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We’re on a faith-rooted mission to equip courageous leaders to heal the world.

Our team is comprised of many diverse creeds & cultures — and all of us share a commitment to social justice.

Open postings below: Manager, Institutional Partnerships; Post-Doctoral Fellow in Applied Research; Vice President, Communications
Applications Due: Monday, June 4.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at [email protected].

 

Job Title: Manager, Institutional Partnerships

The Institutional Partnerships Manager is responsible for supporting the execution of strategies and activities that raise funds from private foundations, family foundations and other institutions to enable Auburn to meet its budgetary goals and to position the organization as an essential grantee for funders supporting social change and the role of religion in the public square.

The Institutional Partnerships Manager works closely with the Director of Institutional Partnerships to support the research, writing and submission of proposals and reports, and to track and maintain operational systems related to the program. The position requires a highly organized, strong, compelling writer and editor, and the ability to analyze and present complex issues in donor-friendly, clear language.

The Institutional Partnerships Manager provides thought leadership on program strategy to align Auburn initiatives with foundation requirements and trends in philanthropy. The Institutional Partnerships Manager also contributes to Auburn’s growth by facilitating cross-functional engagement as needed between and among departments to strengthen programs, platforms and strategies. This role works closely with Finance and Program staff on budgeting and fiscal reporting for institutional and program support. This position requires strong research capacity and a person highly effective at internal and cross-departmental collaboration.

The Institutional Partnerships Manager is a member of the Strategic Philanthropy team and reports to the Director of Institutional Partnerships and Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

(Include but are not limited to the following):

Institutional Partnerships Strategy

  • Write and submit proposals, reports, correspondence and letters of intent.
  • Conduct and update institutional and prospect research, and maintain research profile folders.
  • Maintain institutional prospect and donor matrix and calendar of deadlines and engagement.
  • Provide support to the Director of Institutional Partnerships to identify, prioritize and match current and emerging funding needs with institutional grant and partnership opportunities.
  • Provide editorial support for the Executive Team and Senior Staff.

Communications and Engagement

  • Collaborate with Strategic Philanthropy, Communications and Senior Staff to ensure compliance with public recognition requirements and to develop recognition opportunities.

Finance, Compliance and Record Keeping

  • Work with the Director of Institutional Partnerships to ensure timely execution of grant award agreements.
  • Work with the Director of Institutional Partnerships to update department database with new donation opportunities and track awards to ensure accuracy in our systems.
  • Collaborate with Finance Department to ensure accuracy and compliance with proposal budgeting, reporting, and grant agreements.
  • Maintain accuracy of Institutional Partnerships Salesforce records for contact, submission and other information.
  • Maintain accurate computer folders and files.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) required.
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in foundation relations, institutional giving or general fundraising with a strong emphasis on grant-seeking and grant writing.
  • The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about social justice, program development and evaluation, the world of foundations and philanthropy, and has significant relationships within those communities.
  • The ideal candidate must possess excellent administrative, organizational and writing skills. This position requires a self-motivator, strong communicator (both written and verbal) with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to a wide range of individuals, groups or settings.
  • The ideal candidate should be a team player but also an independent thinker unafraid to exhibit leadership within his or her sphere of influence. He or she must be analytic, adept at problem solving, trouble-shooting, and able to see the “big picture” even while remaining attentive to detail.
  • Flexibility and an ability to thrive under pressure and manage competing priorities are key requirements for this position.
  • Intellectual curiosity and openness to religious and cultural diversity is also a must.
  • Computer skills: Proficiency in MS Word and Excel required; knowledge of Salesforce database software a plus.

APPLICATION PROCESS

For employment consideration, the optimal way to contact us is via e-mail.
We have engaged Héctor Cariño at People Architects Group, LLC to manage this search.

All applications must include (all in PDF format):

  • Resume
  • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
  • Writing sample (between 3 to 5 pages); preferably a successfully submitted grant application or concept paper
  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Manager, Institutional Partnerships/YOUR NAME

Download PDF for EEO statement and more information about Auburn.

Application deadline is Monday, June 04, 2018 at 5:00 pm, EDT

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Applied Research

The Post-doctoral Fellowship at Auburn Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education is intended to support the early research careers of scholars who show promise of significant engagement in the study of theological education, faith communities, and faith-rooted social movements to understand how faith leaders are best prepared to lead. The successful candidate will assist in all stages of the research process, including design and execution of mixed method research, analysis of data, drafting reports, authoring of articles and books, and engagement with varied constituencies and partners. The Research post-doctoral fellow will do background research as part of existing projects, including use of advanced statistical techniques where appropriate. This position will also be responsible for regularly contributing to Auburn Voices and other social media channels by offering new insights and analysis from recent research.

