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Associate Dean of Adult Degree Completion and Online Programs

Portland, OR · Administrative
Summary Description:  As a direct report to the VPAA, the Associate Dean of Adult Degree Completion and Online Programs will have oversight of the strategy and operations of the Adult Degree Completion programs at Warner Pacific University, called Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS).  The position will provide leadership for online education programs and guiding faculty in effective educational delivery methods in collaboration with the WPU Canvas administrator.  The position will expand the online learning footprint through new program development and responding to student and local workforce needs. The position will collect data and make revenue and enrollment projections, which will impact course scheduling, staffing, and curriculum decisions. The Associate Dean will collaborate across all academic areas to support hiring decisions, faculty training, orientation, and development in instructional practices.  Also they will support curriculum development, assessment, and program review, with emphasis on online education. 

Primary Job Duties:
  • Provide managerial oversight of the Adult Degree Completion and Online Programs (PGS) at the University.
  • Work cooperatively deans, department heads and faculty across all academic areas of the college to create academic programs and build program schedules, with attention to enrollment trends and budgetary concerns.
  • Work with various departments on instructor recruitment, hiring, orientation, and mentorship for PGS faculty. 
  • Oversee accuracy and contracts and payment for PGS faculty.
  • Engage in instructional design in various modes, with focus on effective online course delivery. Ensure quality course development and site builds in the Canvas environment in collaboration with the Canvas administrator at WPU. Implement “best practices” in online learning for adult students.
  • Participate in assessment activities for both courses and programs to ensure academic quality. Engage in course and faculty assessments in the online learning environment using schemas such as Quality Matters.
  • Actively work with Admissions Department to develop recruitment strategies.
  • Assess community needs and develop programs that are relevant to the regional workforce.
  • Integrates adult education learning theory into degree programs and understands the special needs of adult students to facilitate their retention and graduation.
  • Understand university degree requirements and interpret coursework to ensure relevancy and transferability of coursework in the programs and schedules.
  • Communicate and understand the aspects of the Admissions and Financial Aid departments. Effectively communicate with students around issues and serve as a resource.
  • Communicate effectively and problem solve with students, faculty and staff related to academic issues. 
  • Establish and manage data systems and collection for PGS and online education programs to ensure that program goals are being met, including attention to revenue and enrollment projections.
  • Work collaboratively with academic advising functions and cultivate positive transfer opportunities for students.
  • Design and implement new programs and curriculum for Adult Degree Completion and Online Programs   as appropriate.
  • 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:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of two years serving in educational administrative leadership.  OR
  • Master’s Degree and 1 year of educational administrative experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in online educational platforms and program delivery.
  • Strategic and organizational mindset with the ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels or the organization including internal and external constituencies.
  • Experience with 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 meet deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to understand and communicate financial information and enrollment data.
  • Proficient in computer programs including Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel, and facility learning various online platforms for data and budget information. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience managing faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff, including recruitment, orientation and training
  • Experience in growth, development, and management of educational programs with attention to recruitment and enrollment strategies. 
  • Teaching experience, especially in a higher education environment.
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising.
Physical Demands – Work Environment: 
The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business attire is required.

Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, 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 mission underscores education WITH PURPOSE, which means demonstrating faith in action through vocation and service. In this way, WPU guides students towards meaningful academic and career goals

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 Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is a proud HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), MSI (Minority Serving Institution) and ANAPISI (Asian, Native America and Pacific Islander Serving Institution). WPU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, and 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. In the fall of 2023, more than 59% of our traditional students were racially or ethnically diverse. 

In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at https://warnerpacific.catsone.com/careers/1611-General Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Resume

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