Faculty and Staff Openings

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Faculty Positions

Public Services Librarian - McKee Library

Location: McKee Library

Hours: Full-time, salary

Job Summary: The Public Services Librarian provides principal information literacy instruction and serves as a reference librarian as part of the research coaching team.  The Public Services Librarian also coordinates Campus Research Day, provides library tours, and contributes to managing the expert systems of the library. 

  • Provides information literacy instruction and teaches students, faculty, and staff to use library resources.
  • Provides virtual and in-person reference service.
  • Develops and updates instructional materials (print and online).
  • Provides outreach to faculty.
  • Promotes library services and resources.
  • Evaluates reference collection and contributes to collection development.
  • Serves as a library liaison to assigned schools/departments.
  • Shares responsibility for library expert systems maintenance.
  • Recommends policies concerning the department.
  • Maintains library public services statistics.
  • Maintains expert knowledge of current trends impacting public services.
  • Serves as the Campus Research Day chair and coordinates all aspects of the yearly Campus Research Day event.
  • Plans and leads tours of the library for various groups.
  • Coordinates with local artists to arrange for art exhibits in the library.
  • Participates in library faculty meetings, university-wide committees and in local, regional, and national professional organizations.
  • Serves as an advisor for General Education students.
  • Performs all other reasonably business-related functions as assigned.

Special requirements: An expressed commitment to Jesus Christ, the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and SDA church member in good and regular standing.

Education and Experience: Masters Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program (or international equivalent). Experience with public services and information literacy instruction, preferably 3 years; working knowledge of current reference and database applications, as well as knowledge of library expert systems such as SpringShare, Mendeley, Primo, and Alma.

Qualifications: The candidate must be knowledgeable about the academic environment and the role of libraries in higher education; serve as an enthusiastic advocate for the library within the university and external communities; must feel at ease in the classroom; must have strong oral and written communication skills; possess excellent interpersonal skills; must be well informed about library practices, trends, automation; must possess administrative and organizational abilities; work productively with library faculty and staff; and promote collaboration. 

Typical Physical Demands: Require sitting, standing, bending, and reaching. May require lifting up to 25 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

Working Conditions: Essential tasks are performed under normal office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lit and ventilated.

To Apply: Send CV and materials to Deyse Bravo, Director, McKee Library, dbravo@southern.edu

Teaching Faculty - English

Location: English Department

Hours: Full-time, salary

Job Summary: seeking professor to teach first-year writing and literature, creative writing, professional writing, and/or TESOL. A top candidate will hold a Ph.D. in English, have a record of successful teaching, and provide a statement of how he or she will present course content in harmony with the Seventh-day Adventist worldview.

Special Requirements: Must have a strongly expressed commitment to Jesus Christ, the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a SDA church member in good and regular standing.

To Apply: Send CV and materials to Keely Tary, English Department Chair, P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315-0370, or ktary@southern.edu

Teaching Faculty - Physics & Engineering

Location: School of Physics & Engineering

Duties and Responsibility:

  • Teach undergraduate courses and/or labs.
  • Provide academic advice to assigned student advisees.
  • Oversee student research projects.
  • Collaborate with chair and colleagues on on-going curriculum development.
  • Serve on University committees and other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in professional development activities and in service to the university, community, and the profession.

Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate degree in physics or closely related field, required
  • Commitment to the integration of faith and learning
  • Teaching experience and record/evidence of potential for scholarly activity, preferred
  • Experience with e-learning, preferred

Typical Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 30 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate computers and other standard office equipment.

Working conditions: Essential tasks are performed under the normal school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lighted and ventilated.

Special Requirement: Must have a strongly expressed commitment to Jesus Christ and the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good and regular standing.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and (upon request) three references to:

Ken Caviness, Department of Physics & Engineering
Southern Adventist University 
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370

Contact Email: caviness@southern.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Reference Librarian - McKee Library

Location: McKee Library

Job Summary:   McKee Library is seeking an adjunct reference librarian for the Spring 2020 semester.  This librarian will be responsible for providing reference and research instruction to students, faculty, and staff in the general use of library material and online information sources.  Reference and research coaching will be delivered in person, by telephone, and virtually through chat and email.

