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Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, creed, color, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, military status, national origin, religious affiliation (except as religion may be a bona fide occupational qualification for certain positions at the seminary), disability, sexual or affectional orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait of an individual, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All positions listed will be posted for at least 5 business days before being filled.


Faculty Position in Congregational Leadership and Ministry (open rank)

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Congregational Leadership and Ministry (open rank). Candidates must display a vital theological and ecclesiastical understanding of congregational leadership and ministry and hold an MDiv and a PhD degree. Preference will be given to those who hold a PhD in one of the areas of Practical Theology (pastoral theology, homiletics, Christian education, or a cognate discipline). He or she should be well-versed and capable of teaching courses in one of these areas in addition to congregational life, leadership development, and the changing nature of congregations today.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in all degree programs of the Seminary. In addition, the candidate should have a proven record of pastoral experience and leadership in congregational ministry and be able to think constructively on administrative leadership, new church development, practical ecclesiology, and practical and theological dimensions of pastoral identity. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), all faculty are expected to be able to work with demonstrated intercultural competence within a diverse theological environment informed by the Reformed tradition.

The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2020. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should apply online HERE with a letter of interest and a CV (including bibliography). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019.

Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.


Director of Human Resources

Princeton Theological Seminary is seeking a Director of Human Resources who will report to the Vice President for Operations, providing leadership and support for the Human Resources Office and carrying out daily operational tasks in a busy office environment.

Responsibilities for this position include the entire range of human resources activities and services, from recruiting to employee relations, benefits and compensation administration and overall Human Resources operations and compliance. This position is also responsible for providing strategic direction for the seminary’s overall human resources strategy, including being a leader in our efforts to create a work culture informed by the vision for Covenant Community and characterized by joy, gratitude, and an unwavering commitment to excellence in advancing our common mission.

Qualified applicants will have a background in Human Resources, with a demonstrated ability to work in a leadership role. We also look for someone who is technically proficient with and has experience using an HRIS system as well as the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word and Excel. Prior experience in a fast-paced office environment is preferred. We seek candidates who are detail-oriented and who possess strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. The ability both to be hands on and pursue a strategic approach is important.

HOW TO APPLY

Current employees: Please notify the Vice President for Operations of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

  • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
  • Fax: 609.497.0017
  • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

Download Application (pdf)


Cataloging Librarian

Status: Exempt

Purpose: Catalog library materials in all formats to meet
quality and production expectations.

Supervision: Head of Cataloging

Responsibilities:

  • Provide original and copy cataloging of library materials in all formats across the collections as requested by the Head Cataloger in a project-based environment at an average production rate of 65-85 books per week. Production levels are subject to change, based on library priorities and projects.
  • Contribute to cataloging related projects, authority work, and linked data initiatives, as requested by the Head Cataloger.
  • Develop or contribute to cataloging and workflow documentation.
  • Assist with the physical processing of all materials, as directed by the Head Cataloger.
  • Manage and train student workers, as directed by the Head Cataloger.
  • This position will collaborate with other librarians to meet shifting priorities, needs, skill sets, and current responsibilities.
  • Commit to continuous improvement through regular and creative contributions of ideas, tools, or projects for improving cataloging and processing workflows, quality control, and setting and maintaining of production standards.
  • Stay abreast of developments in direct areas of job responsibility and demonstrate commitment to professional development.
  • Serves as a member of an agile, cross-functional library team, including contributing to the Library’s alignment with the Seminary’s Strategic Plan, to Library assessment, and to a user-centered service model.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
  • Familiarity with the theological and religious concepts, language, and history. Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related discipline preferred.
  • Fluency in German and one additional language (French or Spanish preferred).
  • Knowledge of relevant cataloging standards, tools, and cooperative programs (RDA, MARC21; OCLC’s Connexion client, FirstSearch, ClassWeb/Cataloger’s Desktop; NACO; etc.); familiarity with metadata and other linked data standards (XML, Bibframe, etc.) a plus.
  • Skill in designing workflows and documentation.
  • Proven problem-solving ability, excellent organizational and communication skills, and ability to pay close attention to detail, balancing quality and productivity.
  • Strong analytical skills; excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work creatively and effectively both individually and collaboratively. Ability to thrive in a changing work environment and demonstrated commitment to professional development.

