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Executive Director of the Beecken Center

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 01/31/2018
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Executive Director of the Beecken Center
Division School of Theology
Department Beecken Center
FLSA Status Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)
Career/Pay Band 3C
Work Schedule Full Year
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Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Regular
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Primary Function

Overall leadership of The Beecken Center— developing the center’s vision, strategy, programs, business plans, marketing, trainings and events.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

Manages senior staff and program directors in a season of expansion and reorganization.
Assesses trends in Christian education and formation, and identifies strategic opportunities for The School of Theology.
Identifies and builds relationships with outstanding programs of the church.
Negotiates agreements between external program partners and the center.
Represents and promotes The Beecken Center throughout the national church.
Develops new curricula for the center.
Makes marketing decisions in collaboration with marketing and communications staff.
Establishes and enforces standards for all Beecken Center events.
Develops grant proposals in collaboration with university Advancement.
Identifies and addresses advancements needed in technology, operations and administrative procedures.
Supports the dean in implementing special initiatives for The School of Theology as a whole.
Participates in fundraising campaigns for The School of Theology.
Reports regularly to the center’s Advisory Group and to the university’s Board of Regents.

Judgment Required Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.
Budgetary Responsibility Analyzes budgetary data and develops budget proposals.
Machines & Equipment Used


Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


Graduate degree in theology or adult education. Strong candidates for the position will have a terminal degree in a relevant field of theology or education and be otherwise qualified to hold an appointment to the Faculty and designation as an Associate Dean of the School of Theology.


Extensive experience in lay theological education, a proven record of strong administration, excellent organizational skills, and the capacity to creatively lead a large staff. Experience in continuing education for clergy will be considered an asset. Broad knowledge of the Episcopal Church’s programmatic assets, challenges, and opportunities is essential.

Job Related Skills

Program development
Theological education
Team building
Partnership building
Strategic thinking
Entrepreneurial acumen
Change management
Quality control
Public speaking
Deep and broad knowledge of the Episcopal Church


Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

External – students/trainees
Internal – seminarians, undergraduates


Deans and faculty, administrative department heads, support staff


Regents and trustees, bishops, clergy, theologians, educators, national church officers, program developers, adult learners, foundations and other philanthropic agencies, major donors.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.
Positions Directly Supervised

Associate Director of the Beecken Center and Individual Program and Department Directors

Positions Indirectly Supervised

Support staff for all Beecken Center programs, all external program partners

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Work Environment

Working Environment

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology provides education, formation, and enrichment, through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, toward the goal of turning faith into action. Although many clergy are involved in its programs, the Beecken Center has long emphasized theological education and formation for the laity. The Beecken Center is the home of Education for Ministry (EfM), Invite, Welcome, Connect, SUMMA: Student Theological Debate Society, and a lengthy list of other programs and program partnerships. Further information on The Beecken Center may be found on its website:

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. CV
Optional Documents