Carlsons Accept Call to Be Co-Pastors in Kearney Nebraska

17-06 (Sunday, July 2, 2017) The Rev. Dr. Richard Carlson and the Rev. Dr. Michelle Carlson have announced that they have received and accepted calls to serve as co-pastors of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, NE. 

Richard Carlson, who was named to the inaugural faculty of United Lutheran Seminary, has taught New Testament and administered contextual education and post internship candidacy at Gettysburg Seminary since 1990, and for more than a decade as the Glatfelter Professor of Biblical Studies.  He served in parishes in north Minnesota from 1983 to 1990, after receiving degrees from Concordia College (BA), Wartburg Seminary (MDiv.), and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Ph.D). Michelle Carlson, has served as pastor of Mt. Zion Haugh’s Lutheran Church in Keymar, MD since 2008. As an adjunct or visiting professor, she has taught at Gettysburg Seminary, Lancaster Seminary, Wesley Seminary and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Garrett Seminary).  She received her MDiv degree from Gettysburg in 2001 and PhD. In congregational studies from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL, in 2009. She has taught Christian education and directed Lifelong Learning for Gettysburg Seminary in recent years. 

“For over a quarter century Prof. Rick Carlson has “opened the Scriptures” for seminarians and so many others throughout the church,” said the Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen, Co-Dean of United Lutheran Seminary. “He has also played a key role in Gettysburg Seminary’s outstanding contextual education and leadership formation programs.  During the past decade Dr. Michelle Carlson has shared her wisdom teaching Christian education courses and directing Gettysburg’s lifelong learning programs for several years. And, Largen concluded, “both have been valuable colleagues to fellow members of the faculty.”

The Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini, President of United Lutheran Seminary, summed up the response of a grateful seminary community, saying “we express our profound gratitude to both Rick and Michelle Carlson for their outstanding contributions to seminary life and learning.” She continued, “That they now embrace co-pastoring a parish is but further evidence of their commitment to respond to God’s call and serve among the faithful in the ELCA’s Nebraska Synod.”

This call to serve as co-pastors will represent the first time that the two have worked directly together as ordained leaders in a church setting.  The Carlsons are expected to begin their ministry at First Lutheran Church in Kearney this coming August 1st.

 

Two Historic Pennsylvania Seminaries Become United Lutheran Seminary July 1

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June 28, 2017 (Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Penn.) At the exact midpoint of the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s initiation of the 16th Century Reformation, two American theological seminaries will become one school. At the stroke of midnight, July 1, 2017 Gettysburg Seminary and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will form United Lutheran Seminary on two campuses, one in Gettysburg and one in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1826, Gettysburg Seminary is the oldest continuing Lutheran theological school in the Americas and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia got its start in 1864. Together the schools have graduated more than 10,000 church leaders who have served in religious and public contexts.

“The United Lutheran Seminary is a new venture founded on rich traditions,” said Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, speaking for the 3.8-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). “It brings together urban and rural, Lutheran and ecumenical ministries,” she added.

United Lutheran Seminary opens with 325 students and 21 faculty members, with another 50 staff members working across the two campuses. The decision to unite came from a determination by both schools’ boards in January 2016 to create a stronger single theological seminary, one that could offer premier programs on both campuses, sustain a larger faculty than either alone, and offer enhanced learning formats in distributed, online and hybrid class settings. The campuses are located at 7301 Germantown Avenue, in Northwest Philadelphia and 61 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  

As the united school comes into being, it will also receive its first leader, the Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini, who will assume the office of United Lutheran Seminary President as of July 1st.  As the leader of the new theological school, Latini said the “strength of United Lutheran Seminary comes from its trust in God’s grace and its call to join Jesus’ ministry of healing, justice, and reconciliation.” She added “Our wide array of educational programs as well as our communal practices of worship and care will prepare students for faithful and innovative ministry in the twenty-first century.”

With the new school comes a newly-designed, integrative curriculum. Kristin Johnston Largen and Kiran Sebastian, co-deans of the Seminary, emphasize that faculty will offer interdisciplinary perspectives in classrooms in ways that enrich the pedagogy for seminarians.

Student debt for graduate seminarians remains an issue in today’s religious communities. United Lutheran Seminary offers unprecedented financial aid for its students, with full tuition scholarships for eligible full time ELCA students and generous matching of grants to students from other traditions up to full tuition levels.

