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Dean, Natural Sciences and Health Division

Portland, OR
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts university dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description: The Dean of Natural Sciences and Health is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Academic Vice President and is responsible for overseeing faculty, curriculum, and other related functions of programs in the division, including Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Kinesiology, and Sports and Recreation Management. The Dean holds academic rank as an Associate or Full Professor, depending on previous experience and accomplishments.
Essential Functions:
The successful candidate must present strong evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position, which include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing innovative, strategic, and collaborative leadership of the academic programs in the Natural Sciences and Health division, which currently include: Biology, Kinesiology, Physical Science, Sports Management, Sports Medicine, other Pre-health sciences, and mathematics.
  • Developing course schedules for the academic year, in conjunction with the Academic Council and in consultation with division/program faculty
  • Aiding in planning division/program summer course offerings
  • Maintaining current information about the division/program in official university publications, including but not limited to the catalog, website, advising checklists, and marketing slicks
  • Maintaining effective communication within the division/program, including via regularly scheduled division/program meetings, and open communication with other divisions/programs, especially with respect to common needs, service courses, and interdisciplinary projects
  • Maintaining records of division meetings, decisions, assignments, and other items
  • Providing assistance to Enrollment/Marketing to recruit and retain students for the division’s programs
  • Providing assistance to the Office of Advancement related to promoting the division's interest beyond the campus, including support for its fundraising efforts
  • Preparing and submitting annual division/program budget requests, in consultation with division/program faculty, and supervising the implementation of the approved budget
  • Supervising department faculty and support staff, including a lab assistant and student employees
  • Establishing, where advisable and with approval of the CAO and the President, advisory councils comprised of members of the community, to assist in supporting the division’s work
  • Working cooperatively with the Dean of Nursing to support of the WPU Nursing Program
  • Engaging faculty in continuous program evaluation to measure and increase effectiveness.
  • Facilitating student information needs, responding to student issues, and taking appropriate corrective actions.
  • Coordinating the recruitment, search, and screening process of new faculty members, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources and the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Orienting new faculty members to the university, the division, and course demands
  • Evaluating each faculty member in conjunction with the Faculty Evaluation process
  • Conducting research related to your specific field or discipline.
  • Participating in committees related to faculty and university governance.
  • Teaching courses (50% load) related to biology and/or other areas of subject matter expertise.
 General Responsibilities:
  • Work collegially with faculty, staff and students.
  • Understand and positively promote the University’s mission, core themes, vision and values.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  • Be inclusive and sensitive in terms of human relations and human differences, in regard to areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Masters Degree or above in Biological or other Natural Science or field related to the disciplines outlined above.
  • University teaching experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching in higher education.
  • Administrative experience in higher education.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Biology or other Natural Science or related field.
  • Record of a research agenda related to natural sciences and health.
  • Service in positions of leadership in professional organizations.
  • Experience in grant writing and administration.
 Physical Demands – Work Environment:
The position is located in a typical office environment. Professional/business casual attire is required.
To apply, please read the Employment and Lifestyle Standards statement below, then complete the online application at www.warnerpacific.edu/jobs. Please also submit the following with your application (you may attach these documents at the conclusion of the online application):
*Cover Letter

*Curriculum Vitae or Resume
*Essay Response to the Following Questions:
 1. How does your personal faith reflect the principles stated in terms 1, 2, and 3 of the Employment Standards? (listed below)
 2.  How does your personal philosophy of education and commitment to the synthesis of faith and learning reflect the principles stated in items 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8? (listed below)
Employment and Lifestyle Standards: 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Holy Bible. 

Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.
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