Friday, 8 June 2007

Position: NT Tutor, Wycliffe Hall

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford announces the appointment of the position of Tutor in New Testament. The college is going through some difficult times at the moment, as highlighted in the press. So do be in prayers for the college.

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Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Tutor in New Testament

Job Description

Wycliffe Hall is an international centre for evangelical Christian life and thought within the University of Oxford. It is both a theological college of the Church of England and a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University. The Hall trains ordinands, mainly for the Anglican ministry, but also welcomes independent students, postgraduates, school-leaver undergraduates and a variety of others. The total student student body is in the region of 130 students. We also have a thriving part-time course with around 70 students and another 60 on an American Studies programme in Oxford. It is committed to the task of training Christian leaders for both church and society, through a focus on theology, community and mission.

The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, in partnership with Wycliffe and the Zacharias Trust, is also based at Wycliffe Hall

From 1st September 2007, or as soon as possible thereafter, we are looking to make appointment of Tutor in New Testament. This is a significant opportunity to contribute to teaching and research in the Hall and the University as well as contributing to the task of ministerial and spiritual formation in those called to ordained and other ministry.

Major Roles and Responsibilities

1 Teaching

§ A lead role in tutorial teaching for those undertaking the BA Honours school in Theology in the University of Oxford, especially those from within the Hall. This will involve tutoring in the following papers:
- the Gospels and Jesus
- Pauline literature

§ Delivering lectures and other involvement within the Faculty of Theology of the University, including the potential supervision of research students

§ Teaching within Wycliffe Hall (alongside the other New Testament lecturer, the Revd Dr Peter Walker), the New Testament syllabus for the University of Oxford Bachelor of Theology and other ministry courses. This is likely to include contributions in the following areas:

- Jesus and the gospels, including their reliability;
- New Testament books, including Matthew, John, Romans, 1 Corinthians;
- Other New Testament books or topics either as part of the syllabus or the wider bible teaching programme of the Hall (eg in ‘Bible themed weeks’ or ‘Integrated Study Weeks’).

2 Research: research, writing, reading and publication in areas of expertise.

3 Other responsibilities

§ Being a member of the college Academic team (as part of the management structure of the Hall).
§ Leading a college fellowship group, including report writing.
§ Leading a preaching group and associated responsibilities.
· To contribute, as requested, to teaching on the Hall’s evening Diploma course.
§ Other administrative and wider college responsibilities as directed by the Principal

Person & Skills Specification

We are looking for someone with significant ability in teaching and research, and with a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ. A postgraduate qualification (probably at doctoral level) is essential and experience of university level teaching an advantage. The candidate should be able to enthuse and inspire students for the gospel and its teaching.

The successful applicant:

  • will be committed to the Evangelical ethos of the college and be able to relate sympathetically to students from a wide variety of church backgrounds, including charismatic, open and conservative evangelicals;

  • will have a clear belief and commitment to the authority of Scripture and the transforming power of the Word of God;

  • will have a biblical understanding of ministry consonant with the Trust Deed of Wycliffe Hall;

  • will be able to encourage and enthuse students for leadership, mission and ministry;

  • will be prepared actively to support the training of women and men together for leadership in the church;

  • will be gifted in the areas of New Testament teaching;

  • will be theologically well-qualified and have a higher degree (probably a doctorate);

  • will be able to bring the skills of theological and biblical reflection upon practice;

  • must be able to teach students clearly and sympathetically and to enthuse them.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the postholder is a Christian man or woman, being in full sympathy with the ethos and aims of Wycliffe Hall. Regulation 7(2)a of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies.

Enhanced CRB disclosure is required.

All tutors, prior to formal appointment, will be required to sign a declaration approving the objects and principles upon which Wycliffe Hall was founded and to uphold them.


This post is offered subject to the satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period and the capability and disciplinary provisions set out in the employee handbook. The salary is provided on Wycliffe’s scale (linked to both the Lichfield Scale and the University of Oxford) and will be £24,697 (as at 1 April 2007) plus housing (either a college provided property or an allowance of up to £15,000 per annum).

In addition, in the case of an ordained person, the employee will be a member of the Church of England Pension Scheme, and the college will be the responsible body for contributions. In the case of a lay appointee, an amount equal to 20% of the stipend would be payable to a private pension scheme. However, arrangements can be made for the pension to be taken as part of the salary.

30 days per year, in accordance with the College Holiday Policy, in addition to public holidays, which if these fall during college term, shall be taken at an agreed time during vacations.

Study leave
Currently tutors are provided with study leave of 3 months in a four-year period.

Book Grant
A book grant of £563 per annum is provided.

Meals in college
The appointee will be entitled to free college meals except when the kitchen is closed.

The job description is correct as at 7 June 2007. It will, however, be discussed between the appointee and the Principal of Wycliffe Hall, and may be amended from time-to-time, following such consultation, to reflect developments in or changes to the job.

To apply for this post, please send the following
1) A full CV.
2) A personal statement explaining your vision for this position and the experience you have which might qualify you for this post.
3) The names and addresses of TWO referees.
4) A covering letter.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications by email.

§ Applications are to arrive by 28 June 2007.
§ Interviews are likely to take place at Wycliffe Hall on 11 July 2007.
§ Shortlisted candidates will be expected to give a ten-minute presentation on one aspect of contemporary New Testament studies designed for first year ministerial students.

If you have queries about the post or wish to have an informal discussion regarding this vacancy, please contact Helen Mitchell, College Administrator (01865 274201).

Please send applications to:

Miss Helen Mitchell, College Administrator, Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road,
Oxford, OX2 6PW

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