Founded in 1857, San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education in California. From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations. Today, SJSU powers the Silicon Valley, providing more engineering, science and business graduates to this high-tech region than any other college or university in the nation. San Jose State is located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of the San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.
Student enrollment at SJSU is over 33,000. Nearly 3,000 master’s degrees are awarded annually. 48.1% of the graduate students are Asian, 23% White, 15.6% Hispanic, 2.2% Black, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.1% Native American, and 10.8% other. SJSU boasts 2,101 faculty.
Applicants for this position would initially focus on planting fellowship groups for graduate students and faculty at SJSU while exploring the possibility of forming/partnering with graduate students and faculty at nearby Santa Clara University.
Consider the opportunity to serve the graduate student and faculty population at SJSU, engaging in issues of faith and academic integration. The Campus Staff Minister will:
- Plant new InterVarsity ministries for graduate students and faculty at SJSU
- Explore GFM campus planting opportunities at Santa Clara University
- Network with and mentor graduate students
- Meet with faculty to help nurture a vision for being and creating world changers
- Provide spiritual support to Christian faculty as they maneuver a demanding vocation
- Participate in the team of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministries campus staff across the Pacific Area
- Partner with InterVarsity’s undergraduate ministries
- Consider unique contextual aspects for faithful witness
InterVarsity is looking for candidates who demonstrate prior Christian leadership, personal initiative, and interpersonal skills. Theological education and/or advanced degrees are considered an asset. The ideal candidate has prior work experience in ministry or the marketplace as well as an advanced degree. Candidates need to have people skills for networking, leadership, and evangelism. Cross-cultural skills are a must. All campus staff with InterVarsity are responsible for their own ministry partner development and will receive training and supervision in this area.