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Director of Field Education and Formation

The new Bexley Hall Seabury Western Seminary Federation has announced a search for a Director of Field Education and Formation. The Federation brings together the rich legacies and academic strengths of two historic Episcopal seminaries—Bexley Hall (founded 1824) and Seabury-Western (founded 1858)—and is a distinctive Episcopal center for learning, formation and discipleship in the Midwest. Bexley Seabury is called to be a 21st century seminary beyond walls – open to all who seek to deepen their Christian formation in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. As an Episcopal enter for learning and discipleship at the crossroads of the nation, Bexley Seabury forms lay and clergy leaders to proclaim God’s mission in the world, creating new networks of Christian formation, entrepreneurial leadership, and bold inquiry in the service of the gospel.

Our mission is to offer rigorous and innovative theological education in a variety of learning platforms, ranging from full-time residency (at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus) to intensive and hybrid courses (combining short residencies and online work) based in Columbus, in Chicago, and in parish and other institutional settings around the country. In addition to its degree and diploma programs (M.Div., D.Min, and the Diploma in Anglican Studies), the Federation is committed to offering rigorous theological education at the masters level to a broad range of participants engaged in lifelong learning, opening its courses to all qualified applicants who seek to deepen their formation in the Christian spiritual and intellectual tradition. We value our strong partnerships with Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus and with ACTS, the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, and hope in the near future to work with additional Anglican and ecumenical partners both here and abroad.

The successful candidate will help pioneer the future of 21st century theological education, strengthening a full-time residential MDiv program in Columbus while also supporting innovative low- and non-residential models for theological education.

The Director of Field Education and Formation is based in Columbus, Ohio, at the Bexley Hall campus of the Bexley Seabury Federation, and has primary responsibility for:

• a comprehensive field education program: training and orientation of field education site supervisors; coordinating placement of students; reviewing learning agreements and mid-year and end-of-year evaluations; orienting and debriefing students; and teaching the weekly field education seminar for those students serving in placements

• directing Anglican Formation:  planning and facilitating a monthly formation retreat for all students; providing resources and referrals for spiritual direction; coordinating additional formation opportunities (such as Advent and Lenten quiet days)

• providing worship planning resources for students:  at Bexley Seabury, students are primarily responsible for planning all aspects of our worship life.  The Director works with student sacristans to coordinate student worship teams and cycles of daily and weekly worship; also serves as liaison to Worship Committee at our partner school, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

• along with dean and other faculty, serve as academic advisor to Master of Divinity students

• work with the Dean to meet the pastoral needs of a residential seminary community.

• teach in area of expertise if so qualified.

Reporting to the Dean at Bexley Hall, the director will work collaboratively and creatively with faculty and staff both at Bexley Seabury and at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

Qualifications and skills:

• Post-graduate degree in a theological discipline; Ph.D, Th.D. or D.Min preferred, but strong candidates with MDiv and/or STM will be considered

• Knowledge of and experience with the Episcopal Church; ordination in the Episcopal Church or a church in full communion strongly preferred

• Experience in theological education and/or congregational leadership, preferably in the Episcopal Church

• Demonstrated commitment to teaching, learning, and formation for lay and ordained ministries in an ecumenical and inter-religious context

• Demonstrated ability to work constructively as a member of a team and independently

• Demonstrated teaching ability at seminary level or higher.

• Working knowledge of educational technology such as Moodle or an equivalent online learning platform, and of social media. Ability to learn and embrace new technologies with demonstrable ease.

Bexley Seabury actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons for employment and promotion.

To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to: The Rev’d Thomas Ferguson, Dean, Bexley Hall Seminary.  Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014. Expected start date will be July 1, 2014.

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