Vice President for Academic Advancement/Academic Dean

Institution Name: 
Winebrenner Theological Seminary
School Website: 
Start Date: 
August 1, 2018

Vice President of Academic Advancement/Academic Dean will be the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and spiritual leader of Winebrenner Theological Seminary and lead the faculty and institution in fulfilling our commitment to teaching, scholarship and service as we equip leaders for service in God’s kingdom.

About Winebrenner Theological Seminary

  • Winebrenner Theological Seminary seeks to advance transformational Biblical, theological, and clinical counseling education through the development of innovative resources.
  • The Winebrenner business plan for the next five year period emphasizes both face to face and distance learning to increase enrollment across accredited and non-accredited programs.
  • Winebrenner Theological Seminary was established in 1942 as the Winebrenner Graduate School of Divinity within Findlay College (renamed The University of Findlay in 1989).
  • In 1961, Winebrenner received its charter from the State of Ohio, to become an independent, degree-granting institution. Winebrenner is affiliated with the Churches of God, General Conference and is located in Findlay, Ohio, and has graduated over 600 students in its history.


  • Serve Winebrenner Theological Seminary as a member of the President’s executive team.
  • Lead the Winebrenner faculty in a quest for excellence in Biblical, theological and clinical counseling education.
  • Cultivate a cohesive faculty team.
  • Recommend prospective faculty to the President.
  • Orient and inform new and existing faculty.
  • Maintain and distribute institutional policies and procedures in appropriate documents.
  • Manage the academic budget.
  • Administer faculty contracts.
  • Recommend faculty promotions to the President.
  • Assist the President in selecting standing and ad hoc faculty committees and serve ex officio on each committee.
  • Initiate and guide academic planning.
  • Negotiate academic partnerships with other institutions and organizations in cooperation with the President.
  • Evaluate and provide for the improvement of the faculty.
  • Guide the faculty in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum.
  • Maintain, edit and publish the Seminary Catalog.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate academic staff.
  • Establish trimester course offerings and weekly schedules.
  • Supervise registration and maintenance of student academic records.
  • Coordinate advisor-advisee counseling.
  • Arrange for the approval and graduation of eligible students.
  • Create and maintain an optimum environment of unity, high morale, and spiritual awareness within the faculty.
  • Assist the faculty in continual professional and personal growth.
  • Manage academic policies established by the administration or faculty.
  • Ensure that library development and operation meet student needs.
  • Implement academic policies that come from the Board of Trustees.
  • Make recommendations about academic policies to the President for Board consideration.
  • Prepare report to the President in preparation of Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Attend meetings of the Winebrenner Board of Trustees and serve as a non-voting advisor to the board.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Chair faculty meetings and meetings of all the Academic Advancement staff.

Qualifications & Commitments:

  • Full agreement with the Winebrenner Statement of Faith (link to website), and an ability to champion the cause of Winebrenner to internal and external constituencies.
  • Ph.D. preferred, D.Min. and other earned doctorates considered. Relevant experience in higher education required.
  • A proven track record of leveraging educational technology for mission-fulfillment.
  • The ability to plan and implement while cultivating a culture of assessment.
  • Keen attention to detail; a proven ability to coordinate multiple tasks and independently establish priorities to attain goals; computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Blackboard or similar LMS, etc.); and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Experience and commitment to local church, diversity and international education, and distance education.
  • Understand and administer the economics of higher education in a theological context

Background Checks:

  • All employees of Winebrenner Theological Seminary must complete the background check process prior to employment. Employment will be contingent upon successful results of the background investigation.

Description Disclaimer:

  • This description is intended to describe the general level and nature of work performed by the person/people assigned to this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities of the person/people so assigned.

To apply, submit cover letter and CV to:

Contact Name: 
Dr. Brent C. Sleasman, President
Contact Email Address: 
Contact Phone Number: 
(419) 434-4200
Address Line 1: 
950 North Main Street
City State Zip/Postal Code: 
Findlay, OH 45840
United States