Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will participate in the mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to form leaders and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the church and world through worship, community engagement, and our life together as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This person will direct worship life, ground the concept of public witness in Christian faith and practice, and collaborate with relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for pastoral care to the students, staff and faculty of LSTC.
- Rostered for Word and Sacrament ministry and in good standing with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- Demonstrated leadership and recognition of the special challenges of ministering to a seminary community, including demonstrated cultural competency and spirit of inclusivity to serve among LSTC’s diverse and global population and in particular, a commitment to LSTC’s identity as a Reconciling in Christ seminary.
- Highly relational, with the ability to collaborate with a variety of constituencies and approach conflict as opportunity for transformation.
- Experience in planning worship and music in a team setting. Extensive knowledge of ELCA worship resources, including The Use of the Means of Grace, and familiarity with a wide range of worship styles. Confidence in leading, preaching, and empowering others to participate in all aspects of worship life.
- Understanding of the importance of community engagement as an essential component of discipleship and ministry, with demonstrated leadership in that area. Enthusiasm for integrating LSTC’s deep commitment to public witness and advocacy with solid liturgical practices.
Description of Duties
- Live in the Chicagoland area to be readily available to the LSTC community, including evenings and weekends as needed.
- Collaborate with LSTC students, staff and faculty to create regular weekly worship.
- Embody a lively engagement between the chapel and the classroom and help redefine the role of worship in LSTC’s life together. Create and promote synergy between liturgics and social justice.
- Report to the Dean of Student Services and collaborate with the Office of Student Services and relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for spiritual direction and mental health.
- Respond to and integrate current events and social issues into LSTC’s worship life.
- Nurture and develop relationships outside of the seminary community to further opportunities for discipleship, partnership, and service.
- Other duties appropriate to this role as determined.
Terms of Work
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will serve as a regular full-time employee under a renewable five-year term call. The first full term of service will begin Summer 2017 and conclude Summer 2022 with a probationary period concluding at the end of the first year during which continuation of the remainder of this five-year term will be determined. The work of the Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship requires a regular presence on campus as appropriate to and sufficient for the described duties, for which office space will be provided. Work may also be done from home and other locations as needed.
The specifics of the compensation package will be detailed in a separate hiring letter from the President of the seminary, to which this position description will be appended.
Please submit a letter of intent, totaling no more than 750 words, which includes: a) your interest and qualifications for applying and b) your commitment to serve in an inclusive and diverse environment. Please send a current resume that includes all relevant work experience. Application review will begin May 22, 2017 and preference will be given to applications received prior to that date. The Advisory Committee will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled.
Please submit all application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Studies Program Coordinator and International Student Administrator
The person in this position provides assistance to the Director of Advanced Studies in the oversight and administration of the Th.M. and Ph.D. programs at LSTC; provides administrative support for the Doctor of Ministry program; and oversees and administers the preparation and submission of all necessary documentation for international students at LSTC in coordination with the Office of Student Services. The position is full-time salaried with medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists the Director in the daily operations of the Advanced Studies Office, and relates to faculty, staff, and students as a resource person on behalf of the office.
- Serve as a representative for Advanced Studies Students on Student Services Team.
- Coordinates the admissions process by preparing student files for review and communicating admissions and financial aid decisions
- Initially communicates with accepted students
- Assists in preparation and management of budget for advanced studies expenses
- Tracks and enters internal financial aid decisions made by faculty.
- Coordinate as necessary with Finance Office on student billing issues.
- Schedules and proctors examinations and colloquies.
- Monitors satisfactory academic progress for students
- Coordinate ELCA Global Missions Scholarship Program
- Assists in the planning of LSTC and consortial (DMin) orientations
- Other duties as assigned.
Doctor of Ministry Program
- Tracks applications, admissions and financial aid.
- Handles all correspondence with applicants and students.
- Serve as the Designated Signing Official (DSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for F and J visa programs.
- Oversee and coordinate all necessary visa documentation.
- Advises all F and J visa holders on maintenance of status and benefits.
- Maintains SEVIS records.
- Keeps current with relevant immigration legislation.
The Coordinator interacts with a broad range of students and must have a high degree of intercultural competency. This position requires excellent computer skills in database management and in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel. Exceptional communication, organizational and time management skills are essential.
Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree, and familiarity with higher education processes. Comprehensive experience with government programs, especially with F and J visa programs and SEVIS reporting is preferred.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with international students and coordinating international travel, familiarity with ELCA structures, and the capacity to respond in a caring and understanding manner. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply. Review of application materials will begin April 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience in higher education, and c) a description of your experience with government programs especially if it is with F and J visa programs, and SEVIS reporting. Please send a current resume that includes 2 work and 2 personal references. Mail or e-mail your resume and letter of application to:
Office of Operations
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Profile of the Seminary
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of six graduate degree programs. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It seeks to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation. LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Join our team of employees committed to serving through the ministry of our school.