Work at Princeton Theological Seminary

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.

Controller Position

Princeton Theological Seminary (PTSEM) is a professional and graduate school that prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship,
competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.

The Seminary provides a residential community of worship and learning where a sense of calling is tested and defined, where scripture and the Christian tradition are appropriated critically, where faith and intellect mature and lifelong friendships begin, and where habits of discipleship are so nourished that members of the community may learn to proclaim with conviction, courage, wisdom, and love the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Today, PTSEM is seeking a Controller to join the Business Office reporting to the Vice President of Finance. The five-person office oversees the school’s endowment. This person will coordinate and support a wide variety of team activities, ensuring the team functions at a high level.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee all accounting/finance functions and the team of the Seminary. Serve as primary liaison to external auditors; prepare annual financial statements in a timely manner and meet other external reporting requirements including the Federal Uniform Guidance, IPEDS Finance Survey, and accreditation agency financial reports.
  • Develop, implement, document, and adhere to accounting policies and procedures in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Financial Accounting Standard Board’s standards for not-for-profit entities, applicable government and private grant management guidelines, and applicable tax and bond regulations.
  • Work with the Vice President for Finance to plan, prepare, and implement the Seminary’s annual operating and capital budgets; monitor budget implementation by preparing interim reports and analyzing budget variances throughout the fiscal year.
  • Support the Vice President for Finance in engaging the Board of Trustees’ Audit and Financial Affairs Committee regarding financial statement analysis, carrying out activities and internal controls, preparing related reports as needed.
  • Propose and implement modifications to existing accounting policies and procedures as to promote efficiency; continuously review accounting practices to meet the
    evolving needs of the Seminary and to incorporate best practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field required, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or master’s degree (MBA or similar)preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive experience in an accounting/finance position where substantial judgment, analysis, interpretation, integration of complex data, and information as required including Title IV and other financial aid programs and related accounting and compliance standards.
  • Working knowledge of accounting standards for non-profits and restricted and endowment fund and grant accounting.
  • Proven competency with financial information technology in a higher education environment and implementation of financial systems; proficiency with the Microsoft Office software suite, including advanced knowledge of Excel (including VLOOKUP, data tables/filters, pivot tables, charts, and other data management and presentation functions).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to broad constituencies including staff, administrators, senior executives, board members, donors, and external professionals.

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.

Head of Special Collections and Archives

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library seeks applications and nominations for the position of Head of Special Collections and Archives. Reporting to the Managing Director of the Library, the Head of Special Collections and Archives provides leadership and vision for collections, services and programs, including collection development and acquisition, appraisal, processing, reformatting, preservation, reference, instruction, outreach, exhibits, programs, staff supervision, budget planning, workflows, and patron access. The Head will have opportunities participate in teaching and reference to support seminary curricular needs and to promote the collection through outreach and programming. As part of the Library’s Action Plan, the Head will develop solutions to address the challenges and opportunities facing Special Collections, including the analysis, recommendation and implementation of digital tools for collection inventory, management, preservation, access as well as assessment and use. A full job description may be found here.

The Seminary’s Special Collections and Archives (SCA) holds and is responsible for rare books, manuscripts, archives, cuneiform tablets, papyri, scrolls, art, artifacts, and digital archival collections. SCA maintains research collections that document significant theological traditions of the Presbyterian and Reformed churches in the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Korea. Areas of strength include Syriac manuscripts, first editions of theological works of the 16th and 17th centuries, British and American Puritan literature, hymnals of the 18th through the early 20th centuries, and the pamphlet as a printed form of religious communication, instruction, and controversy particular to the literary pattern of the 17th through the 19th centuries. SCA contains one of the premier collections of Christian hymnody in North America.

Shaped by two centuries of development, Princeton Theological Seminary Library embraces its role at the intersection of the theological record and the global community of scholars; continues Princeton Seminary’s commitment to build research collections of depth; and promotes an environment of broad access to the theological heritage.

Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and application addressing job qualifications and the names of three professional references to apply@ptsem.edu.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Associate Rector at Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey

Nancy Hagner, Class of 2013

“Preaching is one of the most important things we do as pastors. You get to challenge people’s minds and hearts, as the gospel challenges all of us.”