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Administrative Applications Analyst

Profile and Application Process


The Recruiter at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will recruit the next visionary leaders to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.  S/he will make an impact on the church, by recruiting and serving its leaders. 

The Recruiter is committed to the Church’s work of ministry and to the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC at the Master’s and Doctoral level. S/he has a good working knowledge of the ELCA; LSTC, its history, and curriculum; the rostered ministry and other forms of full time Christian service; and of theological education in the Lutheran Church and in other church bodies.

The Recruiter will work with the Director of Admissions in the areas of recruitment, admissions, and scholarships. S/he will have primary responsibility in working with the Director of Admissions in the area of recruitment, with an emphasis on travel and arranging/coordinating visits of prospective students.

The Recruiter will travel and recruit on both the national and local level. The Recruiter will serve with the Director as a representative of LSTC through contacts with colleges, churches, synods and other connections to the greater community.  With the Director, S/he will provide counsel on ministry vocations, and provide information about LSTC’s programs.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities Required
LSTC is looking for a person that is a self-starter with exceptional interpersonal communication, networking, and presentation experience. The Recruiter will have the willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of working hours.  The Recruiter is a manager of people and processes and has the ability to set and obtain short and long term goals with measurable results.  S/he will work some evenings and weekends. 

A Master’s degree in a theological area of study (e.g. M.A., M.Div., M.A.T.S) or a rostered leader in the ELCA is desired.  Experience in Admissions, recruitment, sales and marketing is also helpful.  The candidate must be able to utilize and maintain social media sites and have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Internet.  Previous use of administrative databases is helpful.

Administrative Applications Analyst

This position is generally responsible for maintaining and improving the administrative applications of Information Technology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

The Analyst provides technical expertise in the setup, implementation, and maintenance of the Seminary’s administrative database systems and associated applications that support mission-critical resources for Seminary operations. The Analyst will be directly involved in a vendor lead conversion and implementation of a new Blackbaud administrative database.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the conversion, implementation, and training processes necessary for a new administrative database system while maintaining the present system.
  • Assisting with creation of queries, reports, custom reports, and analyses to support institutional processes.
  • Maintaining the security of institutional data in all administrative applications.  Recommending “best practices” and procedures related to use of database and promoting solutions for data clean-up and overall data integrity.
  • Coordinating the continuous upgrade of user skills and maintaining a collaborative and service-oriented information services environment.
  • Training and supporting faculty and staff in the use of Blackbaud, Jenzabar,  and Microsoft Office products in both one-on-one and group settings. 
  • Functioning as part of an information technology team, providing quality customer-oriented service and assisting other team members when and where needed.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • This position requires a strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction.  Individual must have strong interpersonal skills.  Must be able to successfully communicate and interact with persons with diverse backgrounds, technical experience, and levels of education.
  • Successful experience in coordinating a conversion of administrative applications, and the subsequent maintenance and upgrade of systems over time. 
  • Ability to engineer work flow processes for optimal performance and maximum efficiency. 
  • Blackbaud Certification in Raiser’s Edge, or ability to test at the Master level which proves expert knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge®, including: configuration, administration, SAP® Crystal Reports, and development of policies and procedures to define data consistency practice.  Importing, managing and cleaning the database, system security and global functions.  Building queries, exporting and reporting.  A demonstrated familiarity with Blackbaud Financial Edge.
  • Experience with object-oriented programming languages and relational databases, along with knowledge of SQL, Informix, and Jenzabar are all helpful. 
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft desktop applications.  Ability to test at the Specialist level of Microsoft Office certification.
  • Attention to detail and project management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Self-motivated, responsible, dependable, and able to work collaboratively as part of a team

Profile of the Seminary
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 275 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of five advanced degree programs. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  It seeks to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation.

Application Process
LSTC encourages applications from women and men of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.  LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Join a team of employees committed to serving through the ministry of LSTC. This is a full time position with salary, pension, and medical benefits.

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received with interviews beginning in the middle of May.  Mail, fax, or e-mail your cover letter, resume, and a communication of your thoughts on recruiting and serving the next visionary leaders to proclaim the gospel.  Please send them to:

Office of Operations
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
Fax: 773-256-0782 
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