Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri is an outstanding private, R1 research institute comprised of 10 world-class graduate and professional schools including The Brown School of Social Work, Olin Business School, School of Law, School of Medicine, The McKelvey School of Engineering and the Sam Fox School of Design. The university is comprised of two primary campuses – The Danforth campus and the Medical School (including Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital). Excellence, diversity and historic global impact have characterized the faculty body, research work and graduate programs at Washington University. Top ranked nationally and internationally, Wash-U attracts the kind of grad students and faculty members InterVarsity’s mission is designed to serve and influence.
GFM at Wash-U currently exists as a Graduate Student Fellowship, a Faculty Fellowship on the Danforth Campus and a Faculty Fellowship in the Med School. A few strengths of InterVarsity’s work include the incredible connection among Christian faculty members, the sense of community among graduate students, the international diversity of the student body itself and the potential to reach strategic departments like the school of social work, the business school and the law school. InterVarsity National Board Member Dr. John Inazu teaches in the law school and is the Executive Director of The Carver Project which works in close partnership with GFM Faculty Ministry. Read more about TCP and their goal to “cultivate Christian leaders at the intersection of the university, church and society.” https://www.carverstl.org/
Currently we are seeking to hire up to two full-time staff members to lead and expand our work among graduate students. Wash-U is already served by a staff team including undergraduate staff, ISM staff (international students) and a GFM faculty staff member. A GSF chapter (Graduate Student Fellowship) exists in connection with the Danforth Campus. Areas of more immediate potential include the MBA program and the med school. In addition to the full position description, these aspects are of particular interest to us:
- Ability to build community among a diverse and very busy graduate student population
- Networking and mentoring graduate students working with their challenging schedules
- Collaboration with InterVarsity ministries such as Faculty and ISM.
- Partnership with other campus ministry organizations.
- Expanding ministry by building missional communities in departments where none exist.
- Leading participants in outreach to incoming graduate students.
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.