The Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences or the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) is a full-time, remote position with an expectation to attend various meetings on campus throughout the year. The Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides spiritual, academic and administrative leadership for undergraduate and graduate programs, staff, faculty and students in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The Dean maintains faculty status and must possess an earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited university.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914 on two principles — grace and truth. CCU’s scriptural foundation comes from John 1:17: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
A leader in higher education, the University has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had nine consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
Scripture states all Christians are called to serve Christ and to minister to others. Because Christians are individuals with different gifts and callings, we serve Christ in a variety of ministry vocations. CCU invites you to explore how you may use your calling and gifts at the University.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom, and the truth of God’s Word.
Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
A terminal degree in a related field of Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, or Higher Education from a regionally accredited college/university.
Five years of experience in a proven leadership position as a dean/director/department chair in higher education. Seven plus (7+) years is preferred.
Five or more years' experience in teaching or administration in undergraduate and graduate programs that center on adult learners, both in an in-seat and an online environment.
Experience using digital education platforms and implementing online instructional strategies.
Demonstrated superior oral, interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with students and potential students, the university community, ministry partners, corporate partners, and general audiences.
A polished, professional demeanor is required for this position as the Dean will regularly interact with students, faculty, staff, and external partners.
Ability to learn new learning systems and use current systems, including Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
Strong people skills. Must be able to work with and motivate faculty and staff members with varied personalities and backgrounds.
Demonstrated commitment to Christian academic quality and standards.
A desire to be servant-minded and a hard-working individual who understands Christian worldviews and can integrate faith and learning with a passion for Christian education.
Key Job Duties:
Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences contributes to the University’s mission by providing leadership in curriculum development, faculty development, assessment of student learning, and administrative responsibilities which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
Maintain academic standards and performance for all current and future undergraduate and graduate programs, specializations, courses and certificates in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences of CAGS.
Direct all degree programs and any future degree programs, specializations and certificates assigned to the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Perform duties required within the academic discipline to obtain and/or maintain accreditation from the University’s regional accrediting body and supplemental professional accreditation (i.e. CACREP) as assigned.
Direct curriculum development and assessment of all undergraduate and graduate programs, specializations, courses and certificates in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Demonstrate strong participatory servant leadership skills in the supervision of assigned staff and faculty.
Assist in recruiting students and advising undergraduate and graduate students for programs in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences as directed.
Develop and administer academic programs, reports, business plans, and budgets associated with approved strategic plans.
Recruit and hire full-time, part-time, and affiliate faculty for the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences courses; evaluate all faculty and determine courses they are academically and professionally qualified to teach.
Initiate academic and business development relationships with educational institutions, ministries, businesses, agencies and organizations (public and private) to achieve the strategic goals of the University and CAGS.
Responsible for academic leadership, strategic thinking, and effective servant leadership that will achieve assigned CAGS goals for graduate and undergraduate programs in the CAGS School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Carry a teaching load of 3-9 credit hours per academic year as assigned by the VP of Academic Administration.
Other duties as assigned by the VP of Academic Administration related to the academic and service performance of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences programs.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process. Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status.
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.