United Lutheran Seminary begins its life fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools. The Department of Education of the Commonwealth of PA has issued approval of the consolidation of the two schools. All current students have pathways to complete their degrees in the normal timetable according to the school’s deans.  

Both schools bring particular, distinctive gifts to the united school, with Philadelphia offering a specialized and broadly ecumenical Urban Theological Institute, and a large commuting population in the metropolitan area and Gettysburg contributing strong community life of residential learning and a commitment to green practices. The Gettysburg campus also features the award-winning Seminary Ridge Museum interpreting the national tensions of slavery and freedom in the historic seminary building that served as the largest fixed field hospital on the battlefield.

Even though President Latini will begin mid-summer, her inauguration is planned for November 2, 2017 in Lancaster, PA. She will live on both Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses, and serve as Professor of Pastoral Theology as well. July 1st also marks the retirement of Gettysburg Seminary President Michael Cooper-White after 17 years at the helm, and President David Lose of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, begins a new call to serve as senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN.

“May God bless students, faculty and staff as they set out on this journey together,” said Presiding Bishop Eaton, and “Godspeed!” to this new school.

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The United Lutheran Seminary, the oldest of seven seminaries of the 3.8-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a consolidation of Gettysburg Seminary and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. One seminary on two campuses, ULS prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered church leaders. More information is available at the Seminary’s web site:  www.UnitedLutheranSeminary.edu, by email info@ULS.edu or by phone at 717.338.3000.

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United Lutheran Seminary Names Staff

The following list identifies the staff named to date for United Lutheran Seminary, with additional operations, financial services, support and library staff to be named.  This list is up to date as of June 13, 2017.  All positions are full time unless marked part time (PT).

Advancement Services Administrator, Kathie Afflerbach
Co-Director of Technology & Director of Operations (Philly), Kyle Barger
Library Director, Evan Boyd
Director of Advancement Services, Conor Brooks
Director of Financial Aid, Kimberly Clark
Grounds Manager,(Philly), Jim Cratin
Technical Services Specialist, Andy Crouse
Maintenance Staff (Gburg), Dave Davies
Communication Assistant & Manger of Print & Mailroom, Grainne Davies Housekeeping (Gburg), Melanie DelSignore
Senior Major Gifts Officer, Vincent Dent
Associate Director of Admissions, Becca Ehrlich
Lieutenant, Night Watch Supervisor (Philly), Michael Fabian
Chief of Safety and Security, Operations Manager (Philly), Vince Ferguson
Night Watch Supervisor (Philly), Michael Fabian
Operations Manager/Chief of Security (Philly), Vince Ferguson
Custodian (Gburg), Randolph Fullerton
Chief Financial Officer, Scott Ganley
Director of Communications, Katy Giebenhain
Director of Life Long Learning, Chelle Huth
Contextual Formation, Life Long Learning & UTI Assistant, Lyn Jackson
VP Student Services and Enrollment, Trina Johnsten
Co-Dean of the Seminary, Kristin Largen
Housekeeping (Gburg, PT), Carole Laughman
Coordinator of Admissions Services, Marlita Lee
Major Gifts Officer, Regional Gift Planner ELCA, Yvonne Jones Lembo
Associate VP for Church Relations, President of the Gettysburg Seminary
Endowment Foundation, Glenn Ludwig
Gifts Processor (PT), Stella Ludwig
Executive Assistant to the Senior VP of Advancement, and Director of
Advancement Operations, Karol Mason
Executive Assistant to the President & Director of HR, Elizabeth Meighan Maintenance (Gburg), Randy Miller
Coordinator of Facilities & Maintenance (Philly), Kareem Mitchell Dir of Housing, Facilities & Special Events (Gburg), Wendy Mizenko Director of Director of Admissions, Nate Preisinger
Co-Director of Technology, Don Redman
Director of Maintenance & Project Management (Gburg), Dave Reecher
Educational Technologist & Assessment, Alex Reid
Deputy Chief of Security (Philly), Michael Reid
Reception/Switchboard (Gburg) Sherry Rippman
Registrar and Senior Assistant to the Dean, Julie Ritter
Director of Student Services, Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath
Visit, Scholarship & Student Life Support & Events Specialist, Bea Schultz
Co-Dean of the Seminary, Kiran Sebastian
Senior VP for Administration, John Spangler
Housekeeping (Gburg, PT) Taija Snyder
Senior VP for Advancement, President of the Lutheran Theological
Seminary Foundation, Dennis Trotter
Custodial Coordinator (Gburg), Shania West
Music, Gettysburg! Assistant, (PT) Dana Witt
Receptionist/Mailroom (Philly), Jim Ziebell
VP for Advancement, Angela Zimmann
Major Gifts Officer, Alumni/ae Relations Director, Marty Zimmann Assistant Registrar & Assistant to the Dean, Rachel Zimmerman