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate must have:
• Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent.
• Experience with Springshare's LibGuides platform.
• Experience with instructional technologies, learning management systems, and the design of digital learning content.
• Ability to work with a diverse library staff and university constituency.
• Service-oriented, positive attitude, and good communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
• Ability to work independently under minimal direct supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of two years of experience in an academic library setting providing reference and instruction instructional services.
• Experience with Springshare's LibAnswers and LibWizard platforms.

Working Conditions:
Essential tasks are performed under normal office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lighted and ventilated.

To Apply:
Please send curriculum vitae and (upon request) three references to:

Deyse Bravo, McKee Library
Southern Adventist University 
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370

Contact Email: dbravo@southern.edu 

Salaried Staff

Strategic Initiatives Manager (Temporary Position) - Enrollment Management

Location: Enrollment Management

Hours: Temporary, Salary

Job Summary: The Strategic Initiatives Manager is responsible for identifying and evaluating options to address key enrollment initiatives for the university, guiding them through the review and approval process, and then executing the initial implementation to verify positive impact and prepare them to be incorporated into department operations. Overnight travel is anticipated to comprise about 5% of the job, which equates to about 10 days per year and may include weekends.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop new tools and communication approaches to effectively recruit prospective students at public and private high schools and home schools in the Southern Union.
  • Identify and implement strategies to communicate with senior and youth pastors in the Southern Union in a way that engages their non-academy youth more intentionally and effectively with Southern. This approach is anticipated to be based on a mutual benefit model and will likely include support of the ministry pastors provide their members rather than simply receiving a list of names from the churches.
  • Work in consultation with Directors of Admission and Student Finance to conduct individual training sessions to practice new communications approaches, focusing on hearing applicant interests and communicating value in a relevant manner.
  • Collaborate with Director of Admissions and Campus Visit Manager to further enhance the campus visit experience. A key focus will be on creating memorable moments during the visitor’s experience in departments across the campus.
  • Work with Enrollment and Student Finance to review departmental websites and ensure information is presented in a clear and accessible manner. Particular focus will revolve around identifying helpful information that can be added to improve the user experience and provide easy access to the desired answers.
  • Conduct research on messaging and scenarios for scholarships, degrees, etc. that will identify the most effective ways to communicate key messages as we balance yield rate and discount rate.
  • Guide the review process of communications with student groups where Southern underperforms, based on such factors as academic profile, distance, race, and wealth.
  • Work with academy leaders to learn how we can support their success most effectively. A point of focus will be considering the benefit of dual enrollment classes on their programs and whether an expansion will be of benefit to both the academies and Southern through increases in enrollment over time.
  • Connect with parents of 8th to 10th grade students to develop communication strategies showing that an education at Southern is attainable, and support the creation of tools and materials to help them build a viable financial plan for their student.
  • Assist in evaluating whether focused departmental promotional strategies are beneficial. If approved, gather information and support the creation of expanded department specific brochures and other materials.
  • Assist the Vice President and Director of Admissions in key office events and collaboration with other departments on campus.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, but a Master’s degree in Communications or Marketing is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success developing and leading communications initiatives, with a particular focus on connecting with Seventh-day Adventists and those interested in Adventist values to motivate them to take a beneficial action.
  • Strong social media skills and knowledge of how to drive results through social media campaigns.
  • Experience successfully implementing current website design and communications strategies.
  • Established knowledge of and connection with Southern.
  • Ability to work effectively with other departments and find mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Able to work independently to identify project scope, requirements and resources and craft a proposed solution.
  • Must have strong competence in organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated competency with a variety of technology platforms and tools.
  • Keen discernment to identify student needs and match them with Southern resources.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Southern.
  • Eager adopter of new tools and techniques to stay current in a rapidly evolving market.
  • Belief in and ability to communicate the value of a Southern education.

Special Requirements: Must have an expressed commitment to Jesus Christ, the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a SDA church member in good and regular standing, and a desire to serve in a cooperative, spiritually redemptive, and soul-winning atmosphere. 

Working Conditions: Essential tasks are performed under normal office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lighted and ventilated.

Typical Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, walking, bending and reaching. May require moving packages up to 50 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and application* to Human Resources at the following mailing address or the email address below:

Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

*You may pick up an application in Human Resources or email and request for one to be emailed to you.

