As a graduate school of Erskine College, and as an agency of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Erskine Theological Seminary exists because Jesus Christ calls laborers for his harvest who are skilled in the handling of the Word of God. As a biblical, Reformed, and evangelical seminary community of learning we are sustained in prayer, supported by a growing constituency, united in faith, and fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit for gospel transformation in every area of life. Our mission is to prepare men and women to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through theological higher education that is ecclesial, missional, and confessional. We seek to promote this vision and mission through biblical and confessional faithfulness, multiple modalities, and academic excellence, set in a loving, pastoral community of service.
Overview of the Position
The Admissions Counselor at Erskine Theological Seminary advances the mission of the Seminary and supports the work of the Director of Student Services through a ministry of recruitment, administration, and service to prospective, new, and continuing students.
Qualifications and Expectations
Christian Profession: A Christian who professes faith in Jesus Christ and is member of an evangelical church that preaches the gospel.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, required. A seminary master’s degree completed (or in process), preferred.
Experience: Previous work experience in “people” work and administration, preferred.
Ability to relate well with others.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to recruit and support new seminary students.
Ability to manage diverse details effectively.
Actively pray for prospective, new, and continuing students.
Primarily responsible for recruiting new master’s students into the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC), and Master of Theology (ThM) degree.
Assists Director of Student Services in recruiting DMin students.
Primarily responsible for recruiting new students into the BA/MDiv dual degree program (5 +1 Accelerated Ministry Program offered in partnership between Erskine College [undergraduate] and Erskine Theological Seminary [graduate]).
Assists the Director of the Accelerated Ministry Program, including participation in Kern Family Foundation meetings and events and report writing for Kern Foundation grant requirements.
Responsible for managing all aspects of the Seminary’s Admissions Office.
Serve as Seminary’s International Student Liaison.
Personal Professional Development and Position Goals:
Attend NAFSA (Association of International Educators) conference and obtain further training in handling international students.
Attend Graduate Recruitment Seminar.
Attend training seminars that become available and will benefit Admissions office.
Attend Christian and private high school, Erskine Charter Schools, graduate, and career fairs (5 to 10 in the spring; 10–20 in the fall).
Develop strategy for recruiting at Christian and private high schools, Erskine Charter Schools, Bible Colleges, and among Christian ministries such as Reformed University Fellowship (RUF).
Increase admissions numbers.
In coordination with Erskine College’s Alumni Office, develop tools for maintaining contact with Seminary alumni.
Full-Time, salaried (non-exempt), with benefits.
Office based out of the Due West main campus at least three days per week. 1–2 days per week may work out of the Erskine Columbia location and/or Erskine Greenville location.
Ability to travel regularly for student recruitment, including multiple overnight trips per year.
Organizational Relationships: Reports to the Director of Student Services. Assists the Director of the Accelerated Ministry Program.
Application Process: To ensure full consideration, interested candidates should complete the online application. The online application includes a link to upload a letter of application, a resume, and a list of references.
The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person. Therefore, Erskine seeks candidates for faculty positions who are professing Christians and who are committed to excellence in teaching and service. They should support the goals of a strong liberal arts education and be willing to explore with students the integration of faith and learning.
Erskine’s tradition of excellence in liberal arts higher education goes back more than 175 years to its founding in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, making it one of the oldest, most respected church-affiliated colleges in the Southeast.
Our alumni lead businesses and organizations both large and small throughout the world. More than half of Erskine’s graduates go on to some type of graduate education. In fact in the past several years nearly 100% of all graduates applying to medical graduate programs were accepted, and several proceeded directly into top tier Ph.D. programs. However, our mission moves us beyond simply producing competent profession...als. We seek to equip the whole person — intellectually, physically and spiritually — to flourish in life and leadership.
To do this, we see Erskine as both an excellent liberal arts college and a close-knit community. This combination provides excellent opportunities for students and faculty to take learning beyond the classroom. Quality is revealed, weaknesses are strengthened, and character is refined through intentional, individual relationships. Erskine is proud of the fact that faculty serve as mentors and often become lifelong friends with students.
Erskine College is located in the academic village of Due West in Abbeville County, South Carolina, an area rich in colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War history. The town and the college have a number of antebellum buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erskine College is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences institution with selective admissions. Erskine is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
It is the policy of Erskine College and Seminary to fully comply with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, military service, application for military service, or veteran status. The institution will utilize strategies designed to assure that qualified persons with disabilities, women, and legally protected minorities are well represented in applicant pools from which employees are selected.
As a religious educational institution, Erskine College and Seminary strives to achieve and maintain a Christ-centered environment. Consistent with that goal, Erskine College and Seminary shall exercise its theological, constitutional, and statutory right to take religion into account in all employment decisions.