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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

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 https://faculty-emory.icims.com/jobs/26138/job 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 rwpolle@emory.edu. Direct any questions to Dr. Kendall Soulen, Search Chair, at kendall.soulen@emory.edu.  

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Director, Career Services

Description

Candler School of Theology at Emory University prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world.  An intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology whose mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for a variety of ministries in the church and the world.  Founded in 1914, it is one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church, with an enrollment of nearly 500 students representing 40 denominations, and more than 8.000 alumni worldwide.  Candler seeks a dynamic, seasoned Director of Career Services to create a career services program for students and alumni who will work in church-related, academic, not-for-profit, corporate and other settings. The Director of Career Services is part of the Office of Student Programming staff and reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation, who oversees the overall work of the Office of Student Programming.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES

The expectations for and responsibilities of the Director of Career Services include, but are not limited to, the following:

Career Counseling

  • Advise students on professional development opportunities, career planning, search processes and tools, holding regular appointment hours and weekly walk-in hours
  • Consult and collaborate with Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation on opportunities for vocational discernment
  • Work with other academic and program staff, especially Black Church Studies, Baptist Studies, Episcopal Studies, Women, Theology and Ministry, Religious Education, Contextual Education, and the Master of Theological Studies Program on vocational discernment and career resources for student

Program Development and Administration

  • Develop, vet and maintain all current job, non-Candler internship, and fellowship opportunities in Emory University’s online job management system
  • Design and execute educational programming on career tools and skills
  • Serve as liaison with Emory University’s Career Center for resources available to Candler students and alumni
  • Track student and employer activities; develop and manage system for measuring outcomes data

Employer Recruitment

  • Foster professional connections, relationships and opportunities for Candler students and alumni through outreach to city, regional and national employers
  • Build a Candler “brand” based on proven abilities, skills, and experiences of Candler students and alumni
  • Coordinate all major recruiting and other career events and programs for Candler students and alumni
Alumni Support
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement to cultivate alumni employers, alumni mentors, and other key relationships necessary to effectively resource the program
  • Provide new graduates with professional placement assistance
  • Serve as resource for later alumni in professional transition

She or He maintains effective working relationships with Candler’s deans and faculty; with staff of the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid; Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement; Contextual Education; and various program offices; and with Emory University offices related to career services and student employment.

PREFERED QUALIFICIATIONS

  • A master’s level degree higher education, counseling or similar
  • Seven to ten years’ experience in career services counseling
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to attend to details
  • Sensitivity to the issues of vocational discernment
  • Appreciation for the nature of ministry (ordained and non-ordained)
  • Ability to foster strong relationships with international students; Black, Latinx, and Asian American/Pacific Islander students; and with LGBTQ students
  • Familiarity with programs of theological education, the mission of Candler School of Theology, the church and the academy
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Word, MS Excel) and excellent database management skills

FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION

Plans, implements, evaluates and directs various activities related to the provision of career services for students within a particular school of the university including on-campus recruiting activities, the marketing and administration of related internship programs, and career guidance and counseling services. Provides information to students on topics that affect career opportunities and advancement such as job opportunities, job search strategies, educational and training opportunities, occupational outlook information, career enhancement materials and resume writing. Manages the development and maintenance of computerized information systems that support student placement efforts. Directs the interviewing program for students in a particular school. Oversees the development of internship programs to provide students with real world experience in their field of expertise. Develops and maintains relationships with hiring representatives from potential employers of university graduates. Coordinates events in which potential employers can discuss employment and career opportunities. Creates marketing strategies to increase student and employer awareness of and participation in career services programs. May make formal presentations to alumni, students, community groups or professional organizations. Assists students in developing resumes. Conducts workshops and programs on career planning and placement topics. Ensures the preparation of operational and statistical reports for management and regulatory agencies. Plans, administers and monitors the department's budget. Establishes and administers departmental policies and procedures. Maintains professional growth and the professional development of staff by participating in educational programs and professional organizations and activities to maintain knowledge of national trends in the career services field. Hires, trains and supervises staff. Performs related responsibilities as required. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A bachelor's degree in the school's specialty or a related field. Five years of experience in career planning and placement or a related field which includes one year of experience in a lead or supervisory role.

Candidates should apply online at https://staff-emory.icims.com/jobs/26092/job


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Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator

Description

Reporting to the Head of Research and Access Services, the Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator (RLOC) will be a key member of Pitts Theology Library’s reference and instruction team and will coordinate the library’s efforts to advertise and promote its collections and instructional offerings. As a member of the reference team, the RLOC will help lead orientation for all new students at the Candler School of Theology and other units at the University. The RLOC will also work with Emory faculty to develop and deliver library instruction and tutorials tailored to specific classes and supply ongoing research assistance to all patrons, including local and distance students. Depending on subject-matter expertise, the RLOC may also play a role in selection of materials for acquisition and collection development.

