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Union Theological Seminary, an equal opportunity employer, seeks a racially diverse, broadly representative faculty, staff, and student body that is sensitive to cross cultural issues. 

The Union Theological Seminary community is diverse not only in race, age, gender, and sexuality, but also in geography, background, perspective, denomination, and even faith traditions. Union is set in the urban environment of New York City, which is a microcosm of the world, a place where the local and the global intersect. The seminary enjoys cooperative relations with other academic, cultural and church institutions in the Morningside Heights/Harlem neighborhood, as well as in the greater New York area and elsewhere.

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Founded in 1836, Union Theological Seminary is an independent, multi-denominational seminary in the City of New York. Union’s mission is at once progressive and faith-based: to educate leaders for ministry in churches and society, to extend the work of social justice, and to enrich the academy through teaching and research.

Education at Union is rooted in a critical understanding of the breadth of Christian traditions and is significantly and increasingly instructed by the pluralistic, interfaith reality of the globalized world. Union has nurtured many of the most significant theological voices addressing the most profoundly challenging issues of our contemporary experience: civil rights, women’s equality, ecological justice, and the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in our churches and in our public life.

Now embarking on its 176th year, Union is launching a bold new strategic plan accompanied by a comprehensive campaign to grow Union’s national and global influence as a ground-breaking educational institution forming religious and community leaders to engage the new realities of a diverse, interconnected, and increasingly urban world. As Union moves into this new era, building a world-class, social-justice inspired team is crucial.


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Senior Development Associate for Grants and Major Donor Relations

Department: President’s Office Position

Title: Senior Development Associate for Grants and Major Donor Relations

Reports To: Executive Vice President

Supervises Others: No

Exempt Status: Yes

Union Status: No

Position Status: Full-Time

Weekly Hours: 35

Probationary Period: 3 months

Description of the Position: Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Senior Development Associate for Grants and Major Donor Relations will facilitate research, write proposals, track, report and manage all UTS grants including major donor proposals, grants for general support, project support and support for Union Forum. The employee will develop collateral materials such as agency annual reports, newsletters, etc., in support of communication and donor identification and cultivation, and will plan funder/major donor events. The Senior Development Associate for Grants and Major Donor Relations will conduct basic research to identify potential funding sources, potential major donors (individual, nonprofit and corporate) and maintains databases; support staff and administration in developing proposals and packages and timely delivers proposals to funders; and develop grant report tracking protocols.                             

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with the President, the Executive V.P., and various department heads, to serve as one of Union’s primary liaisons to foundation, corporate, and government funders.
  • Identifying, developing, and maintaining relationships with grant-making organizations that have funding interests that match Union’s mission and programs.
  • Working with national foundations, corporate philanthropies, government funders, and private/family foundations in collaboration with appropriate Union leadership to secure funding for a range of initiatives and programs at Union including, among others, general mission support; student scholarships, fellowships and faculty appointments; capital projects; Institutes and Centers; and public programming.
  • Shaping institutional fundraising strategies for Union’s Institutes/Centers in collaboration with Institute directors, Academic Program staff, and the Advancement office.
  • Preparing and/or project managing full proposals, reports, and letters of inquiry to private and public foundations, corporations, and government funding sources as directed and approved by the Executive V.P.
  • Producing/collating/editing all written copy for proposals, reports, and correspondence.
  • Tracking all active grants using Raiser’s Edge and ensuring that all program activity is reported in a timely manner to funders.
  • Producing program/proposal budgets and financial reports for funders.
  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with major donors whose funding interests are aligned with Union’s mission and vision. 
  • Develop streamlined, systemic and automated approach to major donor cultivation, follow up and communication.
  • Maintain regular, follow up and special communication with all level of donors, (individual/major, philanthropic and corporate and base funders) and external funding agencies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years experience in grant writing and related work preferred, preferably in an academic or theological setting.
  • Ability to listen and develop information into grant proposals; proven writing and editing skills.
  • Successful track record of securing new/first-time foundation gifts and increasing gifts from existing funders
  • Ability to build relationships both internally and externally.
  • A keen-sense of philanthropic trends and the ability to package UTS programs for potential funders.
  • Task-driven and goal oriented with an ability to see both the detail and the big picture of each project.
  • Ability to codify ideas into coherently written text; good authorship required
  • Computer literate with knowledge/familiarity of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying, or want to inquire about the details of the position, please call the Human Resources office at (212) 280-1407 to make an appointment for an interview.

Search for Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching


Union Theological Seminary seeks applicants for an open rank appointment for the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching (3-5 year term appointment with possibility of renewal or movement to tenure-track). The position is geared toward innovative biblically rooted preaching and communication in a variety of social and cultural contexts. The position provides opportunities for teaching a range of required and elective courses in the M.Div. and M.A. curriculum as well as doctoral level courses and advisement of students.


The successful candidate will have proven ability in the practice and teaching of preaching in diverse traditions and contexts. The candidate must be able to cultivate students who can speak in a public voice to a variety of social and theological issues. A doctoral degree in homiletics or a related field is desirable. 

The candidate must

1. Possess knowledge of the homiletics literature across a wide range of traditions and cultures. 
2. Teach the required introductory team-taught course in worship and preaching in collaboration with the Bible field.
3. Demonstrate an awareness of race, class, gender and sexuality as realities that shape preaching and listening. 
4. Demonstrate willingness to work closely with colleagues across fields, particularly those in the Biblical field, the Professor of Worship and Director of the Chapel.
5. Possess a familiarity with performance, ritual and cultural studies and know how to bring these fields to bear on the work of preaching.
6. Possess a familiarity with new media and social media.
7. Possess an awareness of the needs of the urban church in a global city.

Union Theological Seminary, an equal opportunity employer, seeks a racially diverse, broadly representative faculty that is sensitive to cross cultural issues.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Mary C. Boys, Dean of Academic Affairs c/o Alma L. Matos, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, New York 10027. Materials can also be submitted electronically to amatos@uts.columbia.edu

Professor of Psychology and Religion

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Professor of Psychology and Religion

Union Theological Seminary seeks applicants for a tenured position in Psychology and Religion at the rank of professor. The position provides opportunities for teaching a range of required and elective courses in the M.Div. and M.A. curriculum, as well as doctoral level courses and advisement of students. 


1.   A Ph.D. degree in Psychology/Pastoral Care and Counseling/Psychiatry and Religion with demonstrated competence and teaching experience in psychology, culture, and pastoral theology. A specialized focus and expertise in clinical training, including CPE, is key to this position.

2.   A demonstrated competence for excellence in teaching, significant scholarly research, and publication. The candidate must also be engaged in teaching and research that is interdisciplinary and attentive to gender, race, sexuality, class, and global issues. Competence in the area of spirituality and spiritual formation is a desideratum. 

3.   A demonstrated competence in mentoring students of diverse backgrounds.  

4.   Willingness to participate collaboratively and creatively with colleagues across disciplines to support the Seminary’s commitment to ministerial formation and scholarly excellence, as well as an interest in new technologies for teaching and learning. 

5.   Support of the Seminary’s commitment to inclusiveness, social-­‐ecological justice, and interreligious collaboration  

Union Theological Seminary, an equal opportunity employer, seeks a racially diverse, broadly representative faculty that is sensitive to cross-­cultural issues.   

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:  

Dr. Mary C. Boys 
c/o Alma Matos (amatos@uts.columbia.edu)
Dean of Academic Affairs
Union Theological Seminary 
3041 Broadway 
New York, New York 10027 

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2014.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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