Vice President and Academic Dean

Time: 100%
Supervisor: AMBS President
Start date: July 1, 2018
Application deadline: Review of application letters and curriculum vitae will begin January 30, 2018
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Hiring policy: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary does not discriminate against employees or candidates for employment on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability or any legally protected status. Commitment to AMBS's mission and support of its Anabaptist and ecumenical vision are important.

Primary responsibilities

This candidate will be expected to:

  1. Provide visionary leadership and administrative oversight for AMBS teaching faculty and graduate theological programs curriculum.
  2. Supervise teaching faculty; oversee faculty development and the development of online and face-to-face pedagogical and assessment resources.
  3. Provide oversight for student academic progress, concerns and disciplinary actions, delegating as appropriate to registrar and others.
  4. Participate in institutional administration, strategic planning, advancement and school partnerships as a member of the Administrative Cabinet.
  5. Supervise director of library services, registrar, M.Div. program director, academic departmental chairpersons, and director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies.
  6. Resource the AMBS community and broader constituencies by hosting several lectureships, retreats and guest faculty, and leading on occasion in church and professional society settings.
  7. Collaborate with the dean of Lifelong Learning in support of the Church Leadership Center.
  8. Serve as the academic liaison to the Association of Theological Schools as well as several other regulatory associations and partnering institutions.
  9. Teach in one’s own academic discipline as deemed desirable and helpful.


  • Commitment to Anabaptist Christian faith and practice in ecumenical and global contexts
  • Commitment to the church as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and as a sign of God’s reconciling mission in the world
  • Ability to work respectfully with theological diversity  
  • Ability to inspire faculty, students and constituents in personal and public settings
  • Terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D.) expected
  • Knowledge of administrative, scholarly and pedagogical best practices in graduate theological education
  • Post-secondary teaching, supervisory and administrative experience required
  • Intercultural competence and non-Eurocentric experience preferred

To apply

Send your curriculum vitae; a letter indicating interest, availability and ways in which you meet the qualifications listed above; and the names and locations of three references (no letters at this time) to:

Dr. Sara Wenger Shenk, President
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517                    
[email protected]