Concordia University System
The following institutions of the Concordia University System (CUS) are seeking candidates for positions:
- Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.: Elementary Education program coordinator; Early Childhood Center, lead teacher; assistant/associate professor of Leadership.
- Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, Calif.: dean, School of Professional Studies.
- Concordia University Texas, Austin: dean, College of Business and Communication; dean, College of Arts and Sciences; assistant professor of Communications.
- Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon: Theology faculty.
For more information about these and other positions, including complete job descriptions, qualifications and application process, visit cusapps.cus.edu and click on “Campus Positions Available.”
Call for nominations: president, Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, Calif., seeks nominations for the position of president.
The president is the chief executive officer of the university and serves as the college’s spiritual, academic and administrative head. The official functions of the office of the president are described in the 2016 LCMS Handbook, section 126.96.36.199.
The following qualifications are required of all nominees:
- Be a member of an LCMS congregation, faithful to the Scriptures as the Word of God and to the theological doctrines of the LCMS.
- Possess a powerful affinity for and commitment to the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the university.
- Possess an advanced academic degree and be committed to Lutheran higher education.
- Be a mature Christian with a vibrant faith who regularly receives the Means of Grace.
- Demonstrate a passion for the Great Commission and the sharing of the Gospel worldwide.
- Possess a deep commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence.
The following qualifications and characteristics are desirable:
- Demonstrate decisive leadership that also values transparency, collaboration and collegiality.
- Be a visionary leader with the ability to energize and inspire students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, regents, trustees and external stakeholders, and be able to lead and collaborate with an administrative team to manage a complex academic institution.
- Be an effective and engaging communicator with the ability to articulate complex ideas in both written and oral forms.
- Possess a deep sense of calling and vocation to the presidency of Concordia University.
- Possess a deep understanding of Lutheran theology and practice and a solid awareness of the structure and workings of the LCMS and the intricacies of theological training and preparation.
- Possess a love for students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds and a passion to build strong and engaging relationships.
- Demonstrate a commitment to support and encourage racial, ethnic, economic and gender diversity.
- Be a representative of the foundations and goals of Lutheran higher education in the community, academia and government.
- Be a humble servant leader, able to inspire and encourage others.
- Possess the ability to champion the university’s advancement efforts and to represent Concordia University enthusiastically and persuasively in donor development and fundraising.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to and support of faculty as teachers and scholars and a desire to enhance Concordia’s academic reputation.
- Demonstrate a successful record of either higher education administration or executive leadership, with an understanding and appreciation of the nature and goals of institutions of higher education.
- Demonstrate a high level of personal academic achievement, including the completion of a terminal degree.
- Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the financial aspects of a complex organization.
- Possess a proven record of working collaboratively with governing bodies and other institutions.
According to Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2.b.3 of the 2016 LCMS Handbook, nominations may be accepted only from LCMS congregations, the Concordia University Irvine plenary faculty, the Concordia University Irvine Board of Regents, and the Concordia University System Board of Directors.
Nominations must be received no later than Feb. 15. All submissions must be sent by email (preferred) or surface mail and must indicate the date on which the submitting body resolved to make the nomination, and include the nominee’s phone and email contact information.
Send nominations and any requests for clarification to email@example.com or Craig Olson, Search Committee Chair, Concordia University Irvine, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612.
Business manager, Kansas District
The LCMS Kansas District is seeking candidates for the position of business manager. For a position description and application details, please visit the district website at kslcms.org.
Executive director, LINC Ministries
LINC Ministries Int’l, Inc. (LINC), Houston, is seeking an executive director to serve as its key visionary leader.
The executive director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors via the Board Policy Manual.
- Board governance — collaborates with the Board in order to develop and fulfill the organization’s vision and mission, with responsibility for:
- leading LINC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission and desired outcomes as defined by the Board of Directors.
- communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
2. Financial performance and viability — develops and manages resources to ensure the financial health of the organization, with responsibility for:
- the fiscal integrity of LINC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and status summary of the monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
- fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
- fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support LINC’s mission and outcomes.
