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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.

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

Read more about our open positions below:

  • Chief Finance and Administration Officer
  • Communications Officer

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

To learn more about Auburn and this position, download this posting as a PDF.

The Chief Finance and Administration Officer plays a crucial role in stewarding Auburn’s financial health and sustainability in a way that it is fully integrated into the organization’s larger work. Reporting to the President, the Chief Finance and Administration Officer will serve as a strategic though- partner to Auburn’s senior leaders, provide financial guidance, information and support to make sound decisions and steward organizational resources with a deep focus on current and future sustainability. They will act as a thought partner and problem solver.

The successful candidate is a hands-on, participative and innovative manager who leads and develops an internal team that supports the following operational areas: Finance, Administration/Office Space, People Operations, and Information Technology.

This position will lead in an environment that values mutual respect, rapid response to changing conditions and new opportunities, flexibility and intelligence, as well as a sense of humor and humility. The role offers the chance to combine passion with pragmatism, intellectual curiosity with outstanding financial, technical and supervision skills, along with the opportunity to be part of the multifaith movement for justice.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as Auburn’s financial expert, key responsibilities includes;
    • Financial resource and advisor to President and other senior leaders on strategic and tactical decision-making.
    • Financial planning and forecasting, including strategic planning along with leading the creation and oversight of operating, capital and fundraising budgets, and rolling-forward forecast.
    • Financial analytics and metrics, which includes monitoring financial performance by department, project, and grant; analyzing data to understand, measure and report on impact; validate variances and trends; contribute to the evaluation of new opportunities, cost reduction efforts, return on investment, etc. And, establish long-term plans, goals, financial metrics and policies.
    • Financial reporting and accounting that is accurate and timely including continuing to monitor and improve internal controls.
    • Oversight of the annual financial audit process and preparation of the Form 990, ensuring complete and accurate reporting in accordance with all GAAP and nonprofit standards and regulations.
    • Design and lead the process to build organizational annual and multi-year budgets. Work closely with departmental leaders to understand their goals and provide support to build and manage budgets necessary to realize those goals. Establish frequent review processes to maximize investment of resources.
    • Oversee the active management of Auburn’s endowment in partnership with Auburn’s Investment Committee and firm including the development, implementation and monitoring of a socially responsible investment strategy.
    • Serve as lead staff person to all the finance-related committees of the Auburn’s Board of Directors, which include Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees.
    • Work closely with other department leaders, particularly Strategic Philanthropy, as well as senior program and executive departments to develop reports for key stakeholders. This includes grant management and overseeing the development of fundraising budgets, interim and final reports by project and by grant.
    • Responsible for all asset, liability, cash management and risk administration.
  • Successfully engage, develop, and lead finance staff and operations team with a focus on best financial practices, new processes and effective reporting.
  • Supervise the effective development, management and implementation of Auburn’s Administration/Office Space, People Operations’ policies and procedures and Information Technology, including:
    • The development and implementation of annual plans for each area
    • Supporting overall fiscal management
    • Ensuring the alignment and collaboration of these areas with Auburn’s institutional priorities
  • Serves as member of Auburn’s leadership team

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Minimum of 15 years of professional experience, including managing the finance and operations of a high-growth $5-10M organization (nonprofit experience strongly preferred).
  • Proven success working in a non-profit environment with complex financial structures, strong technical skills and current knowledge of best practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; Master’s degree or CPA strongly preferred.
  • Experience in endowment-style portfolio management.
  • Experience in managing multiple and complex revenue streams and grants management in collaboration with fundraising staff.
  • Experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • Interest in continuously developing and improving administrative and technical systems.
  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong customer service-mentality and a mindset for continuous-learning and improvement.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Hands on, roll-up your sleeves get the job done attitude.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Auburn’s mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate an organization’s financial picture into high-level summaries for executive staff and board.
  • Highly flexible and adept to changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated emotional maturity and emotional intelligence.

APPLICATION PROCESS
For employment consideration, the optimal way to contact us is via e-mail.

