This position has responsibility for the overall management and supervision of the John Brown University (JBU) Irish Studies Program (fall semester) as well as the Northern Ireland Semester program operated by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) in partnership with JBU (spring semester), located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. There is preparation time before and after the semesters, and the total annual service time is approximately ten months. The position provides leadership and direction for the educational, student development, residential life and administrative components of both the fall JBU Irish Studies Semester and the spring partnership semester with the CCCU program, including the oversight of Lakeside Manor and supervision of Lakeside Manor staff.
Function as primary administrator including overall responsibility for the management of personnel, student development, curriculum, admissions, physical facilities, equipment and budget.
Supervise adjunct faculty and course evaluation.
Oversee a regular cycle of assessment and subsequent adjustment of courses, curricula, and program activities.
Oversee formal and informal avenues for nurturing students’ spiritual formation.
Maintain and update emergency response plan for programs based at Lakeside Manor, train staff and monitor appropriate implementation of crisis emergency plan, including coordination with both JBU and the CCCU.
Set goals and objectives and manage available resources to achieve objectives. Teach at least one course each semester for both the JBU Irish Studies semester in the fall and potentially the CCCU in the spring.
Attend the annual summer CCCU Directors meeting and fall employee meetings at JBU.
Conduct public, community, and government relations for the program, including maintaining good relationships with the organizations partnering with JBU to provide student service-learning opportunities.
Partner with CCCU staff in maintaining effective communications with CCCU member campuses.
Handle special events and programs relating to the JBU Irish Studies Program and the CCCU.
Drive the Northern Irish equivalent of a 15-passenger van to transport students within Northern Ireland; will be asked to complete specialized training if necessary.
Other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in a relevant field required, Doctorate preferred. The equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Three or more years of relevant experience in higher education and/or study abroad education.
Strong knowledge of the Irish culture.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Excellent management and administrative skills.
Record of excellence in teaching and demonstrated experience in cross-cultural, experiential education.
Strong ability to lead staff, faculty, and students with a servant attitude.
Desire to serve as a host to students in Ireland.
Commitment to the Articles of Faith, Mission, and Objectives of the University and the CCCU; and commitment to be a role model for students by demonstrating an active Christian faith in personal and professional life.