About MTSO

Employment Opportunities

Administrative Position: Director of Admissions

Supervisor: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Department: Admissions/Enrollment

Qualifications: Must have managed an Admissions department, and trained and developed staff at an accredited institution of higher education and/or seminary environment. Knowledgeable and conversant with United Methodist Church candidacy and ordination process. Proven record of accomplishment and accountability for achieving recruitment program activities, enrollment goals, and performance metrics. Planning and budgeting experience. Follow all state and federal educational regulations. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to relate to diverse groups of people; ability and willingness to travel (primarily in Ohio), understanding of theological education and concept of call to ministry/service. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated worker and a strong team player.

Primary responsibilities and duties: The Director of Admissions is a critical member of the Admissions department and is responsible for an overarching recruitment plan to bring a high-achieving and diverse student body to Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director is responsible for all aspects of the admissions process. This includes strategic planning, communication, telecommunications, online communications, budget, and management of the daily office operation. The Director oversees a cohesive team of admissions professionals who are responsible for the successful execution of the Graduate recruitment degree and certificate programs. The Director serves as a School representative and exhibits the integral role played by the admissions process in maintaining and strengthening the academic excellence of the School.

Essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

1. Provide leadership and direction for the Office of Admissions and ensuring that the campus has appropriate enrollment at all levels. This includes enrolling the desired number of entering first-year students, transfer students, concurrent enrollment students, culturally diverse students, distance and commuter students, and total enrollment.

2. Manages the recruitment process and admissions, the retention of existing students, the United Methodist student ordination process, and the development of new and ever changing trends in student interests, recruitment, and admission programs, necessary to serve the needs of students and deliver comprehensive, mission aligned, strategic programming and enrollment targets.

3. Maintain strong on and off campus presence at special events and facilitate representation of the School by others at various events and places such as:

• college and university job fairs

• graduate school fairs

• ministry fairs and events

• church events and conferences

• on-campus open houses

4. Promote the school’s reach in traditionally underserved settings.

5. Explain admission procedures and courses offered to prospective students through phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings.

6. Manage departmental follow-up communication with prospective students via phone, mail, and electronic media.

7. Generate call reports following visits and events that contain strategic information for recruitment follow-up.

8. Understand and use Student Information System database.

9. Maintain the target metrics by converting prospective students into confirmed admitted students, and succeed in achieving performance goals.

10. Oversee the process and tracking of all applications for admission, serving as custodian and manager of applicants’ files from receipt of initial documents to preparation of files for transmission to the Registrar following admission and receipt of deposit. Follow through from inquiry, applicant, deposited and enrolled.

11. Work cooperatively with cross-functional departments such as Director of Financial Aid, Director of Registrar, etc. to achieve student success and in support of enrollment objectives.

12. In consultation with appropriate persons, develop and manage the selection processes through which admissions decisions occur.

13. Serve as chair of the Admissions and Student Aid Committee.

14. Assist with special projects and events as assigned.

Non-essential duties: Other duties as assigned.

Education and/or minimum experience required (or preferred):

• Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a student services related field with at least 4 to 5 years of progressive admissions and higher education experience.

• Master’s degree preferred.

• Understanding of the United Methodist candidacy, commissioning and ordination processes.

• Alumni of a graduate theological school are strongly encouraged to apply.

• Background in theological education preferred.

• Must have staff management experience.

• Excellent organizational, oral/written, and problem solving skills.

• Ability to work with senior administrators and be a collaborative decision maker.

• Ability to use discretionary judgment.

• Ability to present to small and large groups.

• Ability to work independently, meet critical deadlines and enrollment targets, while prioritizing a heavy workload, under pressure and competing assignments.

• Must possess a valid driver’s license.

• Ability to attend some night and weekend events required.

• Ability to travel locally, throughout state.

• Successful candidates must have an understanding of the enrollment issues facing seminaries and higher education institutions.

To apply: 

Respond to the following in your cover letter:

• Discuss your understanding of the specific recruiting and retention challenges facing seminaries today, and what steps or measures would you take to navigate through the current environment while expected to meet enrollment and retention goals.

• Discuss your experience with the recruitment and admissions cycle and the various programs and quantitative systems applied to achieve your enrollment goals.

Attach resume and list of three professional references.

Email all documents to Grace Welch, Director of Human Resources at gwelch@mtso.edu.

EOE

Faculty Position: New Testament

Methodist Theological School in Ohio is pleased to announce the search to fill a tenure-track position in New Testament that will begin July 1, 2015. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in the Synoptic Gospels or Pauline literature, with secondary competence in either Second Temple Judaism or Greek/Roman religion. Both introductory and upper-level exegesis courses will be expected, some in hybrid-online format. Occasional instruction of New Testament Greek is also possible. Preference for an appointment at the Assistant level.

MTSO is a United Methodist seminary with an ecumenical mission committed to diversity and to preparing persons for a variety of ministries in the global church and the world.

Applications should include a letter of interest, three letters of reference, a curriculum vita and official transcripts. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and continue until an appointment is made. Queries and applications should be directed to Lisa Withrow, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015 (lwithrow@mtso.edu or 740-362-3343). EOE.

Responsibilities:

1. Teach five classes/year in New Testament and Introduction to Biblical Exegesis. Upper year exegesis courses in areas of specialization will be expected on an annual basis.

2. Share responsibility with other faculty members in the New Testament Department and the Biblical Studies Division for review and development of the program(s) within their jurisdiction.

3. Share responsibility for the New Testament Greek program. Extent of involvement somewhat dependent upon level of interest and expertise.

4. Share in the normal faculty responsibilities for student advising and committee appointments.

5. Take the appropriate share of faculty responsibility for contributions to student life, recruitment, advancement, and other areas of institutional life.

6. Contribute to the intellectual and spiritual life of the faculty.

7. Engage in an ongoing program of publication and professional development which enhances the teaching mission of MTSO and the discipline of New Testament studies.

 

Faculty Position: Pastoral Care and Counseling

Methodist Theological School in Ohio is pleased to announce the search to fill a tenure-track position in Pastoral Care and Counseling that will begin July 1, 2015. Preference will be given to candidates with understanding of counseling in the context of theological education, demonstrating integration of counseling theory, clinical practice, and theological reflection. Both introductory and upper-level pastoral care and counseling courses will be expected, some in hybrid-online format. Ph.D. or equivalent required, with preference for an appointment at the Assistant level. Counseling license or eligibility for licensing in Ohio is strongly desired.

MTSO is a United Methodist seminary with an ecumenical mission committed to diversity and to preparing persons for a variety of ministries in the global church.

Applications should include a letter of interest, three letters of reference, a curriculum vita and official transcripts. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and continue until an appointment is made. Queries and applications should be directed to Lisa Withrow, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015 (lwithrow@mtso.edu or 740-362-3343). EOE.

Responsibilities:

1. Teach five classes/year in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Upper-level courses will be expected on an annual basis.

2. Share responsibility with other faculty members in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department and the Practical Theology Division for review and development of the program(s) within their jurisdiction.

3. Share in the normal faculty responsibilities for student advising and committee appointments.

4. Take the appropriate share of faculty responsibility for contributions to student life, recruitment, advancement, and other areas of institutional life.

5. Contribute to the intellectual and spiritual life of the faculty.

6. Engage in an ongoing program of publication and professional development which enhances the teaching mission of MTSO and the discipline of Pastoral Care and Counseling.