Responsibilities:

Research & Analysis (40%):

  • Help develop research designs, surveys, and strategies;
  • Conduct literature review, background research for academic projects and presentations
  • Coordinate and conduct research visits, interviews, and other research in the field;
  • Assist in the development of graphics for major reports and blog posts
  • Continue and/or develop his/her/their own individual research agenda.

Editorial (40%):

  • Take a lead role in drafting research reports;
  • Assist in developing writing projects (for scholarly articles and other venues) of the research team
  • Review all research content to ensure accuracy
  • Writing out of own individual research agendaEngagement (20%)
  • Respond to inquiries regarding consulting and evaluation projects;
  • Engage the broader Auburn team in its work via partner and leader engagement, trainings, cohorts and convenings.Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. recently earned (between January 2017 and September 2018) in social science with a focus on religion, or religion with social science emphasis;
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative and statistical skills, including experience with SPSS and other statistical tools;
  • Strong editorial judgment and exceptional ability to communicate research clearly and concisely to a broad public audience;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail;
  • Exceptional promise as a public scholar with established publishing record.

Application Process:

For employment consideration, the optimal way to contact us is via e-mail.
We have engaged Héctor Cariño at People Architects Group, LLC to manage this search.

  • All applications must include (all in PDF format):
    • Current CV
    • Thoughtful cover letter addressed to Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen, Vice President for Applied Research, Auburn Seminary
      (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
    • Writing sample
  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject line: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Applied Research/YOUR NAME

Download PDF for EEO statement and more information about Auburn.

Application deadline is Monday, June 04, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Job Title: Vice President, Communications

Reporting to Auburn’s Senior Vice President and managing and mentoring our Director of Digital Engagement in this exciting role you’ll lead the development and implementation of comprehensive communications strategies in partnership with Auburn’s team. You will cultivate and raise Auburn’s public profile and image in all media, including editorial coverage, written materials, collateral, videos, social and other new media, etc., and will manage and develop internal communications to a diverse staff, partners and affinity organizations. This role and the VP, Strategic Philanthropy have a close working relationship, partnering together on strategy as these functions directly impact and influence each other will be crucial and another exciting component of this function.

This position will directly manage communication activities that promote, enhance, and protect Auburn’s brand position and advance the cause of the multifaith movement for justice. You’ll guide the strategy for all internal and external institutional communications platforms, including the web properties, social media, print collateral, video content, press engagement and public relations messages to consistently articulate Auburn’s mission. In consideration of the diverse venues in which Auburn communicates with the public, this position must be highly effective at internal and crossdepartmental collaboration.

Our ideal candidate is curious, innovative and engaging. We are seeking someone who is energized and creatively excited by Auburn’s commitment to drive ideas and facilitate conversations and strategies in support of leaders, groups and institutions operating at the center of local and national movements.

PRIORITY AREAS

  1. Institutional Communications Strategy
  2. Public and Media Relations
  3. Marketing & Collateral Materials
  4. Branding
  5. Programmatic Strategic Communications
  6. Departmental Administration

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.), preferably in communications or related field.
  • At least 10 to 12 years of communications/public relations experience (5+ at the executive level).
  • Is a demonstrated wordsmith who writes clear, concise and compelling press materials, speeches and briefs swiftly.
  • Thrives in a fast paced, high volume environment. The ability to manage competing priorities at once is paramount to the position’s success.
  • Is highly collaborative and is a relationship builder and unifier with colleagues at all levels. • Has strong existing relationships with industry media.
  • Is interested in theological issues and religious communities.
  • Loves leading and mentoring a team – and is also a ‘doer’ who leads by example.
  • Approaches their role strategically and creatively.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

For employment consideration, the optimal way to contact us is via e-mail. We have engaged Héctor Cariño at People Architects Group, LLC to manage this search.

  • All applications must include (all in PDF format):
    • Resume
    • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
    • Writing sample (between 5 to 7 pages)
    • Link to portfolio
  • All applications will be received via email.
  • No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: VP, Communications/YOUR NAME

Download PDF for EEO statement and more information about Auburn.

Application deadline is Monday, June 04, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT