Bethel University seeks a passionate, dynamic, and culturally competent leader to serve as the dean of Bethel Seminary. The dean provides vision and leadership to the Seminary on two campuses, one in Saint Paul, MN, and one in San Diego, CA. The dean will be responsible to evaluate and draw on the strengths of Bethel Seminary and develop a vision that will meet the variable academic needs of students engaging ministry, defined broadly, to a changing world.
The dean has the primary responsibility to develop a strategic vision, provide leadership, and manage educational programs that serve all Bethel Seminary students. This individual is responsible to grow the Seminary enrollments and increase academic quality while overseeing the Seminary’s financial performance. In addition to leading the Seminary, the dean serves as a campus dean for either the Saint Paul or San Diego campus. A key partner in the work will be a campus-based leader at the corresponding campus who will report to and be hired with significant input from the Seminary dean.
Lead the seminary. This includes casting vision for the future, planning for strategic change, and empowering the seminary to fulfill its educational mission and meet its goals successfully.
Represent Bethel Seminary to internal and external constituents. Serve as an advocate and voice of the seminary to the rest of the university. Network with key church leaders and others through speaking and preaching engagements. As requested, support University Advancement efforts to raise funds for the Seminary.
Manage seminary resources. This includes hiring and supervising faculty and supporting faculty development, overseeing program and curriculum development, and overseeing accreditation efforts, loads, schedules, and budget management.
Partner with CAPS/SEM/GS leadership to coordinate policies, systems, and practices in the Seminary with those in other schools.
Ample and current evidence of discipleship of Jesus Christ and participation in a home local church (Note: the Dean must join a Converge Worldwide congregation in the vicinity of St Paul or San Diego after hire).
Demonstrated ability to promote innovation and lead change
Demonstrated ability to work, lead, and teach in a culturally diverse environment, to build a culturally diverse team, and to network with culturally diverse churches.
A commitment to supporting an environment that empowers women, both students and colleagues, as they follow their God-given call.
Demonstrated knowledge of critical issues and trends in the church, seminary education, and higher education in general. Knowledge of Association of Theological Schools accreditation requirements would be helpful.
Commitment to and knowledge of online education.
Clear and effective communication, including verbal, written, and listening skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaboratively work and lead.
Demonstrated organizational skills, including problem solving and attention to detail.
Demonstrated managerial skills in hiring, budget advocacy and management, personnel supervision, and ability to handle confidential information.
Willingness to establish primary residence in the Twin Cities (preferred). Current residents of southern California have the option of residing in San Diego.
At least six years of experience in seminary or university; experience as a faculty member who served as a department chair or in another academic leadership position strongly preferred.
Pastoral/professional church staff experience strongly preferred.
Seminary degree required and doctoral degree in a seminary-related academic discipline (Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History etc.) strongly preferred.
About Bethel University
Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with more than 6,600 students from 48 states and 25 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minn., with additional seminary locations on both coasts, Bethel offers rigorous bachelors and advanced degrees in nearly 100 relevant fields. Programs are taught by renowned faculty within a distinctly evangelical Christian framework, equipping women and men for culturally sensitive leadership, scholarship, and service around the world.