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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 five business days before being filled.


Assistant Director

Position: Assistant Director

Status: Exempt

Purpose: To provide leadership and oversight of student development in vocational discernment and field education.

Supervision: Director of Vocational and Field Placement

Responsibilities:

  1. Offer a mentoring relationship to those students assigned to your care in their vocational discernment and preparedness for their chosen ministry through Field Education
    1. Meet with all assigned students at least once a year to provide information and support for their field education placement through their job search.
    2. Maintain a record of your students’ progress through vocational discernment, field education, mid-course assessment and preparation for ministry.Work with the rest of the department team to provide leadership for the Introduction to Field Education classes, Clergy Boundary training, and mid-course Assessments
  2. Work with the rest of the department team to provide leadership for the Introduction to Field Education classes, Clergy Boundary training, and mid-course Assessments.

  3. Develop/maintain relationships with key partner organizations, along with the rest of the FE team.
    1. Assist with the development of evaluation tools for Field Education sites and supervisors
  4. Provide primary leadership and direction to the International Field Education program.
    1. Evaluate and maintain a system of application for the program.
    2. Create and maintain relationships with existing international partners and sites, and add new sites as needed.
    3. Be knowledgeable about the legal issues involved in international education.
  5. Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  1. M.Div required; training in Vocational Discernment beneficial
  2. Understanding the unique culture of PTS
  3. Creativity
  4. Strong communication skills
  5. Relationship building
  6. Vision - forward thinking
  7. Strong organizational skills
  8. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, a variety of pedagogical media
  9. Time management skills
  10. Team player

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at apply@ptsem.edu.

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

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.


    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Practical Theology and Young People

    Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to provide research and teaching support for two grant projects in youth/young adult ministries. The appointment is for three years, starting August 1, 2022. Eligible candidates must have a Ph.D. in practical theology completed within the last 3 years (all degree requirements completed by the start date).

    The successful candidate will:

    • Teach 3 credit hours each semester at the Masters level, totaling 6 credit hours per year (with no committee responsibilities).
      • Some courses may emerge from the candidate’s own research interests, or from research from PTS’s youth/young adult ministry grants
      • In the first year, the Postdoctoral Fellow will teach only one course, in the spring semester.
    • Oversee the research activities of two major grant projects: The Foundations Project and The Ministry Collaboratory[1], including:
      • Leading each project’s research activities, including training/supervising student researchers
      • Authoring summative research reports
      • Presenting research findings at a relevant academic conference (PTS commits to reimburse travel and related academic conference costs according to its travel-reimbursement policy of up to $1000 per academic year)
      • Authoring original research, if desired, that emerges from or amplifies research findings
    • Teach annually at the Forum on Youth Ministry (continuing education) event on campus
    • Mentor PTS students, especially M.A. and dual degree students interested in youth/young adult ministries
    • Serve on the administrative staff of the Institute for Youth Ministry, including sitting on both projects’ steering committees

    The successful candidate must live within commuting distance of Princeton for the duration of the Fellowship, and will report to the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture. Starting salary is $53,500 plus generous benefits. Employee discounts for campus housing may be available.

    Interested candidates should submit the following: 1) Cover letter; 2) Curriculum vitae (including names and contact information for three references); 3) Transcripts (official or unofficial); 4) Names/contact information for three references; and 5) Two 250-word essays: one addressing the candidate's specific interest in, and preparation for, scholarship and teaching in practical theology and young people, and the other describing theological influences on the candidate’s theory of innovation, and its role in ministry and/or theological education. Materials should be submitted electronically to the Human Resources Office at Princeton Theological Seminary, apply@ptsem.edu. Persons from historically underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2022.

    As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), this Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition.

    [1] Both grants focus on helping congregations collaborate with young people to develop innovative ministries in their communities. The Log College Project explores new models of youth ministry with participating congregations, designed and led by intergenerational teams in each congregation; the Ministry Collaboratory helps congregations collaborate with young adults in the broader community, through various “domains” where young adults find meaning, purpose, and belonging.


    Team Coordinator, Investment Office

    Position Title: Team Coordinator, Investment Office

    Department: Office of Investment Management

    Supervisor: Brenda Lucadano & Michelle Williams (Co-Investment Operations Managers)

    Position Description:

    The Team Coordinator advances the Seminary’s mission via the Seminary’s investment office. The five-person office oversees the school’s $1 billion endowment, which provides the large majority of the school’s funding. This person will coordinate and support a wide variety of team activities, ensuring the team functions at a high level.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Be the face of the investment office to external parties by: receiving guests, triaging inbound calls, and managing the office's general email inbox.
    • Manage information inflow for office, including: ensuring team receipt of all relevant communications (electronic and physical), electronic filing of the information, identifying actionable items and ensuring deadlines are met.
    • Manage cash flows correspondence related to the Seminary's over 100 investments and the investment office, including: sending relevant information, to banks, custodians, and fund administrators such as capital call & distribution notices and bank statements.
    • Cash flow data entry (wires) as back-up.
    • Manage logistical arrangements of the team, including: overseeing team member calendars, scheduling with over 200 external parties a year, booking conferences and meetings, making necessary travel arrangements (e.g. air travel and hotel reservations) domestically and abroad, and reserving meeting rooms.
    • Assist with the annual audit, including: soliciting and gathering relevant information from third parties, organizing information received, and closely monitoring progress/outstanding items.
    • Manage work-related staff expense processes, including: collecting receipts, reconciling accounts, preparing reports, submitting expenses for reimbursement, and providing documentation to the Seminary’s Business Office.
    • Support day-to-day functioning of the office, including: placing internal service calls to the IT department, maintaining/ordering supplies, sorting and distributing mail, and couriering documents to the Business Office.
    • Support team administratively, including: letter/email preparation, mail merge, filing, copying, scanning, faxing, typing, and shredding.

    Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated ability to maintain a positive and customer service-oriented approach; excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to be highly productive and detail-oriented; strong planning, multi-tasking and organizational skills.
    • Experience using/high level of comfort with Microsoft Office Suite applications and computer work, in general.
    • Ability to identify needs and proactively develop solutions; comfort with asking questions and clarifying ambiguity.
    • Discretion in dealing with sensitive documents and confidential information.
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
    • Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting preferred.

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at apply@ptsem.edu.


    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Executive Summary

    Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) seeks a dynamic and accomplished CHRO to create, lead and deploy human resources policies and practices that accelerate the achievement of the Seminary’s strategic plan, desired culture and mission to prepare individuals to serve Jesus Christ in the world. This is an outstanding opportunity for an inclusive, energetic and highly driven executive to turn talent management into a sustainable instrument of organizational transformation that advances strategy and culture.

    Reporting to the President, and serving as a member of a collaborative executive council, the CHRO will oversee and direct the human resources function and will help form leaders; create an environment guided by diversity, equity and inclusion; develop a learning culture through skill-building, tool development and career path definitions –all through clear and transparent communication. The CHRO is responsible for developing and executing a human resource strategy in support of the overall strategic direction of the Seminar, specifically through effective talent management, change management, performance management, onboarding and succession planning, training and development, benefits, compensation and human resources information systems and employee relations. As the chief people strategist, the CHRO drives the implementation of policies, practices and key initiatives to further the Seminary's goal of creating and embodying a community of belonging.

    This is an exciting time to join the Seminary with a new strategic plan to create and embody a thriving, inclusive Christian community that listens to, respects, builds up and transforms its individual members. The CHRO will be responsible for leading a dedicated human resources team that supports an employee base of about 250 including approximately 42 faculty and 200 staff. In collaboration with the Director of Student Life, the leader will also serve as a co-coordinator for Title IX and Title VI and collectively manage the Seminary’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and related activities.The CHRO will be accessible, connected and engaged with all faculty and staff, yet focused on contemporary human resource delivery. In addition, the CHRO will foster a culture of collaboration to ensure that all staff members are accountable for the successful outcomes of their respective areas and that of the entire organization.

    The successful candidate will possess experience leading high-performing teams through organizational change within a complex organization, have a strong understanding of mission and possess exceptional communication and leadership skills. Additionally, the next CHRO will bring broad and contemporary knowledge of all areas of human resources with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Familiarity with ministry, the Church and worshipping communities is desired. A bachelor's degree is required, as is a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources. Candidates with an advanced degree and/or human resources certifications are preferred.

    To learn more about this position, please see the Leadership Profile.


    Administrative Systems Manager

    Status: Full-time, hybrid work environment

    Purpose: To provide primary Administrative and business operational support to constituents through aligned enterprise applications and systems.

    Supervision: The incumbent will report to the Associate Director of Information Technology Services

    Responsibilities:

    1. Provide technical leadership for the Seminary’s administrative applications, most notably the campus ERP platform: Jenzabar EX and J1, and other vendor systems such as HRMS, CRM tools and other custom Seminary applications.
    2. Analyze current processes and recommends improvements, best practices that lead to best use of various administrative systems, with a strong focus on automation and vendor supported platforms/ means.
    3. Work with users and administration to help define and collaboratively implement vendor supported projects with a developed deep knowledge of institutional needs.
    4. Monitor, evaluate vendor product updates and work closely with vendors to troubleshoot and be forward thinking with changes in the pipeline and appraise the Development Team/end-users.
    5. Facilitate through external partners educational efforts and vendor supported trainings for the community.
    6. Support and Develop reports using Infomakerand other appropriate reporting tools.
    7. Administerand monitor systems. Deliver, configure and train users and support personnel on the proper use of software and systems as needed.
    8. Create end-user and technical documentation for internal and external use.
    9. Supervise external consultants and project staff where appropriate on special projects to insure timely and accurate completion, consistent with present PTS systems.
    10. Maintain a high degree of technical proficiency, through a strong commitment to professional development.
    11. Assist with other functions as directed.

