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OneLife/SWU Site Director - Gap Year Program


The mission of the OneLife Institute at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is to launch a generation of servant leaders who live out their faith in every area of life. OneLife is a 9-month, “gap year” program at SWU with the goal of starting students on the right path as they enter their critical, young adult years.


OneLife students live in a gospel-centered community where they grow in faith and biblical knowledge (developing a Christian worldview), learn practical life skills (time management, financial stewardship, fitness and wellness), travel domestically and internationally (service projects and short-term missions), and earn a Certificate in Christian Leadership of 24 college credits.


The Site Director is a crucial 12-month position that enables OneLife to fulfill its primary mission of discipleship and learning. The Site Director is passionate about helping young adults move from a stagnant or emerging faith in God to a dynamic personal faith in Jesus; shifting from a self-centered follower, creating an “others-centered” servant leader. The Site Director’s main responsibility is to support the academic instruction of the program while creating space and a culture for spiritual growth to take place.


The Site Director will need to be proactive and a self-starter. He or she will have a deep desire to see students grow in their relationship with God and knowledge of God’s Word. Words associated with a Site Director include the following: teacher, leader, shepherd, counselor, passionate, organizer, and a team player.



  1. Develop and teach classes (when credentials match the course) and hire adjunct faculty as needed for OneLife classes.
  2. Coordinate instruction and assessment of course outcomes in collaboration with SWU faculty for all courses.
  3. Engage in the experiential learning process as well as curriculum development, assessment, and outcome measures in support of the lead faculty for all courses offered in the OneLife program.
  4. Evaluate all faculty teaching OneLife courses.
  5. Collaborate, advise and engage with all service offices at SWU, including Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Academic Records, Business Office and Student Life.
  6. Develop and execute a strategic plan for discipleship ministry.
  7. Mentor 30 to 40 students (co-ed).
  8. Manage staff of 2 full-time resident leaders and 1-3 student interns.
  9. Teach and apply biblical content in all courses and activities.
  10. Identify and assess strengths and weaknesses of each OneLife student.
  11. Lead group activities and facilitate group conversations.
  12. Travel with students to a variety of destinations (inner-city, wilderness, and overseas).
  13. Communicate with parents of OneLife students.
  14. Recruit and build future classes of OneLife students.
  15. Assist in fundraising for student scholarships.



  1. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a field that is relevant to the living/learning environment of OneLife similar, but not limited to, a field in human services, social science, ministry, education, student development, etc.
  2. Experience in youth and/or college ministry (at least 3 years preferred).
  3. Academic or practical experience in intercultural/international studies or ministry.
  4. Wilderness experience (in ministry context) is preferred.
  5. Solid leadership and supervision skills, and ability to empower and train students.
  6. Effective communication skills, written and verbal with a broad range of constituents including but not limited to young adults, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators; cross-cultural communications are essential
  7. Must be detail oriented and creative; proven ability to develop and execute a strategic plan is crucial
  8. Candidate must either currently have a valid passport or have the ability to obtain one at candidate’s own expense, as well as the ability to obtain travel visas, as required.



  1. Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
  2. Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files. Requires ability to travel and supervise students while traveling. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds. Requires occasional work in an outside environment in varying climate conditions.
  3. Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening and credit check.


The option of renting a two-bedroom apartment with living area, kitchen and bath is available in the same facility that houses the OneLife program. Candidates would have the option of securing housing off campus as well.  Limited meals will be offered in the cafeteria to eat with program participants, but additional meals may be purchased as well by the Director and family members.  Candidates interested in renting the apartment on campus should express this interest in the application stage.

Full-time OneLife/SWU staff members receive a competitive starting salary and benefits package.


This is a regular, full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits.


The application review process will begin immediately. Interested applicants must send a completed staff application with a cover letter, official transcripts, and résumé by e-mail to , by fax to 864-644-5980, or by mail to:

Keri Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator
Southern Wesleyan University
907 Wesleyan Drive
P.O. Box 1020
Central, SC 29630
UPDATED POSTING: March 3, 2017