Auburn Seminary (“Auburn”) seeks an inspirational and courageous faith-rooted and justice-driven leader with an extraordinary track record of taking an organization to the next level to serve as its president. As a valuable, growing node in the progressive spirit- and justice-rooted ecosystem, Auburn connects, weaves, and cross-pollinates networks. Auburn offers leaders of faith and moral courage access to rich learning environments, ranging from peer networks and cohort programs, to trainings and convenings, as well as applied research, communications, and consulting services that develop leadership capacity, effectiveness, and resiliency.
Auburn is a trusted field-building catalyst and catalyzing partner, building with others a multiracial, multifaith democracy in which all belong and thrive. Auburn is also a renowned multifaith leadership development and research organization whose mission is to identify and strengthen leaders from the pulpit to the public square, build community, bridge divides, pursue justice, and heal the world. Auburn views faith, religion, and spirit as essential resources for a new world in which differences are celebrated, abundance is shared, people are hopeful, and all can work for a future that, as Langston Hughes wrote, “never has been yet—and yet must be.” Auburn’s current tagline, Trouble the Waters, Heal the World, represents its commitment to liberation theologies and just action, and inspires the Auburn community to stir up norms to create needed change.
Auburn’s next president will partner with a deeply engaged board of 25 accomplished leaders of faith and moral courage from diverse industries, religious communities, and ethnic groups; along with a passionate and skilled staff team of 21; and an impressive network of program partners and supporters. Together, this collective will build on Auburn’s decade-long landscape-shifting initiatives and will amplify narratives of faith, justice, and moral courage through a robust multifaith lens. This leader will also champion Auburn’s own internal organizational culture as the institution continues to practice and embody its commitment to the core values of equity, inclusion, justice, and care. The ideal candidate will be a leader among leaders—accomplished, inspiring, justice-rooted, and faith-informed—with a demonstrated ability to cultivate existing and new high-impact strategic partnerships, steward mutually enriching leader-to-leader relationships, and generate the resources necessary to sustain and expand Auburn’s impact well into the future. This leader will also continue to refine, focus, and implement Auburn’s mission and vision for maximum impact—while simultaneously investing in Auburn’s people, infrastructure, and organizational culture.
Auburn has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Rebecca Swartz is leading this search along with Ernest Brooks. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the search firm in confidence at: www.imsearch.com/7869.
Auburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws.