Hartford Seminary


Student Services Coordinator
(part-time – 15-20 hours a week – 11 months)

MAJOR PURPOSE: The student services coordinator will provide quality service to all enrolled students through program initiatives and act as a resource and referral source for questions and information. The coordinator will troubleshoot situations as needed, working closely with other offices that offer student services.

Student Services and Life
• Develops and implements programs to enhance student life,
• Organizes and supervises the following support services – Writing Consultants.
• Plans and oversees new student orientations (September); supports Coordinator of ISSS with international student orientation portions.
• Serves as main contact for students with issues and concerns.
• Develops and maintains system for providing mental health services as needed.
• Assists students with disabilities in obtaining needed accommodations in accordance with Seminary policy.
• Liaison to the English Language Institute at the University of Hartford.
• Coordinator of the Graduation ceremony including serving as chair of the Graduation Committee.
• Provides support for Convocation, including planning.
• Supervises the preparation of the annual Student Handbook.
• Coordinate Monday chapel.
• Assist in transition of students in campus housing.
Student Retention and Satisfaction
• As part of the Seminary’s systematic retention efforts, oversees follow-up with students who withdraw, are on a leave of absence, program extension, or who have been inactive for an extended period.
• Encourages and contacts students to register and follows up on students who have not registered
Membership in the following committees:
• Convocation
• Graduation
Other Duties as assigned
As is expected of all employees, provides backup support for Seminary’s major events/general activities, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS/ REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Experience working in higher education or student services preferred. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; must have excellent planning and organizational skills. Ability to be sensitive to and respond to concerns of students. Maintain student, faculty and staff confidentiality for sensitive information. Must be able to relate to a wide range of individuals across diverse backgrounds.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Hartford Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about Hartford Seminary, please visit: www.hartsem.edu

To apply for the position, send cover letter and resume to hiring@hartsem.edu.


Director of Development and External Relations

 MAJOR PURPOSE: To lead the development program in securing new financial resources for Hartford Seminary and to co-coordinate the External Relations staff team of which development is a part.


Oversees all fund raising efforts within the Seminary: major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, new donor development, special fund raising initiatives, and capital campaigns. Calls on donors to secure major gifts. Charged with developing and leading the execution of strategies to build relationships with current and potential donors and significantly increase the level of contributed support. Additionally, assures development program operational capacities including prospect identification and research, donor recognition/stewardship of gifts, maintaining accurate donor records/database. Implementation of marketing plans for all donor categories including Trustees, Corporators, alumni/ae, friends, synagogues, churches, mosques, foundations and corporations.

Along with the Director of Communications and External Relations, serves as co-coordinator of the External Relations staff team providing a coordinated program of marketing, outreach and presentation of the needs of Hartford Seminary. Together they hire, train, supervise and evaluate the External Relations staff. In collaboration with others, leads in developing and implementing short and long range planning related to all fund raising activities of the Seminary. The Director works closely with the President, members of the Board of Trustees, staff and key volunteers to plan contacts, visits, events, and solicitations. Serves as part of the Senior Staff team.  This position reports to the President and includes other related duties as assigned by the President.


  • Serve as the chief development officer for the Seminary, working in concert with the President, trustees, staff, and consultants as necessary.
  • Lead the development of the Seminary’s strategic fundraising plans and co-coordinated the external Relations staff.  Ensure the successful implementation of these plans through the efforts of trustees, staff and other volunteer leaders.  Working with the President, establishes fund raising goals for Hartford Seminary.
  • Meets with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications and to solicit their support.  Maintains a portfolio of assigned major donors.
  • Grow a major gift program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on legacy gifts such as bequest expectancies, gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fund drives.
  • Direct special fund raising initiatives and capital campaigns.
  • Coordinate special donor events.
  • Oversee prospect research, the fundraising database and tracking systems.
  • Maintains a gift acknowledgement and donor recognition program.
  • Works in collaboration with the Director of Communications and External Relations to develop  fundraising publications, the donor aspects of the website, and related social media.
  • Oversees grant writing.
  • Motivates and supervises staff and volunteers in the External Relations.
  • Identify and implement new development initiatives that are donor-centered and support The Seminary’s mission and vision.
  • Provide development leadership to the senior management team, staff support to the Board Development Committee, and others involved in fundraising.
  • Provide regular reports and analyses of giving to appropriate staff and committees. These may include comparisons of the current year to prior years in annual giving, progress toward capital giving goals for various projects, new donors, new prospects, major gifts, and other reports as needed and requested.
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the Seminary locally, regionally, and nationally, as appropriate.
  • Serve as a key partner with the President in the leadership of the Seminary, and as a member of the senior management team.
  • Develop and maintain productive and respectful relationships with staff, co-workers, Board members, volunteers, donors, prospects, the philanthropic community, and other related constituent groups.
  • Develop an understanding of the work of all Seminary programs and maintain a close working relationship with department heads to better promote the work of the institution.
  • Serve on Seminary committees as assigned, and execute other projects as assigned by the President/CEO.


  • Works with and manages the various ways in which the President, faculty, staff, trustees and volunteers can improve their effectiveness in development and fund raising.
  • Coordinates closely with appropriate senior officers in negotiating and consummating major gift transactions.


  • Together with the Director of Communications and External Relations plans and implements outreach programs and marketing with special attention to expanding support for Hartford Seminary.


  • Responsible for the preparation, monitoring, managing and reporting of all Development goals, plans, budgets, performance appraisals, computer hardware and software, insuring both the quality and effectiveness of the Development program.
  • Facilitate and coordinate grant proposals for major gifts to support Hartford Seminary programs and activities based on predetermined priorities.
  • Prepares periodic staff and outcome studies on various aspects of the fund raising activities to increase efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.
  • Initiates and obtains approval for development policies and gift procedures,
  • Ensures recording of minutes for the Trustee’s Development Committee.