United Lutheran Seminary Names Theresa Latini As Its First President

April 20, 2017 (Gettysburg and Philadelphia) The United Lutheran Seminary named the Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini as the first president to lead the unified Seminary with campuses at Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

President-elect Latini, who will also be Professor of Practical Theology, will officially begin July 1, 2017, which is also the inaugural date of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), a consolidation of two historic Lutheran Seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia. ULS is the oldest seminary of the 3.8 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), dating to 1826.

Latini comes to the presidency with extensive experience in theological education as an educator and administrator. She has written two books and many articles on topics such as Christian vocation, congregational leadership, and racial reconciliation. She previously served as the George C. Weinman Chair of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at Luther Seminary and continues to advise students in Luther’s Ph.D. program. Currently, Latini is associate dean of diversity and cultural competency and professor of practical theology and pastoral care at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. She has expertise in conflict mediation and has consulted with congregations and judicatories throughout the United States.

Latini will lead the new theological school, whose roots run deep in Lutheran identity in America and broadly across historically ecumenical Christian commitments. “I am honored and humbled to be called to serve as the first president of United Lutheran Seminary. Grounded in the promises of God, this bold and innovative union of two historic Lutheran institutions will enable us to educate and empower public Christian leaders for confessionally rooted, ecumenically connected, and interculturally competent ministry in the twenty-first century. I look forward to co-laboring with students, staff, and faculty at ULS and with colleagues throughout the ELCA as together we join God’s work of healing, justice, and reconciliation.”

An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Latini’s background includes pastoral positions in Minneapolis, MN and Levittown, PA.  She received both her M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. The PCUSA has been a full communion partner of the ELCA since 1997. Full Communion partners share a commitment to interchange of clergy and an official recognition of agreement in essential doctrines and sacramental understanding.

The Rev. Dr. Elise Brown, who chairs the Seminary Board of Trustees, affirmed that “Dr. Latini brings a broad range of academic experience and expertise in pastoral care, cultural competency, diversity, and conflict resolution.” Brown continued, saying these “areas of expertise will serve United Lutheran Seminary and the wider church in forming leaders for the 21st century in a church that has undergone significant change.  We are thrilled a full communion partner with such deep passion for and understanding of Lutheran reformation theology and history has agreed to serve with us.”

Consulting with the Rev. Charles Miller, the leader of the search team, ELCA “Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was very affirmative of the ULS presidential search committee’s work and its decision to recommend Dr. Latini.”  During the search process, Miller also observed “After two interviews and some forty questions ranging from ‘what is a seminary?,’ ‘what does it mean to be Lutheran in America today?,’ and ‘how do you work with people who don’t agree with you?,’ Dr. Latini’s responses persuaded our committee that she was ULS leadership-ready! Her answers were thoughtful and theologically astute. Dr. Latini’s gifts and experience equip her exceptionally well to lead ULS in its pivotal and formative launching on July 1, 2017.”

President-elect Latini will begin as the Seminary President July 1, with a planned inauguration for November 2, 2017 in Lancaster, PA. She will live at both Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses with her husband, Tom van Deusen, and daughter Eleanor.

The search for a seminary president was launched last fall following the decisions of Gettysburg Seminary President Michael Cooper-White to retire after 17 years of service, and President David Lose of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, took a call to serve as senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN.
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The United Lutheran Seminary, the oldest of the eight seminaries of the 3.8 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a consolidation of Gettysburg Seminary and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. One seminary on two campuses, ULS prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public theologians and mission leaders.  It provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered church leaders. More information is available at the Seminary’s web site:  www.UnitedLutheranSeminary.edu  or by email info@ULS.edu or by phone at 717.338.3000.

