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

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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Cataloging and Metadata Librarian - Pitts Theology Library

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will be a key member of the Pitts Theology Library’s technical services team, contributing to the internal consistency and quality control of the data and metadata of the Library’s discovery systems and will support the discoverability and accessibility of the Library’s resources. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will work closely with the Acquisitions Specialist in overseeing the Library’s periodicals collection and with the Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian in supporting the operation of the Library catalog and managing the Library’s growing digital collections. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian may supervise student assistants. 


  • Original and complex cataloging of monographs, periodicals, and electronic resources
  • Evaluating catalog data for resource discovery
  • Authority work on controlled headings and vocabularies
  • Managing non-MARC metadata of digital resources in Library repositories
  • Keeping current with issues and trends in cataloging and metadata management
  • Serving on library and campus committees as appropriate
  • Participating in relevant professional and scholarly associations


  • Master’s degree in library and information studies or equivalent experience
  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems and the structure of online catalogs
  • Experience with OCLC, MARC and LCSH
  • Familiarity with content standards (e.g. RDA, etc.) and metadata systems
  • Understanding of existing and emerging cataloging principles and metadata schemas
  • Good organizational, time-management, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, within a collegial environment 


  • Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related discipline
  • Experience conducting academic research
  • Knowledge of standard and emerging cataloging principles and metadata schemes
  • Experience with ExLibris’s Alma
  • Familiarity with maintenance and support of digital collections
  • Proficiency in a language other than English 

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will be hired at the rank “Librarian Specialist Assistant Rank” or “Librarian Specialist Associate Rank,” depending upon the candidate’s experience. Rank of Librarian Specialist is for professionals 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


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. 


Please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. For first consideration, please submit materials by November 16, 2018.

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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