President

Institution Name: 
The Master's University & Seminary
Start Date: 
July 2020

The Master’s University & Seminary (TMUS) invites applications and nominations in the search for its next President. The President serves as the chief executive officer and will lead an institution dedicated to empowering students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God. TMUS seeks a leader with the theological and educational sophistication to preserve and advance this mission for future generations.

The Position: The President reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for articulating the University’s vision, mission, and values with internal and external stakeholders; supporting, overseeing, and enhancing the institution’s academic mission and overall operations; building upon the existing traditions, doctrinal distinctiveness, and strengths of the University; approving and overseeing the institutional budget; and securing external funding and donor support as well as strengthening relationships with existing ministry support partners. The President will collaborate with the Board in charting the course for the University. Additionally, the President will lead the executive team in implementing the plan while inspiring and motivating faculty, staff, and students to wholeheartedly participate in carrying out this agenda.

The Institution: Since 1927, TMUS has transformed young people to have an impact for Christ in the world. It is one of the last schools in the nation to hold firm to a literal six-day creation, staying true to its commitment to Christ and Scripture. Through seven academic schools and a seminary, the University educates more than 2,000 students annually, offering comprehensive undergraduate programs as well as a wide range of accredited, fully online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Committed faculty and staff pour their lives into students, teaching them — with excellence — every academic discipline with a biblical worldview, ensuring that each graduate leaves TMUS with the skills and perspective to do all they do for the honor of God.

The dedication of University faculty and staff is evidenced by high student satisfaction: in 2016 and 2017 the Wall Street Journal asked TMUS students, “if you could start over, would you still choose this college?” The answers then were a resounding “yes” and the results from the recent Student Satisfaction Inventory given to 2,700 universities nationwide show the students’ strong satisfaction with their TMUS experience. Additionally, on three key questions related to student life, instructional effectiveness, and campus climate, TMUS student responses were 20 percent higher than their peers.

The University is located in Southern California on 30 beautifully landscaped acres. It comprises 35 academic and administrative buildings, six residence halls, seven athletic facilities, and an 800-seat recital hall. Its annual operating budget is $34 million and its physical plant is valued at $37 million. Additionally, it has an endowment of $17 million with total assets of $70 million. TMUS also offers the Israel-Bible Extension program, (IBEX) which is a 15-week semester-abroad opportunity.

Since 1986, The Master’s Seminary has graduated more than 1,800 men who are serving in 41 countries across the world—every continent except for Antarctica. They serve in a variety of roles, from pastor to chaplain to teaching faculty. What started in 1986 with 95 students has grown by God’s grace to a school that is currently training more than 600 men. The Seminary’s carefully crafted curriculum is founded on an unwavering commitment to the worship of God, the authority of His Word, the priority of the local church, the mission of gospel proclamation, and the purity of life required of spiritual leaders. Additional information about TMUS can be found at https://www.masters.edu/

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be committed to upholding Christ and Scripture in all areas of University life. This individual will embody biblical conviction and educational clarity, provide compelling leadership, and serve as a trusted ambassador of TMUS. For this reason, it is critical that the next President possess significant biblical knowledge and the ability to articulate that knowledge well.

The next President must be a stalwart for the doctrinal fidelity of TMUS (the doctrinal statement is available at https://www.masters.edu/about/doctrinal-statement/) and affirm the institution’s doctrinal statement without qualification, upholding it without reservation, and competently defending it. The successful candidate should model these theological convictions by being elder-qualified (cf. 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1) and committed to the priority of the local church as evidenced by active service in a local congregation. Furthermore, the President must have a passion for the educational mission of the University, thoroughly grasp the intensity of the institution’s commitment to the lordship of Christ in learning, and be a compelling champion for Christ-centered education, able to articulate, exemplify, and cultivate it both on and off campus.

It is also imperative that the next President be prepared to face the present and impending challenges of Christian higher education and be capable of formulating a strategy to guide TMUS to continued faithfulness. Additional requirements include an understanding of institutional operations in the areas of finance, enrollment, education, accreditation, and compliance along with the ability to give direction in these areas; an approachability that encourages openness in the decision-making process; excellent communication skills and the capacity to be an articulate and winsome spokesman for the institution; and the ability to make timely and crucial decisions.

Location: The City of Santa Clarita comprises four communities – Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia – making it the third largest city in Los Angeles County. Situated along the Santa Clara River, the city lies 35 miles northwest of central Los Angeles. With a population over 290,000, the city boasts a distinctive blend of rural, suburban, and urban environments and a growing, diverse population. Santa Clarita is a safe and healthy community, and the National Council for Home Safety and Security recently named Santa Clarita one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America. Santa Clarita also ranked as the third safest city in America among cities with population sizes of 200,000 or more. The city features a historic downtown, hiking and biking trails, parks, shopping and dining, and a flourishing arts scene. The city is also home to many top employers in a wide variety of industries including medical, biotechnology, aerospace and defense, digital media, and entertainment. Greater Los Angeles offers the perfect climate and is a short drive to the mountains and the beach. It is also home to many great attractions, including world-class museums, amusement parks, and professional sports franchises.

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at MastersPresident@rpainc.org. Candidates should address their affirmation for the doctrinal statement in their cover letter. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please call Dr. Jim Barnes, Senior Consultant, at 765-618-2582, or Isaac Karaffa, Vice President and Senior Consultant, at 570-321-6111. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, for guaranteed full consideration, please apply by November 29, 2019.

The Master’s University & Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, marital status, veteran status or prior military service, medical condition, or any physical or mental disability. We are committed to practicing principles of equal employment opportunity and diversity based upon sovereign Biblical principles.

Contact Name: 
Isaac Karaffa
Contact Email Address: 
Contact Phone Number: 
570-321-6111
Address Line 1: 
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
City State Zip/Postal Code: 
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Country: 
USA