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Director of Learning Communities

Portland, OR
Summary Description:  Through the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Warner Pacific University is creating the position of Director of Learning Communities to provide administrative leadership to the curricular and co-curricular elements of freshmen learning communities.  The Director of Learning Communities is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  This person’s primary tasks include support of faculty generally in the achievement of desired learning outcomes and specifically in the development and training of best practices related to learning communities. In order to do so, the Director must work closely with appropriate faculty to maintain awareness of the current trends in higher education relative to the broad demographic represented in the University’s traditional program student populations. 
Primary Job Duties:
  • Collaborate with faculty team to translate the vision of learning communities into reality
  • Develop and organize the implementation of an effective model for use of learning communities at Warner Pacific University.
  • Facilitate the implementation of experiential and service-learning components connected to the city in each learning community.
  • Train and organize mentors from staff, alumni, and other constituents to provide opportunities for student growth in areas ranging from academic success to purpose and personal fulfillment.
  • Advise and provide support to students and faculty involved in learning communities. 
  • Engage in resource and research development to provide innovative theory and practical management tools learning communities.
  • Collaborate with faculty in the identification of opportunities to expand the learning community model across the curriculum
  • Develop and mentor faculty to ensure that the core student learning outcomes are implemented with fidelity.
  • Facilitate faculty access to and the implementation of best practices for working with diverse students, including, but not limited to the following:
  • Small, multicultural classes
  • First-generation University students
  • Students from multiple generations
  • Partner with faculty to embed learning community assignments within the curriculum.
  • Monitor and provide feedback on faculty and student comments related to the use of learning communities.
  • Conduct research and encourage faculty to engage in multi-disciplinary research related to best practices in academic learning communities.
  • Lead the  systematic planning, assessment and data management  for the effectiveness and continuous improvement of initiatives related to learning communities.
  • Prepare an annual report on the accomplishments of learning teams relative to the Murdock grant and institutional priorities
  • Seek new funding pipelines to support FYLC initiatives.
  • Significantly contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of diversity, including national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A master’s degree in an appropriate field.
  • Experience in teaching and learning environments.
  • Experience with grant funded programs.
  • Experience in research, assessment and data management skills
  • Experience in creating and leading team-based projects.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in securing or seeking grants
  • Ability to work collegially with faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to understand and positively promote the University’s mission, core themes, vision and values.
  • Demonstrable experience working effectively with diverse populations.
To apply, please read the Employment and Lifestyle Standards statement below, then complete the online application at https://warnerpacific.catsone.com/careers/1611-General 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.

Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students 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.

Physical Demands – Work Environment: 
The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.

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