Southern Methodist University: Associate Director (Internship Program)

Date Posted: 3/18/2022

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Job Description

Associate Director (Perkins School of Theology, Internship Program)

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

About SMU: SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities; from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position: Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University seeks an Associate Director to manage, supervise, evaluate interns for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry degree programs. These degree programs require successful completion of the Perkins internship. This job is essential to the theological curriculum as it seeks to form persons for ministry and community leadership.

The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry, precisely defines the mission of the Perkins Intern Program. In the Perkins Internship, students integrate the knowledge and theological reflection disciplines learned in the classroom with the practical demands of providing faithful leadership within a congregation or agency.

The Perkins Intern Program is widely recognized as an exemplary program in preparing persons for effective Christian ministry. The three full-time Intern Faculty members are committed to working with each Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry student to provide an internship that maximizes learning opportunities within a hands-on ministerial experience.  

Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Placing of interns in churches or institutions in variety of contexts
  • Training and working with lay teaching committees in each ministry setting
  • Selecting, training, and working with mentor pastors/mentors (on-site supervisors)
  • Selecting and working with consultants
  • Leading required internship seminars
  • Evaluating, in cooperation with lay teaching committees and mentor pastors, the work and learning of interns
  • Participate in regular meetings to discuss supervisory, placement, and administrative concerns
  • Note: the position requires evening hours, occasional in-state and out-of state travel

Education and Experience

  • Master of Divinity or equivalent is required. Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Philosophy is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of work experience in congregations and/or other ministry settings following completion of Master’s degree is required.
  • Experiences providing supervision for growth in church leadership; guiding theological reflection; working with diversity in matters of culture, class, ethnicity, gender and theology; and participating significantly in community ministry are required.
  • Ordination in a Christian denomination is highly desirable. Cross-cultural appointment is strongly preferred. Ministry experience in an African American congregation is desirable.  
  • Membership in The United Methodist Church or other Methodist denomination is preferred. Familiarity with the African American church tradition is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Southwest and its ethnic groups is desirable.
  • Knowledge of various denominational/non-denominational groups is preferred.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • A strong customer service orientation is essential.
  • Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Must also possess strong project management skills. A strong focus on attention to details is essential.
  • Candidate must have a significant working knowledge of computers and MS Office. 

Physical/Environmental Demands: Sit for long periods of time.

Benefits: SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding ducation and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected]

How to Apply

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Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 214-768-3311


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