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.

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.

Social Media Specialist

Status: Non-exempt, part-time office staff

Purpose: Contributes to and implements the Seminary’s comprehensive social media strategy that will be measured against established key performance indicators.

Supervision: Senior Content Editor

Responsibilities include:

(50%) Creates photos, videos, graphics and other content that will drive traffic to the Seminary’s social media channels, increasing the number of followers as well as the level of engagement.

  • Works with the Senior Content Editor to create and schedule interactive, engaging content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, You Tube and more.
  • Under direction of the Senior Content Editor, supports the planning, development and implementation of social media strategies, content calendars, and tactical plans, ensuring that all social media messages, measurements, and content are relevant to target audience.
  • Assists with the management, post scheduling and monitoring of university wide social media accounts.
  • Supports Senior Content Editor in working with student team to plan and create content for social media channels.
  • Collaborates with team members to plan and develop content for social media.

    (35%) Keeps up with social media trends and updates, tracks social media traffic, and makes suggestions for increased engagement.

    • Collaborates with the Senior Content Editor and Associate Director of Communication to develop and implement a long-term social media strategy for engagement with influencers, such as clergy, alumni, media, public figures, activists, and others.

    (15%) Develops graphics, creates professional images and infographics using advanced proficiency in Photoshop.

    Qualifications include:

    • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communication, marketing, digital communications, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Two (2) years of demonstrated professional experience creating and monitoring social media content for social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Experience working in higher education a plus.
    • Computer literate with proficiency in Adobe CS Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Basic video-editing and photo-editing skills.
    • Excellent communication, writing, and graphic design skills as well as demonstrated knowledge of basic video-editing and photo-editing skills; proficiency in use of photo and video equipment, DSLR cameras, lighting systems a plus.
    • An eye for selecting dynamic photographs and images for use on social media that reflect the values and priorities of the Seminary.
    • Highly motivated and possess a high degree of creativity with ability to handle high volume of work and tight deadlines.
    • Team oriented, flexible, and focused on completing projects in a timely manner.
    • Organized and detail oriented and able to articulate concepts effectively, both verbally and in writing.


    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 a link to a portfolio of samples by email to apply@ptsem.edu.

        Graphic Design Specialist

        Status: Non-exempt, part-time office staff

        Purpose: Conceptualizes, develops, and creates compelling and innovative design solutions that advance the Seminary’s brand and strategic priorities in both print and digital communications.

        Supervision: Assistant Director of Communication (Web)

        Responsibilities include:

        (75%) Using a diversified range of skills to conceptualize, develop, and coordinate design solutions from concept to production and distribution for print (10%) and electronic media (65%).

        • Serves as a problem solver for communication and marketing projects, including web, social media, electronic campaigns, and multimedia based on input from client, editor, project manager, and designer’s own research.
        • Designs and produces print and electronic collateral to support the Seminary’s fundraising initiatives; support recruitment goals; market continuing education; and other Seminary publications and marketing materials.
        • Designs and produces print and web ads to meet advertising schedule for Seminary lectureships, conferences/ events, and fundraising.
        • Prepares print/production specifications and obtain print bids from external print vendors. Coordinate with vendors to assure timely completion of print schedules, quality assurance, and meeting budget expectations.
        • Designs and produces online materials such as web pages, web graphics, e-blasts, e-newsletters.
        • Pro-actively manages and completes assigned projects with minimal supervision on-time and within budget, handling multiple projects at varying stages of the production process.
        • Provides advice and support to colleagues throughout the Seminary regarding design-related questions.

        (10%) Serves as manager of photography.

        • Serves as media archivist/asset manager for all photography assets.

        (15%) Oversees Seminary Brand

        • Monitors brand standards for all units, stationery, and communications.
        • Creates new identity files and handles identity-related projects as assigned, implementing the brand standards across the Seminary.
        • Understands the workings of the digital asset management system.

        Qualifications include:

        • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or fine arts or communication or equivalent work experience
        • Three years of experience as a professional designer with demonstrated experience designing for print, advertising, and e-communications
        • Understanding of print and digital production workflows; Strong layout and typographical skills
        • Strong image retouching, enhancement, and color adjustment skills
        • Effective presentation and interpersonal skills
        • Must be organized, detail oriented with strong planning and problem- solving skills
        • Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
        • Must be a critical thinker and creative problem solver, and stay informed of design trends, popular culture, and higher education
        • Must be able to work autonomously and as a team member
        • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office software and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat) in a Mac environment

        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 a link to a portfolio of samples by email to apply@ptsem.edu

        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.

        Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

        Qualified candidates are invited to apply for a fixed term one-year appointment as a full-time Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew. The successful candidate will provide instruction in Hebrew on both Masters and PhD levels focused on four courses: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (two semesters), a PhD/advanced Masters course in Historical Hebrew Grammar, and a PhD/advanced Masters course in accelerated Hebrew reading. The appointee will have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, course planning and syllabus design within the well-resourced environment of Princeton Theological Seminary, a graduate theological school in the Reformed tradition that embraces the breadth of communions represented in the worldwide church.

        The successful candidate will only have responsibilities for teaching courses. Free of faculty committee work or departmental responsibilities, the appointee will be supported by an exceptional theological library, access to the library of Princeton University, a full range of teaching resources, and a collegial biblical faculty.

        Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should apply online HERE with: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a CV (including bibliography), and (3) a list of three potential recommenders. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019. The contract year begins July 1, 2020.

        Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

        Academic Program Manager, Overseas Ministries Study Center

        Princeton Theological Seminary is seeking an Academic Program Manager for the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC). This position will assist OMSC’s Director in the planning, operation, and management our Residential Study Program.


        • Recruiting participants, seminar leaders, and lecturers for our Residential Study Program.
        • Writing, submitting, and managing grant proposals for new research initiatives and appeals for scholarships and fellowships for residents.
        • Managing and working within an annual budget.
        • The day-to-day operation of our Residential Study Program (seminars, lectures, conferences, field trips, and special events) and monitoring, evaluating, and improving effectiveness of programs.
        • Providing logistical support for program residents and their families, including coordinating with PTS on J–1 Visa applications and Princeton Public Schools on placement of residents’ dependent children.
        • Maintaining and updating OMSC’s database (Little Green Light), which is used mainly for development and fund-raising activities (annual appeal, Second Century Campaign, annual art gala, etc.).
        • Working closely with half-time Administrative Assistant in maintaining and updating our website, posting on social media, and producing OMSC TODAY (monthly e-newsletter using Constant Contact).
        • Supervising seminary interns working on book reviews and other aspects of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR), our quarterly academic journal published by SAGE.


        • PhD in mission studies, world Christianity, intercultural theology or a cognate discipline or master’s degree in a theological field plus five years of cross-cultural ministry experience.
        • Effective interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Grant writing and management, website, donor database, and social media experience. Educational program and budget management experience.

        Full Position Description (pdf)

        HOW TO APPLY

        To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, CV, and three references and their contact information to APM@omsc.orgby March 31, 2020.

        OMSC welcomes Global Leaders(pastors, church and mission executives, and cross-cultural missionaries), Research Scholars (seminary, college, and university professors, administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase), and Artists(visual, musical, or literary) from every nation and Christian tradition for a season of sustained study and vocational renewal. Assignments are generally made for an entire academic year (Sept–May), but shorter-term options are also available. Visit www.omsc.orgto learn more about OMSC’s unique ministry.

        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.

        Assistant Director for Programming - Hispanic Theological Initiative

        The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) is currently searching for an Assistant Director for Programming to support the establishment, execution, and evaluation of several new initiatives. Over the past 23 years, HTI with the support of the 24 consortium member institutions has graduated 130 Latinx scholars in a record average time of 5.5 years, holding a retention rate of 92%.

        This newly created position will work closely with the Executive Director in the design, implementation, and evaluation of these new programs as well as support current existing HTI programming. The position offers a generous benefits package including rental assistance and the potential opportunity to teach at the Princeton Theological Seminary.


        • Manage all aspects of program design and project management.
        • Collaborate with faculty and leaders in the Member School Consortium to understand and influence how the outcomes of these programs will impact the field of religious studies.
        • Support the writing of proposals for all aspects of funding.


        • PhD in Theology or Religion.
        • 5-7 years in program and project management, preferably in Seminary, University, and/or entrepreneurial settings, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
        • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish.
        • Experience in writing grants, fundraising, and managing a diverse pool of funding sources.
        • Proven ability to build and sustain relationships, and build successful student-serving programs.

        HOW TO APPLY

        Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter 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

        Digital Library Application Developer

        Status: Exempt

        Purpose: The Library’s Office of Digital Initiatives builds and curates digital collections and creates web-based applications for access and use of those digital library collections. Designs, develops, tests, and maintains web applications for searching and displaying the Library’s digital collections.

        Supervision: Director of Digital Initiatives, Library


          • Works collaboratively with the Library’s Digital Initiatives team to define requirements for the functionality and design of web-based applications.
          • Writes and refactors XQuery, XSLT, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS code for new and existing web applications built on native XML databases.
          • Develops and follows coding conventions and documentation practices; identifies, tracks, and refactors code that diverges from those practices.
          • Tests web applications in multiple browsers on multiple platforms; identifies, tracks, and resolves bugs.
          • Creates and maintains test suites for automated quality assurance of web applications.
          • Serves as a member of an agile, cross-functional digital library team.
          • Stays abreast of developments in direct areas of job responsibility and engages in continuous professional development.
          • Contributes to the Library’s alignment with the Seminary’s Strategic Plan, to Library assessment, and to a user-centered service model.
          • Performs other duties as assigned.


          • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
          • Experience developing web applications using one or more established programming languages (PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.). Experience with MVC preferred.
          • Solid working knowledge of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.
          • Experience with Responsive Web Design techniques and frameworks preferred.
          • Experience processing XML documents. Knowledge of XQuery or XSLT preferred. Experience building web applications on top of native XML databases preferred.
          • Familiarity with tools or frameworks for automated testing of web applications preferred.
          • Experience delivering audio and video content in web-based applications preferred.
          • Experience utilizing Agile software development practices preferred.
          • Experience working in a library, museum, or higher education institution preferred.
          • Aptitude for learning and applying new technologies.
          • 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

            For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé and application addressing job qualifications and the names of three professional references to apply@ptsem.edu.

              Download Application (pdf)

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