Sikh Chaplain

London (Greater)
£34,502-£39,333 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance (pro rata: 0.2FTE)
11 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Contract Type
Part Time

Job description

The Sikh Chaplain will join an existing multi-faith Chaplaincy team, working across all campuses of King’s, to provide Chaplaincy services to staff and students, particularly but not exclusively to those within the Sikh community at King’s.  The team currently comprises Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Baptist), Muslim (Shia, Sunni), and Jewish (Masorti) Chaplains.  The Sikh Chaplain is responsible to the Dean of King’s College London, and is line managed by the College Chaplain (Anglican), who is the Chaplaincy team leader.  


All Chaplains play an important part in the field of student welfare, in collaboration with colleagues in other areas where applicable, and also provide a support service to King’s staff where needed.  The Sikh Chaplain may often be the face of the Sikh faith at King’s, and will represent religion in the public square.  The Sikh Chaplain should therefore be prepared to work on improving cohesion between different views and groups on the campuses, including improving religious literacy by appropriate means, and advocating for religious students and staff where and when necessary.  


The Sikh Chaplain will build on existing connections on the campus and across King’s in all relevant areas, and develop new relationships as appropriate, especially with others who have responsibility for caring for students, and with student Sikh societies.  It will be important to foster the perception that the Sikh Chaplain is available to everyone when required, not just Sikhs (or even those of faith more widely). 


While working as part of the wider team, the Sikh Chaplain will have considerable freedom to create and exercise a ministry in response to their own understanding of the needs of the King’s community.  The Sikh Chaplain will have a strong degree of autonomy in managing workload and resources, within the overall plans of the Chaplaincy team as a whole.   


The Sikh Chaplain will divide their time between King’s five central London campuses (Denmark Hill, Guy’s, Strand, St Thomas’, Waterloo) as works best, with the option to choose one campus to be a particular base.  The King’s Dharmic Prayer Room is located at the Guy’s Campus. 


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract  

This is a part-time post - 20% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

•         To be a point of contact for the Sikh community at King’s College London.  

•         To provide pastoral support to all members of the King’s community (staff and students), whether Sikh or not. 

•         To build and develop links with all who are responsible for caring for students, eg tutors, Student Services, KCLSU, Counselling, and others as appropriate.

•         To provide advice and guidance with regard to Sikh beliefs, traditions, and customs (seeking further advice from recognised authorities, including of different traditions where necessary), especially where these lead to circumstances or situations which may impact on King’s activities. 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.       Training in and/or experience of Sikhism and the Sikh scriptures and traditions, and in good standing within the wider Sikh community. 

2.       Pastoral counselling skills and understanding, both to provide immediate and/or initial support, and also to discern when to refer to other/more specialized resources. 

3.       Sufficient academic ability sympathetically to challenge and stretch the comprehension and understanding of students. 

4.       Confidence in working with a large degree of autonomy within an overall team structure. 

5.       Knowledge and experience of work with young adults. 

6.       Willingness to work in and be part of a multi-faith team. 

7.       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 


Desirable criteria

1.       Knowledge and experience within Higher Education. 

2.       Willingness to keep up to date with theological and educational issues. 


Further information

There is a genuine occupational requirement for this post to be held by an observant Sikh.