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Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a person to succeed President Iain Torrance, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2012.
The new president must have deep Christian faith, be an ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), or qualified to be so, and be committed to the mission of Princeton Theological Seminary. Applicants should have a record of achievement, ideally in pastoral ministry and higher education. A Ph.D. is preferred but not required.
Position Description for President
Role: Provide theological and ecclesial vision and pastoral, institutional and administrative leadership in all matters pertaining to this office, creating a cohesive community of faith, learning, formation and practice.
Supervision: The President reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
• Give Presidential voice internally and externally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the flourishing of Christ’s church.
• Love and care for the students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni/ae of the Seminary, moving among them as a pastor, scholar, teacher, colleague and friend.
• Cultivate the rich benefits of diverse peoples, voices and gifts within the body of Christ in the Seminary community.
• Model professional and personal integrity, exemplifying the integration of faith, academic discipline, pastoral vocation and church leadership.
• Build on a culture that welcomes gifted students into a learning environment led by a distinguished faculty, dedicated administration and staff, and supported by excellent learning resources.
• Nuture a community of Christian scholars, inspiring excellence in teaching, preaching, research and service.
• Serve as teaching member and chair of faculty.
• Shape and communicate a compelling vision for the Seminary that is developed collaboratively and translated into plans and policies to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
• Lead the management of all Seminary activities, supporting a strong administrative team that efficiently and effectively stewards the Seminary’s many resources.
• Exemplify the best of the Reformed theological tradition, providing leadership in the worldwide church.
• Provide leadership in Reformed theological education for a fast changing church in a fast changing world, through historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its congregations, while embracing an ecumenical and global perspective.
• Lead and participate directly in expanding Seminary resources, being particularly active in fund and friend raising.
• Deepen relationships with alumni/ae, other churches, foundations, accrediting agencies and professional associations, and explore new partnerships and alliances in support of the Seminary and its mission.
How to apply
Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed to:
Princeton Theological Seminary President Search
Heidrick & Struggles
Attention: Ellen Brown Landers/Dale Jones
2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 800
Washington DC 20006
Review of applications will begin by April 2012. Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.
Ellen Brown Landers bio.