Contact Email: akmaitland@southern.edu

Hourly Staff

Alarm Technician - Plant Services

Location: Plant Services

Hours: Full-time, hourly

Pay: $18.49 - $23.49/hr. 

Job Summary: Installs, maintains, and repairs fire alarm systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Installs alarm systems for existing buildings as approved
  • Coordinates with project managers for installation of alarm systems in renovations and new construction
  • Repairs alarm systems as reported in Taskmaster or by other means
  • Assists with yearly system testing
  • Organizes, orders, and maintains appropriate quantity of replacement parts
  • Assists electricians as directed by supervisor
  • Performs all other reasonably business-related functions as assign

Special Requirements:  Must have an expressed commitment to Jesus Christ and the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Seventh-day Adventist church member in good and regular standing

Qualifications:  Must have training in fire alarm systems. Must be capable of reading fire alarm circuit plans. Computer skills required. Must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. Must hold a valid U.S. driver’s license with reasonable driving record.

Education and Experience: Minimum of a high school diploma required. Fire alarm tech certification required. NICET certification is a plus. Minimum of three years of experience as an alarm technician. EST-3 fire alarm experience is a plus.

*Training available for the right candidate.

Skills and Aptitudes:  Interpersonal relationship skills essential with ability to work with other employees in a team spirit; the ability to interact appropriately with personnel (faculty and students) on job sites is required. Have safety consciousness and be able to promote it within work force. Must use care with tools and equipment.

Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending, reaching overhead, climbing extension and step ladders, and driving university vehicles. May require lifting up to 75 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to work with electrician’s tools for low voltage wiring. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

Working Conditions:  Essential tasks are performed under normal weather and office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. May require outside work for exterior alarm devices. May be contacted after normal business hours, on weekends, or on holidays for work needs.  

To Apply:
Please send a resume and application* to Human Resources at the following mailing address or the email address below:

Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

*You may pick up an application in Human Resources or email and request for one to be emailed to you.

Contact Email: akmaitland@southern.edu

Part-time KR's Place Supervisor - KR's Place

Location: KR's Place

Hours: Part-time, hourly, 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Pay: $13.17 - $18.16

Job Summary: To work wherever needed in helping serve the guests and KR’s Student Workers at KR’s Place with a loving, Christian, and positive attitude.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Be on time when scheduled to work
  • Be aware of Student Workers' attendance and performance
  • Relate any employee issues to immediate supervisor
  • Help to prepare and serve menu items
  • Clean and stock whatever station needs it - Daily
  • Assist others when you are not busy at your station
  • Operate register when needed
  • Settle drawer at the end of the evening shift
  • Be a team player
  • Prepare Food and Work Stations for morning shift
  • Reinforce all department rules
  • Follow through with responsibilities directed by KR’s Manager

Oversee the following each evening:

  • Make sure areas are all clean
  • All food must be dated, labeled, and put away.
  • Dishes are to be rinsed and left on cart and taken down to dish room.
  • All trash, cardboard, rags, and aprons to be taken down to second floor to designated areas.
  • Tables/floors in dining area and kitchen to be wiped/swept and mopped.
  • Refill and stock all paper products.
  • Refill and stock drink coolers.
  • Cooler temperatures checked and recorded
  • Perform all other reasonably business-related functions as assigned.

Special Requirements:  An expressed commitment to Jesus Christ and the teachings and mission of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a Seventh-day Adventist church member in good and regular standing. Able to have a good rapport with students, staff, and customers and be open to change.

Education and Experience:   A high school diploma. Supervisory experience.

Skills and Aptitudes: Interpersonal relationship skills essential with ability to work with students and staff with a team spirit. Have safety consciousness awareness.

Typical Physical Demands:  Requires standing (majority of the shift), bending, and reaching. May require lifting up to 50 pounds.  (If over 40 pounds please ask for help.) Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate food service equipment such as food slicers, blenders, microwaves, etc. Requires normal range of motion, hearing, and vision.

Working Conditions:  Essential tasks are performed under normal office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lighted and ventilated.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and application*, to Human Resources at the following mailing address or the email address below:

Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

*You may pick up an application in Human Resources or email and request for one to be emailed to you.

Contact Email: akmaitland@southern.edu


Temporary Positions