Executive Director - Aquinas Center at Candler School of Theology

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Affiliated Organizations
Aquinas Center of Theology
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Executive Leadership
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Discover Your Career at Emory University

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The Aquinas Center of Theology (ACT) at Candler School of Theology at Emory University seeks a visionary, collaborative Executive Director to manage its operations and advance its mission of enhancing the Catholic scholarly presence across Emory University and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.


The Executive Director will lead the internal and outward-facing activities of the Aquinas Center of Theology, overseeing the mission, administration, and programs of the organization and securing adequate resources to ensure its growth. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors, is a liaison to the Candler School of Theology, and regularly collaborates with Candler’s Catholic Studies program. An ideal, qualified candidate will be deeply engaged in Catholic life, well-versed in Catholic theology, and an active participant in contemporary Catholic theological conversations about the present and future of the Church. The candidate will have knowledge of and engagement with Catholic intellectual traditions and enthusiasm for building diverse community collaborations.



  • Work with ACT’s Board of Directors to determine the vision and strategy for the Center, and effectively recruit and manage staff to ensure implementation of the strategic plan
  • Manage ACT’s daily operations, budget, and finances, working in collaboration with staff and relevant officers and entities within the universityPursue and implement creative ways to enhance the Catholic scholarly presence across Emory University and the region though programs, activities, opportunities for lay engagement, and the dissemination of cutting-edge scholarship
  • Administer and advise students in the undergraduate Catholic Studies minor (qualified candidates also may be invited to teach one course per academic year)
  •  Collaborate with the Catholic Studies program and other faculty and staff at Candler School of Theology through programming, educational outreach, and other events
  • Develop and execute successful fundraising strategies and cultivate new and existing relationships with donors
  • Expertly steward resources, including donor gifts, for the financial viability and fiscal integrity of ACT
  • Regularly report to the Board of Directors, maintaining effective communication and providing timely and accurate information


  • Master’s degree in a discipline related to program work and five years of experience, which includes at least three years in a leadership role
  • OR equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.


  • PhD (or equivalent) in Theology or related discipline
  • Knowledge of and engagement with Catholic intellectual traditions
  • Experience with marketing/publicity, overseeing events, and program management
  • Budgetary experience including hands-on budget management skills, budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Experience building or participating in diverse community collaborations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Commitment to acting with integrity and treating all people with Christian charity
  • Dedication to being a good steward of resources, including the financial gifts entrusted to the Aquinas Center from donors
  • Eagerness to listen and adapt to the needs and concerns of others

The Aquinas Center at Candler School of Theology, Emory University provides a Catholic scholarly presence for the benefit of Emory University, the Archdiocese and the region. Our programming engages the intellectual and moral life of the Church by sharing our tradition in an ecumenical setting, fostering faith and dialogue. We welcome all people who seek to enhance their knowledge of the living Catholic tradition.


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Connect With Us!