Work at Candler


Work at Candler

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 second-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

Chief Business Officer

The Chief Business Officer works 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, is entrusted with fiscal oversight, responsibilities, and accountabilities for the School.

  • Serves as the principal non-academic officer responsible for the School's administrative operations, financial services, human resources administration, facilities management, information technology and business activities.
  • 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.
  • Directs school-wide planning and response to the demands, costs, services, technology, regulations, and fiscal interests throughout the School while protecting assets and ensuring fiscal viability.
  • 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.
  • Directs all required journal entries and budget adjustments.
  • Monitors each department, program or other budget within the School for compliance within established fiscal limits and compliance with laws, policies and procedures.
  • 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 by 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 checks and balances are established for sound financial controls.
  • Oversees the cost allocation model for the School.
  • Ensures the proper financial accounting related to grants and contracts.
  • Serves as liaison to Emory central grants administration groups.
  • Directs the school's contract signature procedures to ensure compliance with Emory contract authority delegation policies.
  • Reviews all contracts prior to signing for the School to ensure compliance, fiscal resource availability, and to minimize related risks to the School.
  • Maintains a contract repository for the School.
  • 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 an 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.
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates staff. 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 a 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 the Time and Attendance System to ensure hours worked by biweekly paid employees are maintained accurately in the system.
  • Coordinates assessment of current computer skills for staff to determine required areas of development.
  • Promotes a climate of collegiality and teamwork throughout the 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.
  • Directs inventory audits of School furniture and fixtures.
  • Prepares and monitors budgets for ongoing building maintenance.
  • Leads Candler's information technology department in collaboration with Emory University's Libraries and Information Technology Services (LITS) division which includes responsibility for desktop support for faculty and staff, audio visual support, IT equipment procurement, ongoing support, maintenance and inventory, technical support for education delivery and the Pitts Theology Library.
  • Develops and implements information technology procedures designed to increase efficiency of resources and optimize service to the Candler community while operating within Emory guidelines.
  • Practices and facilitates faculty/staff education in the acceptance 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.
  • Maintains current and necessary education and skills for excellence in job performance to cope with a dynamic environment and ensure success of the School.
  • Works with the Dean and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs to facilitate strategic planning for the school.
  • 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.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required. 


Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field and seven years of financial administration, business operations or related experience.

Master's degree preferred.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated leadership in strategic planning, human resources, space management, fiscal policy formation, management of resource allocation processes, and staff supervision; proficiency using spreadsheets and other financial software; an understanding of graduate theological education and its diverse constituents; an understanding of finance and budgeting within research universities and higher education; and strong communication skills.

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Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Emory University in the search for a Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean.

The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will work with senior leadership to develop, fund, and implement a strategic plan for the Candler School of Theology. The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will be a leader within the Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement (AAE) and meet regularly with colleagues from across the university to set goals and collaborate on shared interests. The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will supervise a team of advancement professionals and maintain an effective working relationship with the school’s Dean, staff of the Candler Advancement and Alumni Engagement program, AAE staff, staff and faculty of the Candler School of Theology, alumni, and friends of the university.

The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will be a member of the Dean's Council and will report jointly to the Assistant Vice President, Graduate Schools and Units and to the Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean of Candler School of Theology, Jan Love.


The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will

  • have an opportunity to build upon a successful annual and major gift program within Candler School of Theology;
  • expand the school’s donor base, and further engage a strong alumni community, which is comprised of more than 8,200 alumni;
  • fully implement and provide any necessary updating of campaign funding priorities in partnership with the Dean, senior leaders of the school, and senior leaders from the division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, and;
  • staff and provide leadership for a major campaign effort on behalf of a school, which will be anchored in a major university-wide multi-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign effort.


The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will

  • plan, direct, and coordinate fundraising activities and provide strategic planning for Candler School of Theology;
  • seek major gifts from alumni, non-alumni individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of students, faculty, programs, and facilities;
  • oversee the development process including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
  • build relationships among prospective donors and volunteers to support programs and priorities including donor and prospect visits;
  • build relationships with faculty and leadership to assist in presenting needs to prospective donors;
  • direct events or receptions to maintain current and cultivate potential donors;
  • develop short- and long-term goals and objectives;
  • design specific fundraising campaigns within an identified framework;
  • identify foundation support and direct grant writing proposals;
  • assist faculty and staff in preparing proposals;
  • prepare supportive materials, reports, and plans;
  • plan and direct communication methodologies and oversee the development of written materials, videotapes, and informational workshops;
  • review and identify needs for brochure updates and changes;
  • coordinate public relations for fund-raising, the generation of departmental budgets, and publications/proposals;
  • assist in developing and interpreting priorities of the Dean, and represent concerns of staff to appropriate personnel;
  • supervise clerical and professional staff; and
  • oversee and ensure timely correspondence and maintenance of files in order to keep donors and others informed.


