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Multnomah University

Dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Multnomah University
Portland, Oregon, United States

Date Posted: 06/18/2008
Categories: Administrative
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
The President of Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University invites applications from qualified applicants for the position of Dean of the Seminary. Candidates should possess a terminal degree in biblical, theological, or pastoral studies (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min, or its equivalent) with experience in academic administration and instruction. The appointee will oversee the seminarys faculty and staff, its academic programs and accreditation, its spiritual life, and its student community.

All candidates must hold to the Protestant evangelical faith as articulated in the seminarys doctrinal statement and embrace the mission and values of Multnomah. Strong relational, academic, administrative, and mentoring skills are highly valued, as are aptitudes in organization, written and oral communication, strategic planning, and finances. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Base salary range is appropriate to a senior administration position and is negotiable, depending on experience. The position includes medical insurance and other benefits.

To facilitate the search process, on-line applications are strongly preferred through HigherEdDecisions, our search support partner. To apply on-line, please go to and click on the Dean of the Seminary link to apply, for assistance accessing our on-line applicant portal, contact Tracy Moreschi, Director of Human Resources, at 503.251.5309. Applicants should apply online through HigherEdDecisions with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and references by June 30, 2008.

Multnomahs doctrinal statement and values statement can be downloaded from Multnomahs website, (included in the downloadable staff application). The full job description of the seminary deans position is included at the end of this announcement.



POSITION RESPONSIBLE FOR: All seminary faculty (full time and adjuncts), Director of Library, Seminary Dean of Students, Seminary Director of Placement, Director of Seminary Connect (for online education), Director of the Institute for the Theology of Culture, and seminary staff.

MISSION: To supervise seminary faculty and staff, direct curriculum and program development, coordinate with recruitment, alumni, and communication departments for seminary promotion, provide other necessary leadership for the seminary, and assist in the leadership of Multnomah University at all levels through the Presidents Council.

Institutional Responsibilities (20%)

Objective: To support the overall mission of Multnomah Biblical Seminary through effective planning, budgeting, reporting, evaluating, and communication with the President.

Support Multnomahs mission, and annually:
oSign Multnomah's doctrinal statement.
oSign Multnomah's value statement.
oAgree to Multnomah's mission statements.

Prepare and submit an annual budget.
Participate in departmental strategic planning.
Submit annual staff evaluations.
Submit an annual seminary report to the President.
Meet regularly with the President.
Serve as a staff liaison on the boards Seminary Oversight Committee.
Serve on committees and complete special projects as requested by the President.
Represent Multnomah to outside constituencies as appropriate.

Administrative Responsibilities (20%)

Objective: To provide leadership in attaining the educational goals of Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

Develop and maintain an effective seminary organizational structure.
Supervise the seminarys Internship Director.
Supervise the seminary Placement Director.
Oversee the recruitment, orientation, training, and evaluation of staff
Coordinate recruitment and retention efforts with the Vice President of Enrollment Management.
Supervise the seminarys Director of the Institute for the Theology of Culture.
Supervise the Director of Seminary Connect, the online program.

Educational Responsibilities (20%)

Objective: To maintain effectively the academic affairs of Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

Supervise the development of educational policy, curriculum, and, programs.
Maintain the recognition, and accreditation of the seminary before appropriate agencies (such as the State of Oregon, ATS, NWCCU, and ABHE).
Oversee the regular evaluation of current educational programs through alumni surveys, student evaluations, and internal assessment.
Oversee the seminarys summer school program.
Supervise the budgeting and staffing of the Institute for the Theology of Culture (New Wine, New Wineskins) and the publishing of the Cultural Encounters Journal.

Faculty Responsibilities (20%)

Objective: To ensure faculty leadership that is spiritually and academically superb to meet the spiritual, mentoring, and community-building goals of the seminary.

Recruit prospective seminary faculty to the President.
Orient new faculty to the philosophy, distinctives, and tradition of the seminary.
Promote the personal, social, professional, and spiritual community of the seminary faculty.
Assess faculty effectiveness and recommend to the President appropriate recognition, promotion, or termination.
Chair the seminary faculty meetings, appoint faculty to appropriate committees, and serve as an ex officio member of all committees.
Facilitate faculty decision-making through leading the Seminary Deans Council.

Students and Student Life Responsibilities (10%)

Objective: To ensure the academic, social, ministerial, personal, and spiritual development of the seminary student.

Oversee student orientation.
Supervise the Dean of Students and Chaplain for Men.
Oversee an effective program for personal, vocational, and placement counseling.
Ensure the provision of single and married seminary student housing.
Plan and oversee the spiritual life of seminary students through curricular and extracurricular programs.

Library Services Responsibilities (10%)

Objective: To ensure an adequate library collection, facilities, and services for students and faculty in developing their study and research needs.

Oversee the Director of Library Services in:
Maintaining and expanding the Librarys collection and services.
Supervising library staff and maintaining an active library committee.
Overseeing the library facilities, strategic planning, and budget preparation.


Job-Specific Requirements
Possess an earned terminal graduate academic degree (Th.D., Ph.D., D.Min. or their equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.
Possess proven experience in academic administration and curriculum planning.
Possess demonstrated supervisory and people-management skills.

General Requirements
Because we believe that professionally qualified, committed Christian personnel are key to the operation of a truly Christian college and seminary, and that not only teachers, but all employees, by the patter of their lives, serve as role models to our students, the job descriptions for all employment positions at Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary contain the following statements relating to required personal qualities:

The employee will have received Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior, John 1:12.
The employee will be in basic agreement with the institutions doctrinal and values statements.
The employee will embrace the mission and direction of the institution.
The employee will believe that the Bible is Gods Word and standard for faith and daily living, II Timothy 3:16, 17.
The employee will be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others. This includes being committed to Gods Biblical standards for morality and sexual conduct, I Timothy 4:12, Luke 6:40; Colossians 3:17; Titus 2:7, 8; I Thessalonians 2:10 and 5:22.
The employee will be a regular participant in a local, evangelical church.