Position Summary: The Dean of Academic Affairs leads the graduate programs of the seminary. This position develops innovative course designs that are focused on training successful students and strengthening churches using the Northern Live delivery system.
• PhD in process or completed in religious studies or EdD
The director will demonstrate proficiency in these values.
International, Interracial, Intercultural and Mutual
We are strongest when we reflect the breadth of Christ’s church through intentional efforts to be agents of reconciliation and people who affirm the equal calling of women and men to lead the church and engage the world. Our graduates, faculty and staff demonstrate God’s love around the world and across lines of culture, race and gender.
The Gospel is best proclaimed and shared by equipped church leaders who are committed to mission, prayer, faith, compassion. Five students in San Antonio are living that mission, and while students at Northern, they have planted four new congregations.
We best serve our students and their churches when we are resourceful, strategic and capable, relying on integrity to guide all interactions.
We long to be in relationship with God and his world as we pursue His wisdom and study His Word.
Knowledge and Skills: Strong candidates will possess the following knowledge and skills:
• Strong commitment to the church and an understanding of curricula needed to train persons for church leadership
• Familiarity with and implementation of distance learning delivery models
• Higher education administration
• Innovative understanding of degree programs at the master’s and doctoral level including but not limited to tuition, scholarships, program development, and church relations
• Ability to work in a high functioning team environment with world-class scholars
• Supervisory experience over high functioning staff
• Ability to interface with congregations to design and implement contextually relevant degree programs
• Administration. Strong administrative background in managing detailed logistical information.
• Agreement. Complies with the Seminary Faith and Community Standard statements.
• Interpersonal Relationships. Promotes harmony and cooperation within working relationships; receives and makes assignments well; effectively addresses and resolves conflicts with others
• Initiative and Self-Reliance. Takes action without direction; uses sound judgment in decision making; looks for new and better ways to accomplish goals
• Trust and Integrity. Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values; practices what he or she preaches
• Compliance. Complies with all federal guidelines related to FERPA and Higher Education
• Teaching. Ability to teach graduate students to think critically and engage their church contexts
• Innovation. Ability to innovate and use entrepreneurial operating system (EOS) in planning
Duties and Responsibilities
• Serves as a member of the Cabinet
• Supervises faculty, director of library and informational technology Budget oversight of the academic dean and program managers departmental budgets
• Executes a plan for evaluation and development of the faculty
• Attends trustee board meetings as requested
• The Dean is the permanent chairperson of the faculty and chairs the Faculty Professional Development Committee, the Masters Committee, and other ad hoc committees that may be established. The Interim Dean does not chair the search committee for a permanent Dean.
• Leads the academic dean’s office and faculty to implement the strategies of Northern’s strategic plan
• Recruits and supervises and faculty members
• Nurture the scholarly work of faculty members and assist them to identify grants and support for their work
• Recruit and supervise adjunct faculty
• Designs innovative faculty positions to adapt to the needs of churches, foundations, and students.
• Teaches a minimum of two courses/year
C. Academic Programs
• Oversee the development and implementation of masters and doctoral degree programs
• Direct the Doctor of Ministry programs
• Provide leadership for developing curricula and courses delivered through Northern Live
• Oversee development of degree programs at each of Northern’s centers
• Administer and maintain academic standards for all degree programs
• Administer follow up implementation from ATS self-study
• Supervise faculty mentors
• Assess and implement systems for efficient course schedules, course loads, and faculty teaching loads
• Implement recommendations from the shared governance workshop of trustees and faculty
E. Academic offices and administration
• Work with Sr. Executive Director of Student Services to ensure academic and congregational proficiency of students
• Grow Master of Divinity degree that can be delivered via Northern Live
• Work with student services office to integrate LMS, SIS, and CMS systems across Northern’s systems
• Develop and implement systems to allow students start throughout the year
• Transition cohort model to fully distance model per ATS requirements
• Oversee APDP Program that allows students to complete coursework and enter churches
• Oversee development of Faith, Work, and Economics program in Mission Innovation
• Work with faculty to implement the race and gender diversity and inclusion task force recommendations.
• Work with faculty to offer a classroom experience that reflects the diversity of Northern’s mission to be interracial and intercultural (Faculty)
• Develop degree programs that respond to the needs of churches and train students for the church.
• Define and assess strong and effective student leaders. Create an assessment program to measure fruitfulness in graduates. (Academics).
• Oversee development of a church planting training institute to recruit and train pastors and church planters
• Transition South Side center to fully distance
• Update the certificate of ministry program to provide “transferrable” credits into M.A. or M.Div. programs.
• Research and assess strong and effective churches.
• Integrate Oikonomia network programming across curriculum.
• Grow Anglican studies program (Academics)
• Respond to ATS focused evaluation visit (Program Development)
a. Demonstrate institutional planning and evaluation
b. Demonstrate ongoing evaluation procedures for institutional vitality
c. Demonstrate the ways in which its various initiatives are effectively supporting its institutional mission and vision
d. Attend to issues of coherence and consistency across the school’s numerous degree programs, concentrations, and non-degree offerings.
• Design accelerated degree pathways for students
F. Congregational Life
• Speaks as needed on behalf of Northern in congregations
• Maintains active participation in a congregation and interfaces regularly with church leaders
• Participate in the ATS focused visit
Staff meetings are monthly. Cabinet/Level 10 meetings are weekly.
• Office environment – ability to work in a fast paced and stressful environment
• May be sitting for long periods of time
• Use of computer – may be looking at computer screen for long periods of time
• Must be able to lift more than 50 pounds or less without assistance
• Must provide own form of transportation
Equal Opportunity Employer/Statement of Faith:
• Northern Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.
• Northern Seminary seeks candidates who are dedicated followers of Christ, have a sincere desire to be an integral part of the mission of the Seminary, and demonstrated commitment to Northern’s statement of faith and standard of conduct.