Dean of Continuing Studies and Graduate Admissions
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies and Graduate Admissions provides oversight of operations for admissions, enrollment management, and marketing for graduate and continuing studies programs, as well as staffing academic programs within continuing studies. The Dean will provide leadership of high-quality academic programs for continuing studies that fosters a positive environment for teaching and learning, as well as vision and strategic planning for innovative programs and curriculum that contribute to a thriving program and serve changing student needs. The Dean will manage enrollment, marketing, and student services for continuing studies programs and all graduate programs. The Dean will work with other deans and program directors in the development, management and recruitment for graduate academic programs and shape related policies and administrative services for graduate and continuing studies programs.
Overview of the School of Continuing Studies
Since 1920, Whitworth has been the premier institution for providing quality adult education to the Spokane community. The school consists of 12 staff members located on the main campus and in downtown Spokane’s University District. The school’s evening and weekend courses are offered on a six-week accelerated format in which students take one course in each term. Courses are offered both in-person and online. The SCS delivers programs for the School of Business, the School of Education, and four inter-disciplinary degrees that are in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to these adult degree completion programs, the SCS is expanding the number of certificates it offers.
1. For continuing studies and for all graduate programs across the university:
a. Oversee the management of the prospect-to-admissions processing system for all SCS and graduate programs.
b. Oversee regular communication with graduate and SCS program directors for the collaborative development of effective marketing and recruitment strategies.
c. Research, analyze, position and promote programs to respond to community needs that are consistent with university-wide strategic plans.
d. Participate in the monitoring of admission policies to ensure consistent academic review of prospective students and quality of student admissions.
a. In collaboration with university communications, oversee program-specific marketing, including agency hiring and consulting for media, marketing and promotional services.
b. Coordinate with the registrar’s office, student accounts, financial aid, library, student life, human resources, information systems, and other university offices as necessary.
2. For continuing studies:
a. Provide vision and leadership, ensuring implementation of high-quality academic programs that foster a positive environment for quality teaching, collaboration with academic departments, and integration of continuing studies within the university at large.
b. Oversee academic advising for matriculated continuing studies students.
c. Oversee curriculum development and assessment, course sequencing and scheduling, recruiting and orientation of adjunct faculty, planning and development of new academic program planning, and student advising and retention.
d. Direct SCS programs in humanities, criminal justice administration, human services, and public service administration. This includes hiring instructors, curriculum review, and implementing programmatic assessments.
e. Provide leadership for delivering courses in the online environment
f. Bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the expansion of degrees, certificates, and programs for the adult learner
3. Serve on the Deans’ Council, Provost’s Cabinet, University Council and the Academic Leaders Council, the Administrative Leadership Group, the Strategic Enrollment Planning Steering Committee working effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty and staff, and participating in shared governance at the university.
4. Other duties as assigned.
• Doctorate or terminal degree in a relevant field required
• Minimum of five years related work experience required
• Evidence of ability to establish and maintain fruitful relationships and collaborations with departments and programs across the university
• Demonstrated ability to take direction when appropriate, work as part of a team, work collaboratively across academic and non-academic departments, and be viewed as a valuable resource across various sectors of the academic program
• Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public
• Demonstrated interest in developing community relationships
• Demonstrated organizational and strategic planning skills, including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple goals and delegate effectively in order to achieve goals
• A proven record of leadership and entrepreneurship in program development
• Ability to provide oversight, cost containment and excellent stewardship of budgets
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• A high level of personal integrity and professionalism
• Ability to work with confidential information
• A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
• Commitment to diversity and equity, as well as understanding of ways in which educators contribute in crucial ways to matters of justice and inclusion
• Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
• A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background check, sexual misconduct check and confirmation of degrees earned will be required of the successful candidate. A resume, cover letter, faith statement, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) professional references will also be required. All Whitworth University employees are required to comply with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Founded in 1890, Whitworth has consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor and care for students.
Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $125 million in campus improvements have been made in recent years.
A community of committed Christian faculty and staff employees carries out the university's mission "to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart," equipping its graduates "to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."
Whitworth University provides a robust offering of benefits and services to enhance the quality of life of its faculty and staff. Employees who are eligible for benefits may participate in health plans including medical, dental and vision; a generous retirement plan (8% employer match); life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Well-being services include spiritual enrichment, the employee assistance program, and free access to the University Recreation Center and the Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center. Free tuition for employees and tuition remission programs for spouses and dependents round out the offerings. Additionally, Whitworth employees enjoy 17 paid holidays each year.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.