Position Announcement: Principal Investigator, Religious Workforce Project

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Principal Investigator, Religious Workforce Project

Located in Washington, DC, Wesley Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of The United Methodist Church that prepares women and men to be exceptional leaders, teachers, and preachers. Our culturally and ethnically diverse student body represents nearly 40 different Christian denominations, from nearly every state in the union, and from every continent on earth except Antarctica. Our graduates go on to lead churches, nonprofits, justice and advocacy programs, international NGO’s, community health programs, and helping agencies around the world. A single graduating class of Wesley scholars will positively impact more than half-a-million people in their ministry careers.


Position Description:

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, three-year position as the Principal Investigator for the Religious Workforce Project from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. The position is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to research the changing patterns among the workforce of U.S. Christian congregations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As Principal Investigator, ensure that the Religious Workforce Project achieves its stated goals, on schedule, and with the highest research standards
  • Organize and execute the qualitative research components of the grant
  • Collaborate on accessing other staffing needs related to research components
  • Collaborate on the quantitative components of the research
  • Report to the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and serve on staff
  • Have faculty standing (non-tenure track) with occasional teaching as negotiated


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in sociology of religion, practical theology or a related discipline is required, although ABD candidates will be considered. Demonstrated familiarity in the areas of congregational studies, demographic studies and knowledge of existing national congregational surveys are desirable.

  • Rooted in the ecumenical Christian heritage
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in qualitative research is a requirement. 
  • Competency in SPSS, Python or some other statistical analysis software is desirable. 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


To Apply:

Send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and the names and positions of three references for an initial screening of candidates to: F. Douglas Powe, Jr., lewiscenter@wesleyseminary.edu, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, www.churchleadership.com

Posted:                              Closes: When filled

Wesley Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Wesley Theological Seminary values diversity and inclusion. We value diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as well as a background check and supporting references.