Student Services Assistant
The person in this position provides vital support to the entire Student Services team, in particular, the Dean of Student Services, Director of Admissions, and Director of Financial Aid. This person will conduct data entry within admission, recruitment, housing, and financial aid databases; as well as support orientation preparations. The Student Services Assistant will work closely with the Director of Admissions in organizing prospective student visits and preparing for seminary discernment events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Admissions & Recruitment
- Maintain records of contacts and track inquiries and applications in database
- Arrange follow up as needed after a visit to see that letters and/or materials are sent out
- Manage general admission correspondence
- Plan, organize, and implement individual and group visits to LSTC’s campus
- Ensure that vocational, admissions and financial aid materials are available for events
- Assist with mailings and help promote social media presence
- Assist Director of Financial Aid with preparing US Department of Education loan files
- Notify students of third-party scholarships awards from donors
- Provide support preparing Munderloh and Siebert applications for student funding
- Process all housing applications and agreements
- Arrange apartment tours for prospective residents
- Correspond with prospective residents and current residents
- Oversee the move in and orientation of residents to the LSTC Housing community
- Coordinate the housing assignment process and ensure high occupancy rates
- Maintain the housing database within StarRez, our housing database system
- Coordinate resident move-out process
- Maintain accurate billing records within StarRez and reconcile charges with Finance Office
- Work with Dean of Student Services to plan and organize annual student orientation
- Work with Dean of Student Services in organizing and planning community life events
- Issue LSTC ID cards
- Assist with the update of the Student Handbook and Directory
- Assist with updating immunization records
Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree, and familiarity with higher education processes. This position requires excellent computer skills in database management and in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel. Exceptional communication, record keeping, and time management skills are essential. Applicants should have experience leveraging social media for marketing purposes and must exhibit a high degree of intercultural competency. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.
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. More at www.lstc.edu.
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 how you connect to LSTC’s mission. Email your resume and letter of application to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Director of Contextual Education
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) invites applications and nominations for a part-time, one-year term, administrative position as Interim Director of Contextual Education while the seminary conducts a yearlong evaluation of the contextual education program. Primary responsibilities include focused attention to the contextual education and formation of MDiv and MAM students in collaboration with congregations, agencies, and synods. The Interim Director of Contextual Education will consult with the Contextual Education Advisory Committee and will work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to recruit, develop, support and monitor sites, supervisors and mentors to provide contextual education that aligns with LSTC’s values/goals and addresses the changing nature of the “public church.”
LSTC is committed to producing culturally competent leaders for the public church. We affirm that diversity is necessary in all components of the school, including its theological curriculum and faculty. Successful candidates will therefore be rostered in the ELCA, demonstrate cultural competency and creativity in their teaching, and careful administration of the lively engagement between the church and society.
In a theological seminary whose mission includes vocational formation, responsibilities include:
- Teaching courses in areas such as leadership, practical theology and contextual education that form visionary learners to form communities that practice the arts of ministry with sensitivities to the full range of environments to which our students are called;
- Working with faculty and staff to recruit, select, orient, develop, train and monitor contextual education sites, supervisors, mentors and opportunities that reflect the values/goals of LSTC’s public church curriculum and the changing nature of the church.
- Overseeing the administration of the Contextual Education programs, including Clinical Pastoral Education, Ministry in Context and Internship for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry programs that reflect the values/goals of LSTC’s curriculum.
- Participation in monthly faculty meetings in an administrative capacity to present a Contextual Education Report, with voice and no vote.
- Mentoring and advising master’s degree students in a predominately white institution committed to deepening student and faculty awareness regarding power dynamics related to race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender.
- Living as part of a learning community committed to anti-racism and the mutual support, accountability, encouragement, and empowerment of one another’s work in theological education.
Active involvement in the church is an essential criterion. LSTC seeks to foster gender and racial-ethnic diversity within its faculty and staff. Women and representatives of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. A doctorate or equivalent is advantageous but not required. Spanish-speaking ability will be considered an asset. The person filling this interim position will be excluded from consideration for the permanent position to be advertised the following year.
Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing how you are prepared to address the commitments and responsibilities described in paragraphs two and three above. All materials should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Contextual Education Advisory Committee at ContextEd.email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting June 13, 2018 and continuing until the position is filled.
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for people of all genders in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty members provide resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice. To learn more about LSTC, visit www.lstc.edu.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law