Faculty and Staff Openings

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Faculty Positions

Teaching Faculty - School of Computing

Location: School of Computing

Hours: Full-time, salary

Job Summary: Southern Adventist University seeks a full-time faculty member for the School of Computing.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate in computer science, information technology, information systems, or a related area.  Such an individual would teach graduate and undergraduate courses, develop course materials, advise students academically, serve on university committees, and perform other duties expected of full-time faculty.

Master’s prepared individuals also may apply.  The duties for faculty with only a master’s degree are the same as those listed above excluding teaching courses at the graduate level.

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 letter of application, curriculum vitae (including a statement of teaching philosophy), portfolio samples, and at least three references to Rick Halterman, School of Computing, Southern Adventist University, halterman@southern.edu.  

Teaching Faculty - School of Visual Art and Design

Location: School of Visual Art and Design

Hours: Full-time, salary

Job Summary: Southern Adventist University’s School of Visual Art and Design seeks full-time professor of film production to teach cinematography, lighting, sound design, documentary directing, and producing.

Qualifications: M.F.A. in film production and current teaching experience preferred. Deep understanding of visual storytelling, industry experience, advanced technical skill, and an exemplary portfolio are requisite. Mutual respect, candor, complimentary intellect, and virtuous motivation are of the highest value.

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 letter of application, curriculum vitae (including a statement of teaching philosophy), portfolio samples, and at least three references to Randy Craven, School of Visual Art and Design, Southern Adventist University, P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315-0370.

Adjunct Faculty

Mental Health Counselor - Student Success Center

Location: Student Success Center

Hours: Part-time, salary

Job Summary: Conduct individual and group counseling sessions in a caring, culturally accepting and confidential environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual and group counseling for all undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Work with the Counseling Services Coordinator to organize and present preventative and developmental intervention programming.
  • Assist the Counseling Services Coordinator and the Student Success Center Director in the administration of student success programming.

Special Requirements: 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.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree and licensure in counseling (LPC) preferred. 

Typical Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending, and reaching.  May require lifting up to 25-30 pounds.  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 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: jwampler@southern.edu

Salaried Staff

Christian Service Program Director - Academic Administration

Location: Academic Administration

Hours: Full-time, salary

Pay: $49,569.00 - $58,116.00/hr.

Job Summary:  Manage the Christian Service Program, increase awareness of the program, develop and nurture community partnerships, partner with faculty and community organizations to create new opportunities for students to serve, and facilitate the data and tracking system.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Data Management
      • Maintain a tracking system for service activities
      • Track service participation in Datatel
    • Oversee and lean in organization of major service events
      • MLK Day
      • Fall service events for first-year students
      • Other
    • Chair the Christian Service Committee
      • Arrange meeting times, prepare materials for meetings, etc.
      • Keep minutes and prepare agendas for each meeting
      • Lead the group in advancing the institutionalization of service-learning
    • Increase Campus Awareness of Service-Learning
      • Present to groups of students at orientation, Southern Connections courses, classes, Call Center, student organization meetings, etc.
      • Be available to present at departmental and committee meetings.
      • Partner with SA to increase awareness of service opportunities
    • Develop/Maintain Community Partnerships
      • Track current partnerships
      • Meet regularly with current partners
      • Develop new partnerships
    • Innovation of Service
      • Create new opportunities for service
      • Collaborate with existing partners to develop new service opportunities
    • Manage Christian Service Program budget
      • Work with Advancement to identify potential funding sources
      • Work with Financial Administration to develop and maintain a healthy budget
    • Coordinate and/or review Level III service project proposals and other Level III documentation such as journals, logs, and reflection papers.  Evaluates Level III reflection papers.

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. Practice confidentiality of information at all times.  Director should have a broad understanding of campus and community culture. 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communication, business, nonprofit administration, or similar field.
  • Experience in coordinating and implementing service events/programs.
  • Good written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.