As the outreach coordinator, the RLOC will lead the library’s efforts to advertise its resources at Emory, in Atlanta, and to researchers around the world. This outreach work entails coordinating the library’s exhibitions program (http://exhibitions.pitts.emory.edu ), designing digital and print signage and promotional materials, managing the library’s social media accounts, and coordinating the work of library volunteers. The RLOC will also lead existing outreach programs at the library, such as the “Hands on History” high school program, and continue to develop other ways in which the library’s collections can have greater impact at Emory and beyond.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Staffs the library reference desk for 10-15 hours per week
  • Teaches library workshops and conducts research consultations with patrons
  • Coordinates and leads the library’s volunteer and docent programs
  • Leads the library’s exhibition program
  • Participates in professional and scholarly associations relevant to reference and outreach in an academic library
  • Manages a budget for library volunteer and instructional programs
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to Pitts’ patron needs and maintains general knowledge of current trends in the relevant disciplines, higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related discipline
  • Excellent organization and project management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with graphic design and design software
  • Experience with social media and software used in an academic library
  • Experience working with Biblical Greek and/or Hebrew
  • Understanding of current research practices in theology or religious studies

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in theology, religious studies, or related discipline
  • Master’s degree in library and information studies (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education
  • Experience conducting advanced research in theology or religious studies
  • Demonstrated expertise with digital tools used in higher education
  • Language expertise, particularly Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish

Rank of Assistant Librarian is for new professionals or early career with less than six (6) years of professional experience with appropriate service, professional development, and scholarly contributions. Generally responsible for a full range of library services to include subject specialty/curator, collection/digital archivist, expertise in preservation, research and reference, outreach and education, and technical services. Individual contributor to the collaborative work of the department and the library. Specialist may supervise students.

All interested candidates should submit online; a CV, cover letter and list of references to be considered.

Additional Details

ABOUT PITTS THEOLOGY LIBRARY

Pitts Theology Library, one of the premier theological libraries in North America, is one of Emory University’s six instructional libraries. It holds a distinguished collection of theological materials in a beautiful new 60,000 square-foot facility. With active instructional and outreach programs and over 630,000 volumes, including over 145,000 volumes in its Special Collections, the library provides rich resources and services for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the broader community.

Candidates should apply online at https://faculty-emory.icims.com/jobs/25394/job


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Director of Public Theological Education

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for the founding director of a program that will expand theological education beyond the scope of the school’s traditional graduate and professional degrees. The successful candidate will be appointed to a non-tenure track faculty position with a renewable eleven-month contract, will report to Candler’s Dean, and will serve on the Dean’s Council. Both rank and field are open. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by October 1, 2018.

The landscape of theological education is rapidly shifting, in terms both of the modes of theological education and of the institutions delivering that education. The founding director will lead Candler’s initiatives in partnering with congregations, denominations, NGOs, and other institutions in order to make excellent theological education available to the increasing number of people pursuing theological education outside of traditional degree structures. To this end, the director will develop creative church-based initiatives in partnership with pastors and other religious leaders, and identify new opportunities for theological education in emerging contexts. The director will work with Candler’s media and technology teams to publicize these offerings and develop the best platforms for them. The successful candidate will have a vision for the contributions a university-based school of theology can make to theological education that directly serves both the church and the wider society. The successful candidate will be capable of working effectively with diverse partners in academic institutions, churches, and other organizations, and will have demonstrated abilities for starting and leading major initiatives.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  1. Extending systematically and creatively the reach of Candler’s mission to non-degree seeking persons
  2. Serving the church and Christian communities, as well as seekers interested in Christian educational resources
  3. Building a long-range vision of public education inspired by Candler’s rich faculty resources
  4. Drawing on faculty and other resources at Emory to make faculty expertise more public  
  5. Recruiting and inspiring Candler faculty to participate in such programs
  6. Liaising with and inviting senior leaders in the church to be resources for Candler educational ventures 
  7. Bringing greater coherence and collaboration to the vast array of Candler’s public events, maximizing impact and audiences through close collaboration with the programs’ directors (i.e., Baptist Studies; Black Church Studies; Catholic Studies; Contextual Education; DMin degree program; Episcopal Studies; Laney Program in Moral Leadership; Methodist Studies; Religious Education; Women, Theology and Ministry; World Christianity; Religion and Health; and others)
  8. Coordinating existing programming with new programming
  9. Reaching new audiences with new media
  10. Teaching in numerous venues and formats as the program develops
  11. Exploring the possibility of offering certificate programs
  12. Exploring post-professional models of theological education
  13. Helping to brand Candler’s work in this arena
  14. Writing and seeking grants to support the program
  15. Establishing a sustainable business plan to support the position and programming
  16. Administering a budget to support the program
  17. Supervising a part-time staff person who supports the program
  18. Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate for the position will:

