Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
Reports to: Rector and Dean
Location: Columbia, SC
The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks an Enrollment Coordinator. The successful candidate will be introducing LTSS to prospective students from a number of Christian denominations and helping to build a community of theological inquiry and preparation for ministry.
The Enrollment Coordinator plans and executes a comprehensive program of enrollment management for LTSS, including student recruiting, enrollment, financial aid, retention, and records management. The position receives primary supervision and direction from the LTSS Rector and Dean and works in collaboration with administration and faculty throughout the university to achieve strategic goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and manages long-range strategic plans, policies, and best practices in support of an enrollment management program specific to LTSS.
- Creates and builds relationships with qualified applicants to LTSS academic programs, maintaining ongoing contact from application to registration.
- Reads applications for admission and makes recommendations to the LTSS admissions committee.
- Assists in managing university electronic data processes and systems with particular attention to LTSS student records. Creates and manages record-keeping systems specifically for LTSS as necessary to supplement general student data management processes of the university.
- Evaluates data and the current seminary recruitment landscape to assist in strategic planning and decision-making in response to changing pools of potential future church leaders.
- Submits formal and informal reports to the Rector and Dean, Graduate School Provost, LTSS Advisory Council, and others as required to keep leaders apprised of enrollment projections, inquiry and application status, effectiveness of recruitment efforts, and other matters related to seminary enrollment.
- Manages the LTSS enrollment budget in accordance with university policies and procedures.
- Recruits and supervises the work of part-time staff and/or student workers to assist with activities and operations as appropriate.
- Researches, identifies, schedules and conducts recruitment visits to college and university job fairs, ministry fairs and events, synod/church conferences and events, outdoor ministry site gatherings, and other relevant events. Creates, transports, sets up and strikes displays that promote the seminary and help engage prospective students in conversation.
- Plans and facilitates on-campus prospective student events; conducts campus tours, and makes presentations to prospective students and visitors.
- Follows up with leads and applicants, and coaches prospective students through the discernment process and into the admissions process. Directs prospective students to ecclesiastical leaders, faculty members, campus pastor, alumni, current students, and others who can assist in vocational discernment.
- Builds relationships with organizations, congregations and individuals who will be key partners in identifying and recruiting leaders for the church; maintains collegial relationships with admissions personnel at other seminaries and works with colleagues at other seminaries when appropriate to increase overall interest and enrollment in seminary education.
- In collaboration with the university marketing office, manages marketing and communications, targeting prospective students and promoting the programs of LTSS to other constituencies.
- Assists in developing and evaluating the effectiveness of seminary enrollment advertising, direct mail, social media, website, e-newsletters, videos, brochures, and other marketing collateral.
- Frequently updates digital media with current information pertinent to the academic work and daily lives of seminary students, faculty and staff.
- Contributes feature articles for publication in The Southern Bulletin, LTSS e-news, and more. Ensures consistency in all printed, digital, and visual marketing materials with accepted standards for grammar and punctuation, as well as the university’s official graphics and journalistic style.
- Collaborates with appropriate university personnel in the administration of denominational, institutional, and federal financial aid.
- Advises current and prospective students on the financial aid process, and directs them to resources available for financial advising and support.
- Collects, reviews, corrects, and verifies financial aid information. Researches and resolves related problems in a timely manner.
The Successful Candidate Will Possess
- An understanding of academic, personal, and spiritual aptitudes required for advanced theological education.
- An understanding of the various Christian ministries for which seminary students prepare as well as familiarity with the ELCA, United Methodist Church, Baptist churches and other Christian traditions that may be represented in the LTSS student body.
- Ability to engage with prospective students in the process of vocational discernment.
- Excellent administrative and collaborative skills and the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with sharpened attention to detail and accuracy.
- Experience with statistical data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
- Experience using Excel, Power Point and other Microsoft Office systems; experience with student data management systems such as Slate preferred.
- Sensitivity, understanding and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, religious, and ethnic backgrounds and sexual identities.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, including significant local and national travel.
Education and Experience
Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree in a theological field of study, plus three to five years of experience in Christian ministry or in a higher education setting. Familiarity with the ministry of the ELCA and appreciation for the tradition of Lutheran Christianity is preferred.
Nominations and applications should be forwarded to LTSS Rector and Dean Mary Hinkle Shore. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A completed application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and leadership; (2) a resumé highlighting relevant occupational and ministry experience; and (3) a list of three professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number.
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1830 and eventually found its permanent home in the Eau Claire neighborhood of north Columbia in 1911. One of seven ELCA seminaries in the United States, LTSS is the only ELCA seminary in the southeast. Rich in tradition and welcoming to seminarians from many denominations, LTSS boasts a dedicated, collegial faculty and a broad alumni base of distinguished regional and national church leaders. LTSS is designated as a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) seminary and, as a seminary of the ELCA, is uniquely positioned to serve the synods of Region 9 faithfully and strategically.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is less than an hour drive from Charlotte. The University now offers over 50 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs to over 2700 students. Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes diverse campuses open to people from all religious backgrounds.