Typical Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. 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.  Director is expected to participate in service events which could require light construction and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:  Essential tasks are performed under normal office/school conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well lighted and ventilated.  When volunteering with student groups, working conditions may be physically strenuous

To Apply:

Send letter of application and curriculum vitae to:

Bob Young

ryoung@southern.edu

Southern Adventist University

P.O. Box 370, Collegedale

TN 37315

 Director of Graduate Admissions - Graduate Studies

Location: Graduate Studies

Hours: Full-time, salary

Pay: $44,445.00 - $54,296.00/yr.

Job Summary:  The Director of Graduate Admissions directs, manages, and supports the graduate student admissions process and graduate student enrollment.  The director is responsible for authenticating the validity of transcripts and accredited institutions and coordinating graduate admissions with the graduate enrollment counselors for each university school that offers graduate programs, ensuring that all admission criteria are met. The director exercises discretion and judgment in working with sensitive student and staff matters, along with the authority to make independent decisions for specific admittance categories. The director ensures that accurate and timely information is provided to prospective students by providing oversight to the publication of the Graduate Studies calendar, student handbook, and website.

Duties and Responsibilites: 

  • Plans, manages, and implements the graduate student admission process providing a high level of personalized service to inquiries and applicants
  • Interfaces with the Records and Advisement Office, Enrollment Services, Student Finance, University Health Center, and Information Technology and exercises discretion and good judgment regarding student enrollment issues
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for prospective and current graduate student inquires regarding admissions and enrollment
  • Supervises the office administrative assistant and graduate student employees, gathering information on graduate inquires and input into databases for mailings and communication management
  • Apprises prospective students regarding admission policies and procedures
  • Acts as transcript evaluation officer for international student records, including evaluation and verification; must be able to exercise discretion and good judgment regarding international student admission requirements
  • Consults with the international admissions liaison for status and issuance of I-20s
  • Collaborates with graduate enrollment counselors in each school including graduate admission committees as requested
  • Coordinates and chairs regular meetings of the graduate enrollment counselors
  • Collaborates with Online Campus to facilitate admission and enrollment for the Adventist teacher certification courses
  • Assists with open house events, campus visits, graduate special events, local education and career fairs, and some travel for recruiting
  • Serves on university committees that relate to the operation of the graduate studies programs
  • Other duties as assigned by the Graduate Dean

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

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree required; discretion and judgment in the execution of all duties; ability to interact in a professional manner with students, staff, faculty, deans and individuals in all levels of the university; the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and demonstrated ability to learn new software applications.

Expectations:  Professional dress and demeanor; maintains confidentiality; loyalty; team player.

Typical Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching.  May require lifting up to 25 pounds.  Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, copiers, calculators, and telephone.  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 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

Hourly Staff

Procurement and Merchandising Manager - Village Market

Location: Village Market

Hours: Full-time, hourly

Pay: $15.26 - $20.41/hr. 

Job Summary: To assist the Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager in the performance of their duties, and to manage the procurement and merchandising processes as directed. In their area of responsibility they will oversee the sourcing, product selection, ordering of product according to store strategic plan, inventory control, pricing, and profitability. They will also coordinate all store marketing and merchandising efforts. Will use various reports and management tools in the performance of their job.

