Current Openings & Community Opportunities

Interested in applying for a staff position at Wesley Theological Seminary? Please send your cover letter and resume by e-mail to the Director of Human Resources at hr@wesleyseminary.edu. Please specify the position for which you are applying (see below for opportunities). Hard copies can be sent via mail to:
Director of Human Resources
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016.
Further questions can be directed to (202) 885-8552.

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Faculty: History of Christianity

Wesley Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the History of Christianity, commencing July 1, 2015. General competence in all areas of church history is expected, and special expertise in the patristic era and in Methodist or Wesleyan studies is highly desired.  Membership in The United Methodist Church is required. Teaching responsibilities will include core introductory courses as well as elective courses. Experience and expertise in online instruction will be advantageous. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Ph.D. required; M.Div. or equivalent degree preferred. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to building a diverse community. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Robert Martin at chsearch@wesleyseminary.edu. The cover letter should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as commitment to the mission of the school.

Registration & Faculty Support Coordinator

Department:  Registration

Description:

Responsible for providing administrative support to the Registrar’s office and for coordinating administrative support services for the faculty.

Duties:

  1. Serves as the intake person for office visits, phone calls and emails to the Registrar’s office.
  2. Assist students as needed with the registration process, i.e., forms, fees, etc.
  3. Maintains and ensures compliance of all student records in accordance with FERPA regulations.
  4. Manages the physical student record files and Registrar’s office archives.
  5. Produces transcripts by request.
  6. Provides verification of student enrollment by request.
  7. Processes various student requests.
  8. Interprets and explains academic regulations and policies to students as frontline intake staff member.
  9. Issues identification cards.
  10. Ensures accuracy of student directory information.
  11. Serves as coordinator of administrative services for the faculty.
  12. Works with Registrar and Associate Registrar on Commencement related activities, including preparation of the Commencement bulletin.
  13. Other duties as needed.

 

Qualifications:

Candidate will have an aptitude for computerized database management and familiarity with current PC applications.  Experience with Ellucian systems a plus. Excellent customer service and organizational skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality, complete tasks in a timely and work independently.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to HR@wesleyseminary.edu. 


Development Specialist

Department: Development

Description:

The Development Specialist reports to the director of alumni and donor initiatives and is a core member of the development team.  Provide daily administration for a comprehensive program of alumni relations and fund-raising, focusing primarily on social media and crowd funding activities to grow donor contributions each year.

The Development Specialist is responsible following areas:

  1. Donor Communication, Engagement, and Records
  2. Annual Fund Program
  3. Events

Duties:

Donor Communication, Engagement, and Records:

  • Work closely with the Development team in all aspects of alumni and donor engagement, including identifying potential donors and maintaining electronic contact. Oversee general communications with donors and alumni and ensure response to individual inquiries.
  • Plan, implement, and monitor strategies to involve alumni in a wide variety of activities such as student service learning, service on school advisory boards and committees, participation in events and identifying additional opportunities Ensure accurate and complete alumni records in coordination with the Raisers Edge Database

Annual Fund Program

  • Oversee Wesley’s online giving presences and plan, develop, and execute 3 crowd-funding campaigns for each fiscal year.
  • Work closely with the Development and Marketing team in all aspects of alumni and donor engagement, including identifying potential donors and maintaining electronic and print contact. Work to implement solicitation strategies targeting alumni and entry level gifts.
  • Assist in developing engagement events and marketing communication strategies as well as coordinating their role in annual giving campaigns.

Events:

  • Help implement all aspects of local, regional, and national alumni and donor events.
  • Develop timelines, schedules, and logistics for annual special events
  • Represent Wesley Theological Seminary at specific local, state and national events

 

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required in public relations, communications, marketing or related field.

Specific relevant work experience:

  • Experience in customer, alumni and/or donor relations with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with a variety of constituencies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with faculty, staff, students, alumni, other constituents, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, and implement, constituency programs and communications activities, along with a talent for motivating and coordinating volunteers.
  • Strong oral and written skills with high degree of office management/administrative skills.
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with email marketing tools, social media and website content management systems a plus.

The ideal candidate will have experience in event planning and volunteer management and coordination, as well as excellent interpersonal and administrative skills. Experience in development and with Raiser’s Edge software as well as familiarity with the church preferred.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to HR@wesleyseminary.edu.


