Continuing Education Program Convener

AST’s Continuing Education programming is a longstanding element of the University’s commitment to public education. Continuing Education events and programs take place throughout the academic year, including the summer term, and invite a wide range of participants to discover or to advance their learning in theology, leadership, and pastoral practice with innovation and creativity.

Printable version of the information that appears below (pdf): Continuing Education Program Convener position


May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018


Primarily on the campus of Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax


The Continuing Education Program Convener is a new part-time term position (250 hours) that has overall responsibility for the coordination of both traditional and innovative Continuing Education programming through AST. The Convener will work closely with the Academic Dean, the Academic Assistant, the Registrar, the Faculty, guest instructors, and the Advancement Department.

The Continuing Education Program Convener will be responsible for implementing and further developing Atlantic School of Theology’s vision for non-degree and non-certificate programming (see below). The role involves the following:

Program research and development

  • Research, propose, and implement a method or methods for online and paper registration for ConEd programs at AST
  • Research, propose and implement a method of recording the participation and information of ConEd participants, including:
    • Developing email and mailing lists
    • The issuing and recording of Continuing Education Unit certificates
    • Possible recognition at Convocation
  • Research ConEd programming at other institutions and write a five- to eight-page report on best practices by November 30, 2017
  • Propose various program design models and financial models for ConEd programs at AST, with special attention to creativity and innovation
  • Investigate external funding sources to support ConEd programming at AST and coordinate grant applications with the Advancement Office
  • Consult the AST Integrated Alumni Association regarding their hopes and plans for Continuing Education

Program delivery

  • Develop ConEd program offerings on campus and online, and recruit instructors for those programs, in consultation with the Dean
  • Encourage and assist AST faculty to provide ConEd sections of their credit courses
  • Host guest speakers for Pine Hill lecture series and the Paul Wattson lecture (including hospitality, transportation, accommodation) with the assistance of the Administrative Assistant (Academic), and arrange for and supervise technological/AV support as needed
  • Promote ConEd offerings through the Advancement Department
  • Convene a ConEd advisory group
  • Provide a brief written update (1-2 pages) to the Dean once each month (excluding July and August)
  • Other related duties as assigned

Personal Profile

You are well suited to this position if you are a self-starter who can take initiative and work independently as well as on teams. You have experience with continuing education programming, and bring a spirit of entrepreneurship. Your background in university and faith communities provides you with strong insight into these unique contexts. You have experience managing a budget and designing programs. Others would call you collaborative, enthusiastic, creative, a strong communicator, a team player, and tactful. Your abilities with technology are a significant asset.

Hours of work

This position will involve daytime, evening, and weekend responsibilities

Rate of pay

$26 per hour plus 4% vacation pay, invoiced to AST up to a maximum of 250 hours over the 12-month term

Reports to

Academic Dean


Through continuing education programming, Atlantic School of Theology offers innovative theological education in a range of formats to persons who are not currently seeking a formal degree, diploma, or certificate.

AST will continue to provide such programming to an ever-widening circle of participants, both on campus and online. Social enterprise will be a new area of focus for the 2017-2020 cycle, in conjunction with more traditional program offerings.

Further, continuing education introduces theological education to participants with a view to inviting them to consider a degree, diploma, or certificate at AST.

Continuing Education programming will become a source of net income for AST.

To apply (email only)

Forward a brief cover letter, your c.v., and the contact information for two references to:
Dr. Rob Fennell
Acting Academic Dean

Application deadline

12 noon on March 29, 2017


April 4 or April 5, 2017

We thank all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Atlantic School of Theology

AST is an integrated tri-denominational and ecumenical school of theology and Christian ministry accredited by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1971 by the Divinity Faculty of the University of King’s College (Anglican Church of Canada), Holy Heart Theological Seminary (The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Halifax), and Pine Hill Divinity Hall (United Church of Canada). AST is affiliated with Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. The school offers the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Arts, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies; an Adult Education Certificate in Theological Studies (fully online); a Diploma in Youth Ministry; and a Diploma in the New Evangelization. AST is committed to equity in employment.