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Department: BCE Admin. Dept.
Salary/Rate: $109,529 - $116,000 or commensurate with experience.
The Division of Business, Communication and the Environment is seeking a Director, 12-month, full-time, benefits eligible administrative position, who reports directly to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a key member of the President's Executive Council. The Director is responsible for the Division's effective operation by providing leadership for the academic, personnel, financial, and research aspects of the Division and each program within the Division, in alignment with the vision and mission of the University.
The Division includes the following majors: Business Administration, Innovation and Leadership, Communication, Digital Cinema, and Environmental Science and Policy; and is represented by approximately 1,000 students, 34 ongoing faculty, 3 staff members, and approximately 37 contingent faculty teaching 1-4 courses per year. Additionally, the Division includes the Small Business Development Center and The Farm at SOU. The Director participates in setting the direction for the Division, allocating resources to support the goals of the Division and evaluating progress towards those goals. The Director provides leadership and oversight in securing resources, consults with the Program Chairs and faculty, with University-wide administrative bodies, and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, representing the Division to both internal and external audiences. The Director is active in community relations including, but not limited to, regional development and small business activities.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing.
Generous university benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to recreational and cultural activities; and more.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Current or previous faculty rank of Associate Professor or Professor and terminal degree in Business, Communication, Environmental Science and Policy, or related field from an accredited institution are required.
Applicants must have at least 3 years of higher education leadership experience in a position as department chair, associate dean or higher. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Knowledge of current trends and demographic changes in higher education,
Strong leadership and management skills,
Ability to work in collaborative environments,
Strong oral & written and interpersonal communication skills,
Demonstrated experience interpreting enrollment data, and make timely data-informed decisions, and
Demonstrated experience with budgets and mission-driven spending.
Preference will be given to candidates that have been awarded tenure at their current or previous institution(s), and have more than 3 years of higher education leadership experience as Department Chair or higher. Preference will also be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
Experience with enrollment management, enrollment practices and procedures
Ability to interpret budget and expense reports, analyze financial data, and effectively manage financial resources, and
Experience developing new academic programs/certificates in response to employer needs or student interests, which resulted in attracting new students to the university/program.
All Listed Duties:
Scheduling, Curriculum Development, and Program Support & Development
Oversee and participate in program proposals & implementation.
Manage program mix including evaluation and academic program review.
Review and approve curricular changes.
Oversee scheduling within the Division; monitor enrollment patterns and make adjustments accordingly.,
Manage personnel issues for staff and faculty within the Division.
Supervise regular evaluation of faculty and staff, both temporary and ongoing, including evaluation of faculty for sabbaticals, colleague evaluations and/or promotion and tenure.
Make hiring recommendations to the Provost.
Provide feedback on annual faculty evaluations.
Convene and consult with Program Chairs.,
Budget and Resource Management
Work directly with Provost's Office to assist with budget and resource management.
Manage and approve expenditures.
Manage faculty loading within the Division.
Initiate and/or respond to requests for budget information.
Develop requests for resources regarding faculty release, hiring, equipment, facilities, etc.
Make timely, data-informed decisions.,
Represent the Division to both internal and external audiences.
Participate in fundraising and grant writing, and in community relations and internship development, as appropriate.,
Special projects and additional assignments as required.
Oversee non-academic units including the Farm at SOU and the Small Business Development Center.
Manage student issues complaints as needed.
Manage assessment and accreditation activities in conjunction with Chair(s) within a Unit, including maintenance and updates of assessment data and completion of required reports.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 8756
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.