  • Is a member of the External Relations team, the Senior Staff, and other committees as requested by the President.  Staffs the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees; and works with faculty, staff, alumni/ae, board members and Corporators of Hartford Seminary to achieve the development goals of the institution.
  • As is expected of all employees, provide backup support for the Seminary’s major events/general activities, as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:  The requirements of the position include knowledge and experience of successful fund raising and of developing cultivation and solicitation strategies. Must have a demonstrated record of completing assignments.  This includes a professional record demonstrating skills in effective leadership and planning.   This person will possess a positive public persona, maturity, attention to confidentiality, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to enthusiastically interpret the mission and activities of Hartford Seminary to local, national and international individuals and groups; excellent organizational and management skills, the ability to see the big picture, the ability to think strategically, the ability to manage different projects at once and to set priorities, skills to lead a team, and computer knowledge. Awareness/understanding of religious organizations and interfaith initiatives plus an enthusiasm for interfaith education commitments is essential. As an external representative of the Seminary, he or she must be available for evening and weekend travel for face-to-face calls. Minimum: bachelor’s degree; masters’ degree preferred.  Work in a religious/educational setting, and a CFRE certification is also preferred.

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Good physical fitness, professional appearance, the ability to travel both short distances (drive) and long distances (fly), and the patience and ability to attend long meetings.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Hartford Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about Hartford Seminary, please visit: www.hartsem.edu

To apply for the position, send cover letter and resume to hiring@hartsem.edu.


Major Gift Officer (Part-time – 20 hours per week)

MAJOR PURPOSE: This is a half-time position managing a portfolio of at least 60 assigned prospective donors and solicit gifts of $1000 and higher from alumni and non-alumni friends. Performance will be primarily measured based on achievement of annual financial and participation goals.


Reporting to the Director of Development and External Relations, the Major Gift Officer will participate as a member of the External Relations staff team with special responsibility to develop programs for Islamic Giving. The associate will be responsible for the direct cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals capable of making current gifts current year gifts of $1000 or more; endowment gifts. This work will be accomplished by:

  • Develop appropriate interpretive resources and custom programs for Islamic giving.
  • Identify, cultivate gift commitments from prospective donors.
  • Recognize donors within the context of the development program and with special consideration to recognition in the Legacy Society.
  • Research and cultivate new donors from within and beyond the existing Seminary database.
  • Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, the External Relations Team, and other Hartford Seminary representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for the established fund raising priorities.
  • Monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. Maintains detailed records of donor contacts and activities in Sales Force and provides regular reports and updates on the portfolio of prospects.
  • Recommends and assists with programming involving the president, Director of Development and External Relations, Director of Communications and External Relations, and volunteer leaders.


The Giving Associate will:

  • With guidance from the Director of Development and External Relations, establish goals for monthly phone calls, discovery calls and meetings with existing and potential donors. Financial benchmarks will be established in coordination with the overall annual goals of the development program.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the External Relations staff team to develop and coordinate communications resources, develop programs and solicitation for the Annual Fund as well as promoting planned giving and solicitation for endowment gifts.
  •  Provide regular written reports with updates on a portfolio of prospective donors
  • Notify and brief the Director of  Development & External Relations and the President about donors requiring their contact, cultivation and follow through, particularly potential donors for large gifts, planned gifts, and gifts to endowment
  • Share with other External Relations staff responsibilities for seasonal and special activities, including Annual Fund phone calling, development events for new and existing constituents, and other administrative tasks as assigned


   The candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with Islamic giving and financial practices.
  • Familiarity with, or facility for learning, the Seminary’s development database and wealth screening software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, confident interpersonal presentation, and ease in meeting new people of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated initiative in problem-solving and creative approaches to encouraging involvement and investment in various aspects of the schools mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel with exposure to relational databases and software.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team, build effective relationships, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with donors with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.
  • Awareness/understanding of religious organizations and interfaith initiatives plus an enthusiasm for interfaith education commitments is essential.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel as necessary

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Hartford Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about Hartford Seminary, please visit: www.hartsem.edu

To apply for the position, send cover letter and resume to hiring@hartsem.edu.



Imam Ali Chair for Shi‘i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools

Hartford Seminary announces an opening for a Shi‘i scholar with a distinguished record that includes an academic doctorate, religious training and lived religious commitments to occupy the newly endowed Imam Ali Chair for Shi‘i Studies.

The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in Shi‘i Islam and its relation to other traditions of Islam and Christianity and may be grounded in one of a number of academic disciplines. The candidate must be able to teach courses at both introductory and advanced levels and have the intellectual depth required to direct Ph.D. students. The appointment begins in fall 2017.

The appointment is to the core faculty of the seminary and will be a member of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. It carries the full-time teaching load of four courses per year, a student advising load expected of all faculty, and regular faculty committee and administrative responsibilities to be determined in relation to the candidate’s gifts and the seminary’s needs. Scholarly research and productivity are priorities in light of the school’s history as a place of advanced learning and publication. Hartford Seminary is a religiously diverse community and expects its faculty to appreciate and respectfully engage views and traditions that are different from one’s own.

Rank is open; Ph.D. or its equivalent is required. Review of applications will begin on 15 September 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application should be submitted electronically to Ms. Lorraine Browne at lbrowne@hartsem.edu and includes a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommenders. For further information, please contact Dr. Scott Thumma, Chair of the Imam Ali Chair Search Committee, at sthumma@hartsem.edu.


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