Duties and Responsibilities: The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • General
    • Observe all store and university policies , and to report to management any variances to policies;
    • Maintain a neat, well-groomed, personal appearance at all times and ensure that all department personnel observe store dress code and grooming standards;
    • Observe shift operating hours at all times as scheduled or assigned by manager;
    • Adhere to all local, state, and federal health and civil code regulations;
    • Responsible for the performance and supervision of all department duties;
    • Assist and support the Assistant Store Manager in the performance of their duties and share responsibility for the department’s operation and performance;
    • Perform other duties and assignments as directed;
    • Greet all customers and provide them with prompt and courteous service.
  • Purchasing and Sourcing
    • Manage the ordering, procurement, and inventory levels of all natural, conventional, and meat substitute departments;
    • Consider quality, price, inventory levels, and consumer appeal when searching for products;
    • Analyze past sales patterns to anticipate trends in consumer buying patterns;
    • Create sale campaigns;
    • Manage inventory by evaluating slow movers;
    • Liaising with existing suppliers working to get the best deal on quality and price;
    • Building relationships with new suppliers;
    • Sourcing new products based on market analysis.
  • Bookkeeping
    • Maintain, safeguard and forward all department-related accounting reports and documents to the office according to company policies and procedures;
    • Commit invoices, credits, and inventory adjustments;
    • Address and correct any issues with defective or incorrect products to assure proper credit is received;
    • Perform shelf price audits on a regular basis to ensure that all merchandise is correctly priced;
    • Assist in price changes including sale merchandise on shelf tags and store signs;
    • Manage merchandise prices to achieve proper gross profit margins.
  • Marketing
    • Send weekly e-mail to Southern staff promoting sale items;
    • Post on social media as appropriate;
    • Coordinate special events.
  • Merchandising
    • Conduct a daily store walk through to determine needs, and to verify that items are in stock in sufficient quantity and displayed in such a way as to maximize sales;
    • Select and order merchandise for sale in accordance with organizational strategy, utilizing various historical data and forecasting tools, and in such a manner as to provide the proper quantities to maintain an appropriate stock level; 
    • Create and execute a merchandising plan, taking into account seasonal needs and / or special pricing, and build merchandising displays for maximum product exposure and sales using various methods to assess the display’s effectiveness and profitability;
    • Responsible for stock levels, inventory turns, sales ratios, and Gross Profit Margin.
    • Researches new trends or advances in product lines, and formulates strategies to respond to changing trends;
    • Manage discontinued items, researching potential replacements and procuring them promptly so as to reduce the number of empty shelf spaces; 
    • Order merchandise in assigned sections with the goal of maintaining inventory control to minimize out-of-stocks and over-stocks and to maximize sales and turnover;
  • Maintenance and Safety
    • Maintain general housekeeping and sanitation standards in compliance with store policy;
    • Assist in keeping all sales and storage areas clean, clear and in good order;
    • Make periodic inspections of the physical conditions of floor areas to ensure they are kept clean and free of debris, spills and other hazards or potential safety hazards;
    • Check refrigeration equipment for proper performance at regular intervals during business hours;
    • Ensure that all equipment used in the department is maintained in good working order and immediately advise management of any maintenance or equipment problems.
  • Security
    • Ensure that receiving policies and procedures are complied with to protect the store assets;
    • Observe security standards by staying alert and being aware of customer actions and behavior and notify management or security and call attention to any abnormal behavior noted;
    • Maintain effective security standards and procedures for all areas within the store;
  • Personnel
    • Delegate tasks to departmental employees to obtain maximum performance from personnel resources;
    • Maintain high standards of employee morale and promote and atmosphere of cooperation;

Requirements and Conditions (Essential Functions): To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all of the duties described in the preceding in an efficient and competent manner. The requirements and conditions listed below are representative of the minimum levels of knowledge, skill, experience, and/or ability required. Some requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities:

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or GED, some college or a college degree preferred;
  • Should have at least five years’ experience in the supermarket industry, with a proven record of successful procurement and merchandising responsibilities;
  • Should have a comprehensive working knowledge of all aspects of grocery operations, with the ability to manage operations utilizing various types of reports and management tools.

Mathematical Skills: Must possess the math skills necessary to verify vendor invoice charges and counts, calculate gross margins, percentages and losses, analyze inventory reports.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to hear, speak, and understand the spoken word in order to respond promptly to pages for assistance, to accommodate verbal requests from customers for information or assistance, to answer telephones and to be able to communicate effectively with customers, department employees, the store’s co-workers, visitors and sales representatives;
  • Ability to read, write, analyze, interpret and understand the English language with sufficient proficiency in order to:
    • read and understand company handbooks, policies and procedures;
    • be able to compose and write information notices or bulletins to staff;
    • read and understand other written job-related documents including postings on company bulletin boards;

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in circumstances where only limited standardization may exist;
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in diagram, oral, schedule or written form;

Other Skills or Requirements:

