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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.


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.


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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

Farminary Fellow

Princeton Theological Seminary is seeking a Farminary Fellow who will report to the Director of the Farminary. Primary tasks of the Farminary Fellow will include theological research, composting and other farm work. The Fellow will expand the seminary’s research footprint and enhance the vitality and vibrancy of the Seminary community through the Farminary. The work of this fellowship will be divided more or less evenly between research and farm work.

The Farminary began with a simple question. What would it look like to integrate fully accredited, theological education with small-scale, regenerative agriculture? For almost five years, we have been enacting that integration, developing curriculum and programming that takes place at the Seminary’s 21-acre farm approximately three miles from campus. Students, faculty, and members of our community gather to put hands in the soil. As a community, we experience how the land and the broader creation uniquely shape leaders for service in the church and world. The land tells complex and challenging stories. We strive to listen and respond faithfully.

The Fellowship lasts two years, beginning on January 2, 2020 and includes an annual salary plus full benefits, and a rent-free 1-bedroom apartment.

Responsibilities for this position include promoting the mission and vision of Princeton Theological Seminary while embracing the mission and vision of the Farminary. Fellowship includes three core tasks:

  1. Bring a research agenda that is geared toward a specific ministry context (e.g. academy, congregation, non-profit, and so on). Candidate should have a research question they want to answer, or begin answering, during the term of the fellowship. The research question should connect vitally with the mission of the Farminary.

  2. Assist in the continued development and implementation of the Seminary’s composting program at the Farminary. Duties would include managing student workers, researching methods for expanding composting at the Farminary, and, as appropriate, implementing new and expanded systems and methods.

  3. Care for the farm under the direction of the Director of the Farminary.

Education, experience and necessary skills:

  • Master’s degree required, advanced PhD degree preferred.
  • Belief in the resurrection and excellence in theological reflection.
  • Excellent communication skills; computer literacy to include industry standard software.
  • An accessible and collegial style, as is the creativity and energy to share new ideas and directions.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, and evaluate plans.
  • Ability to lead groups and projects as well as function as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
  • Able to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to get dirty, able to lift 40 lbs. and the love of compost.

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

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 alongwith the Circulation Office team. Supervises eveningCirculation operations, oversees the work of studentemployees 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 ofphysical items.
          • Assists with collection inventory project with particular responsibility forshelf reading, identifying books that lack barcodes or item records, andlibrary system data cleanup.
          • Maintains and orders circulation supplies.
          • Assists with the routine activities of Circulation operations including, butnot 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 towork effectively with the public.
          • Ability to commit to a varied work schedule.
          • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Accessand Excel.
          • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in the context of asmall, 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 atolerance for ambiguity.

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

            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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