 

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United Lutheran Seminary Launches Search for CFO

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
On July 1, 2017, two historic Pennsylvania institutions, Gettysburg and Philadelphia Seminaries will join together and form the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS).  The ULS Board of Trustees is expected to elect a new president in late April.  This consolidated “new school” on two campuses seeks a Chief Financial Officer to provide oversight for all fiscal operations and to consolidate the two financial services offices.  ULS will have an annual operating budget of approximately $10.5M (including the Seminary Ridge Museum), and will have total assets exceeding $110M, inclusive of endowment and trust assets of approximately $55M. The incumbent will need to spend considerable time on the two campuses, separated by 140 miles, reporting to the ULS president.  The senior administrator will provide expert financial analysis and strategic guidance to the president, oversee 2-3 staff accountants, work closely with the Treasurer and other Seminary officers; s/he will need to establish systems for capital planning and analysis, fiscal strategic planning and budgeting, financial management and reporting; and will oversee the annual audit processes.  The CFO also serves the Seminary’s auxiliary entities as Treasurer; principally the Seminary Ridge Museum, two Endowment Foundations, and the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries.

The location of this position has not been determined but will require frequent travel to the other campus.

Please send a letter of application, resume, and the contact information of three professional references to Elizabeth Meighan, Director of Human Resources at emeighan@ltsg.edu.

 Full Position Description ULS CFO 3-29-17.

The review of applicants begins on April 20, 2017, and the search remains open until filled.

Newly Configured Board Named, Meets January 11th

New Board of Trustees Together
On an icy Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017, trustees representing synods from the Mid-Atlantic (ELCA Region 8) and Northeast (ELCA Region 7) gathered for the first time, fulfilling business for the last six months of the school as Gettysburg Seminary and governing the forward navigation for United Lutheran Seminary. Following a brief orientation for new board members, the governance group adopted a committee structure with four committees and its executive committee. Later in the meeting the board elected its first slate of officers, with the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown to serve as Board Chair, Ms. Cheryl Williams as Vice Chair, the Rev. Cheryl Meinschein as Secretary, and Mr. Paul Wangerin in the role of Treasurer. The Rev. John Richter, who has chaired the LTSP board, was asked by the Transition Team to chair the inaugural meeting of this board because of the need to elect officers.

The first meeting of the newly configured Board of Trustees addressed a full agenda of business ranging from the approval of curricular design to the adoption of parameters for future employees of United Lutheran Seminary. Members of the newly configured board include

The Rev. Peter BOEHRINGER
The Rev. Dr. J. Elise BROWN*
Bishop Claire BURKAT
Bishop James DUNLOP
The Rev. Julie FRASER
Mr. Phil HARRINGTON
Mr. Robert KING
Dr. James LAKSO
The Rev. Lisa LEBER
The Rev. Cheryl MEINSCHEIN #
The Rev. Charles MILLER
Ms. Nancy Dering MOCK
Mr. Chris MONDICS
Dr. Janet MONTELARO
The Rev. Audrey E. MOODY
Ms. Emma PORTER
Mr. Fred RISSER
Dr. Tommie ROBINSON Jr.
Mr. David A. RUSSELL
Mr. Paul WANGERIN +
Ms Cheryl WILLIAMS **

* designates current chair of the board
** vice chairperson
+   treasurer
#   secretary

2017 Historic Board Meetings Mark Milestones

A Tale of Two Board Meetings January 10-11, 2017

Gettysburg Board hands off baton to Trustees Configured for ULS
In historic firsts and lasts, two boards met in Gettysburg Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10th and 11th. One ended its service and handed off responsibilities for the continuing chartered school, soon to be United Lutheran Seminary. firstboardmeeting

Looking back over major decisions, turning points, and “history making” moments, the former board of Directors for Gettysburg Seminary completed its final bylaw changes for the transition and took time to remember highlights of their work in recent Gettysburg Seminary history. The meeting was followed by a worship service of Evening Prayer including a homily by Glenn Ludwig, celebrating the conclusion of their service and a banquet thanking 16 Directors completing their service. As a treasured gift to the Seminary archive and to continuing trustees, the departing board members registered their hopes and recommended wisdom to the new board, captured in bound copies that were distributed during the two days of meetings.

