Concordia University, Chicago
  • 15-May-2020 to 14-Jul-2020 (CST)
  • College of Heath, Science & Technology
  • River Forest, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Dean of the College Health, Science & Technology is the senior executive for the College and reports to the University Provost. The Dean is responsible for oversight and leadership of the University's newly established College of Health, Science & Technology. The Dean prioritizes the development and implementation of an academic vision that explores the intersection of the sciences, understood broadly, and the historic Christian faith, as confessed by the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. This Dean provides innovative and strategic leadership in the formation of this new College, as well as the broad development of new programs and the revision of current programs. The Dean participates on the cross-institutional leadership team that develops and achieves strategic academic initiatives for the university. The Dean employs best practices, as he/ she leads a team of faculty and staff, to collaborate with other Colleges to create a data informed, results-oriented culture.

Responsibilities/ Duties (Strategic Leadership)

  • Imagines, articulates, and implements a University-wide vision for the College that prioritizes the intersection of the sciences, understood broadly, and the historic Christian faith, as confessed by the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
  • Advocates for and drives strategies aimed at achieving the University's mission, vision, and values, including efforts aimed at "Hiring for Mission" and "Forming Faculty for Mission."
  • Provides leadership in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service.
  • Establishes the College as the home of "high impact practices" in education, now and into the future.
  • Pursues programmatic and curricular innovation to meet student needs and enrollment goals.
  • Demonstrates and communicates a high level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity, and pride in the University's mission, vision, and values.
  • Empowers faculty and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives, consistently "raises the bar" with regard to performance expectations; inspires accomplishment of future-state goals and objectives; models creativity, innovation, risk taking, and professional excellence.
  • Promotes and increases the College's engagement, through its Advisory Board, with various external constituencies, including groups such as the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and its Northern Illinois District, community members, civic leaders, regional employers, and alumni.
  • Collaborates with the University Foundation to identify and develop resources for the College.
  • Exhibits "systems thinking" indicative of executive leadership.
  • Builds and manages high performing, diverse, and highly cross-functional teams.

Responsibilities/Duties (Management)

  • Elevates the recruiting, developing, and retention of chairs, administrators, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture of excellence, faithfulness, and continuous improvement that fosters professional growth and maximizes their sense of contributing significantly to the valuable work of the College.
  • Serves as administrator of record for all programs housed in the departments of the College.
  • Projects staffing needs within the faculty of the College, secure approval for new positions, work with the appropriate Search Committee to conduct interviews of candidates for approved positions, and submit recommendations to the Provost, the President, and the Board of Regents for appointments of new faculty.
  • Provides, in consultation with department chairs, orientation for new faculty, reviews and assesses the performance of faculty within the College for the purpose of faculty development, and recommends faculty for contract renewal, termination, and sabbatical or study leaves.
  • Leads, in collaboration with academic leadership and the University Foundation, the College's Advisory Board, and develops appropriate relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates the development and effective utilization of budgets, course offerings, and staffing for the College, and, as Budget Control Officer for the College, oversees development and effective utilization of financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure.
  • Serves as an ex officio member of the college's Policy and Assessment Committee, as well as any other College committees.
  • Serves as a member of the Provost's Cabinet in order to: coordinate the policies and practices of the college with other colleges and offices within the University, represent the needs of the college to the University, and represent the needs of the University to the College.
  • Engages in strategic planning and assessment, at the College and University levels, from inception to implementation; establishes timelines and milestones with colleagues; employs a systematic review of progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Pursues and manages financial resources, including grants, for the College.

Skill Sets:

  • A record of successful organization and execution of (minimally) a program-level or (optimally) an institutional-level regional accreditation process or a major organizational role under the leadership of another.
  • The ability to challenge, motivate and manage faculty and professional staff to high levels of performance and collaboration in the delivery of a complex project over a period of up to a year.
  • Working familiarity with higher education finance, budgets, and cost analytics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills across institutional units with faculty, staff, and senior leaders.
  • Working familiarity with the structure of private, faith-based higher education in general and the educational institutions and doctrinal positions of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) in particular; current/ active listing on one of the Commissioned/ educational ministry rosters of the LCMS is a preferred qualification; an active membership in an LCMS congregation is required.
  • A record of contributing to programmatic and enrollment growth.

Education Requirements:

An earned doctorate in a health, science, or technology field from a regionally accredited institution with a successful and innovative record of teaching and scholarship which meet the qualification for a tenure-track faculty appointment commensurate with present rank and experience. Current faculty rank at Associate Professor or above is required; tenured status preferred.

Undergraduate certification or colloquy completion as a professional church worker in one of the education-related ministries of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and eligibility for a Divine Call as a Commissioned Minister, thereby, is preferred, but not required.

Three to five years' successful experience in higher education leadership at a position of Dean (academic) or above.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range and academic rank are dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia health, disability and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees and their eligible dependents. Tuition benefits are also available for employees and their qualified dependents.

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age.  As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation. 

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovative and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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