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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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Executive Assistant to the President

TITLE: Executive Assistant to the President

DEPARTMENT: President’s Office

REPORTS TO: Union’s President

FLSA: Exempt


DATE PREPARED: November 2014

POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Assistant to the President is responsible for facilitating and supporting the work of Union’s President, This position entails providing a wide-range of support functions, detailed below. The position includes hands-on assistance to the President and executive office with substantive responsibility for managing the professional and business affairs of the President.

The Executive Assistant is also responsible for working independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.


  • Provide executive level support to all of the business functions of the President, including regular, independent interaction with officers, directors, donors, faculty, staff across Union, alumni, business partners and the public. Serve as the primary liaison between the President and all of the parties mentioned above.
  • As a key member of the President’s office applies their broad and deep knowledge of Union’s mission and values and helps the President to create and implement Union’s strategic goals and direction. 
  • Serve as the primary “gate-keeper” to the President’s Office and handle confidential and sensitive information with a high level of autonomy and ease. This includes sensitive business, strategic, employee, Human Resources, labor relations and financial information. 
  • Promote a positive image of Union by greeting and receiving visitors to the President’s office, responding to inquiries from a diverse set of constituents (e.g., students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, and the community). Provide relevant information regarding Union’s policies or procedures, refer inquiries to the appropriate person or Department, resolve problems and follow up to determine if the response has met the original request. 
  • Facilitate the efficient utilization of the President’s time through development and coordination of a complex calendar of appointments, meetings, social engagements, internal and external events and community functions with individuals and groups.
  • Manage the President’s calendar, including the scheduling of all appointments, prepare materials for appointments and events, make travel arrangements and coordinate with other members of the Executive Office and other departments within Union, as needed. Has the authority to prioritize and schedule appointments in the President’s calendar using discretion to sort through scheduling conflicts and changing priorities.
  • Coordinate the flow of incoming and outgoing correspondence with the President’s Office including: Answering, screening and routing incoming telephone calls, mail and email to the President, responding independently and with a great sense of customer service and professionalism. 
  • Provide on-going administrative support to the President including: report preparation, mailings, meeting arrangements, drafting, editing, copying and mailing minutes, correspondence, proposals, reports and other documents. Gather information and provide information to the President to enable her to operate effectively.  
  • Participate in preparing grant proposals either identified by the President or the President’s staff or through their own research. Work with internal or external resources to fully develop their skills in this area to make then a significant participant in the grant writing, preparation and submission process on behalf of Union Theological Seminary.
  • Coordinate the executive office budget, executive filing, preserve key documents, and assist in preparation of mailings and special events that require the President’s attendance.
  • Organize and attend Board meetings, including coordinating with the Board of Trustees and prepare agendas for the meetings and take minutes at the meetings, as requested. 
  • Coordinate with the rest of the administrative staff of the Office of the President regarding all matters that impact the Executives of this office and contribute to a work environment that encourages the highest level of teamwork and collaboration among all members of the President and Executive Office.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the current administrative responsibilities to effectively support the President and proactively identify new approaches and solutions that might increase the effectiveness of the office.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned or required in order to support the President.


  • Education/Experience: Associate’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of executive level administrative experience required. Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years of experience as the Executive Assistant to a Senior Executive at an institution of higher education, a church-related agency or a faith-based organization, a foundation or a non-profit or philanthropic organization is preferred. 
  • Proficiency: Extensive knowledge of general office procedures and practices and proficiency with computers and other electronic equipment is required. Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office including word processing, spreadsheets, e mail and presentation software is preferred.
  • Work Style: Experience with performing at a high level and within a highly collaborative and fast-paced organization is required. A demonstrated ability to work with flexibility and to adjust to a dynamic work environment and work hours is essential.  
  • Language Skills: Excellent writing skills with a precise command of grammar, punctuation, spelling and the correct use of the English language are required.
  • Reasoning: Ability to solve problems and to deal with a variety of changing variables even in cases where procedures or practices might not yet have been developed or documented is critical. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential to develop effective relationships with everyone inside and outside of Union including anyone that interacts with the President’s Office.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a track record of success in communicating effectively with, but not limited to: Students, Senior Executives, the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, etc. Ability to compose correspondence, take minutes, and to present information effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive relationships with other members of the President’s Office and the Executive Office. By example inspires others on the administrative team to provide the highest level of professionalism and customer service to all who interact with the President and the Executive Office.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle confidential or sensitive organizational, employee, board member, staff, labor relations, financial and other business information appropriately.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver high quality work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 
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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