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Administrative and staff positions


Administrative and staff positions

Assistant to the President and Director of Board Relations
(5/28/2015)

PURPOSE:

Luther Seminary invites applications for an Assistant to the President and Director of Board Relations who will provide exemplary administrative service and support to the President, the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board.  The President and this position work closely with the two boards to assure their knowledge and understanding of the mission of Luther Seminary and to increase their leadership, effectiveness and support.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide atmosphere of hospitality to all visitors of the President.
  • Facilitate the flow of communication and information within Luther Seminary as it relates to the Office of the President. Coordinate meeting times, distribution of materials, updates and announcements on behalf of the President as requested.
  • Manage the President's calendar/schedule, monitor schedule to keep President advised in a regular and timely manner of all upcoming appointments/events. 
  • Manage Board relations as it relates to arrangements, logistics, correspondence, materials for three Board meetings.  (hotel contracts, travel, catering, meeting evaluations, requests for reimbursements)
  • Attend and document board and committee meetings by taking notes, maintaining minutes, drafting resolutions and related information.
  • Respond in timely manner to all incoming questions via phone, email, and in person from the Luther Seminary community, board members, donors and other constituents.
  • Offer support, resources and assistance to members of the President's Table, including scheduling of meetings, minutes, agendas, retreat logistics and collaborative work across institutional areas.
  • Keep President informed of internal and external issues involving the Luther Seminary community and other constituents.
  • Maintain all office files including record retention system for the President's Office and the Boards.
  • Manage and prepare the budget for the President's Office and the Board of Directors.  Process President's Office invoices and requests for reimbursement.
  • Monitor and prepare required President's reports and data submission for accreditation agencies and U.S. Department of Education.
  • Coordinate all planning and logistics of events sponsored by the president (Christmas party, spring dinner, open houses, special events at the house, receptions, etc.).

RELATIONSHIPS: Reports and support relationships, as well as the internal and external customers of the team and the organization;

  • Reports to: President
  • President's table
  • Seminary Relations
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Dining Services
  • Internal relationships with:  All departments of Luther Seminary
  • External relationships with: Board of Directors, Foundation Board, donors, ELCA churchwide office, Bishops, synod staff,  Seminary Presidents, alumni, consortial partnerships

JOB SPECIFICATION:
A. Commitment to Luther Seminary's Mission and Vision.

B. Desired education and experience:

  • College degree and;
  • 5-8 years of progressive administrative office management experience or equivalent

C. DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

  • Excellent relational, interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Versatility in working with diverse kinds of people and situations.
  • Personality and temperament to be an ambassador for Luther Seminary
  • Solid administrative skills in organizing, planning and coordinating multiple projects and tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent problem-solving, decision-making & negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work in office with high productivity standards and high level of confidentiality.
  • Resourcefulness and initiative -- ability to generate ideas, instill values, create positive energy and make informed decisions.
  • Technology proficiency in Microsoft office suite (especially Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Google WebEx audio and conference calling.
  • Knowledge of ELCA helpful.
  • Familiarity with other mainline Christian organizations also helpful.

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. Please include cover letter, current CV, and list of references with application.

HOW TO APPLY:
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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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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Director of Human Resources
(5/7/2015)

Luther Seminary is seeking a consultative and collaborative individual to provide leadership and direction for the institution's Human Resources needs. This position will serve as a resource to the President, faculty, staff and students in regard to all human resources functions.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manages the overall human resources functions for approximately 150 employees and 300 student employees.
  • Oversees comprehensive recruitment and retention program for faculty and staff positions that supports the mission of Luther Seminary. Works with the Presidents' table to evaluate staffing needs for the organization.
  • Works in partnership with the VP of Finance and Administration and Portico Benefit Services in implementing a comprehensive employee benefits program that is competitive in the current marketplace.
  • Serves as the Title IX coordinator for the seminary.
  • Works in partnership with the President and others to advance the seminary diversity initiatives.
  • Manages the HR administrative functions including overseeing the Human Resources Information System (HRIS), working in partnership with the payroll manager to ensure accuracy of compensation and benefits records, managing the student employment paperwork for student workers, supervising workers in the HR office and managing the HR budget.
  • Oversees the development and administration of all personnel policies and procedures. Ensures that faculty, staff and student handbooks are consistently maintained for accuracy with respect to local, state and federal policies.
  • Encourages a positive employee relations environment that effectively communicates the values and mission of the seminary.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of key training and development programs for staff.
  • Works jointly with the President's table and the director's group to establish a comprehensive performance management system that meets the needs of Luther Seminary.
  • Manages the implementation of a comprehensive compensation program that includes internal equity and parity with the external marketplace.
  • Manages Worker's Compensation program. Handles reports of injury and monitors claim progress. Keeps OSHA logs and completes annual report.

Candidate Requirements:
An understanding, appreciation and commitment to Luther Seminary's mission and vision.

Desired education and experience:

  • College degree and graduate degree in human resources management, business administration, education, communication or related field; SPHR or PHR certification highly desired.
  • 8+ years of progressive experience in human resources positions, including 5 years in a generalist role; minimum of 5 years managing professional staff; previous experience in higher education is a plus.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate human resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement, preferred.
    Desired Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation and benefits, talent management, employee relations, training and development, HRIS systems, organizational development.
  • Ability to identify with key strategic organizational issues and integrate the organizational and employee needs into human resources initiatives.
  • Experience to serve as a participant on the President's Table and interact effectively with the seminary boards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, success in building inclusive communities, and working effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.
  • Ability to work in a culture of change, seeking continuous improvement in strategies, systems and operational processes.
  • Demonstrated success in recruitment of top talent with a strong commitment to the organization's diversity initiatives.
  • Ability to advocate the needs of employees while supporting the management objectives of the seminary.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and coaching skills.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to make decisions that are competent, appropriate and consistent to meet the organization's objectives.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft windows environment, HRIS, and database management and record keeping.
  • Knowledge of ELCA helpful. Familiarity with other mainline Christian organizations also helpful.

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. 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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