Vice President for Academic Services

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Title Vice President for Academic Services
Campus: LAC - Ontario Campus
Department: Academic Services
Reports to: President
Exempt: Yes
Position Status: Regular full-time
Effective: August 2020
Position Summary: This position provides strategic and administrative leadership for the academic programs of the Seminary and serves as Academic Dean.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The following duties are considered essential to the job. With or without reasonable accommodation, qualified individuals must have the ability to:
  • Lead in developing the philosophy, objectives, and operating policies and procedures of the total academic program to implement and contribute to the mission of the seminary.
  • Lead in recruiting teaching personnel (including adjunct, affiliated, and guest professors) and make recommendations to the President regarding the appointment, election, promotion, dismissal, and retirement of teaching personnel.
  • Administer seminary policies relating to teaching personnel, including sabbatical leaves, assignment of teaching responsibilities, and approval of other teaching responsibilities or remunerative positions outside the Seminary.
  • Represent the faculty to the administration and the administration to the faculty.
  • Direct academic planning, including curriculum design and scheduling.
  • Provide Academic Services leadership by serving on the President’s Cabinet, as chairman of the Academic Council, and as an ex-officio member of all Faculty committees; attends meetings of the Board of Trustees and as the staff liaison to the Academic Services Committee of the Board.
  • Provide administrative oversight for all matters (budget, reporting and personnel related to Academic Services), and coordinate all academic delivery locations and delivery systems.
  • Fulfill appropriate teaching and writing responsibilities, and serving as academic liaison with other institutions and accrediting agencies.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the President.

Job duties are not limited to the list shown above and may be revised from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Seminary.

Key Qualities

  1. Affirmation of the BFM2000 without qualification or reservation.
  2. Proven capacity for senior level administrative leadership and facilitating the faculty in their shared governance of the seminary.
  3. Sufficient academic publications to demonstrate commitment to scholarship.
  4. Awareness of SBC denominational diversity and organizational functions.
  5. Adequate emotional and spiritual maturity for working in a complex environment.
  6. Capable of working in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment in the western United States.
  7. Capable of articulating an educational philosophy appropriate to graduate theological education and consistent with the mission of the seminary
  8. Committed to educational approaches for adult learners using varied educational modalities with a balanced curriculum of foundational and vocational courses.
  9. Familiar with graduate accreditation standards, expectations, and processes.
  10. Personal spiritual commitments reflected in devotional practices, financial stewardship, marriage/family health, church participation, and missional living.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages subordinate employees and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Seminary's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Core Values:

The candidate must possess a strong commitment to the mission of Gateway Seminary, be an active member of a Southern Baptist Church, and possess a clear understanding of Baptist history, organization, polity, and culture.

Gateway Seminary is a confessional institution owned by the Southern Baptist Convention. While the seminary serves the larger evangelical Christian community, employees must embrace the values and standards the seminary represents as it fulfills its mission of shaping Christian leaders.

The person in this position must endorse and abide by the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and lead the Seminary in accordance with and not contrary to that confessional document.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
Service Manages difficult or emotional situations with reason; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
Interpersonal Skills Possesses a high regard for the worth of others; able to effectively work within a team environment; manages difficult or emotional constituent situations; focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality.
Technical Skills Understands non-profit accounting and finance; has a working knowledge of accreditation requirements in higher education; Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Communication Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; demonstrates group presentation skills; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents quantitative data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Strategic Able to look beyond the immediate to envision the changes needed in meeting the needs of tomorrow; able to look beyond the way things have been done to see new approaches.
Teamwork Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Promotes atmosphere of constant improvement.
Problem Solving Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Facilitates group problem-solving efforts.
Management Able to manage a diverse set of organizational functions and motivate the distinctly unique employee skill sets required in each.
Leadership Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
Professionalism Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; maintains the highest integrity.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, have a strong commitment to the mission of Gateway Seminary, and be an active member of a Southern Baptist Church. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills Education and/or Experience: PhD in a theological related field. Significant experience and demonstrated success in higher education administration at the department level or higher with experience in curriculum development, accreditation, program review, and outcomes assessment, development and implementation of innovative academic programs, and budget management.

Language Skills: Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner. Ability to read and interpret academic documents such as customer guidelines and procedures information. Ability to speak effectively before constituents or employees. Ability to communicate effectively and specifically to address problems with management. Ability to lead and influence people or groups of people toward the achievement of goals.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform advanced quantitative analysis and calculate key financial ratios. Able to read and assess published financial statements.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions and regulations/laws furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form pertaining to the industry. Strong negotiation skills.

Computer Skills: Knowledge of the Microsoft office suite (Microsoft Access Database; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word); must have an aptitude for learning and working with computer applications (Jenzabar).

Other Skills and Abilities: Must be available for travel 5 – 10% of the time.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee should be capable of lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, though moderate noise can occur at meetings and social events. It is a well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.


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