All applications must include (all in PDF format):

  • Resume
  • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity:
    job portal, referral, etc.)
  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Chief Finance and Administration Officer /YOUR NAME

Application deadline is November 16, 2018 at 5:00pm, EDT

Communications Officer

To learn more about Auburn and this position, download this posting as a PDF.

Under the direction of Auburn’s Senior Vice President, the (Chief) Communications Officer serves as principal advisor providing comprehensive and proactive communications, strategies and planning, media relations, and analysis to the President, leadership team and throughout the organization. In this exciting role you will cultivate and raise Auburn’s public profile and image in all media, including editorial coverage, written materials, collateral, videos, internal and external websites, social and other new media. You will help drive Auburn’s content creation shop in a newly constructed media lab, and will manage and develop internal communications to a diverse staff, partners and affinity organizations.

As our communications lead you’ll manage, mentor and partner with our Director of Digital Engagement in the advancement of Auburn’s communications function.

The (Chief) Communications Officer 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 cross departmental collaboration, including a special focus on partnering with the Strategic Philanthropy team.

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. Programmatic Strategic Communications
  4. Departmental Administration
  5. Content Creation
  6. Marketing and Collateral Materials
  7. Branding

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.), preferably in communications or related field.
  • At least 10 to 12 years of national communications/public relations experience level (5+ at the executive level).
  • Proven history of breakthrough campaigns to change narrative in political or social justice arenas
  • 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.

All applications must include (all in PDF format):

  • Resume
  • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity:
    job portal, referral, etc.)
  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Communications Officer /YOUR NAME

Application deadline is November 16, 2018 at 5:00pm, EDT

Voices Editorial Fellowship

To learn more about Auburn and this position, download this posting as a PDF.

The Auburn Voices Editorial Fellowship available at Auburn Seminary offers the opportunity to help run and build a grassroots and faith-rooted media shop. Working closely with Auburn Voices Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the founding executive editor of Global Spirituality & Religion at Huffington Post Religion and an Editor at Beliefnet.

You’ll play a key role in creating, curating, and amplifying multimedia stories of faith and moral courage across multiple platforms. You’ll be writing, reporting, editing, fact-checking, brainstorming, pitching, celebrating — and anything else you can think of that happens in the newsroom of a modern online media outlet.

This position is flexible with a maximum of 20 hours per week. Strong preference for individuals based in New York City, able to come into the office for at least part of the work week.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Writing/editing stories on the Voices and other platforms at Auburn Seminary
  • Producing social media content for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram
  • Using digital tools, including WordPress, to implement and format multi-media articles
  • Pitching features and managing the editorial calendar

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Strong interest and/or experience in faith-based media, social justice, and journalism
  • One to two years of experience in a related field such as writing or editing online content and/or a graduate degree in journalism or related fields
  • Knowledge of social media practices and tactics
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Knowledge and experience with multimedia storytelling
  • Knowledge and experience using WordPress
  • Ability to work fast on a small team while juggling multiple projects
  • Photo and video editing skills a plus
  • An appreciation and curiosity of the roles religion and spirituality can play in movements for justice is important.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To submit your application for employment consideration, please visit https://form.jotform.com/Auburn1/EDFellow .

Please include a very short cover letter (a few sentences) that talks about how you approach writing and why this might be an exciting opportunity for you.  Also, include a sample of your written (blog post, newspaper article, etc) work.

Application deadline is November 30, 2018 at 5:00pm, EDT

Auburn Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. Auburn Theological Seminary prohibits discrimination against staff members and applicants for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, alienage, citizenship, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest or conviction record, or any other characteristic protected by law. This Policy applies to all Auburn Theological Seminary activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline and discharge. As detailed below, this Policy also bans discriminatory harassment.

Auburn Theological Seminary will provide reasonable accommodation consistent with the law to otherwise qualified staff members and applicants with a disability and to staff members and applicants with needs related to their religious observance or practices. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation depends on the circumstances and thus will be addressed by Auburn Theological Seminary on a case-by-case basis.