Boston Staff Openings

Director or Program Coordinator of Advanced Urban Church and Ministry Studies

Function: This person is responsible for coordinating program delivery, assessment and other activities related to Advanced Urban Church and Ministry Studies at the Boston campus. This position primarily supports the Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Practical Theology and other related program tracks such as the graduate certificate programs at the Center of Urban Ministerial Education (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary- Boston campus). This person will report to the Dean while providing program leadership in coordinating all activities pertaining to the promotion, recruitment and implementation of the program activities. The position involves teaching several graduate courses per academic year according to an area of expertise. If a person is selected as the coordinator, approved faculty or adjunct status for the courses may be required prior to starting the position.  
     The person is expected to be able to work during the day, evenings and Saturdays with a variety of constituents and facilitate program evaluation research related to the program. Participation and teaching in community events will be required for the person holding this position. We will consider individuals who understands leadership, possesses a track record for providing leadership within the urban context, and possesses advanced knowledge and skills for urban church and ministry studies. This position also involves assessment, research, and analysis for reporting and publications in their area of expertise, aligning with the campus’s emphasis on practical theology and ministry. The Boston campus is looking for a person that meets the qualifications and requirements to begin either in July 2015.


Credentials:

  • Possess a PhD or Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Ministry (or be in the process of earning one of these degrees) in the social or human sciences or in practical theology.
  • A practical theologian with expertise in urban church or urban ministry related specializations.
  • Research skills and interest in a related theological discipline with the ability to integrate an interdisciplinary approach with a Christian worldview.
  • Possess a Master of Divinity, a comparable seminary degree, or the equivalent theological education and/or training.
  • Five or more years of practical experience in human services and/or Christian ministry in program administration, management, leadership, urban ministry, community development, mission, and/or community outreach.

Qualifications:

  • Possesses strong evangelical faith and Christian character, with a readiness to sign the Seminary’s Articles Statement, the Community Life Statement, C.U.M.E. Philosophy of Theological Education, Approach to Urban Ministry, and be able to support the Mission of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
  • Possesses leadership and administrative skills that are appropriate for Christian community outreach (or urban) ministry within a church and/or mission agency setting.
  • Possesses graduate-level teaching skills and experience in a seminary or a graduate school that is the equivalent to theological education instruction.
  • Knowledge of church and community systems with skills in the application of systems theory or system thinking from a disciplinary perspective.
  • Possess skills to provide leadership in program planning, management, and assessment in graduate theological education, and the community service or human services field.


Responsibilities:

  • Assist Admissions Office in the promotion and recruitment of student participants from churches, mission agencies, and Christian organization that meet the admissions requirement for advanced graduate studies.
  • Plan and coordinate all of the scheduled activities needed for course delivery and implementation in advanced urban church and ministry studies.
  • Coordinate scheduled communication activities for program participants, teaching instructors, and personnel within or in collaboration with Gordon-Conwell.
  • Teach at least two to four courses per year in a respective area within their field.
  • Coordinate orientation, the dissemination of information, material distribution and resources development for program participants, including faculty, personnel and students.
  • Coordinate program assessment and evaluation activities in cooperation with the Dean’s Office.
  • Assist the Dean and Assistant Dean with related campus events, program development and delivery for the GCTS Boston campus.

Expectations:

  • Communicate and promote the vision, mission, and goals of GCTS and CUME.
  • Function as a member of the Dean’s administrative leadership team.
  • Use internet technology or web-based systems to delivery theological education.
  • Work cross-culturally with multiple ethnic and diverse groups.
  • Conduct/support action-research that contributes to CUME’s publications, a field in Christian ministry, and innovative practice.
  • Ability to work days, evenings, and Saturdays and travel to off-site locations.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Lbowerman@gcts.edu.

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Coordinator or Director of Leadership and Mentored Ministry Initiatives, GCTS-Boston, Center for Urban Theological Education

General Description: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary - Boston campus, also known as the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), is situated in the Downtown community of Roxbury. We are a premier urban seminary campus with a forward-looking approach to theological education that prepares men and women for ministry in any context. Our emphasis is on practical ministry in the urban church and para church community with global applications for all groups of people across the life-span. Our constituents range from the metropolitan affluent church to store front churches and mission agencies that serve the spiritual and religious needs of diverse groups. The person for this position must be able to engage with ethnically and culturally diverse churches and community stakeholders from across the full socioeconomic spectrum by providing critical knowledge and training from the perspectives of the biblical, theological, historical and behavioral disciplines.

The Coordinator or Director of Leadership and Mentored Ministry Initiatives is responsible for teaching and implementing an integrative approach to learning using our capstone Field-Based Mentored Ministry course model that involves intensive training and community engagement for project-based learning to facilitate skill-building, to cultivate “spiritual formation and praxis” for our students using a team of practitioners. The position requires having organizing experience, teaching, communications skills and program development skills along with expertise in Christian ministry as a practitioner-scholar with expertise in a sub discipline in the field of practical theology.

Credentials:

  • Possess a PhD or Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Ministry (or be in the process of earning one of these degrees) in the social or human sciences or in practical theology.
  • Research skills and interest in a related theological discipline with the ability to integrate an interdisciplinary approach with a Christian worldview.
  • Possess a Master of Divinity, a comparable seminary degree, or the equivalent theological education and/or training.
  • Five or more years of practical experience in human services and/or Christian ministry in program administration, management, leadership, urban ministry, community development, mission, and/or community outreach.

Qualifications:

  • Possesses strong evangelical faith and Christian character, with a readiness to sign the Seminary’s Articles Statement, the Community Life Statement, CUME. Philosophy of Theological Education, Approach to Urban Ministry, and be able to support the Mission of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
  • Possesses leadership and administrative skills that are appropriate for Christian community outreach (or urban) ministry within a church and/or mission agency setting.
  • Possesses graduate-level teaching skills and experience in a seminary or a graduate school that is the equivalent to theological education instruction.
  • Knowledge of church and community systems with skills in the application of systems theory or system thinking from a disciplinary perspective.
  • Possess skills to provide leadership in program planning, management, and assessment in graduate theological education, and the community service or human services field.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development of the Field-Based Mentored Ministry program as directed by the Dean and Assistant Dean, with an emphasis on practical Christian ministry in a diverse urban context.
  • Develop partnerships with community leaders to recruit students, develop programs, and implement off-site theological education programs.
  • Participate and assist in recruitment events, the promotion of best practices in Christian ministry, and identifying prospective students as emerging and promising leaders.
  • Develop the Spiritual Formation in Praxis course or seminar for co-curricular theological education grounded in Biblical principles and historical orthodoxy.
  • Recommend and prepare mentors through orientation and training in accordance with regular approval process set up by the Dean.
  • Develop course materials, syllabi, topical outlines, workshop modules, and a bibliography for students, and conduct assessments and make reports on student learning outcomes.
  • Assist the Campus Dean and Assistant Dean by performing administrative duties as required, including developing and managing program resources, provide quarterly reports, and contribute to campus program and budget planning.
  • Attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary events, convocations, ceremonies, meetings, retreats, and student events as directed by the Dean.
  • Advise, mentor, and encourage students to promote healthy faculty and student interaction and to enhance the learning environment.
  • Serve on the Deans administrative leadership team and support other CUME programs.

Expectations:

  • Communicate and promote the vision, mission, and goals of Gordon-Conwell and CUME.
  • Function as a member of the Dean’s administrative leadership team.
  • Use internet technology or web-based systems to delivery theological education.
  • Work cross-culturally with multiple ethnic and diverse groups.
  • Conduct/support action-research that contributes to CUME’s publications, a field in Christian ministry, and innovative practice.
  • Ability to work days, evenings, and some weekends and travel to off-site locations.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Lbowerman@gcts.edu.

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Assistant for Student Registration and Data Administration (Part-Time)

Function: This position reports directly to the Office of the Campus Dean on a regular basis to ensure the accuracy of student academic data and registration records necessary to identify students and monitor their academic progress and welfare, develops reports and data formulations required to achieve the educational objectives for enrollment management, and maintains the integrity of the registration modules of the CAMS relational database. This person will assist in registration of all students and the coordination of student data and information for internal communications. This is a part-time position with some benefits. The person filling this position must be willing to embrace our Community Life statement and support the mission of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary as it is embodied at the Boston campus, also known as the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).

General Qualifications:

The incumbent must possess a developed sense of administrative office functioning, clerical, communications and data management skills including an aptitude for the use of computer systems and software such as Microsoft Office applications. Familiarity with academic programs and awareness of processes and functions related to seminary graduation education, operations and program delivery is also essential. The person should possess experience that demonstrates the ability to deal constructively with faculty, staff, students, and with the general public; and clear recognition of the significance of confidentiality in day-to-day activities. At least three (3) years of experience as an administrative or Office assistant in an academic setting is preferred.

Responsibilities:

  1. Registration of Students: Assists the Dean and the Assistant Registrar in designing, documenting and implementing processes for timely, thorough, and orderly registration of all students of the Boston (CUME) campus.
  2. Report and List: Generates reports regularly to the Dean and Assistant Registrar on all student registration activities, service, and updates pertaining to registration data, course data, student file completion, term enrollment, matriculation, and registration data related to all academic programs at the Boston campus.
  3. Provide ongoing updates as needed to ensure accuracy of registration data and student records and other and communications within and between Boston campus offices including the front desk, web site, announcements and other online sources.
  4. Ensure adequate inter-office communications and the accuracy of information/data from within and between the Registration and the Admissions Office, and GCTS information systems, involving the use of the CAMS data system and other software information management systems.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Lbowerman@gcts.edu.

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