- Strategy — works with Board and staff to ensure desired outcomes are fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and outreach, with responsibility for:
- implementation of LINC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
- strategic planning to ensure that LINC can successfully fulfill its desired outcomes into the future.
- the enhancement of LINC’s image by being active, visible and working closely with other ministry, professional, civic and private organizations.
- serving as LINC’s primary spokesperson for the organization.
- Personnel and operations — oversees resources and implements practices to ensure operations of the organization are lawful and appropriate, with responsibility for:
- effective administration of LINC operations.
- hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
- the execution of all notes, agreements and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
- shepherding LINC pastors, missionaries and staff.
Professional and personal qualifications:
- baptized Christian, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.
- rostered Minister of Religion—Ordained in the LCMS, eligible to receive a call.
- demonstrated visionary leader.
- transparent and high-integrity leadership.
- five or more years senior nonprofit management experience desired.
- budget management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
- strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- ability to boldly convey a compelling vision of LINC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.
- knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to faith-based nonprofit sector.
- skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.
- strong written and oral communication skills.
- ability to interface and engage cross-culturally with diverse groups.
- demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
- strong public speaking ability.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org for review by the Board of Directors of LINC Ministries Int’l, Inc.
Special Collections Librarian, Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, serves church and world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Concordia Seminary is currently engaged in a search for a full-time Special Collections Librarian to work in its Library Services Office.
Responsible for identifying, recommending, cataloguing, processing, curating, promoting and providing assisted research access to the special collections of the library (microforms, rare books, art, etc.). Spearheads the library’s efforts to digitize and make publicly available its rare book holdings.
Responsibilities and characteristic duties:
- Look for, and recommend for purchase, special collection titles relevant to the library’s collections, curriculum and research purposes.
- Enter descriptive cataloguing/classification of special collections materials into the library catalog according to Library of Congress standards.
- Process items entering the collection, including bar coding, ownership marks, call number and any appropriate protective measures/enclosures.
- Curate the special collections, monitoring condition, recommending repairs and recommending titles/items for withdrawal from the collections.
- Collaborate with faculty to bring students into contact with primary sources and other significant items in the rare book collection.
- Promote the library’s special collections to the campus community, the Lutheran community, the theological/academic library communities and the larger public.
- Provide special collections research assistance to students, faculty and visiting scholars.
- Oversee the library’s digitization operations with respect to its special collections, including selection of materials to be digitized, maintenance of standards in digitization formats and procedures, and metadata for images made publicly available.
- Lead negotiations with internal or external entities regarding the loan of special collections items (for special exhibits, etc.).
- Conduct presentations to tour groups regarding the library’s special collections.
- Work collaboratively with other library and/or seminary staff, particularly in the areas of promoting the collections, coordinating with other electronic/digitization efforts within the library’s operations, and intra-staff communication.
- Other duties, as assigned.
The ideal candidate would have the following:
- Masters-level library science degree from an ALA-accredited program.
- Demonstrable skills in decision-making, communication, teamwork and ability to follow detailed instructions.
- Functional knowledge of various aspects of special collections librarianship, including descriptive cataloging of early printed materials.
- Knowledge of at least German and Latin, with ability to read Fraktur typeface and ornate fonts used in early printing (ability to read early manuscript helpful).
- Ability to supervise student workers with respect to special collections.
- Working knowledge of US Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC), Library of Congress (LC) classification system, and standard cataloging and library software such as BookWhere, LC Cataloger’s Desktop, Classification Plus, OCLC Connexion.
- Ability to search in catalogs worldwide to assist in cataloging and in locating specific items.
- Extreme attention to detail for accurate transcription of catalog information and maintaining records.
- Familiarity with microform imagers and reader/printers as well as digitization technology.
- Knowledge of Lutheran history and doctrine (membership in an LCMS congregation preferred but not required).
Please submit resume in confidence to the careers page on our seminary website.
Posted Jan. 30, 2018