Academic Positions

Administrative and Staff Positions

Academic Positions

Director of Contextual Learning
(10/27/2014)

Luther Seminary is seeking a Director of Contextual Learning to fulfill its commitment to preparing leaders for the apostolic mission of the Church in the 21st century. Candidates should be committed to the missionary character of the Christian faith and to educating evangelical public leaders to minister within a variety of contexts, congregations, and theological traditions.

The director will provide theological leadership in assisting students, faculty, and support staff in effective development and integration of contextual learning throughout the curriculum.

The person selected for this position should possess theologically-informed pastoral imagination and wisdom; she/he should possess a theological perspective for contextual learning, a passion for preparing Christian public leaders who thrive in ministry, and a commitment to innovation in the design and integration of contextual learning within the curriculum. 

An effective director will possess administrative gifts, knowledge of the Church both locally and globally, experience as a contextual theologian, and significant imagination regarding the integral place of contextual learning within theological education. It is essential that the director have the ability to develop strong collegial relationships with students, faculty, support staff, congregations, and congregational and judicatory leaders across various ethnic and cultural constituencies.

Leadership experience in congregational contexts is essential. Preference will be given to those candidates who bring demonstrated theological perspectives on contextual theological learning combined with significant cross-cultural skill and experience. The Director of Contextual Learning will have the ability to work effectively with leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and multiple ecclesiastic traditions. 

The director of this vibrant contextual learning program will be a creative and generative leader who implements current programs as well as leads in the assessment and potential redesign of those programs.  The director will:

  • Oversee student learning in teaching congregations, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and internship by providing for orientation, support, and advising for students so that they might benefit as fully as possible from their experiences in these context-based educational settings;
  • Engage faculty in the integration of contextual learning across the curricula and be available for occasional teaching;
  • Recruit congregations and pastoral supervisors who support the missional commitments of Luther Seminary's curricula;
  • Oversee congregations and pastoral supervisors who provide contextual learning settings;
  • Establish relationships with organizations and synods through whom contextual learning experiences can thrive; and
  • Supervise the contextual learning staff.

The Director of Contextual Learning is an administrator with faculty status. An M.Div or M.A. in a theological discipline is required. A Ph.D., D. Min., or Ed.D. is desirable.  As an administrator, the Director serves at the will of the President and reports to the Academic Dean.
Compensation is dependent on qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, candidates should submit to employment@luthersem.edu

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of references



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Director of Center for Stewardship Leaders
(10/27/2014)

Luther Seminary is seeking a leader passionate about stewardship theology and practice to serve as full-time Director of Stewardship Leadership, an endowed position.  In this unique role, the Director of Stewardship Leadership will combine administrative work with teaching and research to advance the goal of shaping a multidimensional culture of stewardship theology and practice in households, congregations, and society.

Key faculty responsibilities include teaching courses in congregational mission and leadership at the master's and doctoral levels, initiating and overseeing research with congregational and denominational partners, mentoring students in faithful financial leadership, and developing web resources for the church. Capacity to collaborate in the portfolio-based vocational formation of students in an innovative educational culture is expected. The ability to engage in effective web-based and web-enhanced teaching and learning is required.

Key administrative responsibilities include partnering with Contextual Learning, Lifelong Learning, Financial Aid Office and other community leaders to develop, promote and support stewardship education training and resources.  The goal is to foster theological reflection on the ordering of economic life in households, congregations, and society.

Successful candidates for this opportunity will have ministry experience, a developed theology of holistic stewardship, a master's degree in theology or related field (required) and PhD or DMin (strongly preferred).    

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Women, persons of color, and those fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures are encouraged to apply. The position will begin in the early months of 2015.  Review of applications will begin after December 1 2014, and will continue until position is filled. Please include cover letter, current CV, and list of references with application.

Direct applications or nominations to:
Office of Human Resources
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
employment@luthersem.edu


Founded in 1869, Luther Seminary is faithful to its mission of educating leaders for Christian communities. As one of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary prepares about a third of the ELCA's pastors and a growing number of lay leaders for ministry. In addition, the seminary educates numerous ecumenical students to serve around the world. The seminary has nearly 30 faculty members and more than 600 full-time and part-time students who are being equipped to share the love of Christ. Of these students, 28 percent are from non-Lutheran faith traditions and 9 percent are from countries other than the U.S.

Luther Seminary is known for its transformative education and innovative curriculum. The seminary offers a wide variety of theological degrees ranging from the Master of Divinity to the Master of Arts in a host of concentrations including children, youth and family ministry. Advanced degrees include the Ph.D. program, the Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry with concentrations in congregational mission and leadership or biblical preaching. Both in-residence and distributed learning options are available for a number of degrees.

Luther Seminary is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of 3 million people. Nestled in the heart of the cities, it is in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries and numerous private colleges and universities. This provides access to diverse thought, cultures and faiths. For more information, see www.luthersem.edu.



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Congregational and Community Care Faculty
(10/17/2014)

Luther Seminary is seeking a theologically reflective and imaginative person for a tenure-eligible position in Congregational and Community Care Leadership. Candidates should have ministry experience and be committed to communal-contextual and intercultural paradigms of pastoral care. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to relate theology with psychology and other social sciences in caring for persons, congregations, and communities. The ability and willingness to give theological leadership in a Lutheran seminary committed to the missional character of the Christian faith is essential.

