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Candler at Emory University provides an uncommonly rewarding work environment. People are drawn to work here to enrich and change lives. They are attracted by the opportunity to participate in the community life of a top-ranked university. Emory ranks as the third-largest private employer in the metro Atlanta area. Candler students may seek internships and part-time jobs on campus with various departments and research projects.

Current Openings

Director of Finance and Administration

Job Code AB07, Grade 238

Reports to:

The Dean of Candler School of Theology and

The Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and

The Chief University Budget Officer (CUBO)

Job Summary:

Working directly alongside the Dean of Candler School of Theology and in close collaboration with the Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer and the Chief University Budget Officer, the Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) is entrusted with fiscal oversight, responsibilities, and accountabilities for the School. The position serves as the principal non-academic officer responsible for the school’s administrative operations, financial services, human resource administration, and business activities.  As the School’s chief business and financial officer, the DFA provides overall administrative, financial, and strategic direction for the budgetary and fiscal affairs of the school, inclusive of planning, administering, monitoring, and controlling the overall financial plans, policies, and programs. The DFA directs school-wide planning and response to the demands, costs, services, technology, regulations, and fiscal interests throughout the school while protecting school assets and ensuring its fiscal viability.  This position oversees two staff and an annual operating expenditure base for the school totaling approximately $18.3M.

University policies that further direct the duties of this position are Policy 2.112, Unit Chief Business Officers’ Roles and Responsibilities;

Key Responsibilities:

Fiscal Management

  • Oversees all fiscal operations for the overall financial activities of the School.
  • Plans, develops, submits, and presents through the Dean of the School the annual operating and personnel plan/budget proposal for the School.  Develops budget requests by gathering, reviewing, verifying and consolidating financial and statistical data. Outlines projected expenditures and revenue/funding sources during the year. Creates all required journal entries and budget adjustments. Monitors each department, program or other budget within the School for compliance within established fiscal limits.
  • Directs financial records management to ensure records and invoices related to purchases, reimbursements, receipts and expenditures of the school are accurate and readily available; ensures that invoices are reviewed, approved, and processed in a timely, accurate manner to avoid late charges.
  • Proactively updates the Dean on on-going operations and project activities inclusive of issues pertaining to budgetary and financial status and customer feedback.  Researches issues, develops alternatives, and prepares recommendations for consideration of the Dean.
  • Oversees the endowment income, including income for scholarships, to determine and report projected and actual revenue, proper accounting, and utilization.  
  • Ensures that proper internal controls are in place within the School and works collaboratively with the University’s Internal Audit Department to conduct periodic audits to reinforce that proper check and balances are established for sound financial controls.
  • Oversees cost allocation model for the school.
  • Ensures the proper financial accountings related to grants and contracts.

Financial Planning

  • Researches, formulates and recommends strategic and operational financial plans to enhance the financial position of the school. 
  • Stays abreast of student tuition charges among peer institutions and prepares and presents recommendations to the Dean regarding appropriate modifications of the school’s tuition rates.
  • As integral participant on the Dean’s Leadership Council, evaluates financial and human resources opportunities and prepares and presents formal recommendations concerning possible restructuring/enhancement with other organizational components.
  • Critically analyzes the impact of existing and proposed financial and human resources strategies and efforts, to ensure the School remains fiscally well positioned and capable of effectively responding to demands of short-term and long-term fiscal needs, including financial aid.  Develops a consistent, rigorous process to evaluate requests for financial resources while assessing the impact on the School’s long-term interests.  Ensures requests are congruent with strategic goals and objectives.
  • Evaluates the financial status of each School department/program maintaining a department/program financial scorecard and recommending modifications as appropriate.  Works in close collaboration with senior staff of the School, as directed by the Dean, to implement modifications necessary to enhance the organization based upon these evaluations.

Human Resources Management

  • Supervises the Financial Analyst and Accountant.
  • Implements the annual performance assessment process (and self-assessment) of all employees. 
  • Working collaboratively with the Dean, manages the annual salary review process for the school; processes all salary changes and annual ministerial housing allowance declarations.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Dean, facilitates the establishment of new positions for, recruitment, selection, employment, and relocation of faculty and staff.
  • Consults with University Human Resources and School leadership on personnel/payroll matters to assist in resolving issues pertaining to employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, performance assessment, and budget management.
  • Processes payroll and other financial matters for faculty sabbaticals and research leaves.
  • Audits, organizes, and maintains the employment records for the school to ensure employment and job related documents are completely, accurately, and securely maintained for each employee.  Obtains, organizes and secures appropriate documents for adjunct faculty employees.
  • Ensures that form documents used for processing personnel and financial transactions maintained by the office are updated with current versions. Initiates on-line and/or forms processing as required by employee and organizational changes.
  • Revises and maintains accurate organizational charts for the school to reflect updates to the organization and its leadership. Works with staff of Faculty Support Services to ensure files with job descriptions for all positions (faculty and staff) are kept current.
  • Manages the personal annual leave records and annual time away reports.
  • Serves as resource to provide updates on the progress and activities of Emory’s HR system, including the implementation/enhancements of personnel/payroll systems.
  • Oversees administration of Time and Attendance System to ensure hours worked by biweekly paid employees are maintained accurately in the system.
  • Coordinates assessment of current systems skills for staff to determine required areas of computer skills development.
  • Promotes a climate of collegiality and teamwork throughout school. 


