Pastoral Dean

Location: Union’s Wales Campus

Responsible to: the Provost.

Date Closing: Friday 31st January 2020

Role Summary: Work with the Provost to manage and ensure the pastoral and spiritual formation, support, and mentoring of Union’s Learning Community and campus students. Shape these communities of staff, mentors and students in the light of Union’s implicit curriculum as enshrined in Union’s vision and values.


  • To work creatively with the Provost and in consultation with the President ensure that robust and healthy pastoral and spiritual formation is an integral part of every student’s experience, both on campus and in Learning Communities.
  • To work with campus staff and Learning Community mentors to shape communities where excellence of pastoral support is provided, embodying Union’s vision and values.
  • To lead a UST validated programme, lead the BA Ministry Placement modules I and II; contribute to the teaching of the pastoral theology and ministry courses. Other teaching duties may be assigned if deemed essential to the School.
  • To serve as the main pastoral liaison between campus and Learning Community mentors ensuring the health of Union’s network of communities.
  • To conduct weekly preaching & pastoral workshop at campus / webinar for LC’s
  • Building strong relationships with churches and other Christian ministries which will offer placement opportunities for students with local churches and other Christian organisations, induct supervisors of local placements, undertake risk assessments, and visit (physically or by VLE) students on placement, ensuring student placements are run according to policy.
  • Undertake pre-placement induction and post-placement debrief with students, enabling them to deploy both pastoral and theological skills in ministry situations.
  • Serve as a key member of the Academic Board speaking to the issues of pastoral and ministry formation in the mission of UST, attending relevant programme committees, and Board of Examiners.
  • Responsible for leading the Personal Development Programme and summer school, promoting the formation of personal and ministry skills and the integration of these within and alongside validated programmes.
  • Overseeing arrangements for student-led worship sessions on campus, and arranging opportunities with local churches who are seeking students to preach at services.
  • Work with the Provost and President in supporting students in finding future employment opportunities.
  • Actively promote Union’s ministry and values as strategically established by the President and Board of Union with commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Helping with Union Conferences, Open Days and seminar days to promote Union.
  • General marking of modules.
  • Model the ability to integrate pastoral excellence and Evangelical and Reformed theology in pastoral contexts.

NOTE: Please be aware that the duties and responsibilities outlined above are not exhaustive and may be varied from time to time after consultation with the jobholder. They do not form part of the jobholder’s contract of employment.


If you feel you have the right skills and experience and would like to apply for the role, or to find out more, please email your c.v. and a covering letter to We can provide a detailed Role Description on request.