About MTSO

Employment Opportunities


Staff Position: New Student Recruiter and United Methodist Student Candidacy Liaison

Supervisor: Director of Admissions

Department: Admissions

Qualifications: 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 and the Midwestern region); 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. Bachelor’s degree required; background in theological education preferred. Experience with Microsoft applications required; experience with student records management software strongly preferred. Conversance with the United Methodist Church ordination process required; membership and/or ordination in the United Methodist Church strongly preferred. Ability to travel locally and throughout the state. Ability to attend some night and weekend events required. Persons with bilingual abilities are encouraged to apply.

Hours: Full time; will include some evenings and weekends.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

United Methodist Student Candidacy Liaison:

  1. Ensure that all accepted degree-seeking students affiliated with the United Methodist Church enroll in the United Methodist candidacy process and become registered candidates upon matriculation.
  2. Ensure that all current United Methodist degree-seeking students are registered candidates.
  3. Track student progress throughout the candidacy process and advise students on candidacy-related issues when applicable.

New Student Recruiter:

Serve as a School representative for the purpose of recruiting new students into the School’s degree and certificate programs, in fulfillment of the School’s enrollment goals.

  1. In consultation with the Director, plan and execute strategic travel in support of the School’s enrollment goals.
  2. Represent MTSO at off-campus recruitment events such as:
    • college and university career and graduate school fairs
    • ministry fairs and events
    • local churches
    • discernment events
    • continuing education conferences
    • denominational annual gatherings
  1. Represent MTSO at on-campus events and meetings such as:
    • Open House events
    • Individual visits
    • Campus tours
  1. Maintain follow-up communication with prospective students via phone, mail, and electronic media.
  2. Generate reports following visits and events that contain strategic information for recruitment follow-up.
  3. Understand and use the Populi admissions database.
  4. Assist enrollment staff with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Education and minimum experience preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; background in theological education preferred
  • Understanding of the United Methodist candidacy, commissioning and ordination processes.
  • Alumni of a graduate theological school are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

Salary: Negotiable

Application Instructions:

  • Respond to the following questions in your cover letter:
    • Discuss your direct experience with United Methodist student candidacy process.
    • In your experience, what barriers have you encountered toward reaching enrollment targets in higher education? Discuss the steps or methods used to overcome these barriers.
  • Attach resume and list of three (3) professional references
  • Email all documents to Grace Welch, Director of Human Resources at gwelch@mtso.edu.



Apprenticeships: Seminary Hill Farm

March 27-Oct. 2, 2015

Seminary Hill Farm is a certified organic farm in greater Columbus, Ohio, located on the campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. We currently grow for our campus dining hall, CSA and local farmers’ markets. We grow in two passive solar hoop houses and 4.5 acres of field production.

Apprentices will participate in all of the aspects of day-to-day farm work, including but not limited to:

  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Washing/packing
  • Seeding
  • Watering
  • Tractor work
  • Drip irrigation
  • Transplanting
  • CSA distribution
  • Farmers’ market

Apprentices can expect to work 40-50 hours per week with some weekends and evening hours required. Apprentices will receive a weekly stipend, housing and food as outlined below:

  • $185 per week stipend and an additional $25 per week bonus to be paid at the conclusion of the season.
  • On-campus studio apartment including utilities, internet and cable (taxes apply).
  • Free meals from the dining hall, when it is in operation (lunch), and a free CSA share during the course of the CSA.

These apprenticeships require an individual to be able to work long days, lift 50-plus pounds, and to kneel, bend and walk for extended periods of time.

Learn more about the farm at seminaryhillfarm.org or facebook.com/seminaryhillfarm.

If you are interested in beginning a rewarding career in small-scale agriculture, please send a resume and letter of interest to tpetersen@mtso.edu.



Administrative Position: Controller

Supervisor: President

Department: Business Office

Scope of Position: The Methodist Theological School in Ohio Controller leads the School’s accounting operations, establishes best practices, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. The Controller sets increasing and comprehensive controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the school’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

Qualifications: Baccalaureate degree in accounting or finance, MBA or CPA preferred. Minimally 2 – 3 years’ experience in general ledger, payroll and supervisory skills in not-for-profit organization, preferably in higher education. Excellent office skills and specific knowledge in accounting and spreadsheet software required. Effective communication and interpersonal skills. Independent performer and collaborative partner.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

1. Work with the President, implement and manage the annual budgeting process, including review of indicators and forecasting.

2. Maintain chart of accounts and related codes for processing financial data.

3. Supervise Business Office staff who is responsible for handling student account billings, cash receipts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger entries, and work-study supervision of the front desk and mailroom.

4. Maintain responsibility for general ledger management, including:

a) Daily oversight of financial services matters and questions.

b) Processing monthly departmental financial reports.

c) Review and correct daily cash receipt payments, reports, assist with the opening of the daily mail and daily bank deposits.

d) Maintaining daily logs of available cash balances and initiating transfers.

e) Reconciling bank accounts and other general ledger accounts.

f) Preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.

g) Maintaining proper documentation of financial activities of the School.

h) Approve and input general journal entries as needed.

5. Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports as requested by the Financial Policies Committee (FPC) of the Board of Trustees and the President, including:

a) Interpret monthly financial operating reports, with summary of significant financial events to the FPC and Administrative Council.

b) Prepare analytical financial information.

c) Attend meetings of the Financial Policies Committee, and its subcommittees.

6. Process the year end 990T’s.

7. Process payroll, including securing master file data, collection of timesheets and payroll change sheets for all faculty, staff, student, adjunct, and other employees. Calculate salary information by applying current personnel policies. Verify data accuracy, and prepare data utilizing PAYCOR software. Review and process data returned from PAYCOR and distribute checks semi-monthly. Maintain payroll master files.

