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Dean of Graduate, Professional, and Online Programs

Portland, OR
Summary Description:  The Dean of Graduate, Professional, and Online Programs is a full-time, benefit eligible role reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  This role is responsible for the overall operation of the Professional and Graduate Studies program and online education, including the accreditation of all graduate and professional programs, expanding the online learning footprint, budget development, revenue projections, course scheduling, curriculum decisions, academic assessment, hiring recommendations and any other decisions concerning operation of the Professional and Graduate Studies, and online education.  The Dean provides supportive leadership in setting broad growth, sustainability, and continuous improvement of organizational goals, objectives, and policies, especially as it relates to the core operations of PGS and online education.  The Dean also oversees key components of the WPU student experience related to learning communities, and adjunct faculty development, and provides support to the division deans and program leaders, especially as related to faculty recruitment/hiring, orientation/training, professional development, and program reviews and accreditation services.

Primary Job Duties:
  • Provide managerial oversight of the Professional and Graduate Studies and online education
  • Provide leadership in accreditation of graduate programs, with an immediate focus on AACSB for the MBA and other programs in Business
  • Provide leadership in accreditation of all professional programs
  • Lead academic and process quality assurance, assessment, and continuous improvement efforts
  • Provide strategic managerial support for PGS budget development and management and revenue projections.
  • Mange quantitative and qualitative data for PGS and online education
  • Oversee academic advising functions and the implementation of learning communities for all students.
  • Manage course scheduling for all PGS locations
  • Manage course content development, revisions, and CANVAS training and use
  • Supervise instructional design team to ensure quality course development and site builds, securing free-lance support as necessary
  • Provide managerial support for academic quality evaluation and sustainability
  • Collaborate with Division Chairs to produce and manage course schedules in time for budgeting and enrollment tasks.
  • Collaborate with Division Chairs to ensure sufficient summer school and Learning Community offerings.
  • Design and implement new programs and curriculum for Professional and Graduate Studies program as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Division Chairs to provide support for the recruitment and screening for the appointment of new full-time faculty (coordinating job posting, advertising, collecting applications, providing evaluation rubrics, etc.).
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, orientation and mentoring of adjunct instructors.
  • Conduct and/or review academic assessments for programs and evaluations of faculty members.
  • Provide oversight for ongoing faculty development through scholarly associations, development programs, research activities, conferences, etc., and assist in the management and dissemination of funds for these purposes.
  • Oversee operations of the Professional and Graduate Studies program including facilities, bookstore partnership, clerical support, faculty contracting and scheduling, registration, and academic counseling.
  • Work collaboratively with supervisors in Records and Financial Aid to ensure that PGS student service goals are being achieved.
  • Manage the growth and quality of Summer Semester and online programs
  • Provide VPAA with regular updates and data on the status of the Professional and Graduate Studies program.
  • Responsible for all duties in leadership, oversight and departmental functions for the Professional and Graduate Studies Programs (PGS), which include both the Adult Undergraduate Programs and the Graduate Programs
  • Actively participates in the review, amendment, and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.
  • Serve on various campus committees as requested.
  • 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.
  • Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or EdD from an accredited university
  • A minimum of five years serving as a ranked professor in Higher Education with graduate teaching or mentoring experience
  • A Masters and 10 years administrative experience in higher education and monitoring and evaluation may be considered in lieu of a PhD
  • Strategic and organizational agility with the ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels or the organization including internal and external constituencies.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in an executive/leadership role encompassing a broad range of managerial responsibility in Higher Education with an emphasis on assessment, program development, evaluation, faculty development, training
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and initiate and implement projects independently.
  • Ability to multi-task, works effectively, and meets deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate financial information to others and effective public speaking skills.
  • Strong leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to make effective decisions based on facts and sound judgment.
  • Proficient in computer programs including Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel, and the Internet.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience serving as Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies programs managing faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff.
  • Experience in growth, development, and management of an Professional and Graduate Studies program in an urban setting.

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

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.

In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please submit your cover letter and CV/Resume to HR@warnerpacific.edu.  Applicants invited to participate in the interview process will be asked to complete WPU’s online employment application at a later time. 

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