The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) seeks a new Dean of Studies (Dunedin based)

The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) is part of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and was established in 2007. The Knox Centre continues the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitment, tradition and practice of training and forming ministers and leaders since 1877. The Knox Centre is located within Knox College, in Dunedin. 

Its primary purpose is to form ministers and leaders for service in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and partner churches. We work in partnership with a variety of groups and relationships  – including Te Aka Puaho, presbyteries, Global Mission, Presbyterian Youth Ministries (PYM), Presbyterian Children and Families Ministry (PCFM), and local congregations – to serve a cross-cultural church in a bicultural context.

Responsibilities
The Dean of Studies has responsibility for managing and administering the NOM Internship curriculum, and providing advice for the training and formation of LOM Probationers. 

As a member of the KCML team, Dean of Studies will continually develop and implement programmes for ministry formation, leadership development, continuing professional development, and ongoing support for ministers, elders and other leaders and recognised ministries in the church.

This role requires lecturing in at least one (possibly two) of the seven subjects which comprise the NOM internship programme. The teaching load is complemented with a significant role in the ongoing formation and training of NOM Interns. 

The Dean of Studies will engage at presbytery/parish level and deliver training and formation of ministers, elders, LSM, and laity whether that be in–person, online, or in written form.

He korero mou - About you
Ideally you will be a member of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand or a member of a church in the Reformed tradition in Aotearoa New Zealand; candidates from other traditions will also be considered.

Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience
Essential
•    Active commitment to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
•    Highly developed administrative skills and high attention to detail
•    Highly developed written and oral communication skills
•    Highly developed demonstrable people management skills and proven ability to build, nurture and sustain interpersonal relationships together with self-awareness
•    At least five years in full–time vocational Christian ministry and leadership with strong preference in Aotearoa New Zealand – and current experience in Aotearoa New Zealand desired, especially since 2020
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in Christian Education, Ministry Formation and Leadership Development
•    IT and online learning demonstrable competence and experience
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in communal and individual spiritual discernment disciplines/practices
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in bicultural; multicultural and cross-cultural ministries
Desirable 
•    Academic qualifications in theology, with a PhD or DMin being the preferred level of qualification
•    At least ten years in full–time vocational Christian ministry and leadership with strong preference in Aotearoa New Zealand – and current experience in Aotearoa New Zealand desired, especially since 2020
•    Experience in effective congregational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand preferred
•    Preferred published research in relevant areas

The full list of experience and competencies required is outlined in the position description.

Me pehea te tuku tono | How to apply
•    Download the KCML Profile
•    Download the Dean of Studies Position Description
Please provide a covering letter and CV and include referees.
Please include in your covering letter your top three choices of subjects you would prefer to teach in the NOM Internship Programme. Course descriptions of all subjects taught can be found here.

Please send your completed application to the principal of KCML, geoff@knoxcentre.ac.nz before the closing date of Friday 17 February 2023, 5pm. (Please note – no late applications will be considered).

Interviews are likely to be conducted 21 – 24 March 2023.