The School of Arts and Sciences at Johnson University invites applications for the Director of the Knoxville Future of Hope Urban Youth Theology Initiative, beginning summer 2019.
Future of Hope Initiative
Johnson University created Future of Hope in partnership with Knoxville churches and non-profits, with the help of a major grant from the Lilly Endowment. Each summer, a diverse cohort of high-potential high school student leaders spend one-week living, learning, and serving together in an immersion experience integrating theological reflection, cultural analysis, spiritual formation, and vocational discernment. The immersion week is followed by nine months of mentored collaboration with partner agencies across Knoxville in order to develop and implement vision projects seeking to provide a concrete response to challenging issues facing the city. This unique endeavor is a highly collaborative project engaging stakeholders throughout the university and greater Knoxville.
The Director will provide executive leadership and strategic vision for Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative and is tasked with creating, cultivating, and coordinating all persons and processes related to the execution of the mission. The Program Director will report directly to the Executive Director of the Urban Alliance with assistance from the program and recruitment coordinator and program interns.
Overseeing Future of Hope will constitute one-half of the director’s responsibilities. The other half will be tailored to teaching in the director’s teaching discipline (per SACSCOC credential guidelines), or student life expertise. Pay is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and education and is currently budgeted at the Assistant Professor level.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Partnering with Future of Hope faculty members, local church, and nonprofit leaders to provide an excellent summer Youth Theology Institute immersion week and nine-month mentored vision projects.
Recruiting a diverse cohort of 20 to 40 high-potential student leaders each year from the greater Knoxville community in general and six target underresourced high schools in particular.
Supervising, training, and evaluating the program and recruitment coordinator, and summer interns.
Serving as a liaison between the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Forum for Theological Exploration, and Johnson University.
Teaching half-time in an academic discipline and/or student life responsibilities.
A successful candidate must be a proven community leader, a person of Christian integrity, keen on theological education, and an excellent manager of people and processes, possessing high organizational capabilities and exemplary communication skills among a diverse community of adults and youth, especially urban youth.
Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience and credibility in the Knoxville urban community and/or graduate theological education. Expertise in budgeting, administration, service-learning, field research, and college teaching experience considered a plus. A doctoral degree is preferred, but not required.
Initial Application: The following materials should be emailed to Gary David Stratton, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at SAS@johnsonu.edu.
Responses to the School of Arts and Sciences essay prompts (below). Each essay should be approximately 250-500 words.
1. Describe your personal faith and Christian experience, including what you consider to be the most significant implications of your faith commitments in your vocation and daily life.
2. Describe your calling and experience in mentoring, teaching, ministering to, and/or leading urban youth.
3. Provide a statement of the key principles (biblical, theological, spiritual, social, etc.) that undergird your ministry to urban youth—your philosophy of ministry/education, especially in the context of theological education.
Review of applications: Begins June 15, 2019, but will continue until the position is filled.
Questions: Gary Stratton, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: Targeted at Assistant Professor level.
About Johnson University
Since 1893, Johnson University has been a leader among historic faith-based colleges and contemporary fiscally responsible universities. Johnson is listed on Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” (2nd among CCCU member and affiliate institutions), USA Today’s “Least Expensive Colleges to Get Your Degree,” (1st among SACSCOC accredited schools), and Niche’s “Top Christian Colleges,” (15th among CCCU institutions.) The university offers more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., and associate’s programs across three campuses – in Knoxville, Florida, and online. Johnson faculty strive to prepare promising students for excellence in Christian ministry and other strategic vocations through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.
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