POSITION SUMMARY

The Director will work to establish and direct the Seminary’s Center for Writing and Learning Support, offering direct support to students, supervising tutors, developing both remedial and enrichment learning opportunities, and working collaboratively with Continuing Education to develop programs for ministers and other leaders.

                                                                                                                                               

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Writing & Learning Support

  • Offers direct support to students
  • Trains and supervises writing and learning support tutors
  • Develops workshops, courses, and other programming to support academic writing and learning skills of students
  • Develops and implements means to assess student writing and learning skills in order to develop appropriate programs for support

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Writing Enrichment

  • Develops courses, workshops, etc. to support the growth of students in other forms of writing (e.g. creative writing, poetry, writing liturgies and prayers, blog writing, etc.) as an important aspect of preparation for Christian leaders in a variety of settings

Collaboration with Continuing Education

  • Collaborates with the Office of Continuing Education to offer workshops and courses for ministers and other leaders who want to improve their writing and communication for both personal enrichment and vocational support

Faculty Support

  • Offers some writing support to faculty
  • Supports faculty in writing for an audience beyond the academy

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • Organizational and leadership skills sufficient to establish and direct the Center
  • Vision and imagination sufficient to develop and expand the Center’s work
  • Competency in working cross-culturally and with international students
  • Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
  • Proficient interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community, including students, faculty, and staff
  • Sufficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and appropriate instructional technologies
  • Ability to assess the effectiveness of program offerings

EDUCATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • Master’s level study in a theological discipline (theology, history of Christianity, biblical studies, practical theology, etc.) and/or master’s level study in a discipline appropriate to writing/learning support (English, rhetoric, composition, creative writing)
  • Familiarity with theological education
  • Experience tutoring and assessing student needs
  • Significant experience writing and editing
  • Knowledge of pedagogy of writing and best practices in teaching writing
  • Some travel required

Preferred:

  • A terminal degree (PhD, ThD, MFA, or equivalent)
  • Experience leading a college, university, or seminary writing center
  • Experience working in a college, university, or seminary writing center

Job Location

616 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Seminary affirms the commitment of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to a diverse workplace and equal opportunity. It also complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and executive orders relating to equal opportunity in employment.

To Apply

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, a complete CV or resume, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail) for three references. Application materials should be submitted to the Center for Writing and Learning Support Search Committee at writingsearch@pts.edu.

The search committee will begin its review of applications on February 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will conduct a background check on all final candidates.