The person in this position provides assistance to the Vice President for Operations and the Directors of Building Services, Food Services, Human Resources, and Housing through administrative support of those offices at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. This is a full-time salaried position with medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
Description of Duties
- Communicate with housing, maintenance, food services, and human resources regarding budgets, expenditures, and accounts receivable.
- Receive and verify invoices.
- Prepare check requests and process payments.
- Maintain accurate budget ledgers.
- Tabulate and distribute monthly departmental financial reports.
- Organize and file employee records.
- Initiate new employee paperwork.
- Perform periodic audits of employee files.
- Review hourly payroll within payroll management system.
- Distribute job opening announcements.
- Contact venders via phone or email to schedule/negotiate services.
- Field phone calls and email inquiries.
- Research, compile, and analyze data for special projects and reports.
- Prepare and process incoming and outgoing mail.
The Operations Assistant will interact with a broad range of students, staff, and external constituents; and it is essential that they bring a high degree of intercultural competency. The Operations Assistant will have at least a high school diploma with 8 years of experience OR an associate’s or bachelor’s degree with 4 years of experience. Interested applicants should have a basic knowledge of accounting principles and demonstrated ability with database software. Prior experience in human resources at an institution of higher education or not-for-profit organization is preferred.
Submit your résumé and cover letter (which must address your commitment to an inclusive and diverse environment and your administrative experience) to email@example.com by June 28, 2017.
Associate Director of Admissions
The person in this position serves with the Director of Admissions in the Office of Student Services in the areas of recruitment, admissions, orientation, and student support. The associate director will collaborate in developing recruitment strategies, arranging prospective student visits, counseling students regarding ministry vocations, coordinating discernment events, and planning new student orientation at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. This is a full-time salaried position with medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
Description of Duties
- Cultivate and expand relationships with prospective students and ministry partners.
- Collaborate with the Advancement Office and ELCA Seminaries to represent LSTC in various contexts.
- Travel up to 40% of working hours including some nights and weekends.
- Collaborate with Director of Admissions and Director of Advanced Studies in creating and implementing recruitment strategies.
- Maintain contact with prospective students and respond to requests for information.
- Provide detailed planning, organization, and execution of individual and group visits to campus, including Seminary Sampler discernment events.
- Participate in and support the work of the Admissions Committee.
- Facilitate Admissions Committee meetings in the absence of the Director of Admissions.
- Serve on the Financial Aid Committee to determine scholarships for incoming MDiv, MA, and MAM students.
- Assess the effectiveness and usage of current recruitment and database software.
- Oversee communication efforts in coordination with the Director of Admissions, Director of Communications, and the Advanced Studies and Advancement Offices.
- Work closely with the Dean of Student Services to plan and implement new student orientation.
- Bolster support services for students from underrepresented populations.
- Support current students in their ongoing discernment process, sharing resources when necessary and appropriate.
The Associate Director of Admissions will interact with a broad range of students, staff, and external constituents; and it is essential that they have a high degree of intercultural competency. Commitment to the Church’s work of ministry and to the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC is required. Good working knowledge of the ELCA; LSTC’s history, curriculum, and current offerings; rostered ministry and other forms of full-time Christian service; and theological education in the Lutheran Church and/or other church bodies is required. A Master of Divinity or Master of Arts from an accredited seminary is preferred.
Submit your résumé, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 28, 2017.
Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will participate in the mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to form leaders and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the church and world through worship, community engagement, and our life together as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This person will direct worship life, ground the concept of public witness in Christian faith and practice, and collaborate with relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for pastoral care to the students, staff and faculty of LSTC.
- Rostered for Word and Sacrament ministry and in good standing with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- Demonstrated leadership and recognition of the special challenges of ministering to a seminary community, including demonstrated cultural competency and spirit of inclusivity to serve among LSTC’s diverse and global population and in particular, a commitment to LSTC’s identity as a Reconciling in Christ seminary.
- Highly relational, with the ability to collaborate with a variety of constituencies and approach conflict as opportunity for transformation.
- Experience in planning worship and music in a team setting. Extensive knowledge of ELCA worship resources, including The Use of the Means of Grace, and familiarity with a wide range of worship styles. Confidence in leading, preaching, and empowering others to participate in all aspects of worship life.
- Understanding of the importance of community engagement as an essential component of discipleship and ministry, with demonstrated leadership in that area. Enthusiasm for integrating LSTC’s deep commitment to public witness and advocacy with solid liturgical practices.
Description of Duties
- Live in the Chicagoland area to be readily available to the LSTC community, including evenings and weekends as needed.
- Collaborate with LSTC students, staff and faculty to create regular weekly worship.
- Embody a lively engagement between the chapel and the classroom and help redefine the role of worship in LSTC’s life together. Create and promote synergy between liturgics and social justice.
- Report to the Dean of Student Services and collaborate with the Office of Student Services and relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for spiritual direction and mental health.
- Respond to and integrate current events and social issues into LSTC’s worship life.
- Nurture and develop relationships outside of the seminary community to further opportunities for discipleship, partnership, and service.
- Other duties appropriate to this role as determined.
Terms of Work
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will serve as a regular full-time employee under a renewable five-year term call. The first full term of service will begin Summer 2017 and conclude Summer 2022 with a probationary period concluding at the end of the first year during which continuation of the remainder of this five-year term will be determined. The work of the Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship requires a regular presence on campus as appropriate to and sufficient for the described duties, for which office space will be provided. Work may also be done from home and other locations as needed.
The specifics of the compensation package will be detailed in a separate hiring letter from the President of the seminary, to which this position description will be appended.
Please submit a letter of intent, totaling no more than 750 words, which includes: a) your interest and qualifications for applying and b) your commitment to serve in an inclusive and diverse environment. Please send a current resume that includes all relevant work experience. Application review will begin May 22, 2017 and preference will be given to applications received prior to that date. The Advisory Committee will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled.
Please submit all application materials to email@example.com.
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 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of six graduate 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. LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. LSTC values diversity and is actively engaged in anti-racist work. LSTC seeks to hire candidates for all openings who demonstrate intercultural and diversity commitments, skills, and experience equipping them to further the diversity and inclusivity aims of the seminary. LSTC encourages applications from people of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; all gender and sexual identities; and all ability and social statuses. People of marginalized and/or historically underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply. More at www.lstc.edu.