    Full Position Description (pdf)

    HOW TO APPLY

    Current employees: Please notify the Director of Human Resources of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

    All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

    • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
    • Fax: 609.497.0017
    • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

    Download Application (pdf)


    Metadata Librarian

    Status: Exempt

    Purpose: Develops and maintains metadata for the Library’s digital projects and collections

    Supervision: Director of Digital Initiatives

    Responsibilities:

    • Analyzes metadata requirements, standards and best practices for the Library’s digital projects and collections.
    • Creates, reviews and edits XML metadata documents.
    • Writes, tests and runs XQuery and XSLT programs for converting, correcting or enhancing metadata documents.
    • Assesses metadata quality, correctness, completeness and consistency; remedies deficiencies computationally and/or manually as applicable.
    • Develops XML validation schema and validates metadata documents.
    • Develops and implements metadata crosswalks.
    • Collaborates with the digital library team to facilitate outsourced metadata production, develop metadata workflows, and advise student workers in metadata production or correction.
    • Exports and prepares metadata records for use in other Library or external systems.
    • Writes and maintains documentation for the Library’s local metadata requirements, practices and workflows.
    • Serves as a member of an agile, cross-functional digital library team.
    • Contributes to the Library’s alignment with the Seminary’s Strategic Plan. Assists as assigned with library assessment. Contributes to a user-centered service model.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library/Information Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Working knowledge of library metadata standards and best practices, including AACR2, RDA, MARC, Dublin Core, MODS and METS.
    • Strong facility with XML and related technologies, including XPath, XSLT, XQuery and XML Schema.
    • Aptitude for learning and applying new technologies and metadata standards.
    • Familiarity with Oxygen or a comparable IDE for XML technologies.
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in the context of a small, collegial team in a dynamically changing environment.
    • Proven problem-solving ability, excellent organizational and communication skills, and ability to pay close attention to detail, while maintaining a balance between quality and efficiency.
    • Commitment to a user-centered perspective.
    • Demonstrated flexibility, openness to change and innovation, and a tolerance for ambiguity.

      Full Position Description (pdf)

      HOW TO APPLY

      Current employees: Please notify the Director of Human Resources of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

      All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

      • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
      • Fax: 609.497.0017
      • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

      Download Application (pdf)


      Preservation and Exhibits Specialist

      Status: Exempt

      Purpose: Provides expertise and services to enable the library to successfully preserve its collections, including physical treatment and repair, exhibit management, and other collection care and management initiatives.

      Supervision: Director of Collection Services and Assessment

      Responsibilities:

      • Develop and manage the Preservation Program, including defining needs, establishing goals, objectives, and plans, building on the 2019 CCAHA preservation plan. Train and supervise students.
      • Collaborate with collection staff to determine collection care and preservation priorities. Design and conduct surveys as needed.
      • Manage in-house and contract collection treatment activities. Establish repair program for the general collections and conduct preservation repairs to extend the longevity of collection use. Manage preservation housing operation for general and special collections. Oversee conservation activities for special collections, including external contractor treatment.
      • Take primary responsibility for the library’s numerous exhibition spaces, including coordinating exhibits with members of the library and broader PTS community, preparing items for exhibit, installing and deinstalling exhibits and managing the return of collection items to their respective areas and owners.
      • Serve as the collection preservation expert for disaster preparedness and for leading recovery operations in emergencies. Revise and update the library’s disaster plan. Manage the library’s disaster preparedness and recovery team.
      • Collaborate with library staff to manage the commercial bindery activities to ensure preservation standards and quality are met.
      • Manage the library’s environmental monitoring program. Analyze results, report statistics on conditions, trends and issues. Collaborate with library colleagues and serve as liaison with Facilities in matters pertaining to the building’s service as a repository that supports collection safety and longevity.
      • Instruct library staff in appropriate preservation techniques and selection criteria. Organize, conduct, and advertise patron awareness programs.
      • Assist with statistical gathering and analysis, external funding requests including grant applications and other proposals.
      • Work with the Digital Archivist regarding the care, handling, and storage of analog collections that are being digitally reformatted.
      • Collaborate with other library colleagues to meet shifting institutional and library priorities, needs skill sets and responsibilities.
      • Serve as a member of an agile, cross-functional library team, including contributing to the Library’s alignment with the Strategic Plan, to Library assessment, and to a user-centered service model.
      • Perform other duties as assigned.

      Qualifications:

      • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a focus on preservation or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
      • Knowledge of current preservation trends, theory, standards, ethics and practice, including knowledge of the nature of library and archival materials, as well as the factors leading to their degradation and deterioration, and knowledge of the history of books, bookbinding, and papermaking.
      • Experience developing, designing and/or carrying out condition surveys and preservation needs assessments.
      • Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting.
      • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of preservation treatments for library and archival collection materials.
      • Ability to initiate and adapt to change, analyze and solve problems, be flexible, and work well collaboratively and collegially, as well as independently.
      • Strong planning and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; attention to detail, balancing quality and productivity, and demonstrated technology skills.
      • Experience working in a research library, special collections or archives environment.
      • Stay abreast of developments in direct areas of job responsibility and demonstrate commitment to continued professional development, including participation in related professional organizations.
      • Experience with staff supervision and project management is preferred.