Responsibilities include teaching foundational and elective courses in Congregational and Community Care leadership in a variety of academic programs: M.A., M.Div., and advanced theological degree programs. Capacity to collaborate in the portfolio-based vocational formation of students in an innovative educational culture is expected. The ability to engage in effective web-based and web-enhanced teaching and learning is required. A Ph.D. in pastoral care, congregational ministry, practical theology or the equivalent is required. The person selected may be eligible for appointment to the George Weinman Chair in Pastoral Theology and Ministry and will serve in the faculty's Leadership Division.

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Women, persons of color, and those fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures are encouraged to apply. The position will begin July 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin after November 14th 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

Direct applications or nominations to:
Office of Human Resources
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
employment@luthersem.edu

Please include cover letter, CV, and references in application.


Founded in 1869, Luther Seminary is faithful to its mission of educating leaders for Christian communities. As one of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary prepares about a third of the ELCA's pastors and a growing number of lay leaders for ministry. In addition, the seminary educates numerous ecumenical students to serve around the world. The seminary has nearly 30 faculty members and more than 600 full-time and part-time students who are being equipped to share the love of Christ. Of these students, 28 percent are from non-Lutheran faith traditions and 9 percent are from countries other than the U.S.

Luther Seminary is known for its transformative education and innovative curriculum. The seminary offers a wide variety of theological degrees ranging from the Master of Divinity to the Master of Arts in a host of concentrations including children, youth and family ministry. Advanced degrees include the Ph.D. program, the Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry with concentrations in congregational mission and leadership or biblical preaching. Both in-residence and distributed learning options are available for a number of degrees.

Luther Seminary is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of 3 million people. Nestled in the heart of the cities, it is in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries and numerous private colleges and universities. This provides access to diverse thought, cultures and faiths. For more information, see www.luthersem.edu.



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Administrative and Staff Positions

Office Assistant for Academic Affairs
(9/30/2014)

The Office Assistant for Academic Affairs will provide hospitality and reception presence to visitors to the office of academic affairs, assist with general clerical support for faculty and office of academic affairs functions, and assist with special projects as needed. This is a part time position at around 20 hours per week.

1. Provide hospitality and reception assistance to visitors to the office of academic affairs.

2. Assist with general clerical support for faculty and office of academic affairs functions (photocopying, faxing, scanning, distribution of materials, preparing mailings, transcription of written materials, formatting/editing of documents, etc.).

3. Assist in managing the stock of classroom and office supplies (delivering materials to other buildings on campus and helping to monitor supply cabinets).

4. Assist with the scheduling of meetings and space/equipment/catering reservations.

5. Assist in preparing materials for academic committee meetings and providing other support to academic committees as needed.

6. Assist with the maintenance of files (paper and electronic), databases, and web pages for faculty and for the office of academic affairs.

7. Assist with preparation of forms for the business office and with tracking of budgets in academic affairs.

8. Assist in managing scheduling, space and supply logistics during intensive sessions.

9. Assist in the distribution and logistics of student exams and coursework.

10. Assist in work for special projects such as accreditation studies, new curriculum implementation, campus lecture series, etc.

Job Specifications:

A. Commitment to Luther Seminary's Mission and Vision.

B. Desired education and experience:

    1. Bachelor Degree required
    2. Minimum of one year previous experience in a professional office setting required
    3. Previous experience in an academic office highly desirable
    4. Proven proficiency and experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint required
    5. Previous experience with web site management highly desirable
    6. Previous experience with database management required
    7. Previous experience with project or program management desirable

C. Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    1. Collegial and hospitable nature and ability to function in an often rapidly changing team environment.
    2. Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
    3. Self-motivated and adaptive in responding to fluctuating work demands.
    4. Highest commitment to standards of confidentiality.
    5. Willingness and ability to learn and work within new technology platforms.
    6. Knowledge of academic degree programs helpful.
    7. Knowledge of ELCA helpful.
    8. Familiarity with other mainline Christian organizations helpful.

Luther Seminary supports your success at work and in life with a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Luther Seminary is committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff and students.  Come be a part of our engaging and innovative community!   Learn all about Luther Seminary at www.luthersem.edu. ; To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter to employment@luthersem.edu. ; Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.



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Wait Staff (on-call)
(9/12/2014)

Luther Seminary is seeking experienced wait staff to serve in an on-call capacity to cater functions on and off Luther campus.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Set up tables according to diagram
  • Set fill glassware as needed
  • Serve meals/beverages on time and courteously
  • Provide attentive, knowledgeable service
  • Complete routine cleaning and breakdown of tables

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

Commitment to Luther Seminary's mission and vision

Desired education and experience:

  • 2 years previous waitstaff/catering experience required
  • Team lead abilities desired

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of proper service etiquette desired
  • Energetic attitude and attention to detail required

Special requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Physical requirements include: active involvement e.g. standing, walking, bending over, able to lift 25 lbs.

Time requirements:

  • Shifts start at a 1 hour minimum

Luther Seminary supports your success at work and in life with a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Luther Seminary is committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff and students.  Come be a part of our engaging and innovative community!   Learn all about Luther Seminary at www.luthersem.edu. ; To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter to employment@luthersem.edu. ; Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.



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