Coordinator of Online and Digital Content

Department: Communications and Marketing

Description:

The Coordinator of Online Content will help create a dynamic and interactive interface between Wesley Theological Seminary and its external and internal audiences – rich with content, well-optimized for search engines, and consistent with the seminary’s mission. The Coordinator of Online and Digital Content is responsible for updating and maintaining strategically important sections of the seminary website in accordance with technical and communications best practices. This individual will also play a critical role in generating and shaping the content of the entire website and other digital communications in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Essential Duties:

  • Collaborate with Wesley’s website vendor and information technology team to provide leadership in the development of a strong visual and user-friendly website for all constituencies.
  • Acquire, create and develop robust website content – to include live streaming, video and photography production and editing - in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications and various other departments.
  • Provide translation of written and printed materials to interactive, progressive web formats.
  • Deliver content that is strategically mission-driven and relevant to seminary audiences while ensuring the use of technical best practices including standard proofreading and editing, search engine optimization, and awareness of online culture and web use trends of potential web viewer populations.
  • Provide project leadership, technical support and training to members of the Seminary community who utilize web content to communicate – in particular Admissions, Development, student services offices, Educational and Institutional Technology, and various student populations.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to support outreach to Wesley’s core constituencies via coordinated e-communications program, including e-newsletters, email campaigns, standard or multimedia blogs and other interactive social networking platforms.
  • Serve as the primary contact and respondent for the seminary’s website inquiries.
  • Work in collaboration with the website vendor and both the IT and Educational Technology Departments to insure upkeep and maintenance of the website.

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Coordinate with departments to maintain awareness of culture and trends of advancement and create web content to assist in reaching various constituencies.
  • Assist with the training and support of departmental web writers and encourage and facilitate adoption of the website style guide; ensure uniform use of style sheets and image standards.
  • Supervise student workers and contract employees who provide video, photography and A/V support.

Qualifications:    

Self-motivated project leader with ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting ongoing deadlines. Highly capable at working with others to gather, interpret, clarify, prioritize and properly utilize information to be communicated via the seminary’s website and other digital media outlets. Proficient in the use of design and layout software along with website content creation and management tools. Experience in providing mentorship to others on technical processes and drawing on expertise to translate communication needs into innovative content-driven solutions. Excellent technical writing, oral communication and graphic design skills. Computer skills must include MS Office suite, content management software and considerable Internet experience. Experience with DNN (DotNetNuke), information system design, and graphic design is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Minimum of one year of documented experience in website project management, or similar experience in advertising, producing or editing content for the web required.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to HR@wesleyseminary.edu.


Executive Assistant

Description:

The Executive Assistant is a regular full-time position providing administrative support for the Office of the President and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that all visitors are greeted in a professional manner.
  2. Ensure that all telephone calls are answered and addressed in a professional manner.
  3. Open and sort all mail including email.
  4. Assist in maintaining the President’s calendar and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology’s calendar.
  5. Make all travel arrangements for the President and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology, i.e., flight arrangements, hotel reservations, car service and any other necessary reservations.
  6. Track expenses, submit vouchers and prepare purchase orders as necessary.
  7. Enter prospect donor notes in Raiser’s Edge as necessary.
  8. Draft and finalize miscellaneous correspondence.
  9. Schedule meetings and logistics of meetings as necessary.
  10. Other duties as needed.

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in preparing materials related to activities of the Board of Governors.
  2. Assist in maintaining office files, mailing list, and Board files.
  3. Assist in public relations matters.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

The successful applicant will have a combination of education and experience demonstrating an ability to perform at an executive level.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills. Possess initiative, be energetic and a self-starter, able to establish priorities, and handle multiple priorities while maintaining professionalism. Familiarity with church life. Able to maintain confidentiality and work well with others.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to HR@wesleyseminary.edu.

Youth Minister  – (Nineteenth Street Baptist Church)

Part Time: $10,000-$12,000 per year (Hours: Negotiable)

The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church is seeking a candidate for the position of Youth Minister. This individual shall profess a personal Christian faith, and demonstrate a passion for, and commitment to, youth ministry.

The successful candidate must have a heart for youth, be able to flourish in a team atmosphere, be self-initiating, and self-motivated. Skills in teaching, planning, evangelism, discipleship, counseling and prayer will be needed to facilitate an effective ministry in guiding the youth of our church and surrounding community in their Christian spiritual formation and growth.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  1. Enrollment in seminary or graduate of seminary
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  3. Technical expertise with a wide array of media to enhance the teaching/preaching experience for youth

Responsibilities:

Provide leadership of our Youth Church under the supervision of the Senior Pastor and meet with him weekly. This includes preaching for, and leading those services.      

Supporting already established youth programs:  Manhood Training, God’s Daughters and those youth activities sponsored by the Church School, as well as developing proposals for new initiatives.

Creating and/or working on events and activities that foster an atmosphere of outreach and service. This may include but is not limited to: community events, youth mission trips, outreach to the local community and collaboration with other area youth ministries for combined events.

  1. Modeling personal faith, encouraging our youth in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Actively engaging in prayer with and on behalf of the youth in our church and community, in partnership with parents and church members.
  3. Coordinating a balanced calendar of youth ministry activities/events
  4. Communicate well through announcements, the weekly Church bulletin, and a monthly Youth newsletter.
  5. Participation in main church worship services and additional events at the request of the Senior Pastor.

