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Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church

Executive Director and Campus Minister-Wesley Foundation-TN Tech University

Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church


Job Summary

The “Wesley” Foundation at Tennessee Tech University is a welcoming, safe home away from home for college students that are looking for a place to belong. Wesley is a United Methodist ministry, with the shared vision of engaging young adults in Christian community – to love God, love neighbor and love self.  Our goal is to engage young adults in Christian community and grow and nurture Christian leaders. Our core values are community, hospitality, and spiritual growth in a diverse and welcoming environment.

The ministry at Wesley is healthy and vibrant.  Our strengths include:

Passionate group of students growing and participating in ministries;

Student leadership team involved in planning and carrying out programs and worship services;

Small group bible studies and spiritual growth groups;

Dedicated Board of Directors with a good working relationship with the director and students;

Good relationship with area Methodist churches;

Outstanding physical facilities including main building with office and meeting spaces, kitchen and dining area, adjacent chapel/worship facility, parsonage for Campus Minister, and housing for students.

All facilities within easy walking distance of TTU.

Wesley is seeking a passionate, strategic, pastoral leader to serve as our next Executive Director and Campus Minister.  The primary role of the Wesley Executive Director/Campus Minister is to continue to build and nurture a welcoming student faith community that promotes spiritual growth, by planning and executing Wesley programming and worship, providing pastoral care, and encouraging student leadership.  Additionally, the Executive Director/Campus Minister will excel at developing relationships with and nurturing the engagement of local churches and working with the Board of Directors on organizational oversight and fundraising.

Job Responsibilities

Strategic Planning & Organizational Development:

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan in collaboration with staff and Board to accomplish the Wesley Foundation’s mission and goals;
  • Ensure the Wesley’s values (community, hospitality, and spiritual growth) are embodied in all aspects of the Wesley’s work together;
  • Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions including quarterly goal updates;
  • Work with the Board to ensure the hiring and development of competent, qualified staff;
  • Lead and align staff and volunteers for successful implementation of programs to accomplish the Wesley’s goals;
  • With Board establish and apply appropriate staff and ministry policies and procedures;
  • Oversee all ministry communications and marketing with both students and other ministry partners;
  • Work with the Board to develop and manage the annual operating budget to meet organizational needs and objectives;
  • Lead fundraising efforts to offset budgetary needs including fundraising activities such as grant writing, donor cultivation, and maintaining donor relations;
  • Oversee fiscal management including operating within the approved budget, maximizing resource utilization, and providing the Finance Committee and Board monthly financial statements;
  • Ensure with the Boards support that the Wesley buildings are properly maintained and managed;
  • Serve as liaison between campus ministry and the university;
  • Build connections between the Wesley students and local congregations, the Wesley students and conference programming (camps, missions, etc.), and the Wesley and strategic partners who maximize the mission;
  • Maintain relationships between the Wesley and its alumni.


  • Create a welcoming and safe community for students of all backgrounds, faith traditions, races, gender identities, and sexual orientations into the Wesley community;
  • Initiate, develop, and implement programs that lead to the spiritual growth of students;
  • Provide regular programming opportunities for worship, discipleship, fellowship, and service;
  • Develop student leadership opportunities and a cultural of vocational development;
  • Ensure the Wesley has a presence at all campus activities and provides outreach that invites students into the Wesley community.

Pastoral Care:

  • Provide pastoral care and leadership for the community;
  • Resource students with a network of mental health care providers and counselors;
  • In times of crisis and tragedy, provide pastor support to the university.


Expectations and requirements for the successful candidate include:

  • Pastoral and strategic ministry leadership experience and skills.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills.
  • Experience in budget oversight and fundraising.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to develop leadership and accountability in students.
  • 5 years’ experience in campus or higher education ministry, church leadership or other relevant non-profit leadership.
  • Master of Divinity or seminary degree preferred, but other relevant Master’s degrees and/or years of experience may be considered.  The position is open to both ordained United Methodist elders or deacons and lay members who meet experience requirements.

Additional Information


  • $65,000 annually
  • Full-time employees are eligible for medical/dental/vision insurance on day one.
  • Full-time lay employees are eligible for 403(b) retirement savings plan on day one with a generous employer match of 12% for an employee contribution of 3%.
  • Vacation time and paid holidays.
  • Professional, team environment.
  • Full-time schedule with night and weekend work required.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants, please send a letter of interest and resume to and specify that you are applying for Campus Minister/Executive Director Job offer is contingent upon successful completion of training and background check.  Deadline to apply is on or before Wednesday, May 31, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed when they are received.


  • Date Posted: April 27, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Religious
  • Start Date: 07/01/2023
  • Salary Range: 65,000.00