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

Admission Advisor


Emory University seeks a dynamic, energetic, and highly motivated individual to join the Candler School of Theology as a recruiter for graduate-level theological education, including those discerning a call for vocational ministry. This highly visible position is responsible for assisting the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in attracting persons with calls to vocational ministry and interests in graduate theological education, guiding them through the process of inquiry to matriculation, and strengthening the relationships among prospects, key influencers, and Candler School of Theology.


  • Recruits students by traveling to high schools and college recruitment fairs.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and rates applications of students applying for admission.
  • Conducts information sessions for visiting students and parents, and may conduct campus tours.
  • Assists in coordinating alumni volunteer activities.
  • May review and edit financial aid forms.
  • Composes correspondence, and designs and generates reports.
  • Maintains communication via telephone, correspondence, and/or electronic mail with prospective students through all stages of the recruitment and admission process.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required. 


  • Represent the School coherently and enthusiastically in a variety of internal and external events, such as graduate/seminary fairs, college presentations, on-campus and online events, and other settings.
  • Assist in developing and implementing plan of recruitment and other admissions programs.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key influencers, alumni, clergy, congregations, campus ministers, undergraduate faculty, and denominational leaders.
  • Select, schedule, and coordinate one's own recruitment travel (~50% of time) and events based on plan for recruitment and in consultation with the colleagues.
  • Create and sustain initiatives to cultivate leads and referrals, including regular and consistent follow-up, utilizing enrollment management software to track contacts, communications, and travel.
  • Host prospective students on and off campus for recruitment and admissions events.
  • Engage prospective and admitted students in conversations about vocation, ministry, admission, financial aid, academic programs and departments, student life, housing, and Candler School of Theology and University in general.
  • Assist colleagues in the Office of Admissions with projects, programs, events, information sessions, and recruitment events.
  • Manage recruitment efforts for a specified territory.
  • May coordinate admissions programs for one or more student groups such as prospects, accepted students, alumni, internationals, or transfers.
  • Position requires frequent travel for recruitment.
  • Position requires regular evening work for recruitment and admissions events and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies in diverse communities.
  • A strong customer-service orientation and commitment to cultivating relationships with prospective students and key influencers are essential.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong problem-solving, planning, and time-management skills with the ability to balance multiple priorities.
  • Candidate must demonstrate a commitment to representing the University in a professional and positive manner.
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to present information effectively to individuals and groups are essential.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Must also have a strong commitment to confidentiality and to handling confidential information with discretion.
  • Candidate may demonstrate a connection to faith community and/or an appreciation for theological education.
  • Must also demonstrate a sensitivity to the issues of vocational discernment and familiarity with programs of theological education.
  • A commitment to increasing diversity in theological education is a plus.
  • Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of MS Office and experience with enrollment management software is desirable (e.g., Slate).
  • Demonstrated skill in planning, developing, implementing, and coordinating student recruitment is preferred.
  • Candidate must have a valid driver's license required to travel for recruiting purposes.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.


  • Graduate theological degree is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in church, college campus ministry, and/or university student recruiting.
  • Experience in a graduate theological school is highly desirable.
  • Experience with event planning, hospitality, and customer service is preferred.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Black Institutions


The Candler School of Theology of Emory University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship that combines administrative leadership and research. We seek scholars with a research interest in the study of black institutions, either religious institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and/or black businesses in the United States. A research focus that attends to the history, development and/or advancement of these institutions is critical. Applications are welcomed from scholars with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds – including history, religion, sociology, anthropology, business, education and other related fields. The PhD must be in hand before the fellowship term begins on August 1, 2021, and is open to scholars who are no more than four years from receipt of the PhD (2017).

In lieu of teaching responsibilities, the fellow will assist with the development of work on a larger project on black institutions, housed at Candler. The fellow will assist with core administrative functions including grant writing, coordinating travel and honoraria, managing expenses, planning events, and supervising the design and maintenance of a website. The fellow will also have time to continue research in her or his chosen fields and have an opportunity to present their research to the larger Emory community. Residency at Candler for the term of the appointment is therefore required, pandemic restrictions permitting.

The fellowship will include a salary of $55,000 (plus benefits). Women and members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and two letters of recommendation by February 10, 2021. Candidates should apply online at: Letters should speak to the strength of the candidate’s research and writing as well as their administrative experience and acumen. Inquiries should be directed to Robyn Pollette at

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship will work in Academic Affairs at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is supervised by the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. The postdoc will focus primarily on projects within Academic Affairs at Candler and will work closely with the Registrar, the Manager of Faculty Development and Educational Support, and the Academic Affairs Operations Specialist and on occasion, the Office of the Dean. The position will assist the Senior Associate Dean in the following areas:

  • Assessment: Compiling data, composing and editing assessment reports, and ensuring compliance with Candler and Emory procedures for degree program assessment.
  • Faculty Awards: Assisting the Senior Associate Dean in managing nomination and selection processes for competitive school and university-wide awards, and where appropriate convening faculty committees, compiling data, and writing draft nominations.
  • Accreditation Reports and Analysis: Compiling information from records of current students and graduates, questionnaires, and other sources in order to draft reports for the University and our accreditation authorities, ATS and SACSOC.
  • Preparation for the ten-year ATS/COA comprehensive evaluation visit to Candler School of Theology to take place in Fall 2023, including compiling documents and materials for the self-study report.
  • Strategic Planning: Researching, compiling data, and drafting presentations and reports relating to Candler faculty planning, competitor schools, and Candler’s strategic initiatives.
  • Grant Reporting: As assigned, assisting the Senior Associate Dean in drafting grant reports and monitoring financial reports of ongoing projects. 
  • Program Oversight: Working with Candler programs (e.g., Black Church Studies, Women, Theology and Ministry, World Christianity, etc.) to collect information on program planning, budgeting, and implementation.
  • Faculty Diversity Initiatives: Collaborating with the Senior Associate Dean to research and plan initiatives for faculty that would enhance diversity awareness.
  • Teaching: In consultation with the Senior Associate Dean and faculty in the relevant subject area, the postdoc may teach one course per year. Course and time would be negotiated with the Senior Associate Dean and Registrar based on the curricular needs of the school and the interests of the postdoc. Course offerings should be planned at least six months prior to the beginning of the semester.

As appropriate, the postdoc will be assigned other duties as appropriate within Academic Affairs. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent in an appropriate field. Excellent writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

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A review of applications will begin on January 4. The position will begin February 1 or as soon as it is filled.

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