Fuller Theological Seminary in California  |  Pasadena, CA

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Posted November 02, 2018 Full-Time

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Position Title:


Job Type: Management
Location: Pasadena, CA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size:
Employer ID: 29255


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Doctorate/J.D. Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Doctorate/J.D. Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California

DEPARTMENT: Executive Office
STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: President

Position Profile
Fuller Theological Seminary invites nominations and applications for its position of Provost, chief academic officer. The successful candidate will hold a PhD and expertise in a discipline within Fuller Theological Seminary, and will have had significant and successful experience in academic administration. We seek candidates who will reflect and demonstrate leadership committed to faculty equity and to inclusion.

The provost is the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and is responsible for the total supervision and integration of the academic functions of the seminary. The provost serves the mission of Fuller Theological Seminary by overseeing and advancing teaching and learning, research, and scholarly and creative activity for all three schools of the institution (Intercultural Studies, Psychology, and Theology), and also overseeing the work of the academic centers, institutes, initiatives from the faculty and academic programs. The provost exemplifies, articulates, and encourages a common vision and ethos for forming leaders for global kingdom vocations. The provost is an ex officio member of all school faculties, and has voting rights and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Trustees and/or delegated by the seminary president.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Oversee the hiring, orientation, deployment, and ongoing development of faculty (regular, administrative, affiliate, adjunct, ecclesiastical/research/clinical, and senior) in the seminary.
  2. Supervise the development, planning, implementation, execution, and continuous improvement of all academic curricula and programs for the institution, especially as Fuller prepares to move its campus.
  3. Oversee the administrative functions, including budget management, of all three Schools, academic centers and institutes, and the Joint Faculty.
  4. Collaborate with the chair of the Faculty Senate in all matters of faculty governance to ensure shared governance with the Senate and Joint Faculty in accordance with the procedures prescribed in the Faculty Handbook.
  5. Supervise the Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies, the Dean of the School of Psychology, the Dean of the School of Theology, the Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity, the Assistant Provost of the Korean Studies Center, the Assistant Provost of the Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, the Assistant Provost of the Asian American Center, the Assistant Provost of Centro Latino, the Executive Director of the China Initiative, the Executive Director of the Office of Student Concerns, the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Associate Provost for the Library.
  6. Collaborate with the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness to ensure compliance with the standards of WSCUC, ATS, and APA and all related institutional reports.
  7. Participate actively and cooperatively in the academic and overall leadership of the institution as a member of the President's Executive Team and staff member of the Board of Trustees.
  8. Exercise all general powers and duties of management vested in the Office of Provost and such other specific powers and duties as set forth in institutional policy.
  9. Serve as Chief Executive Officer in the event of the absence or incapacity of the institution's President, unless the Board of Trustees makes alternative arrangements.
  10. In alignment with Fuller's Statement of Faith and other key institutional values, the Provost will bear concerted witness to the articles, to which they subscribe, which they hold to be essential to their ministry as Provost, and which are the foundation upon which the seminary is based.


  1. A PhD from an accredited institution (or equivalent thereof), and a track record in teaching and research appropriate to an appointment as a tenured (associate or full) professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
  2. Informed agreement with Fuller Theological Seminary's Statement of Faith and Community Standards, and commitment to its educational mission.
  3. Demonstrated experience to the total life of the local church and denominational structures.
  4. A demonstrated history of significant academic leadership, accreditation, and operations management in an institution of higher learning, preferably in a seminary context.
  5. Demonstrated capacity for innovation in academic programming, teaching and learning, and faculty development, in anticipation of the needs of future leadership for the church.
  6. Capacity to work cooperatively with academic and non-academic leadership in the quasiuniversity context of Fuller Theological Seminary, to include development, admissions, and marketing.
  7. Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  8. Enthusiastic commitment to diversity, including sensitivity to people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Application Information
Applicants are asked to submit the following materials online through

  1. A letter of interest.
  2. A curriculum vitae, indicating education, teaching experience, publications, and other professional qualifications.
  3. A list of 3-4 reference with institutional affiliation and contact information, representing academic qualifications.

Additional Remarks

  1. This position will require a background and credit check
  2. This position must be willing to sign Fuller's Statement of Faith and be willing to abide by Fuller Community Standards.

Applications due by December 31, 2018, but late applications may be considered if the position has not been filled. Start date, July 1, 2019.

Fuller Theological Seminary is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To the extent required by law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. As a religious institution, Fuller Theological Seminary is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees for certain positions on the basis of religion. All positions must agree to Fuller's Community Standards for conduct, and certain positions must fully accept Fuller's Statement of Faith. Women and minorities strongly encouraged to apply.

Confidential questions and nominations may be submitted to:
Dr. Mark Labberton, President
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182 USA

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