January 11: Dawn Brings New Board of Trustees Together
On an icy Wednesday morning, trustees representing synods from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast gathered for the first time, fulfilling business for the last six months of the school as Gettysburg Seminary and the forward navigation for United Lutheran Seminary. Following a brief orientation for new board members, the governance group adopted a committee structure with four committees and its executive committee. Later in the meeting the board elected its first slate of officers, with the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown to serve as Board Chair, Ms. Cheryl Williams as Vice Chair, the Rev. Cheryl Meinschein as Secretary, and Mr. Paul Wangerin in the role of Treasurer. The Rev. John Richter, who has chaired the LTSP board, was asked by the Transition Team to chair the inaugural meeting of this board because of the need to elect officers.

The first meeting of the newly configured Board of Trustees addressed a full agenda of business ranging from the approval of curricular design to the adoption of parameters for future employees of United Lutheran Seminary.boardphotoJan11-2017

Presidents Michael Cooper-White and David Lose shared a presidential report and provided up to date summaries of progress against the original timeline set for the launch of the new school. With the continuing charter of the ULS following the Gettysburg Seminary corporate identity, the newly configured board governs Gettysburg Seminary until June 30th and acts upon decisions guiding the ULS now and after July 1st. President Cooper-White remains the institution’s president until June 30th.

The Gettysburg/ULS board reviewed content for the employee handbook, approved pension benefits and faculty development funds and set tuition for the first theological degree at $16,500 (holding to a small increase over the predecessor schools and maintaining commitment to full tuition support for qualifying candidates). The fee structure adopted reduced the number of overall individual fees of the predecessor schools but increased Gettysburg residential rents by 5%, the first increase in six years. Trustees received updates on the masterplan review for both campuses.

And the board also received an update on the presidential search from Charles Miller, chair of the search process. Miller indicated that the search remains on schedule for a spring decision.
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Search Opens for Library Director for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1st, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Library Director.  The starting date is negotiable, but beginning no later than July 1st, 2017.

In mid-2017, United Lutheran Seminary will succeed the historic Gettysburg and Philadelphia Lutheran seminaries, retaining campuses in both locations while being served by a unified faculty and administration.  As part of this transition, United Lutheran Seminary seeks an innovative, adaptive and collaborative director of one library system located on two campuses. The successful candidate will engage with faculty, students and other campus partners to shape a dynamic and technologically conversant teaching, learning and research environment.  This candidate will take responsibility for the development, implementation, and assessment of policies, procedures, and programs that support the teaching and learning of our faculty and students.  The director serves as a member of the Seminary’s faculty, and manages and supervises support staff in both locations.  This director also will participate in the creation of, planning for, and implementation of strategic seminary initiatives that advance accessibility to high quality theological resources.

A MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution, with additional graduate level study in Bible, Theology, or Religious Studies required; degree preferred. Minimum 3-5 years library experience in an academic (preferably theological) setting, with previous administrative and supervisory experience preferred. Broad and current facility in theological bibliography desired. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are assumed.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three professional references to Dean Kristin Largen, chair of the search committee, c/o Julie Ritter, Administrative Assistant, at jritter@ltsg.edu.

The review of applicants begins on January 30th, and the search remains open until filled.  United Lutheran Seminary is an EEO employer.  More about United Lutheran Seminary is on this site, and below you may find the full position description.  More information on the A.R. Wentz Library of Gettysburg Seminary can be found here:  http://www.ltsg.edu/resources-services/library.

More information on the Krauth Memorial Library of Philadelphia Seminary can be found here:  https://ltsp.edu/academics/library.

Position Description for
Director of the United Lutheran Seminary Library

Position:
Director of the United Lutheran Seminary Library, which exists in two       locations.  It comprises the Wentz Library in Gettysburg, PA, and the Krauth Memorial Library in Philadelphia, PA.  The director has oversight of both locations, including staff oversight at both locations.  Both libraries have long been an essential part of academic life and student success at the seminary.  Deeply valued by the campus community, the libraries provide information resources, excellent service, and vision for the future.  The position is based at either campus, but will involve regular travel to the other campus.

Purpose and Function:
The Director of the Library, which exists on two campuses, brings to the

            position professional training and expertise in library information science, plus a thorough knowledge of the distinctive kinds of library resources and services involved in theological education. It is the task of the Director to manage the library’s resources and promote them in the service of the Seminary community, facilitating and enhancing research and pedagogy. The Director is responsible for formulating and administering library policies and services, all of which should foster the most extensive and meaningful use of the library, both by the immediate seminary community and by the broader academic and ecclesiastical communities.  The librarian is a member of the faculty.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  1. Administration
  • Provide strategic vision, direction and leadership for the continued development and advancement of the library as a center for academic excellence on both campuses
  • Establish policies and procedures in conjunction with the Library Committee and Eastern Cluster Librarians [the current Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Southern Seminary Libraries]
  • Define objectives for library services that can guide planning and budgeting
  • Monitor and evaluate trends and developments relevant to academic libraries, particularly in the areas of scholarly communication training, instruction, outreach, assessment, information literacy and digital collections. Integrate current and evolving technologies of publication into collection development plan.
  • Chair the Library Faculty Committee
  • Foster cooperative relationships with other libraries and engages in formal relationships to share resources
  • Manage the library building and all related projects including space planning, building maintenance, and disability access requirements

2. Human Resources

  • Define responsibilities and create/update position descriptions for library personnel and conduct annual reviews for all library employees
  • Foster staff development and continuing education opportunities for library personnel
  • Communicate goals, priorities and issues to staff and works to enhance internal communication

3. Fiscal Management

  • Prepare an annual budget in consultation with the Cluster Administrator (Business Officer) and the Chief Financial Officer of the seminary.
  • Consult with development staff to identify priorities for library fundraising and strategize on approaches for their realization.
  • Administer the Library budget; track expenditures. Oversee management of print and electronic collections and participate in materials selection.  Support collection development policy in collaboration with the faculty as appropriate to the educational mission of the Seminary

4. Resource Management

  • Evaluate print/electronic resources in terms of the institution’s and cluster’s programs and services, coordinating access (by purchase, licensing, loan, and other linkages) to desired resources, within the policies and practices of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries Library
  • Develop, apply and report performance metrics
  • Formulate and administer policy on the acquisition, retention, remote location, or disposal of materials
  • Administer Seminary archives and special collections; oversee Region 7 & 8 archives

5. Seminary, Cluster and Judicatory Relationships

  • Serve as the official representative to the Eastern Cluster Lutheran Seminaries Library and to assist the other Cluster librarian in various leadership capacities to achieve the Cluster mission and goals.
  • Serve in other faculty responsibilities such as committees, advising, etc., as negotiated with the Dean
  • Serve as the official representative to relevant library and other organizations such as SEPTLA and ATLA
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the care of the Regional Archives

6. Patron Service

  • Provide professional and personal assistance to library patrons
  • Offer orientation programs, guides, on-line resources, class presentations, and individual instruction
  • Actively engage faculty and students around resources of the library in pedagogy and research
  • Develop and administer evaluations of resources and services
  • Ensure access to services, instruction and the physical space by a variety of seminary constituencies

7. Professional Development

  • Maintain a high level of professional engagement by keeping current with professional literature, and participating in local and national professional associations, publishing and/or presenting

8. Long-Range Planning

  • Collaborate with faculty, students and colleagues in the library to create a vision for library services linked to the Seminary’s strategic plan and responsive to changes in the technological and information environment
  • Involve the staff through meetings to determine and coordinate the library’s goals and objectives with those of the seminary and the Eastern Cluster

 

Qualifications & Skills:

It is expected that the person appointed will have the following education, experience and abilities:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited institution; additional advanced degrees desirable
  • Graduate level study in Bible, Theology or Religious Studies required; degree preferred
  • Five years of leadership and supervisory experience, with preference given to experience in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated record of leadership in a context of rapid organizational and technological change
  • Strong background in and understanding of library processes, practices, and standards in an academic library setting
  • Background and experience in fundraising and donor relations desirable
  • Proven ability to work collegially and effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the library with many different audiences
  • Disciplined adherence to best archival principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in the innovative integration of emerging electronic resources with traditional library materials
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Accountability:

  • The Library Director reports to the Dean.
  • There shall be an annual review of the Director by the President concerning administrative matters. The standard faculty review process shall govern the review of the Director with respect to his or her educational role. The primary teaching role shall be the orientation and information literacy instruction provided for all academic programs of the seminary.
  • Reports in writing semiannually to the Board of Trustees, to the Eastern Cluster as determined, and informally to the Faculty; and annually at the end of the fiscal year to the president.
  • The Dean shall exercise responsibility for the librarian’s professional development.
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