In concern for fellow Christians who are being persecuted and oppressed around the world, Barnabas Fund, a leading international aid charity in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) is developing a post-graduate study programme with Stellenbosch University, South Africa for Christian leaders in public life, the church, Christian organisations and the academy.
Therefore, Barnabas Fund with OCRPL is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Christian professional in the field of academic administration to co-ordinate and administrate its developing programs offered through dispersed learning.
Dr Vinay Samuel, director of OCRPL, points to the exponential growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia and has identified the massive challenges to Christian mission and ministry in those areas.
Therefore, the post-graduate study programme will consist of modules focused on addressing these challenges raised and answer questions such as the following:
- How can churches maintain security and freedom to witness in the face of aggressive nationalistic religions?
- How can churches engage with those members of those religions on the basis of common citizenship of their countries?
- How does Christian faith bring change and healing to those with mental, psychological and sexual problems?
- When people convert from one faith to another, how much continuity, if any, is to be expected in their religious outlook and personal identity?
- What impact has a Christian community had on the life chances of people in their neighbourhood and how?
These are not the questions raised by the average theological curriculum, but are the questions that trouble senior Christians in non-western countries. Answering such questions depends on careful research of available information and case studies, and on engaging the questions and perspectives of biblically based theology with the questions and perspectives of other branches of knowledge.
Barnabas Fund will be holding through this post-graduate study programme the following:
- The Ph.D. programme, launched in September 2017, now recruiting its second cohort
- A programme in Public Leadership, initiated by international conferences from April 2018 for senior leaders in Christian organisations to pave the way for a post-graduate course in public leadership.
- A Masters Degree in Religion and Politics from 2019
- A Certificate in Trauma Counselling
What will the candidate be doing:
In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for the running of the Post-Graduate Study Programme, including the following areas:
- Recruitment of students for each study programme
- Oversee the processing of all student applications, arranging interviews, enrolling new students
- Assess scholarship applications and sourcing student funding
- Develop student learning support for all courses provided
- Manage course modules, liaise with lecturers and senior Barnabas Fund staff
- Actively develop academic programs and procedures, through training and attending relevant academic conferences etc.
- Organise admission, scholarship and academic committee discussion meetings
- Facilitate seminars and workshops according to module subjects
- Administrate the publication of articles in the Barnabas Fund Journal and others
- Be based in Pewsey, UK with the possibility of international travel
- Provide students an excellent learning experience
What will you need:
To fulfil this role, the successful applicant will have the following:
- Experience of working in a Higher Education environment, particularly in the area of Postgraduate students
- Relevant academic qualifications in subjects like Business, Administration, Management and Leadership.
- Will have a strong working knowledge and background in Christian theology, including Church leadership and Christian mission studies.
- Ability to manage and support students from many different countries, cultures and denominations is fundamental to this role.
- Strong skills in computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to input information into databases, maintaining electronic and manual records.
- Excellent administration skills.
- Be an effective communicator and able to quickly build positive professional relationships.
- Exceptional organisational skills and be able to influence positively while managing multiple programmes simultaneously.
- Experience in organising meetings, taking minutes and collecting accurate reports to both circulate efficiently, and manipulate data to provide helpful analysis.
- In this busy role, you will need to be flexible, plan ahead, able to keep to deadlines, and ability to work in a team and independently.
The candidate must be in agreement with our statement of faith, please take a look www.barnabasfund.org/About/statement-of-faith
What To Do Next
Please email your CV with a short covering letter explaining how you would fulfil this role to email@example.com or send it by post:
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