Director for the Division of Business, Communication and the Environment

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director for the Division of Business, Communication and the Environment

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.

Priority deadline for applications: February 15, 2021
Salary Range: $105,000-$116,000 or commensurate with experience.
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2021

Minimum 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.

    Preferred Qualifications: 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.

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