ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

AL, Birmingham
Posted 3 weeks ago

Southeastern University (SEU) at Highlands College (HC) is seeking a full-time Academic Director for the Regional Education Site located at Highlands College in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Academic Director reports directly to the Senior Director, Regional & Extension Operations (REO) and works closely with the university’s enrollment/student affairs personnel at the campus location as well as the Campus Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of all academic operations. The position requires living within driving distance of the Birmingham, Alabama campus. Applicants must also be members or be willing to become members of Church of the Highlands.

Southeastern University is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Southeastern University employs Christians who are compatible with the institution’s mission and statement of faith.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy, Culture, & Processes – In collaboration with the Senior Director, REO and church leadership develops and implements long-range, academic plans for the campus. Nurtures an academic culture at the campus to ensure a healthy learning environment. Develops and maintains standard operating procedures to ensure the successful implementation of the academic plan.

Personnel Management – Provides direct supervision for all academic Southeastern University personnel at the campus location, including full-time, part-time, and student worker employees. Implements staff feedback and development processes.

Church & Community Relationships – Serves as the primary liaison between the university and Highlands College on academic matters. Attends church planning, ministry, and social events, where appropriate. Monitors the student practicum program to ensure alignment with SEU curriculum and culture. Develops and maintains relationships with community leaders and serves as a voice for the university.

Academic Programs Oversight – Provides timely responses and initiates input regarding the academic programs, support systems, and other academic resources for the campus. Utilizing the University academic calendar, ensures the planning and execution of the annual campus calendar.

Faculty Oversight & Development – Develops a local adjunct faculty population for face-to-face instruction. Connects faculty with university resources. Directs the ongoing evaluation and development of campus faculty, utilizing resources from the Center for Excellence & Creativity in Teaching. Initiates review of applicant’s documentation and performs preliminary interview. In collaboration with the Academic Affairs Office, collects and transmits application documentation, transcripts, and curriculum vitae on behalf of the University.

Curriculum Management – In coordination with the Regional & Extension Operations and Academic Affairs teams, implements processes related to efficient course scheduling. Ensures the existence of controls to maintain the quality and comparability of the curriculum. Ensures face-to-face instruction is properly scheduled, hosted, and evaluated.

Student Development Support – In collaboration with the Regional & Extension Operations and Academic Affairs teams, ensures students are properly supported in the areas of course registration, academic advising, financial aid, and general student development services. In collaboration with the campus and the university’s enrollment/student affairs personnel, identifies and supports social, emotional, and spiritual growth opportunities for students.

Training & Communication – Hosts local training opportunities for campus personnel, faculty, and students. Ensures ongoing communication with faculty, staff, and students. Serves as the first level in the grievance process for all constituents. Ensures timely responses throughout all University processes.

Enrollment Management – Assists Enrollment Management in the recruitment of students, as requested.

Marketing and Recruitment – Supports the promotion of the local regional campus program in collaboration with University admissions and marketing teams. Ensures ongoing compliance with University marketing guidelines and policies.

Practicum Program – Ensures the development and maintenance of a practicum program according to SEU standards. In collaboration with the church and university enrollment/student affairs personnel, identifies ministry supervisors or mentors who oversee student activities. Assists with training of said individuals.

Minimum Education Required:

The candidate must possess an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or ATS accredited seminary in a religion-related (ministry, theology, biblical studies, religion/divinity, etc.) or business/leadership field with applied experience in church ministry, business, and/or Christian higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Leadership – Ability to demonstrate strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with attention to the strategic direction of post-secondary educational programs.

Project Management – Project management skills to implement complex educational models.

Collaboration – Ability to work with faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds and perspectives on the integration of nontraditional educational models.

Communication – Excellent interpersonal skills and presentation skills, especially written and oral communications, and the ability to identify applicable University resources.

Interpersonal Skills – Demonstrated ability to work effectively with University, faculty, and students.

Critical Thinking – Strong analytical skills as related to problem-solving and learning new technologies.

Project Management – Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects, strong project management and follow-up skills, strong ability to multi-task and continually prioritize changing project tasks and deliverables.

Teaching – Experience in teaching and/or administering programs at the collegiate-level.

Southeastern University is a Christian University that offers an accredited degree through Highlands College. Highlands College is a higher education biblical institute that offers a certificate program in ministry leadership to students 18-24 years old. Please be sure to read the mission and vision of Highlands College.

Application Process:

Applicants should send a completed employment application along with cover letter and resume to hr@seu.edu

Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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