        Full Position Description (pdf)

        HOW TO APPLY

        Current employees: Please notify the Director of Human Resources of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

        All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

        • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
        • Fax: 609.497.0017
        • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

        Download Application (pdf)


        Library Administrative Assistant

        Status: Non-Exempt

        Purpose: Provides specialized administrative support to the James Lenox Librarian, Managing Library Director and to library departments.

        Supervision: Managing Director of Library

        Responsibilities:

        • Provide proactive and direct, specialized administrative support to the Lenox Librarian and Managing Director.
        • Reserve event and meeting spaces (including all associated logistics), coordinate and schedule visits, and facilitate other administrative and operational functions.
        • Receive, prepare and process invoice records for assorted library activities, services and contracts.
        • Maintain library administration office files, including financial records.
        • Manage accountability and processing of library staff credit cards. Maintain petty cash fund and reimbursements.
        • Responsible for various administrative tasks such as sign-off on timesheet approvals, tracking leave and professional development activities, mail sorting and distribution, creating purchase orders, and ordering/maintaining supplies.
        • Provide logistical support for library-sponsored events, including reserve meeting rooms, order catering, process payments for vendors and programming talent, assist with travel and conference arrangements, etc.
        • Place and monitor service calls for the library.
        • Assist with statistical gathering and analysis.
        • Assist with report and presentation preparation, including modest levels of project research.
        • On a project basis, assist other areas of the library with tasks such as library data entry, materials processing, and circulation activities as needed.
        • Provide logistical support for interlibrary loan services; train and supervise student assistants; and manage ILL billing and payments. Keep current with best practices for interlibrary loan services.
        • Work collaboratively with departmental and campus partners to ensure effective and efficient operations.
        • Collaborate with other library colleagues to meet shifting institutional and library priorities, needs, skill sets and responsibilities.
        • Serve as a member of an agile, cross-functional library team, including contributing to the library’s alignment with the Strategic Plan, to library assessment, and to a user-centered service model.
        • Perform other duties as assigned.

        Qualifications:

        • Bachelor’s degree and experience working in a professional office setting. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
        • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to maintain a positive and objective customer service approach. Discretion in dealing with sensitive documents and confidential information.
        • Ability to anticipate needs and proactively develop and propose solutions.
        • High level of attention to detail; flexibility; capacity to initiate and adapt to change; ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively and collegially.
        • Strong planning and organizational skills; must prioritize well and focus on completion of tasks and objectives while balancing quality and productivity.
        • Competence with and ability to effectively use computers, related software and databases. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; Adobe Suite; and Visio.
        • Comfort with ambiguity, working in an ever-changing environment.
        • Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting preferred.
        • Experience working in a research library preferred.

          Full Position Description (pdf)

          HOW TO APPLY

          Current employees: Please notify the Director of Human Resources of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

          All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

          • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
          • Fax: 609.497.0017
          • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

          Download Application (pdf)


          Evening Supervisor, Circulation Department, Library (Part-time, evening, 19hrs/week)

          Status: Non-exempt office staff

          Purpose: Shares responsibility for Circulation operations along with the Circulation Office team. Supervises evening Circulation operations, oversees the work of student employees and manages projects

          Supervision: Reports to the Head of Circulation

          Responsibilities:

          • Supervises the work of graduate students.
          • Manages the process of searching for and reporting of missing books.
          • Assists with course reserves with particular responsibility for processing of physical items.
          • Assists with collection inventory project with particular responsibility for shelf reading, identifying books that lack barcodes or item records, and library system data cleanup.
          • Maintains and orders circulation supplies.
          • Assists with the routine activities of Circulation operations including, but not limited to:
            • Charging, discharging, and renewing materials for patrons
            • Issuing library cards and updating patron records
            • Monitoring departmental email inbox for questions and recall requests
            • Answering general questions in person and over the phone
            • Assisting with interlibrary loans (ILL).
          • Performs other duties as assigned.

          Qualifications:

          • 2+ years of library experience.
          • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, with the ability to work effectively with the public.
          • Ability to commit to a varied work schedule.
          • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Access and Excel.
          • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in the context of a small, collegial team in a changing environment.
          • Supervisory experience.
          • Excellent organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
          • Commitment to a user-centered perspective.
          • Demonstrated flexibility, openness to change and innovation, and a tolerance for ambiguity.

          Princeton Theological Seminary reserves the right to amend this position description at any time.

            Full Position Description (pdf)

            HOW TO APPLY

            Current employees: Please notify the Director of Human Resources of your interest in writing or by email as soon as possible.

            All other applicants: Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and an application form by email, fax, or mail.

            • Email: apply@ptsem.edu
            • Fax: 609.497.0017
            • Mail: Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

            Download Application (pdf)


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