Emory University seeks a Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean with

  • a proven record of cultivating and soliciting gifts and working strategically with stakeholders to achieve stated goals;
  • a deep appreciation for the history, achievements, and aspirations of Candler School of Theology and Emory University, and the ability to effectively articulate the Dean's vision to a diverse audience of students, alumni, and friends;
  • a familiarity with programs of theological education and a working knowledge of The United Methodist Church;
  • the credibility, maturity, and sound judgment required to effectively engage, influence, and leverage the Dean, faculty, Boards, and other volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of key prospects and donors;
  • the political savvy to navigate a complex academic community as well as the ability to build bridges and strong collaborative relationships with all members of an operation across the school, university, and a diverse body of alumni and constituents;
  • a genuine passion and energy for contributing to the growth and evolution of a school in a rapid change environment with the ability to work effectively with a broad range of internal and external constituents–providing strong support, inspiring them to action, and making the experience rewarding;
  • supervisory and management skills, both strategic and operational, with value placed on organizational loyalty, commitment, pride, integrity, and collegial openness;
  • a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor, and motivate an effective team, providing strong support and an opportunity for growth and development; and
  • a proven track record of operational and management excellence and demonstrated experience building strategic and operational plans that engage external constituencies, particularly in an integrated, complex, multi-unit organization.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is seven years of experience in higher education, development, fundraising or equivalent experience in a nonprofit institution.


All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Before submitting your materials, please read them over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, visit:

To nominate a candidate, please contact Don Hasseltine:

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Primary Contact: Mathew Pinson

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Executive Director, Aquinas Center


Reporting to the Board of Directors of the Aquinas Center and as a liaison to the Candler School of Theology, serves as the management leader of the Aquinas Center.

  • Primary responsibilities include overseeing and executing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.
  • Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and community outreach.
  • Works with the Board of Directors to fulfill the organization's mission.
  • Has responsibility for leading the Aquinas Center in a manner that supports and guides the organization's mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Is responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Has responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the Aquinas Center to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and regular financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Is responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Is responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support the Aquinas Center's mission.
  • Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Is responsible for implementation of the Aquinas Center's programs that carry out the organization's mission which includes responsibility for strategic planning to ensure that the Aquinas Center can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Also has responsibility for the enhancement and marketing of the Aquinas Center's image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate which includes responsibility for the effective administration of the Aquinas Center's operations; hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff; signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization; and building relationships within Emory University to develop academic relationships and constituents.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required. 

Preferred qualifications include:

Knowledge of and engagement with the Catholic intellectual traditions; demonstrated success in fundraising and building donor relationships in the non-profit sector; marketing/publicity and event/program management; budgetary preparation, analysis and decision-making experience; experience building diverse community collaborations which may include interfaith organizations, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Emory University and the Catholic community of Atlanta; and excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Bachelor's degree and 10 years of related administrative experience which includes five years of leadership experience. Master's degree preferred.

Additional Details


The Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University provides a Catholic scholarly presence, ecumenical in spirit, for the benefit of Emory University, the Archdiocese and the region. It assists inquiring persons to enhance their knowledge of the living Catholic tradition and to engage in the intellectual and moral life of the Church.

Candidates should apply online at 

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Assistant Professor in New Testament

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for a faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in New Testament beginning fall 2019. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by October 25, 2018.

The successful candidate will have a well-defined research focus within the field of New Testament studies and will hold a PhD in New Testament (or related discipline) by the time of appointment. The ability to contribute to a broad theological curriculum and situate Biblical studies within larger ecumenical, multi-faith and/or global contexts is essential. Attentiveness to issues pertaining to gender, race, and cultural diversity is also highly desirable.

With a teaching load of two courses per semester, the person selected for this position will develop and teach courses in several of the degree programs of Candler School of Theology, including the MDiv, MTS, and DMin programs. The appointee will share responsibility for an introductory sequence on New Testament literature and interpretation and will have regular faculty rotation in the Contextual Education program. Appointees will have a research and publication agenda to equip them to participate in the Graduate Division of Religion 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. 

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply as are candidates within the Wesleyan tradition (e.g., UMC, AME, AMEZ, CME, Nazarene).

Applications 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 recommendation should be sent by recommenders and transcripts should be sent from the granting institution to: New Testament Search, c/o Ms. Robyn Pollette, Faculty Development and Support Services, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, if sent in hard copy; if sent electronically, email documents in Microsoft Word or PDF to Direct any questions to Dr. Kendall Soulen, Search Chair, at  

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