DIRECTOR OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

ORGANIZATION

An initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation (SLBF), Upper House is a center for Christian study, gathering, and practice that serves the University of Wisconsin and Madison communities, including students, faculty, and staff. Based in University Square in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) campus, Upper House provides programming expertise and a multi-experiential space, where people, faith, values, ideas, and the arts come together in a dynamic environment to foster spiritual, intellectual, and cultural formation.

In carrying out its mission, Upper House works in partnership with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, student-based ministries, and churches, along with university departments, centers, and institutes.

Upper House also offers a retreat center, Dottie’s Ranch—located approximately 15 miles outside of Madison—for reflection, team building, and leadership development. In addition, Upper House maintains an on-campus apartment for visiting speakers, scholars, and practitioners-in-residence.

POSITION

The Director of Continuing Education (DCE) is a full-time senior-level position that reports to the Executive Director. The DCE will help shape Upper House’s dynamic engagement and educational offerings with the intersecting communities we serve: (1) UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students; (2) local churches and congregations; and (3) Christians working in the professions.

As the primary champion of continuing education at Upper House, the DCE will: (1) be a member of Upper House’s Educational Mission Team (EMT); (2) develop a vision for continuing education that serves the UW-Madison, the city of Madison, and beyond; (3) design courses of study that serve the expressed life-long learning needs of our diverse stakeholders; (4) maintain and expand relationships with potential institutional partners, including universities, colleges, and seminaries; and (5) help recruit students and faculty for educational offerings.

As a member of the broader Upper House team, the DCE will work to deepen and extend Upper House’s engagement with UW-Madison’s faculty and graduate student communities. To this end, the DCE will: (1) be a member of Upper House’s Faculty and Graduate Working Group; (2) collaborate with dedicated staff in planning and establishing a future Institute for Christian Studies; and (3) strategically lead programs in areas of expertise.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Continuing Education’s responsibilities are distributed as follows:

Continuing Education Leadership (40%)

  • As a member of the Educational Mission Team, provide strategic vision for, design, and oversee new and innovative Continuing Education (CE) initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Director of University Engagement to conduct market and historical research on regional education offerings, past and present.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Program Curation and Community Impact to assess city commons and church-related CE needs.
  • Create an overarching CE strategy for Upper House that accounts for its location, potential markets, and diverse stakeholders’ intellectual and spiritual needs, especially at the intersection of university, church, and marketplace cultures.
  • Develop curricula and education delivery methods aligned with the six Upper House curricular Pathways (Arts & Humanities, Justice & Society, Science & Technology, Leadership & Vocation, Spiritual Formation, and Theology).
  • Identify, train, and manage CE teachers and instructors to cultivate a vibrant pool of Upper House-affiliated partners.
  • Manage special CE projects, including retreats and seminars. Help teach courses as desired and needed.
  • Steward CE’s budget and resources within the broader Foundation budget.

Additional Program Leadership (30%)

  • Participate as a hospitable senior team member and general contributor.
  • As a member of the Faculty and Graduate Working Group, develop programs and initiatives to reach these UW constituencies.
  • Collaborate with the Director of University Engagement and the Fellows Program Director to shape and implement plans for a future Institute for Christian Studies.
  • When available, help lead and curate ad hoc educational offerings.
  • Help mentor CE-related staff.

Continuing Education Recruitment (20%)

  • Lead Upper House in public outreach and recruitment for CE opportunities.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with local churches, ministries, and UW-Madison campus organizations to advance CE participation.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with universities, colleges, and seminaries to extend SLBF/Upper House’s network.

Personal Growth, Scholarship, and Professional Development (10%)

  • Commit time to personal renewal through regular spiritual disciplines.
  • Attend conferences that offer personal/professional renewal and growth opportunities.
  • Develop and disseminate original scholarship through publications, public presentations, and/or conference participation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all dimensions of life, high level of spiritual maturity, and agreement with Upper House’s Statement of Faith.
  • Demonstrated commitment to bridging the scholarly enterprise of the academy and the life of the church.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.
  • Strong teaching, mentoring, and discipleship skills.
  • Passion for ecumenical community-building and collaboration.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated public/secular university-level experience in teaching, administration, or publishing with academic presses/journals.
  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree and evidence of deep intellectual curiosity and passion for connecting Scripture and theology to the scholarly and professional pursuits of faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send the following documents electronically to jobs@slbrownfoundation.org:

  • CV or resume with work experience.
  • A statement discussing your academic and work experience and why you are interested in this position (3 pages max).
  • Information for 3 references (contact, affiliation, and relationship to applicant). References will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission.

A review of applications will begin on July 10 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about this position can be directed to jobs@slbrownfoundation.org.