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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: Director of People Operations

The Director of People Operations reports to the Executive Vice President and leads the people and culture function at Auburn Seminary.
The Director of People Operations is directly responsible for developing our people strategies and programs including, performance management, talent acquisition & onboarding, compensation & benefits, retention, headcount planning and analytics, organizational design, policies and compliance, employee engagement, trainings and cultural initiatives.
The Director of People Operations must be highly effective in working with individuals and teams; have the ability to focus on results while appreciating process; and be skilled at driving decision making and implementation.

KEY FOCUS AREAS

  1. Organizational design and development
  2. Diversity and Cultural Awareness
  3. Benefits and Compensation
  4. Relationship Management
  5. Employee and Labor Relations
  6. Compliance with Labor and Employment Laws
  7. Talent Acquisition (Recruiting and Staffing)
  8. Training and Staffs Development
  9. Workplace Safety
  10. Digital Technologies: HRIS, Payroll and all

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

(Include but are not limited to the following):

Payroll

  • Initiate, document and track all personnel and payroll changes, maintaining precision and exactness with annual deductions and elections
  • Process and distribute Auburn’s semi-monthly payroll, providing new data, changes and terminations to the Finance department in a timely manner
  • Reconcile all payroll and benefits information with the Finance team, and assist with regular tax and government reporting requirements related to payroll and benefits
  • Oversee the annual distribution of W-2 forms to all employees

Benefits Administration

  • Work directly with benefit brokers to explore options for coverage on an annual basis, recommending the best choices to Auburn’s leadership
  • Provide comprehensive ongoing support to Auburn staff for benefit-related questions and issues
  • Evaluate Auburn’s benefits regularly to determine effectiveness and ease of use for employees
  • Process monthly billing for all benefit plans, including medical, dental, vision, 403(b), short/long-term disability, FSA/DCA, transit and group life/AD&D coverages
  • Initiate, manage and finalize the annual open enrollment process for all benefits
  • Oversee all interactions between Auburn and various benefit vendors, including brokers
  • Calculate and submit employee and employer contribution to 403(b) retirement savings account
  • Initiate COBRA proceedings for departing employees, including follow-up and ongoing communication

Recruitment/On-Boarding/Off-Boarding

  • Take lead on all appropriate recruitment efforts, assisting with job descriptions, postings, gathering and review of resumes
  • Provide advisement for all recruitment efforts, including those not fully executed through HR
  • Conduct initial screenings as needed, assembling a candidate pool of diverse and highly-qualified individuals
  • Participate in interview process alone and in group settings as needed
  • Orchestrate the on-boarding process for new employees, including initial welcome and explanation of benefits, all related paperwork, enrollments, systems training and introduction to relevant departments for peripheral on-boarding
  • Manage the entire off-boarding process for all resignations and terminations, including benefit terminations, final payroll calculations and payouts

Policy Development/Employee Handbook

  • Provide advisement, input and writing during the development and fine-tuning of Auburn policies
  • Assist with the communication of Auburn policies to employees
  • Oversee the renovation of Auburn’s Employee Handbook in partnership with the Executive Vice President and Administration Committee

Human Resources Budget Management

  • Hold responsibility for the HR budget lines in Auburn’s annual budgeting process
  • Communicate changes and new items to the Finance department as needed
  • Exercise fiscal maturity in the utilization of Auburn’s resources

Legal Matters

  • Acquire legal advisement as needed for pertinent matters
  • Communicate concerns about legal matters with EVP and President as needed
  • Work directly with legal counsel to draft legal documents as needed
  • Take lead on state registrations, including tax and unemployment accounts

HRIS Administration

  • Exercise full administrative control over Auburn’s Human Resource Information System, maintaining accurate data
  • Self-educate to hold a deep understanding of the workings of the HRIS
  • Partner with the HRIS vendor to explore ways of expanding its offerings to staff
  • Train incoming and existing staff on HRIS system and field all internal questions

Human Capital-Specific

  • Create, distribute and receive the annual letters of engagement for all staff on the Auburn payroll
  • Oversee the annual performance evaluation process
  • Maintain and update Auburn’s organizational chart for grant requests and all Board meetings
  • Maintain a high level of responsiveness to employee inquiries regarding payroll and/or benefit details
  • Develop and implement systems and processes to ensure compliance with all relevant employment laws
  • Provide incoming and existing employees with necessary harassment and diversity training as needed
  • Research and stay abreast of HR resources related legislation and policy issues in the external environment as changes pertain to Auburn’s HR landscape and assets
  • Seek new ways to improve Auburn’s HR processes, including tracking and systems
  • Attend relevant seminars and trainings which provide education and professional development
  • Process requests for employment verification as well as reference and background checks
  • Promote staff unity and engagement using birthday announcements, sharing wellness opportunities and active participation in Auburn events

Finance and Strategic Philanthropy

  • Participate in the annual audit process by providing requested reports related to payroll and benefits
  • Partner with Auburn’s accounting firm to provide data and complete the annual Form 5500 as well as annual non-discrimination testing
  • Provide employee census and demographic data to Strategic Philanthropy as requested for grant applications

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
The Director of People Operations is a proven leader and has a wide variety of experiences in all of the functional areas of human resources and organizational development and integrates all of those functions with the mission, vision and values of Auburn Seminary.

  • 15+ years experience in a People Operations / HR role
  • Bachelor’s degree or related certifications a plus
  • Experience supporting both salary and hourly workforces, creating relevant and meaningful employee programs, reviews and feedback loops
  • Excellent project management skills with a proven ability to design and implement people strategy that drives business results
  • A natural coach and mentor who relates well with others, listens effectively and can build rapport with a diverse workforce — all in the spirit of helping team members at all levels move from goal to outcome in a developmental way
  • Strong communicator with the ability to provide both strategic foresight and feedback
  • Expert understanding of employment law, compensation, benefits, organizational development, employee relations, and training
  • Positive attitude, responsible approach and a self-starter that’s not afraid to dive in
  • A proven strategic and innovative bent with an equally strong operational focus
  • Well-developed leadership, communications, team building and influencing skills; unquestioned integrity; and the experience, confidence and stature to effectively address sensitive HR and organizational issues

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.)
  • All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail.
  • E-mail applications to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Director of People Operations/YOUR NAME

Download PDF for EEO statement and more information about Auburn.

Application deadline is Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm, EDT

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 Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm, 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 Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT