Associate Director for Educational Programming
The Christian Study Center (CSC) in Gainesville, Florida is seeking a full-time associate director for educational programming with a calling to bring together students, faculty, and community members to explore the intellectual and cultural resources of the Christian tradition in order to address enduring human questions and respond to challenges created by contemporary culture.
The ideal candidate will have relevant education and experience and thrive in an environment that seeks to be the embodiment of a Christian understanding of work, relationships, culture, and all of life. The ideal candidate will value collaboration and support among members of the CSC and the general community.
The Associate Director for Educational Programming (ADEP) is responsible to shape, oversee, and administer the Christian Study Center’s educational program. This includes in-person large and small group gatherings, written materials, and online content. This person will develop, administer, and promote the CSC’s educational programming to general audiences and to the University community in accordance with the CSC’s vision and mission statements under the supervision of the Executive Director (ED).
The person in this role will also help shape the vision and strategy for the CSC educational program. He or she will develop an annual program of public lectures, seminars, and small groups in concert with the Executive Director. The regular responsibilities of this position include oversight of graduate student formation, undergraduate student formation, and clergy and campus minister programs. While the ADEP will be expected to teach, in many cases he or she will not be teaching or leading discussion, but instead must be adept at drawing in good local leadership for these programs from among clergy, laypeople, faculty, and graduate students.
Along with local programs, the ADEP will promote the Study Center’s work through print and online publications. The Center’s scholarly publication Reconsiderations will be his or her responsibility (with input from the ED) and the newsletter Under Consideration will also benefit from the ADEP’s involvement (in collaboration with the Director of Development). The ADEP will also help the Center to disseminate programs online (in text and audio format) for alumni and a broader audience.
Finally, he or she will oversee the administration of the Christian Study Center’s key extension of hospitality to our neighborhood, Pascal’s Coffeehouse (supervising its full-time manager). This includes programming for The Barista Society, a spiritual formation program focused on serving the employees of Pascal’s. The ADEP will also be engaged in regular collaboration as a staff member of the CSC (attendance at staff meetings, assistance with miscellaneous duties, etc.).
The ADEP must have at least a Master’s degree in a field that would prepare them to lead discussions related to ideas, texts, and culture, and to help build and sustain programs that continue to generate such conversations. The ADEP must be committed to a Christian understanding of life and culture, affirming the historic creeds and engaged in the life of the local church. The ADEP must be a gifted teacher. Employment with the CSC is also contingent upon background check.
Preferred qualities of the candidate include:
- Experience working with college students and staff
- Administrative and computer application skills
- Energy to manage professional demands flexibly, while maintaining positive, healthy perspectives and relationships
- Collaborative spirit of warmth, respect, and trust towards colleagues
- Demonstrated ability to interact well with diverse individuals and groups
- Self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals and standards
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong experience as an educator working with undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines
Salary negotiable based on qualifications and experience.
The Christian Study Center is located in Gainesville, a community ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. The Center is located just two blocks from the Humanities departments at the University of Florida. As a top-ten public university consistently rated among the best values in higher education, UF attracts excellent students, many of whom have been accepted at other fine universities but who chose to attend UF for financial reasons and for a good education. The Center sees a lot of these motivated, curious, thoughtful students in our programs. Gainesville has its own urban forest with canopy coverage for 60% of the city. The city of Gainesville is an ideal locale for outdoor enthusiasts. Nearby are many recreational lakes and rivers; the north Florida beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are just a short drive away. UF consistently attracts world-class performing arts. Sports fans can enjoy Gator athletics, with UF ranking among the nation’s 10 best athletic programs in both men’s and women’s sports.
Required Application Materials
Persons interested in applying for this position should send application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The required application materials include: Cover letter with a description of your qualifications and vision for the position, evidence of teaching effectiveness, philosophy of education, résumé/CV, and contact information for at least three references. Any questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair Nick Dunn, email@example.com.
To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted no later than January 31, 2019.