Muslim community whose members vary in their religious commitment and expression, are ethnically diverse and come from communities throughout the United States, as well as abroad.
  • Brings intellectual leadership and curiosity as a guide, teacher and partner within Columbia’s Muslim community and within the broader community of the University.
  • Provides leadership and education to students, faculty and staff on issues of religious literacy and sensitivity.
  • Coordinates Jumu’ah prayers, Halaqa studies, seasonal services and Ramadan preparations and provides confidential pastoral care for students, faculty and staff.
  • Consults, advises and provides leadership on a wide range of domestic and international issues affecting the Muslim community at Columbia.
  • Collaborates with colleagues, other university offices and religious groups across campus to think strategically and creatively about how to advance the University’s mission and multicultural community.
  • Works collaboratively to organize and take part in interfaith and multi-faith events, conferences and programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade:

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalentrequired, as well as a minimum of 3-5 years experience. 

Additional Position-Specific Minimum:
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:

Must be eager to work within a pluralistic and diverse community. Must be able to support religious and cultural diversity as well as play an important role in an active, university-wide multi-faith and multi-cultural community. Enthusiasm and capacity for working imaginatively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and religious traditions. 

Ability to facilitate programs and discussion groups on religious, spiritual and social texts and issues of diverse faiths required.

Graduate degree in a related field or relevant equivalent credential. A high degree of competency as a leader of worship, Qu’ran studies, program development and evaluation, faith advisor and confidential counselor based on a record of at least five years of experience.

Demonstrated effectiveness in religious, personal and confidential counseling and support.
The incumbent must be able to balance multiple priorities and projects, be sensitive in highly emotional situations and consistently exercise discretion and excellent judgment.

Must work afternoon and evening hours and be available for some weekend hours.  Must be able to be on-call and respond to university emergencies.

Licensed, endorsed or ordained preferred. Masters of Divinity degree from a seminary recognized by the Association of Theological Schools or an equivalent advanced degree in theology or religious studies from an accredited college/university, such as a certificate in Islamic studies or Islamic law (minimum 2 years); or Master's degree with an Islamic focus.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working in a university setting highly preferred. A demonstrable commitment to fostering religious pluralism.

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