Educational Specialist for Innovation in Theological Education (Full-Time, Limited Term)
The Educational Specialist for Innovation in Theological Education position is part of the phase three "Lilly Endowment Pathways for Tomorrow" grant. It seeks to help Ambrose pursue innovation in theological education with a focus on the decolonization of our curriculum and modalities. It involves strategic partnerships with faculty, administration, other educational institutions, and external ecclesial bodies.
This is a grant-funded position. The limited term position ends June 2028.
A valid driver's license and flexibility to work evenings and weekends is required for this position.
- Work with indigenous communities, educational partners, ecclesial communities, etc., to network and find ways to partner together in innovating and decolonizing our attitudes, practices, programs, and modalities in our churches and theological institutions.
- Work with our partner schools in this project (NAIITS, Acadia, and Tyndale) to create a nationwide learning community of Canadian theological schools and churches that share a common ethos and mission of pastoral formation.
- Work with our lead partner (NAIITS) to formulate and disseminate research-based principles and practices, create a virtual resource bank, and catalyze and support a culture of innovation.
- Work with the Faculty of Theology in the evaluation of curriculum with respect to decolonization, innovation, modalities, and technologies.
- Investigate, experiment, and evaluate decolonized, multicultural, and contextual learning and teaching strategies to equip Christian leaders.
- Lead events inside and outside the institution that utilize iterative learning, appreciative inquiry, and other facilitation techniques to develop and employ shared learning experiences.
- As this role is part of the Lilly Endowment Pathways for Tomorrow grant project, the position will be the primary contact and point person for Ambrose: preparing reports, leading the initiatives, and liaising with the ATS (Association of Theological Schools) coordinating project.
- If applicable, teach two classes per academic year in the Seminary.
Education and Experience
Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant field by the time of placement. Successful candidates will have experience teaching various pedagogical theories and practices with knowledge of colonization and its impact on theological education. Preference will be given to indigenous applicants and/or applicants with established relationships with indigenous and/or multicultural leaders. Preference will also be given to applicants who are licensed workers with one of our two partner denominations: The Alliance Canada or Church of the Nazarene and have an existing relationship with local Calgary churches.
- Knowledge, training, and experience with Appreciative Inquiry.
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
- Teaching experience in higher education.
- Agree with Ambrose's mission and statements of faith.
- Must have a quality of spirit that will be reflected in a growing relationship with God and interpersonal relationships.
- A high-energy level that is reflected in good work habits and a sound work ethic.
- Able to maintain confidentiality.
- Flexible, patient, and able to adapt to the unknown.
- Positive, approachable, and friendly disposition.
- Sensitivity and ability to work with a diversity of people and cultural groups.
- Excellent verbal, written, and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Innovative, with an ability to bring new ideas to the team.
- Adaptable and able to function effectively in a busy and challenging work environment.
- Possess the highest standards of personal integrity, a strong work ethic and an optimistic outlook.
To apply, please send a letter of application and resume to email@example.com, indicating “Educational Specialist for Innovation in Theological Education” in the subject line. Review of applications begins on September 21, 2023; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Ambrose University is committed to employment diversity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.
Ambrose University is a private, accredited Christian post-secondary institute located in South West Calgary. Our Faculty of Arts and Science offers provincially accredited Bachelor of Arts degree programs majoring in Behavioural Science, Christian Studies, English Literature, General Studies, History, and Psychology as well as Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology. We also offer a Bachelor of Education (After Degree). Our Faculty of Theology offers undergraduate degree programs in Children’s Ministries, Church Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Worship Arts and Youth Ministries. At the Seminary level there are a variety of graduate options including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Christian Studies as well as Diploma and Certificate programs. Ambrose is committed to the integration of Christian faith with academic discipline, with a vision for academic excellence in the service of the church and the world. For more information visit us online at www.ambrose.edu.