  • Manages facilities, in collaboration with staff of the School’s Faculty Support Services and Pitts Theology Library, as well as Campus Services/Facilities Management.

Leadership and Professional Development

  • Practices and facilitates faculty/staff education in the acceptance of, and implementation of, sound business, financial, and personnel management. Orients and provides training for new faculty and staff on the School’s basic business practices.
  • Personally exemplifies and promotes ethical and professional standards for individual and organizational behavior and decision-making.
  • Maintains current and necessary education and skills for excellence in job performance to cope with dynamic environment and ensure success of the school.
  • Exhibits service-oriented behavior and conduct of organizational affairs, including service improvement leadership within the School.

Strategic Planning

  • Works with the Dean and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs to facilitate strategic planning for the school.

Contacts & Advocacy

  • Networks with internal and external constituencies to promote the financial and operational interests of the School, including some university-wide committees.
  • Participates in weekly meetings of the Dean’s Council providing on-going budget status reports and updates of fiscal progress and human resources initiatives as directed by the Dean.
  • Participates in the School’s Small Management Group, Strategic Planning Committee, and all staff meetings.
  • Establishes, strengthens, and maintains corporate fiscal relations between Candler School of Theology and other Emory University divisions and other institutions. Works closely with the leadership of the University, and with various funding, regulatory, and accrediting bodies to provide, generate, process and report financial and operational information. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration; master’s degree preferred.
  • Preferred minimum of 10 years’ experience in a combination of financial administration and business operations.
  • Demonstrated leadership in strategic planning, human resources, space management, fiscal policy formation, managing resource allocation processes, and staff supervision.
  • Proficiency using spreadsheets and other financial software.
  • Understanding of graduate theological education and its diverse constituents.
  • Comprehension of finance and budgeting within research universities and higher education.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Advanced skills in presenting budgets and financial strategies to University Administration.
  • Ability to conceptualize and articulate plans and expectations internally and externally to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to make decisive judgments and recommendations.
  • Collegial, consultative management style.

Candidates should apply online at by searching for posting number 59428BR. 

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Assistant Professor in Religious Education

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in Religious Education beginning Fall 2016. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by October 1, 2015.

The person appointed to this position will be committed to theological education, preparing women and men for ministries in the church and the world. Successful applicants will hold, by time of appointment, the religious education or in another related discipline that prepares the candidate to teach in the field of religious education, with a focus on issues of identity formation and faith development. Other areas of expertise may include multicultural education, ecumenical and interfaith education, intergenerational education, and spiritual formation and spirituality.

The person selected for this position will develop and teach courses in several of the degree programs of Candler School of Theology. Candidates may teach courses in the Religious Education Certificate within the MDiv and MTS programs, a youth ministry concentration in the MARL program, and the Doctor of Ministry program. The appointee will be responsible for an introductory course in religious education, and will have regular faculty rotation in the Contextual Education program. 

The successful candidate will have a research and publication agenda to equip them to participate in the Graduate Division of Religion (including the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology) in the Laney Graduate School of Emory University. In addition to teaching and research, faculty members of Candler School of Theology are committed to service, both within the school and in the larger church and community.  Candidates within the Wesleyan tradition (e.g., UMC, AME, AMEZ, CME, Nazarene) are encouraged to apply.

Application for this position should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, an official transcript of the highest degree earned, writing sample and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Candidates should apply online at by uploading the letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and writing sample. Letters of recommendations should be sent by recommenders and transcripts should be sent from the granting institution to:  the Religious Education Search, c/o Brenda Roberts, Manager, Faculty Development and Support Services, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, or email documents in Microsoft Word or PDF to Direct any questions to Dr. Liz Bounds, Search Chair, at

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Assistant Dean of Worship and Music

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for the full-time, contract position of Assistant Dean of Worship and Music. Review of applications will begin October 10 and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.

The person appointed to this position will be committed to theological education, preparing women and men for ministries in the church and the world by providing leadership for a worshiping community of diverse traditions and cultures within the context of a United Methodist seminary. Successful applicants will hold a theological degree (e.g., M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.R., D.Min.) and/or comparable credentials in choral and congregational music (e.g., M.S.M., M.M.A., D.M.A.). Ordination in the United Methodist Church is highly desirable.

Responsibilities for Worship include:

(1) Planning and facilitating at least three weekly chapel services with student planning teams, and the fall and spring convocation events, including musical elements

(2) Training and teaching of Office of Worship student staff and volunteers, overseeing Candler’s dimensions of the sacristy and sanctuary space, maintaining resource center

(3) Providing leadership in development of worship-related technologies (e.g., video, audio, web)

(4) Developing and overseeing worship budgets

(5) Developing and teaching one course in worship per year

Responsibilities for Music include:

(1) Overseeing and facilitating congregational music in worship services, including scheduling of musicians

(2) Providing leadership, training, and oversight for all choral ensembles in worship, including the Candler Singers

(3) Developing and oversight of music budget

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, an official transcript of the highest degree earned (sent directly to Candler from the granting institution), documentation of worship leadership (e.g., programs, audio or video recordings), syllabi of relevant courses taught and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Candidates should apply online at by uploading the letter of interest, curriculum vitae, programs and syllabi.  Nominations, confidential letters of recommendation, recordings and transcripts (directly from granting institution) should be sent to the Asst. Dean of Worship and Music Search, c/o Brenda Roberts, Manager, Faculty Development and Support Services, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322; or email documents in Microsoft Word or PDF to

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