  1. Have a vision for the future of Christian communities and the role and purpose of education in them
  2. Combine intellectual depth with capacity to communicate with lay audiences
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship appropriate to the candidate’s field
  4. Be deeply immersed in the creative use of digital pedagogy
  5. Have demonstrated the ability to start and lead significant new initiatives
  6. Hold a doctorate (PhD or equivalent preferred)

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. At later stages in the review process applicants may be asked to provide a sample of their work in digital media (e.g, podcast, videography, or web-based instruction).

Candidates should apply online at: https://faculty-emory.icims.com/jobs/25383/job 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: Public Theological Education, 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 rwpolle@emory.edu. Direct any questions to Dr. Anthony Briggman, Search Chair, at anthony.a.briggman@emory.edu.

The committee will begin reviewing applications in early October with an anticipated, though flexible, start date of January 2, 2019.

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Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian

Description
Reporting to the Head of Collection Development, Exhibitions, and Engagement, the Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian (SDSL) is the primary technical lead on the Pitts Theology Library staff. The SDSL is responsible for developing and maintaining library software systems, which currently include the OpenRoom room booking tool, the library entrance web application, the Digital Image Archive (http://pitts.emory.edu/dia), digital signage, the library website, and digital companions to the library’s exhibitions program including the exhibitions website (http://exhibitions.pitts.emory.edu). The SDSL also coordinates library assessment at Pitts, including the gathering, visualizing, and reporting of library use data. The SDSL serves as the primary liaison with counterparts at other Emory libraries and at Emory Library and Information Technology Services (LITS), with regard to shared software systems, such as the library services platform (ExLibris’s Alma). The SDSL serves as the coordinator of all digital projects born at the library, in coordination with other relevant units at the University, notably the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. The SDSL will work with faculty at Candler School of Theology and Emory University to advance digital scholarship in theology and religion. The SDSL will also serve as part of the library’s reference team and provide reference services, serving as the coordinator of all instruction in digital humanities work in theology for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. This coordination may include teaching workshops and courses in the School of Theology and maintaining a research agenda on the impact of digital tools on library collections and academic research.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Participates in professional and scholarly associations relevant to software development and digital engagement in an academic library
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge on trends and developments in the digital humanities and scholarly communications
  • Maintains a publication record focused on digital humanities and the impact of technology on academic libraries
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related field
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in an academic library or similar environment
  • Experience developing software for academic purposes, particularly with tools such as Python, Ruby/Rails, HTML/CSS, web service APIs, SQL databases
  • Experience with design and brand strategy, particularly in the web environment
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and experience with library software systems, particularly library service platforms and discovery layers
  • Understanding of current research practices in theology or religious studies
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to patron service
  • Interest in teaching digital methods and tools to students and faculty
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD (or equivalent) in theology, religious studies, or related field
  • Demonstrated project management skills on technical projects in an academic context
  • Experience with digital scholarship methods, such as text mining tools and topic modeling
  • Knowledge of and experience with digitization and metadata best practices
  • Demonstrated experience with ExLibris’s Alma
  • Demonstrated excellence teaching in higher education and working with University faculty
  • Experience conducting advanced research in theology or religious studies
  • Academic publication record focused on digital humanities
Rank of Assistant Librarian is for new professionals or early career with less than six (6) years of professional experience with appropriate service, professional development, and scholarly contributions. Generally responsible for a full range of library services to include subject specialty/curator, collection/digital archivist, expertise in preservation, research and reference, outreach and education, and technical services. Individual contributor to the collaborative work of the department and the library. Specialist may supervise students.

Additional Details
ABOUT PITTS THEOLOGY LIBRARY
Pitts Theology Library, one of the premier theological libraries in North America, is one of Emory University’s six instructional libraries. It holds a distinguished collection of theological materials in a beautiful new 60,000 square-foot facility. With active instructional and outreach programs and over 630,000 volumes, including over 145,000 volumes in its Special Collections, the library provides rich resources and services for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the broader community.

If interested, learn more and apply at https://faculty-emory.icims.com/jobs/23297/job 


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