Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Administration

Hartford, Connecticut
Jun 24, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

The Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Administration (DVP) is, after the President, the most senior administrator in the Seminary. Reporting directly to the President and serving as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team, the DVP plays a significant role as a collaborative, inspirational leader and strategic partner in shaping the future of Hartford Seminary and leading its operations and administration.


Works with the President in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team to provide administrative leadership to all aspects of the Seminary’s life. In the absence or disability of the President, serves as chief administrative officer as instructed by the Board of Trustees.

As Dean of faculty, oversees and supports faculty recruitment, deployment, and development, is a voice for and to the faculty, gives careful attention to the concerns and nurture of the faculty, and ensures the quality of teaching, scholarship, and service among its members.

Is responsible for the effective administration of the academic affairs and overall operations of the Seminary, including but not limited to academic administration, recruitment and enrollment management, student affairs and support, information technology and library services, and educational resources in order to accomplish its mission and educational goals. Supports the President in leadership and oversight of other areas, including business and finance, philanthropy and communications, and operations.

Leads academically and as a teacher, primarily in the administration of academic affairs but also in the teaching of one to two courses per academic year in the area of the DVP’s scholarly expertise.

Models creative and inclusive leadership in the administration of academic affairs, showing an openness to new ideas and the ability to design and allocate resources in collaboration with various stakeholders.

Is supportive of, exhibits, and produces scholarship that is broadly engaged with issues of theological education and interreligious dialogue, deeply informed by one of the disciplines within the Seminary’s strategic and missional focus (Jewish Studies, Christian Studies, Islamic Studies).


An earned doctorate (PhD preferred) from an accredited university or graduate school.

Distinguished scholar and teacher, preferably with academic record to warrant the position of full professor at an accredited graduate school or university.

At least three years (five or more preferred) of senior leadership and administrative experience at a university, college, or seminary, including successful experience in strategic planning, fiscal and enrollment management, resource allocation, personnel supervision, policy development, and program implementation, with an understanding of the complexity and challenges of academic institutions and theological education in the present day.

Experience with educational accreditations and regulations, preferably NECHE and ATS.
Excellent verbal and written communication, strategic thinking skills, a professional and resourceful style, and the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.

Effective supervisory skills and proven ability to provide leadership that motivates and promotes team building.

Understanding of and appreciation for deeply lived religious commitments, as well as high energy and passion for Hartford Seminary’s mission and unique role in the world.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the growth and evolution of a dynamic, historic interfaith seminary, one that has been a national leader in peacebuilding programs, interreligious dialogue, and Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. Hartford Seminary offers an attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, retirement, and vacation benefits.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants with scholarly and teaching expertise in Modern Jewish Studies or Islamic Studies are especially encouraged to apply, given institutional needs. Hartford Seminary is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its activities and hiring, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application must be submitted electronically to Ms. Lorraine Browne at [email protected] and include a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommenders.


With a rich history dating to its founding in 1834—the first seminary in America to open its doors to women in 1889, to start a center for the study of Christian-Muslim relations in 1973, and to have an accredited Islamic Chaplaincy program in 2001—Hartford Seminary is an innovative institution that has long led the way in new directions for theological education. Its small size and ample resources, including a healthy endowment, make it an engaging place for interfaith education, with a special focus on the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Hartford Seminary is a distinctive institution that combines two features not typically found together in theological education. One feature is a longstanding commitment to conduct and utilize grounded research to better understand the wide variety of faith communities and patterns of belief. There is significant capacity at Hartford to explore the practical realities of American religious life, both sociologically and theologically. Another feature is the Seminary’s deep commitment to be a multifaith seminary engaged in, and supportive of, a lived religious pluralism. Of special note is our long involvement with Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations, dating to the 1800’s. Faculty and students typically come from different strands of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, both domestically and internationally. The Seminary’s tagline, Exploring Differences, Deepening Faith, encapsulates a larger approach to theological education, supporting deeply lived religious commitments, as well as fostering interreligious dialogue for the sake of a more faithful and peaceful world.

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