Accountable Relationships:

  1. Report directly to the Senior Pastor
  2. Additionally responsible to the Board of Deacons
  3. Member of the Youth Council
  4. Participate with Church School to implement shared goals
  5. Foster relationships with parents of youth

Additional Information:

Address: 4606 16th St. NW Washington, DC 20011
Website: www.everyblessing.org

Please submit resume and cover letter to: rsmith@nsbcdc.org Subject line: Youth Minister Search

Applications will be considered until the position is filled

Posted on 8.7.2014

Children's Christian Education Coordinator ( Cheverly, MD)

10 hours per week – 12 months

At Cheverly United Methodist Church, inspiring children is an important step in achieving our church’s mission of making disciples of all people.  As part of our mission, it is vital to have a strong children’s program to attract and grow disciples. 

Cheverly United Methodist Church is a small, but growing, congregation. Our average church attendance is 70 adults and 15 children per Sunday. Church services begin at 10:00 a.m. and end between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Children attend church in the sanctuary at the beginning of the service and go to Sunday School after Children’s Time, which has a message from the pastor or other members of the church. Sunday School begins at about 10:15 and ends by 11:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible School usually takes place for a week during June and operates in the evening for two hours.

Education Requirements:
Required: High School Graduate with some college courses.
Preferred: College Degree in a related field such as Christian Education, Christian Ministry, Theology, or Religious Studies.

Experience and Skills:
Required: Complete familiarity with Protestant church services, music and Sunday school. Working experience in a Sunday School, Christian Education Program, Vacation Bible School (VBS) or other similar programs involving children. Demonstrated ability to develop a children’s Christian education program.
Preferred: 2 to 5 years experience working in a church environment in Sunday School, Christian Education Program, Vacation Bible School or other relevant programs. Demonstrated ability to incorporate Christian music into children’s programming.

Job Responsibilities:
This job description lists required tasks and responsibilities.  Other responsibilities may be added when deemed necessary.

  1. Provide opportunities for spiritual growth for children preschool through sixth grade by planning and teaching Sunday School lessons throughout the year.
  2. Schedule and participate in Children’s Time and develop other opportunities to involve the children in the congregational worship service and outreach opportunities (e.g., service projects).
  3. Ensure the environment and programs are safe for children.
  4. Effectively communicate children’s ministry activities to the pastor, children’s families, and the congregation.
  5. Gather input from families and volunteers on programming for continuous improvement.  
  6. Coordinate volunteers to ensure there is adequate, trained supervision for all activities.
  7. Track attendance and participation in children’s programs.
  8. Develop, plan, teach, and coordinate weeklong, 2 hour/day VBS program (10 hours of actively attended programming).
  9. Abide by established budget and purchasing guidelines as established by Finance Committee and pastor.

Additional Information
The Children’s Christian Education Coordinator reports to the pastor, and coordinates with children’s music ministry staff and other church groups, as needed.

Applicant must be eligible for employment (i.e., U.S. citizen or work permit).

Cover letters and resumes are due by July 18th and may be mailed or emailed to:

Cheverly United Methodist Church
2801 Cheverly Avenue
Cheverly, MD 20785

Employment will begin the week of August 25th, allowing two weeks of preparation prior to Children’s Time and Sunday School on September 7th

Posted on 7.15.2014

Department:  International Relations

Position Description: 

The student will assist the Administrative Assistant with various tasks as needed.  The weekly hours will be based on the needs of the department.

 Duties:

  • Assist with filing, coordinating mailings, and making telephone calls
  • Assisting with  various research projects
  • Assisting with writing the  newsletter
  • Assisting with the planning of various events and projects
  • Providing hospitality to Seminary guests which may include providing transportation to the airport and the metro

Qualifications: Efficient, hospitable personality, ability to handle confidential information, ability to multi-task, and be dependable.  Graphics design/photography a plus (newsletter). Good computer skills, attention to detail and accuracy with data required. 

Intrested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources, YLWhite@wesleyseminary.edu no later than September 29, 2014.

Department:  Center for the Arts and Religion

Position Description:

The student will be a presence for the Luce Center for the Arts and Religion and should articulate an interest in the intersection of the arts and theology. This position requires 10 hours per week.  The hours can be flexible.

Duties:

  • Will assist with general administrative and public relations tasks, i.e.,
    answering the telephone
  • Will assist with fielding questions from students and others
  • Assist in the installation of gallery exhibits
  • Assist with the opening and closing of the gallery
  • Assist with gallery special events including opening and closing during non business hours 
  • Prepare mass mailings
  • Running errands

Qualifications:

  • Exhibit an interest and or experience in the arts.
  • Basic graphic design skills.
    Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Basic familiarity with Office and Excell

Intrested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources, YLWhite@wesleyseminary.edu no later than September 29, 2014.

 

Department:  Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Position Summary: 

This position provides support to the Lewis Center in relation to several aspects of the Center’s work.   Duties would include general office and administrative support, basic research (including library, internet and survey research tasks), data entry, data management, and the production of reports.  The position will also provide office and logistical support for special events such as workshops or conferences put on by the Lewis Center.  Strong computer skills, especially a strong knowledge of word processing, Excel spreadsheets and the Windows operating environment is essential. 

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