Job Details


Requisition Number 19-0076
Post Date 10/7/2019
Title Director of Colloquy and Colloquy Mentor
Organization Concordia University System
Job Grade 10
City Bend
State OR
FT/PT Full Time
Description

Organization Profile

CUEnet is a part of the Concordia University System and falls under the governance of the Board for University Education.  The organization provides distance education in theology to teachers, church workers, pre-seminary students, and others on behalf of the universities of the CUS.  The central activity of CUEnet is the provision of online colloquy classes in the doctrine and practice of the Church to those seeking Commissioned Ministry status.   In addition, CUEnet produces original curricular and artistic work to further the theological education of persons in communities, churches, and schools associated with or impacted by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.  CUEnet is a self-funding organization supported through grants, donations and tuition dollars.

The mission of CUEnet is as follows:  By fostering collaboration and employing technology at the behest of the campuses of Concordia University System to facilitate access from a distance to the educational programs of the congregations, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, and other agencies of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, CUEnet serves the education objectives of the Synod, functions as a collective symbol of LCMS higher education, encourages creativity and innovations, operates as a catalyst for the exchange of intellectual property and human resources, conducts research in the design and delivery of instruction, spreads cost and fiscal exposure, assists in the development of new constituencies and provides professional training.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Executive Director, BUE/President, CUS.
  • Immediate supervisor is the Chief Operations Officer of CUEnet, under the leadership of the Senior Director of CUEnet.
  • The role of every employee at CUEnet will be to function within a team environment under the director of the Senior Director of CUEnet.  Activities of employees at CUEnet will purposefully overlap with the intention of preserving the stability of the organization through redundant capability among the team members.  It will be the responsibility of the Chief Operations Officer and the Senior Director to ensure that this redundancy is efficient and appropriate. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Ensure that all colloquy students receive a thorough education in Lutheran doctrine and practice, in order that they might serve more effectively the mission and ministry of their local school and congregation.
  • Provide online instruction and mentoring to colloquy students in the courses of the colloquy program, including “biblical interpretation (Old and New Testament), church history, the Lutheran Confessions, doctrine, the beliefs of other religious bodies, and applicable ministry polity and practice” [quote from the Synod’s colloquy manual], utilizing the curriculum developed by the CUEnet team.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Director and the other colloquy mentors to maintain the standard of excellence in the colloquy program and initiate measures to foster improvement of the curriculum.
  • Represent and promote the colloquy program and the work of CUEnet throughout the Synod.
  • Produce work (written, recorded, or delivered through sermons and speeches) which regularly communicates the biblical basis for and the necessity of theologically-trained commissioned ministers (especially teachers) within the LCMS, as well as the value of Lutheran schools.
  • Facilitate the endorsement process of each potential colloquy candidate, working with CUEnet's registrar/administrative assistant, district personnel, and the first vice-president of Synod.
  • Facilitate the scheduling of the final interview of each colloquy candidate by working with CUEnet’s registrar/administrative assistant and each Concordia University's colloquy director.
  • Ensure that any student appeals are handled in a compassionate, thorough, and professional manner.
  • Ensure that all external (synodical) and internal (CUEnet) colloquy policies are followed.
  • Conduct and routinely analyze assessment of student outcomes and student satisfaction.
  • Serve as the CUEnet representative on the Synod's committee for commissioned ministry colloquy.
  • Serve as a liaison with the university colloquy directors, placement directors, district personnel and synodical personnel.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Director in the recruitment of colloquy students.
  • Develop and maintain a program that addresses the retention of colloquy students so as to improve CUEnet’s completion ratio.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director in fund-raising and grant-writing for the colloquy program and CUEnet's creative services.
  • Collaborate with the entire CUEnet team in the production of theological multimedia content for use by colloquy students and the congregations and schools of the LCMS.
Requirements

Education and Experience

  • An LCMS rostered worker who is an ordained or commissioned minister with either a masters of divinity or a masters in systematic theology, or the equivalent.
  • A Ph.D., Th.D., or an Ed.D. with an appropriate area of emphasis related to theology and doctrine, educational leadership, online education, or curriculum development, preferred.
  • Five years experience in or with Lutheran education, either in the classroom or as the pastor of a congregation with a school.
  • Demonstrated passion for the teaching ministry of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, especially as it carried out in the schools of the Synod.  The ideal candidate will have served as a teacher at a school at some point during their service as a churchworker.
  • Online teaching experience or demonstrated experience in the online or digital environment for the communication of the Gospel.  Skill in the building and maintenance of websites and blogs for the purpose of clear communication, preferred.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ease and skill in the teaching of complex doctrinal subjects
  • Excellent online communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent speaking skills
  • Affinity for and skill in collaboration
  • Affinity for and skill in curriculum development
  • Ease with and affinity for technology
  • Known among colleagues as a team player who has a facility to strengthen and improve relationships among colleagues
  • A calm and nurturing personality, particularly with students

Supervisory Responsibility

None.

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