Engaged Diversity

Board of Trustees Commitment to Engaged Diversity

The Board of Trustees of Phillips Theological Seminary believes that the Reign of God as announced by Jesus Christ is open to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class. This theological belief is the basis of the seminary’s non-discrimination statement, and it is also the basis for the seminary’s efforts to embrace and engage diverse persons in service of the mission of God, and specifically in service of the mission entrusted to this seminary. The Board of Trustees is committed to recruiting, educating, and engaging trustees, faculty, staff, and students with the range and depth of gifts, skills, and perspectives to move Phillips to become more of the community God calls the seminary to be. To this end, the Board will actively recruit a pool of candidates that reflects the diversity necessary for the ongoing work of the seminary, as well as to resource new strategic directions the Board may choose.

Seminary’s Non-Discrimination Statement

Phillips Theological Seminary accords equal rights and privileges to all members of the Seminary community. In the administration of its policies and procedures related to admissions, financial aid, academic programs, and hiring, the Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Seminary’s Commitment to Disability Access

Phillips Theological Seminary is committed to providing equal access to its programs of graduate professional education for all qualified students with learning, physical, medical, or psychological disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Accordingly, the seminary aims to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability to ensure their access and participation in Seminary programs.

For more information on Disability, please see Academic Resources/Disability

Seminary’s Commitment to Supplier Diversity

Phillips Theological Seminary is committed to developing mutually beneficial relationships with small, minority-owned, women-owned, diversity based, disability-owned, disadvantaged, veteran owned and local business enterprises. The Supplier Diversity Policy is the seminary’s initiative to create opportunity for suppliers to market their products to the seminary and to encourage Phillips Theological Seminary to offer opportunities to such suppliers.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diversity business council, Mosaic, has honored Phillips repeatedly with its highest rating as an employer with an inclusive workplace culture.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean

The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Phillips Theological Seminary is the chief academic officer of the institution and as such holds a critical and unique position in the seminary’s governance as it is shared by the Board of Trustees, the administration, and the faculty. This person also interfaces with primary constituents of the seminary, including the churches and denominations served by students and alumni.

Primary responsibilities for this position include directing all academic educational programming of the seminary and developing and leading the faculty and academic staff in ensuring the excellence of degree program curricula and student services. This position reports to the President and supervises all academic affairs staff including the Dean of the Library, the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of the Chapel, the Executive Assistant to the Dean and Faculty, the DMin Director, the Director of Black Church Traditions and African American Faith-Life, the Registrar, the Director of Instructional Design, and the Financial Aid Officer.

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Thursday, January 25, 2024, can be assured full consideration. The seminary is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org.

How to Apply: Applications should consist of a substantial letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: PhillipsVPDean@academicsearch.org.

Director of Alumni/ae Relations

Phillips Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time position as Director of Alumni/ae Relations. Director’s work is focused primarily on building and cultivating relationships and giving with Phillips alumni/ae. The individual will provide vision, leadership, and oversight of the Alumni Association board of directors and its committees – includes the Award selection and recognition. In addition, they will develop and execute plans to engage Alumni Association and Alumni Association Board in annual giving and Phillips capital campaigns, as well as activities for affinity groups. Please email a cover letter expressing interest in the position, being as specific as you can, and detailing relevant professional experience, education, and training, along with a resume, including the names and contact information of at least three professional references to PTSHiring@ptstulsa.edu.

Director of Spiritual Life & Chaplain

Spiritual Formation is an important feature of Phillips Theological Seminary’s educational and community life; therefore, the role of the Director of Spiritual Life & Chaplain is to support students through their journeys of theological education. The Director of Spiritual Life & Chaplain will attend to students' spiritual and pastoral care needs as they prepare to serve as leaders in religious and other communities and create new strategies to serve the needs of all students, in-person and virtual. The Director will collaborate with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other spiritual care leaders to enrich the spiritual and intellectual life of the Phillips Theological Seminary community. After reviewing the complete job description, interested candidates should submit their credentials to PTSHiring@ptstulsa.edu, noting position of interest in the subject line. Interest will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Program Assistant (Part-Time)

Phillips Theological Seminary is seeking a Program Assistant as the primary support for the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program, Immersion Program, the Black Church Traditions and African American Faith Life (BCTAAFL) Program, and Chapel. The Program Assistant performs clerical and support tasks related to the academic administration of various programs within the academic administration of the institution. Responsible for managing the workload of assigned programs and communications throughout the institution in close association with program staff. If interested following the review of the job description, submit resume and cover letter to PTSHiring@ptstulsa.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with initial review beginning February 15.

History and Culture

Phillips Theological Seminary is a 110-year-old educational institution that offers theological education dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good. The primary method of fulfilling that mission has been offering master’s level education for clergy candidates. A key challenge is expanding the Seminary’s educational offerings to include a wider range of professional and lay education programs.

The Seminary offers four master’s degrees, one doctoral degree, as well as a Graduate Certificate. The physical campus is in northeast Tulsa. Students take courses at the Tulsa campus weekly, in weekend and in week-long concentrated courses, and online. Phillips’s 110 students come from 17 states and 17 denominations.

Phillips is a progressive Christian graduate school—meaning we employ critical historical scholarship and spiritually-formed imaginations as we seek to understand what it means to follow Jesus’ way in the world today, emphasizing how Christians should contribute to the common good through working for peace and justice with compassion and intelligence. Some people call the seminary "liberal."

The seminary's non-discrimination statement is broad-ranging and fairly indicates both the seminary's values and the diversity of persons who work and study at the seminary. Read the seminary's non-discrimination statement here.