  • Must be familiar with the operation and nature of all departmental duties;
  • Be able to perform all duties and responsibilities in an efficient and satisfactory manner that meets the minimum standards for productivity, accuracy, cleanliness, harmony and safety established in the store;
  • Proficient computer skills are desired including but not limited to ; Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Excel Spreadsheets, Microsoft Outlook, etc;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Some requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and use the hands to handle, finger or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • The employee must frequently walk, talk or hear, and reach with the hands and arms and occasionally, the employee must crouch or kneel;
  • Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision and the ability to adjust focus including sufficient visual acuity to check accounting reports, invoices,  contracts and other written documents;
  • Be able to climb a ladder to retrieve inaccessible items for customers located above freezer cases or from stockrooms and other storage areas;
  • Have sufficient physical mobility or agility to be able to respond to fire or other emergencies such as cleanup requests (due to accidental spills or breakage of containers having liquid contents), shoplifting and other security assistance requests, customer accidents, etc;
  • Be able to perform all duties and responsibilities in an efficient and satisfactory manner that meets the minimum standards for volume, productivity, accuracy, cleanliness, harmony, safety and profitability established by the employer;

Work Environment: The work environment conditions described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. It may possible to modify some circumstances to accommodate individuals with disabilities;

  • The work environment includes occasional exposure to, in or around refrigerated storage areas and relatively damp and humid conditions;
  • Typically, the noise level in the work environment is moderate, however, on occasion, it can be somewhat noisy when power tools and equipment are in use or when duties require a temporary presence in the compressor area;
  • Access to break areas, storage areas, offices and employee restrooms requires ascending and descending a flight of stairs.

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

Important Disclaimer Notice:The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. The employer reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances change or conditions of its business, competitive considerations or the work environment change.

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

Office Manager - Biology/Allied Health

Location: Biology/Allied Health Department

Hours: Full-time, hourly

Pay: $14.93 - $20.07/hr. 

Job Summary:   The office manager in the Biology/Allied Health department provides a full range of office functions that support the general day to day activities within the department; which include assisting the department chair, professors, and allied health programs coordinator with administrative tasks that are essential to effective outcomes within the department. In addition, this position is responsible for the office flow and being a point of resource for students and others engaging with the department.    

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates on-campus guest visits.
  • Organizes and maintains files and records, answers telephone and directs calls to appropriate person.
  • Assists the event coordinator with all departmental hospitality events (planning, organizing meal items, and clean up).
  • Purchases all departmental lab/class, office, and research supplies and maintain receipts for three department credit cards.
  • Takes and types minutes of weekly staff, search committee, and interview meetings.
  • Supervises and trains student office and stockroom workers.
  • Approves 60-75 student worker weekly time cards and record hours into spreadsheet weekly, per semester and fiscal year.
  • Coordinates and maintain all statistical data and enter into Excel or Word documents.
  • Performs all other reasonably business-related functions as assigned.  
    Maintains cleanliness & organization of office complex, stockroom and department library.

Special Requirements:  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.     

Qualifications:  High school diploma or equivalent, but College degree in relevant area is preferred. The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. Have computer skills, preferably Word, Excel and some PowerPoint.  Be a self-starter and able to work independently and must possess good organizational, multi-tasking, and delegating skills.

Typical Physical Demands:  Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 50 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, copiers, scanners, printers, calculators, and telephone.  Will need to learn and operate a few pieces of stockroom 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 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

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

Housekeeper (TEMP) - Guest Lodging

Location: Guest Lodging

Hours: Flexible hours Sunday - Friday, not to exceed 24 hours in a one week period.

Job Summary: The housekeeper is responsible for cleaning and re-setting apartments after guest(s) departure in a timely manner so apartment is ready to be occupied again.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Duties will include and are not limited to:
    • Washing Linens
    • Cleaning/disinfecting apartment
    • Re-setting entire apartment
    • Vacuuming and mop all floors

Requirements: 

  • Must be physically able to ascend and descend stairs.
  • Bend and move freely, be able to move and clean under furniture, and carry up to 25lbs. while walking up and down stairs.

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