Faculty Position

Dean, College of Ministry

Position Details

Appointment As negotiated, between June 1 and August 1, 2018
Classification Dean holding tenure track faculty rank and appointment.

Essential Functions

The Dean leads Northwest University’s College of Ministry to provide the opportunity for graduates to gain a deep understanding of Christ, of the scriptures, of the mission of the church, and of Christian life in community.

The Dean provides strategic leadership in all areas necessary for the success of the College of Ministry, including: undergraduate and graduate Bible, Theology and Practical Theology education programs offered in on-campus and online modalities; hiring, support, evaluation and supervision of full-time and adjunct faculty; student recruitment, admissions, and support; and relationships with church and denominational partners.

The Dean is a member of the Northwest University Faculty; reports to the Provost; serves on the Dean’s Conferral and Academic Affairs Committee; chairs College of Ministry meetings; works to improve teaching effectiveness of individual faculty members; monitors enrollment history; coordinates the development, assessment and improvement of undergraduate and graduate programs; schedules curricular offerings; manages the budget; and represents the College of Ministry to all constituencies.

The Dean also serves in a consultative, coordinative and facilitative role in the academic leadership of the university. Success in this role requires the ability to work collegially and cooperatively with fellow deans and university departmental leaders. 


  1. Holds an earned doctoral degree in Biblical Studies, Theology, Practical Theology, or associated field.
  2. A deep, personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Spirit-filled life, and holds ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God.
  3. Successful experience in church leadership with a proven ministry that will enable the College of Ministry to establish strong partnerships with the Church.
  4. Ability to articulate the integration of faith and learning and to apply a Christian worldview in curricular and course design, instruction, and advising.
  5. Ability to conceive and lead the adoption of a new vision for the College of Ministry and to communicate the vision to internal and external constituencies;
  6. Commitment to recruiting and admitting students at undergraduate and graduate levels for both traditional and nontraditional programs, especially focusing on the growth of undergraduate enrollments;
  7. Current knowledge applicable to College of Ministry curriculum and ministry training.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the general constituency of the university and the College of Ministry.
  9. Ability to model best instructional practices with faculty and students.
  10. Ability to supervise faculty who prepare students for ministry careers and have positive impact on student learning.
  11. Ability to develop professional skills in faculty and students through coaching, modeling and direct instruction.
  12. Able to facilitate ministry internships.


Dependent on education and experience; and based on the established salary schedule.

Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate, a complete application must include: (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; (4) statement of your understanding of a desirable relationship between Christian faith and the educational mission of the College of Ministry; (5) brief statement of personal faith journey including church involvements. The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Contact Information

James R. Heugel, PhD
Northwest University
P.O. Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579

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Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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