POSITION: Dean of Studies, Pendle Hill
LOCATION: Wallingford, PA
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Dean of Studies directs the education programs at Pendle Hill. This key leadership role includes ensuring that strategic programmatic goals are met, and demonstrating a working commitment to the programs through teaching, facilitation, planning, recruitment, outreach, and implementation. Programs currently include the Resident Program, the Young Adult Program, and the year-round program of weekend workshops, short courses and lectures (together called STEP). The person in this position serves as a member of the Pendle Hill Administrative Team and is responsible for annual budgets totaling approximately $500,000. The Dean supervises the education staff, which may include: support staff, resident teachers, limited-term teachers, interns, and Friends in Residence (volunteers). Students may seek the Dean’s attention for matters requiring approval or an administrator’s counsel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for successful delivery of education programs at Pendle Hill, according to our mission, vision, and goals
- Plans and operationalizes educational programs in cooperation with support staff
- Sets short, medium and long-term programmatic goals to achieve desired outcomes according to our organizational model o Ensures that objectives are met with regard to making, and communicating information about, fee increases and other program changes o Revises documentation templates as needed and disseminates updated information through various media
- Works closely with other department heads to ensure that education programs are well synchronized with other functions at Pendle Hill
- Develops recruitment and admissions strategies to achieve enrollment and participation goals
- Ensures use of restricted and designated funds within best practice guidelines, including distribution of scholarship monies. Establishes systems as needed
- Ensures that accurate and accessible records are maintained with regard to program enrollment and participation, financials, and contracts
- Supports Pendle Hill’s communications and marketing work by creating and supplying content that helps to publicize education programs
- Serves as a member of the Administrative Team, including a collaborative approach to overall coordination of initiatives (e.g. development, operations, finance) at Pendle Hill
- Recruits, selects, and provides support and supervision for full and part-time faculty and Friends in Residence.
- Serves as designated staff liaison to the Education and Outreach Committee of the Board
- Ensures coordination of Pendle Hill’s lecture series plus yearly Stephen Cary lecture (and other endowed lectures)
- Ensures coordination of Pendle Hill’s art exhibits, and art studio use and maintenance
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
- Expertise in leading successful programs for adults and experience directing a program office/department
- Commitment to being a practitioner who demonstrates being in accord with Friends’ testimonies
- Confident and inclusive presentation and facilitation style
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
- An appreciation for non-degree learning, and the transformative role of a contemporary Quaker study center
- Excellent/demonstrated organizational skills, and ability to maintain order and detail within a complex set of competing initiatives
- Strong familiarity with Quakers and Quakerism and/or a willingness to gain and deepen such knowledge
- Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with people across multiple aspects of difference (faith, race, class, culture…)
- Excellent/demonstrated oral and written communication skills
- Experience with fundraising
- A sense of the adult education needs within the Religious Society of Friends
- A vision of how to make Quaker programming increasingly relevant to new constituencies
- Experience with setting and achieving S.M.A.R.T. goals and supporting a theory of change
- Advanced degree
- Demonstrated ability to create partnerships and collaborate with outside organizations and individuals
- Ability to set, prioritize and achieve goals and to track, document, and share results through helpful reports (for colleagues and the Board)
- Proven project management skill, including budgeting experience
- A welcoming attitude and appreciation of hospitality for adult learners and all seeking spiritual renewal
- An appreciation for various expressions of spiritual life in individuals and an appreciation for the role of faith and spiritual practices in the Pendle Hill workplace
TIME EXPECTATIONS: This is a full-time, exempt position. All staff members at Pendle Hill spend a few work hours each week contributing to the community through meal-time, housekeeping, or maintenance work. The Dean must be available to work occasional nights and weekends.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Compensation includes cash salary and benefits including medical and dental insurance, retirement, generous paid vacation and holidays, and the opportunity to take Pendle Hill courses for free or at a significantly discounted rate. Compensation may also include on-campus residence and board (depending on the position and the availability of housing, at Pendle Hill’s discretion).
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Pendle Hill encourages the participation of all and seeks to appoint to its staff individuals of diverse backgrounds and to do so without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, age, sexual orientation or national origin.
BACKGROUND CHECKS: Pendle Hill will conduct a background check for candidates prior to hire.
INTERESTED? Please submit a current resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing your qualifications (including how you heard about the position) to Sandy Horne at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Dean of Studies and your last name in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on June 1 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2012.