Director of Latino/Hispanic Studies

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Seminary of the Southwest

Austin, TX

Seminary of the Southwest invites applications for a full-time Director of Latino/Hispanic Studies. The position start date is summer of 2017. A seminary of the Episcopal Church, Southwest prepares leaders for lay and ordained service within and outside the church. In addition to priestly formation and general academic study, the seminary offers programs in professional counseling, chaplaincy, pastoral care, and spiritual formation.

Latino/Hispanic Studies at Southwest includes an MDiv concentration, a counseling concentration, multicultural education across degrees, bilingual chapel services, special events and educational opportunities on campus, and periodic conferences in collaboration with the Episcopal Church Latino/Hispanic Ministries Office and local partners. The director will oversee Latino/Hispanic Studies programming, teach two courses per year, collaborate with the bilingual/bicultural program in the counseling degree, and work closely with the admissions department to recruit students for the concentration. The director will also be invited to envision and implement new initiatives, including work on resourcing local diocesan Latino/Hispanic clergy formation.

As an administrator with faculty status, the director will fully participate in the academic, pastoral, and communal life of the seminary, including student advising, liturgical leadership, and committee responsibilities. The successful candidate will display teaching ability and administrative skills while being collaborative, creative, and flexible. The seminary values a collegial working style and encourages interdisciplinary conversation and team teaching.

Candidates must have Spanish-language proficiency and experience in Latino/Hispanic ministry in the Episcopal Church. Ordination in the Episcopal Church or a church of the Anglican Communion is desirable. The successful candidate will be prepared to engage a changing church and a changing culture in order to help students imagine and enact innovative ministries. Preference will be given to candidates with a doctoral degree (PhD or DMin), but those with a masters degree in a relevant field will also be considered.

Southwest is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women and members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should include a cover letter responding to this position description, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a 500 word essay outlining their vision for Latino/Hispanic ministry in the Episcopal Church in conversation with General Convention Resolution A086.

Please email applications to Laurel Schlueder at Applications will remain open until the position is filled.