I. Title: Executive Director, The United Campus Ministry at The University of Tulsa (the UCM at TU, also known as the Little Blue House).
II. Purpose: To provide leadership and support for an ecumenical and multi-faith ministry at The University of Tulsa.
III. Accountability: Accountable to the UCM at TU board and the denomination(s) in which ordained or have standing as a member, and to the student leadership of the community.
IV. Responsibilities to the UCM: The Executive Director shall be responsible for proclaiming the mission of the UCM at TU as an inclusive community that celebrates equality and equity. Through homegrown programming, the ministry focuses on issue-based education and open minded-fellowship. The Executive Director shall acknowledge that all faith traditions, including no faith tradition, are to be respected as different ways to understand God and the universe.
This ministry shall develop a sound pastoral relationship with persons associated with the university and others who choose to be involved. This ministry shall be present at important points of crisis in the life of the university and community, promoting understanding, and seeking reconciliation of persons to themselves, to others, and to God.
Current examples of pastoral care include:
•Provide pastoral counseling, support, referrals and resources to TU students, staff, faculty, alums and affiliated community members.
• Provide programming for supporting congregations, as requested.
• Respond to campus and community emergencies.
• Invest in the lives of participating students For example, attend recitals, graduations, performances, etc. of students, as requested.
• Provide recommendations letters for students, as requested.
B. PROGRAMMING AND ADVOCACY
This ministry shall offer opportunities for worship, retreats, celebrations of the festival seasons, alternative breaks and other occasions deemed appropriate for interested community members. It shall also encourage participation in regular worship services and ministries of local congregations when information is solicited. This ministry will strive to be faithful to the Biblical mandate to encourage compassion and discern the call for justice within the university and in the deep needs of society and the earth.
Current examples of programming and advocacy include:
• Participate and/or assist in the planning, implementing and evaluating of programs that foster the development of persons and a sense of community, fulfilling the purpose of the UCM.
• Facilitate groups so that gifts of individuals may be affirmed, celebrated and encouraged to be used in the ministry and their vocation.
• Identify, assist and coordinate in the development and encouragement of leadership for those who participate in ministry.
• Regularly attend meetings of all the groups that comprise the UCM at TU, assist with maintaining current student group standing, allocations, programming, events, etc.
o Current groups within the Little Blue House are as listed: Society for Gender Equality (SGE), Pride the LGBTQQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Allies) student group, Earth Matters (Environmentalist student group) and Cultural Exchange Coalition.
• Be an incubator for new groups on campus that wish to form, whose mission falls within the scope of the UCM mission statement.
o Helping to draft constitutions and by-laws and navigating the Student Association process for recognition.
• Provide programming that is unique to the UCM, including service projects, Bible studies and/or chapel services, speakers, films, advocacy, links to our supporting congregations.
o “Faith, Doubt, and _____” is the current student Bible study, but other studies have been used in the past, based on choice of the Executive Director and interested students.
• Educate campus community about social justice programming in the community.
o Creating linkages between campus community and the wider Tulsa community.
§ Specifically with the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.
o Finding opportunities for internship and employment for students and alumni.
• Recruit churches and community stakeholders to shop for, cook, serve and cleanup 28 yearly Veggie Lunches.
o Submit reimbursements for lunches to Student Association.
o Keep food handler’s license current.
o Comply with University guidelines for food on campus.
• Host end of semester parties and other events to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of students involved at the UCM.
C. BRIDGE BUILDING
This ministry shall bring together the needs and resources of the church, community and higher education, fostering mutually-helpful relationships, cooperative action and advocacy. It shall facilitate difficult dialogue to build bridges between different perspectives within the university, especially pertaining to the important issues of the mission of higher education, student interests and current topics of concern. The Executive Director shall routinely discern the relevance of the UCM’s mission and communicate it clearly.
Current examples of University of Tulsa bridge building:
• Represent the UCM at University functions, including Preview TU, Activity Fair, Homecoming, etc.
• Serve on University Committees/Initiatives, as requested. For example, the Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board, the TU Sustainability Committee, as a judge for the TU Research Colloquium Community Service Symposium, as a facilitator for the TU Safe Zone Program, as a mock interviewer for Nationally Competitive Scholarship finalists, and serving as a Mentor for New Student Orientation.
Current examples of community bridge building include:
• Provide pastoral support and/or leadership to community groups, as requested. Examples might include participation with Oklahomans for Equality, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries, and the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
• Maintain relationships with community organizations with similar goals to ours, and make community opportunities available to TU students, staff, faculty and alums.
• Serve on Boards of Community organizations, as requested.
Current examples of church bridge building include:
• Maintain relationships with supporting congregations.
• Refer students to local congregations and worship experiences.
Current examples of administrative responsibilities include:
• Manage the UCM Facebook Page, Website and Causes.
• Manage insurance, correspondence, phones, email, etc.
• Keep the University of Tulsa accounts updated (TU Orgspace, Allocations, Business Office, etc.)
• Maintain paperwork and files for student interns.
• Maintain office machines, purchase supplies, etc.
Current examples of financial responsibilities include:
• Oversee budgeting and expenditures.
• Write and send annual appeal.
• Foster new donors and maintaining donor relationships.
• Manage online giving.
• Hold fund-raising events, such as book sales.
• Record and deliver donation checks to accountant.
• Send acknowledgement letters to donors.
• Maintain donor lists.
• Apply for funding and report to supporting congregations and denominations.
• Record bills and make check requests from accountant to pay bills.