    Education and Experience:

    1. Experience working with ERP, SIS, CRM and HRMS platforms. Strong IT/Systems background required with exposure to standard IT processes and project life-cycle.
    2. Experience with Jenzabar EX/J1 and its affiliated products is desired.
    3. Experience with relational databases, data standards and schemas. SQL skills desired.
    4. Strong analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
    5. Strong project management skills/ experience working in a managed project environment.
    6. Strong ability to make decisions and to manage and prioritize multiple projects.
    7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    8. Ability to work well both independently and in a team.
    9. Bachelor’s Degree
    10. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    11. Ability to exercise tact and courtesy at all times in order to interact effectively and harmoniously with all members of the Seminary community and as a member of the IT team.

    Please submit cover letter and resume to the IT Department at esjobs@ptsem.edu.


    Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology Open Rank

    Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a scholar to occupy the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology. Applicants should be theologians (systematic, constructive, or historical) whose scholarship and teaching give critical attention to Asian American experience and ecclesial life. Other areas of specialization are open to negotiation. Candidates should be willing to contribute to the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be made with tenure. Appointment at the level of assistant professor will be tenure track, but the appointee will only occupy the Han Chair upon successful completion of the Seminary’s tenure and promotion review process. Applicants are expected to have a portfolio of published research and teaching experience in the field and to hold a PhD or its equivalent. The successful candidate will teach in all the Seminary’s Master's and PhD degree programs, pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    Applicants should apply online here: https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationHanChair/ with a letter of interest and a CV (including bibliography). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021.

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

    We are an equal opportunity employer.


    Assistant Professor, History of Medieval Christianity

    Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Medieval Christianity. The research and publication specialization is open. We invite applications from scholars who work on medieval Christianity’s theological, cultural, and social aspects. Candidates must be prepared to teach an introductory survey course on early and medieval church history. Ability and/or experience in teaching courses on the varieties of medieval Christianity beyond Europe, and on the interactions among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the middle ages, is desirable.

    The successful candidate will teach in all of the Seminary’s degree programs (MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), ThM, and PhD), pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed tradition. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    A letter of interest and curriculum vitae (including bibliography) should be uploaded to the online application site at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationMedieval/. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021.

    Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact Jacqueline Lapsley, dean of Academic Affairs, at academic.dean@ptsem.edu.

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

    We are an equal opportunity employer.


    Assistant or Associate Professor in Old Testament

    Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a scholar of the Old Testament within the Department of Biblical Studies. Areas of specialization are open to negotiation, with rank as either a tenure-track assistant or tenured associate professor. Applicants are expected to have a portfolio of published research and teaching experience in the field and to hold a PhD or its equivalent. Applicants will have as one of their areas of expertise race and ethnicity in the Old Testament in dialogue with theological and ethical interpretation of Scripture that focuses on minoritized communities and experience. Ability and/or experience in teaching courses in introductory biblical Hebrew, Hebrew exegesis, historical Hebrew grammar, or one or more other Northwest Semitic languages (e.g., Aramaic, Ugaritic) is desirable.

    The successful candidate will teach in all the Seminary’s degree programs (MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), ThM, and PhD), pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    A letter of interest and curriculum vitae should be uploaded to the online application site at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationOldTestament/. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021.

    Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact Jacqueline Lapsley, dean of Academic Affairs, at academic.dean@ptsem.edu.


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

    We are an equal opportunity employer.


    Open Rank (Tenured or Tenure-Track) Faculty Position in Preaching

    Princeton Theological Seminary, a school in the Reformed theological tradition with students representing a broad range of preaching traditions, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured position in Preaching. Appointment at the level of assistant professor will be tenure-track; Appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be made with tenure.

    The candidate selected for this position will be a scholar of recognized stature or demonstrable potential, who is dedicated to the church’s life and work, and equipped to teach preaching to students preparing for Christian ministry in its various forms. Candidates should have earned the PhD or ThD in Homiletics as well as the MDiv or its equivalent theological degree from an accredited theological school.

    In addition to serious engagement with current homiletical literature, along with strong teaching ability in the field, the candidate should be acquainted with congregational life across a diversity of Christian traditions. Applicants should also have a strong record of publication. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    The successful candidate will participate in all of the Seminary’s degree programs (MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), ThM, and PhD), with shared responsibility for offering required courses and a broad range of electives that support the Seminary’s mission, including its commitment to antiracism, and which take into account both the Practical Theology Department’s needs and the appointee’s research interests. The responsibilities of faculty members at Princeton Theological Seminary include: maintaining an active and excellent research program; supervising PhD students; mentoring students in all degree programs; service in faculty committees, meetings, and programs; service to congregations as able; and active participation in the Seminary community’s life.

    A letter of interest and curriculum vitae (including bibliography) should be uploaded to the online application site at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationPreaching/. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021.

    Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact Jacqueline Lapsley, dean of Academic Affairs, at academic.dean@ptsem.edu.


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

    We are an equal opportunity employer.


    We are an equal opportunity employer.

    Educating faithful Christian leaders.

    Chaplain at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

    Khristi Adams, Class of 2008

    “At Princeton, we had precept groups—we’d engage text and debate. That gave me confidence to have those conversations anywhere.”