8. Implement annual changes for employee salaries/benefits as transmitted on annual salary letters from President.

9. Working in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources, Compliance and Risk Management, provide financial recommendations during annual benefits negotiation and renewal period. Prepare billing and payments for benefits, property & casualty, and all lines of insurance on a timely basis. Process details regarding employee record maintenance.

10. Verification of employment and new Hire Reporting with the State of Ohio.

11. Maintain vacation and sick records for nonexempt & exempt employees.

12. Provide leadership in the selection, implementation, and support of accounting software.

13. Direct efforts of other Business Office staff, as needed, in preparation of annual audit and the 403B audit work, papers and schedules.

14. Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.

15. Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants.

16. Comply with local, state, federal government, accrediting and other various agencies in preparing and/or filing required reports and surveys.

17. Maintain and update Procedures Manual for Controller’s position in the Business Office and ensure cross training where appropriate. Ensure that Procedures Manuals for other Business Office positions are maintained and updated as well.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional reference letters to Grace Welch, Human Resources Director, at: gwelch@mtso.edu.

Salary: Negotiable

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, LTD, 403(b) retirement plan, holiday and Vacation offered.



Staff Position: Sous Chef Farmer

The mission of Seminary Hill Farm is to provide the campus dining hall, our catering service, surrounding local restaurants and our growing CSA with a healthy, locally grown organic product. MTSO seeks to connect the student body and its programs with a hands-on experience that will contribute to future community leaders’ commitment to local, sustainable agriculture and good food.

Title: Sous Chef Farmer

Location: Delaware, Ohio

Status: Full-time salaried, non-exempt

Reports to: Manager of Farm and Food

Job Summary: MTSO and Seminary Hill Farm are seeking an ambitious and highly motivated Sous Chef Farmer to lead the kitchen to culinary excellence. This is a hands-on position that requires attention to detail and the experience/knowledge to develop recipes and menus for a kitchen that prides itself in serving only hyper-local and seasonal products. This position requires a candidate who is able to operate with autonomy while managing all aspects of a commercial kitchen. The candidate should demonstrate the leadership skills to develop creative, seasonal menus and deliver a first-class experience to the campus, and the willingness to pitch in on all kitchen duties as needed.

The kitchen currently operates three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) for regular dining service and caters for on-campus events (typically bi-weekly weekend events). The kitchen operation follows the flow of campus; during the spring and fall months, we can be quite busy with food service and catering events, while summer months will be spent aiding in field production on our 5-acre certified organic farm. We would also like to develop farm dinners for our CSA members and the surrounding community. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about local food and who possesses the knowledge and skills to develop up-and-coming culinary experience in a campus setting.

Required Skills:

  • 1-2 years’ experience as a sous chef.
  • Experience in developing scratch recipes and menus.
  • Culinary education preferred.
  • Experience in training staff.
  • Catering experience preferred.
  • Serve Safe Certified.
  • Ability to operate a kitchen in a fair, fun and humble environment.
  • Ability to operate a commercial kitchen in a clean and organized fashion.
  • Passion for local sustainable agriculture and seasonal menus.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working with seasonal produce and proteins.
  • Preserving seasonal products to be used in the winter months.
  • HACCP plan development.
  • Experience in food production.
  • Foraging for seasonal ingredients.
  • Inventory/ordering.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work long hours under time-sensitive demands.
  • Ability to lift 50-plus pounds.
  • Ability to stand for 10-plus hours per day.
  • High degree of schedule flexibility.

Please send a resume and cover letter to tpetersen@mtso.edu.

Learn more about the farm at seminaryhillfarm.org or facebook.com/seminaryhillfarm.



Staff Position: Seminary Hill Farm and Events Coordinator

The mission of Seminary Hill Farm is to provide the campus dining hall, our catering service, surrounding local restaurants and our growing CSA with a healthy, locally grown organic product. MTSO seeks to connect the student body and its programs with a hands-on experience that will contribute to future community leaders’ commitment to local, sustainable agriculture and good food.

Title: Coordinator

Location: Delaware, Ohio

Status: Full-time salaried, non-exempt

Reports to: Manager of Farm and Food

Job Summary: Responsible for CSA member communication, farm and events scheduling, commercial kitchen duties, expense and revenue tracking, hoop house work, transplanting, weed control, side-dressing and irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, transplanting and tending to strawberries and blueberries, attending farmers markets, pruning and trellising high tunnel tomatoes, and more. This position requires a high degree of flexibility. Job duties will vary with the season (farm) and the dining and catering service (spring and fall).

  • Maintain a clean, safe and organized work environment.
  • Develop a weekly CSA newsletter (seasonal).
  • Track expenses and revenues, and report monthly to the Manager of Farm and Food.
  • Assist in seeding, watering, harvesting and maintenance of two hoop houses, and farm under the direction of the Farm Supervisor and Manager.
  • Assist in CSA member communication and distribution.
  • Harvest tracking and documentation.
  • Aid in kitchen work when applicable (prep work, front of house).


  • Minimum one year of organic farming experience.
  • Minimum two years organizational administrative assistance experience or combination of experience and education.
  • Passion for local food and sustainable farming.
  • Experience in a commercial kitchen atmosphere a plus.
  • Social media management experience a plus.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • High degree of flexibility.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented atmosphere.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work long hours under time-sensitive demands
  • Ability to lift 35-plus pounds.
  • Ability to stand for 10-plus hours per day

Please send a resume and cover letter to tpetersen@mtso.edu.

Learn more about the farm at seminaryhillfarm.org or facebook.com/seminaryhillfarm.