Director of Theological Field Education

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Title Director of Theological Field Education (DTFE)
Campus: LAC - Ontario Campus
Department: Academic Services
Reports to: VP of Academic Services (VPAS)
Exempt: Yes
Position Status: Regular full-time
Effective: August 2020
Position Summary: The DTFE shall be a Trustee elected faculty member responsible for the program of Theological Field Education (TFE) and ministry internship program for all Gateway campuses.
Reporting: The DTFE reports to the VPAS relative to the overall quality, consistency, and state of the TFE program and ministry internships throughout the Gateway system of campuses. Also works with Regional Campus Directors (RCD) regarding appointments and approvals related to the TFE program at specific campuses.
Supervision: The DTFE supervises any assigned clerical support staff, adjunct faculty, and field supervisor volunteers serving in any context of the TFE program unless the context is being supervised by a local TFE Coordinator. Works with the RCD to supervise the local TFE Coordinators. Carries out supervisory responsibilities according to the Seminary's policies and applicable laws.
Coordination: The DTFE coordinates the TFE Program in all its contexts by working with the RCD and with the local TFE Coordinators and by coordinating and/or conducting annual training for Field Supervisors and Peer Group Reflection Leaders.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The following duties are considered essential to the job. With or without reasonable accommodation, qualified individuals must have the ability to:

Planning and Evaluation

  1. Working within the appropriate academic department and acquiring normal Faculty approvals, the DTFE oversees course proposals and minimum program requirements related to the Field Education program at Gateway.
  2. Leads the institution through established academic procedures to provide the structure and resources necessary to conduct the program.
  3. Works with the Academic Dean, Campus Director, and Regional TFE Coordinators to meet the particular needs of each campus, and to select adjunct faculty serving as Peer Reflection Group Leaders. (Peer Reflection Group Leaders may be adjunct faculty and, as such, must be approved to teach through the normal approval process for adjunct faculty appointment.)
  4. Consult with the RCD and local TFE Coordinator (if in place) regarding the annual budget for each campus' TFE program.
  5. Works with ministries and ministry leaders to establish and facilitate ministry internships in the Southern California region and works with the RCD of other campuses to promote similar internship opportunities.
  6. Leads in the annual assessment of the educational effectiveness of the TFE program and recommending to the faculty program modifications as needed.


  1. Orientation of students to the program at ONT and Online. Works with the RCD and/or Regional TFE Coordinator to orient students at other campuses to the TFE program.
  2. Approval of ministry settings and Field Supervisors at all campuses.
  3. Oversee online training of Field Supervisors in coordination with the RCD and/or Regional Campus TFE Coordinator.
  4. Oversee the training and supervision of Peer Reflection Group Leaders in coordination with the RCD and/or Regional Campus TFE Coordinator.
  5. Monitor the program at all campuses. Work with appropriate persons in problem-solving.
  6. Advise students (primarily at ONT and Online) in shaping their program to meet their needs.
  7. Conduct evaluation conferences of the students in the program, unless a local TFE Coordinator is in place, and encourage the RCD to serve as the evaluation conference facilitator on the regional campuses.
  8. Oversee the personnel maintaining records of each student’s work in the TFE program at all campuses.


  1. Maintains healthy relationships with churches, field supervisors, denominational persons (IMB, NAMB, etc.) and others necessary for supporting the TFE and internship programs.


  1. Administrative activities of the DTFE shall count as 10 hours of the normal full-time faculty teaching load of 20 hours/yr.
  2. DTFE will teach 10 hours of ministry courses, relate to faculty, and perform usual faculty assignments, committees, etc.
  3. Conduct ongoing research, presentation, and publication related to trends in ministry, churches, student needs, and field education.

Core Values:

The candidate must possess a strong commitment to the mission of Gateway Seminary, be an active member of a Southern Baptist Church, and possess a clear understanding of Baptist history, organization, polity, and culture.
Gateway Seminary is a confessional institution owned by the Southern Baptist Convention. While the seminary serves the larger evangelical Christian community, employees must embrace the values and standards the seminary represents as it fulfills its mission of shaping Christian leaders. Employees are expected to abide by the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, as well as our bylaws.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
Service Manages difficult or emotional situations with reason; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
Interpersonal Skills Possesses high regard for the worth of others; Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Technical Skills Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Communication Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents quantitative data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Strategic Able to look beyond the immediate to envision the changes needed in meeting the needs of tomorrow; able to look beyond the way things have been done to see new approaches.
Teamwork Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Promotes atmosphere of constant improvement.
Problem Solving Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Facilitates group problem-solving efforts.
Management Able to manage a diverse set of organizational functions and motivate the distinctly unique employee skill sets required in each.
Managing People Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; availability to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products, and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
Leadership Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Professionalism Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Maintains the highest integrity.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience
  • An appropriate doctoral degree with a specialization in ministry or field education
  • Experience in pastoral ministry
  • Experience in supervising staff and students
  • Background in experiential learning, theological reflection, and group process work such as Clinical Pastoral Education, Counseling practicums, Peer groups
Skills Language Skills: English Required. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak and perform effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Software: Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Time Management: Ability to consistently meet critical time deadlines in preparing financial reports, paying taxes, and managing cash flow.

Other Skills and Abilities: Eligible to be Trustee elected.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee should be capable of lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a person encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, though moderate noise can occur at meetings and social events. It is a well-lighted, heated, and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.

Evaluation: This position will be evaluated in the normal Faculty process of annual performance and evaluation. Additionally, written evaluations of the work of the DTFE shall be solicited from each of the regional campuses relative to the TFE program when that campus has offered a section of TFE in the previous academic year.

Length of Service: Unspecified, follows the normal service processes of trustee-elected faculty.

Compensation: The DTFE shall be compensated at the current salary level accorded his or her faculty rank.

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