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Human Resources Department

Jainie Pita
Director

The human resources management within the organization, facilitates advancement of the Gospel Commission by providing professional services in the areas of strategic planning, staffing, compensation and benefits, employee relations, personnel data management, training and development, and other employee services, thereby enabling staff to adequately fulfill their assigned or elected duties.

Human Resources Management of the Inter-American Division assists in creating effective policies, establishing and maintaining organizational culture and giving leadership to the human resources functions.

Human Resources and Leadership Website: hr.interamerica.org

 

 

 

 

JOB LISTINGS:

 

Office Professional Assistant

The Inter-American Division (IAD), based in Miami, Florida, is looking for a person duly qualified for the position of Office Professional Assistant, to perform diverse secretarial duties for the department assigned by the Inter-American Division.

The documents required for this application, which will be confidentially assessed, include a cover letter, a CV or résumé and three professional reference contacts, including their emails and phone numbers. Please send them electronically by September 30, 2016 to Dr. Elie Henry, IAD Executive Secretary, and to Mrs. Jainie Pita, Human Resources Director.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Type: Full-time
Salary Range: 60 – 90%
Bilingual: Spanish/English
Experience: Previous employment with the SDA Church within the IAD territory and have worked in a secretarial office position
Local Hire: Authorization to work in the U.S.

POSITION SUMMARY: Performs diverse secretarial duties for the department assigned by the Inter-American Division. Requires knowledge of church policy and organizational structure, proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and other software skills, a good level of written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.), high levels of tact, ability to multi-task, good telephone answering skills, friendliness, high level of discretion and judgment, and ability to work as a team member.

AUTHORITY, ACCOUNTABILITY: Work is performed with limited supervision. There are specific guidelines to follow, but the work requires the ability to carry out duties and meet deadlines independently.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Carries Professional Assistant duties such as filing, typing, copying, binding, scanning, etc.
• Transcribes correspondence and other written material.
• Types and translates to English/Spanish articles, memos, reports, programs, sermons, bulletins, etc..
• Coordinates office projects and assignments.
• Maintains accurate current records of Department information
• Handles all routine office activities while Department Director is absent.
• Ensures timely and accurate department reports and statistics.
• Ensures that reports reach General Conference on time.
• Maintains current inventory of departmental supplies.
• Fills and sends orders for departmental materials.
• Invoices fields for orders.
• Offers worthwhile suggestions and ideas for the enhancement of the office system.
• Takes accurate minutes of meetings.
• Assists as receptionist on a rotating basis for lunch breaks, vacation, or any other need.
• Handles sensitive information in a confidential manner.
• Performs other work-related duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/CREDENTIALS: Skills and abilities generally acquired through a minimum of two-year college degree in office administration or business-related field or certification from business college, including courses in typing and word processing/computer literacy. Appropriate successful work experience may be acceptable in lieu of scholastic requirements. One to one and a half years office experience is needed to gain the skills and knowledge required to perform job duties.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL: Requires knowledge of up-to-date office procedures such as filing, telephone techniques, office equipment (including computer, printers, etc.), Spanish and English usage (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.) and a functional knowledge of French if possible. Ability to perform secretarial and support duties with speed and accuracy with minimal supervision. Must have the ability to work under pressure and with many interruptions. Position requires keyboard speed, with accuracy, of 40-50 wpm minimum. Absolute confidentiality required at all times; knowledge of church employment policies and practices helpful.

CONTACTS, ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Must possess the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with own departmental personnel, others within the Inter-American Division and outside personnel on a daily basis. Individual must remain calm under pressure and exhibit courtesy, diplomacy and kindness at all times, both in person and on the telephone. Individual must exhibit ability to effectively handle confidential information/situations at all times and maintain high degree of loyalty and support for supervisor, department, Inter-American Division, and Seventh-day Adventist Church. Must project a professional Christian image.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to read, speak, and hear. Must be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Some standing, walking, bending, kneeling, carrying of light items, etc., required. Standard work hours, as defined by the IAD Employee Handbook, are required. Overtime is rarely required and never permitted without supervisor’s prior approval.

 

 

Vice President for Academic Administration
Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION

The Board of Directors of the Inter-American Theological Seminary (IATS) seeks a suitably qualified person for the position of IATS Vice President for Academic Administration who can provide a theological and academic vision to the Seminary. The IATS is an Inter-American Division (IAD) institution of higher learning accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (AAA). The IATS offers masters and doctoral degrees in Theology on the campus of ten Adventist institutions of higher learning in the IAD territory. The IATS headquarters is on the campus of Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico; consequently all administrators shall live and work in Puerto Rico.

Applications for the position of IATS Vice President for Academic Administration will be treated in confidence and should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and five names of professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Elie Henry, Secretary of the Search Committee at henr...@interamerica.org. The Committee will begin review of applications immediately and continue work until January 31, 2016.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Obligation: Administrative duties (75%); teaching load (25%)
Reports to: IATS President
Supervises: Faculty, site coordinators, and academic staff
Wage Scale: 90% – 111% +

Position Statement:
The Vice President for Academic Administration is responsible for the academic curriculum of the Seminary, providing leadership to the faculty and managing the processes through which teaching is conducted. Must possess significant academic experience in the development and administration, curriculum, curriculum leadership, budget, strategic planning, and the use of technology in Higher Education. The Vice President must represent the defend the church’s Educational System and its Beliefs, and ensures that the curriculum appropriately reflects the IATS mission and that it is current in terms of discipline and delivery. Must evidence an Academic Administration Vocation.

Qualifications:
1. Be member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in regular standing. And be fully supportive of the ideals, objectives, and mission of the Church and of the IAD.
2. Hold a doctorate or terminal degree, preferably in Theology, with a record of teaching experience and scholarship from an accredited educational institution recognized in the USA and the SDA Church.
3. Hold an undergraduate degree from an SDA institution.
4. Possess academic experience at the tertiary level of increasing responsibility of an academic leader with a portion of this experience obtained at a tertiary-level educational institution.
5. Be experienced in teaching and learning evaluation and assessment; knowledgeable of teaching and learning strategies and models.
6. Can develop spiritual development formation curriculum.
7. Be well acquainted with the scope pf research Theology and Publications and possess experience working with Academic program Development.
8. Be able to think critically of Theological Education.
9. Ability to foster a sense of community and shared governance, strong organizational and management skills through visible and accessible leadership.
10. Understands globalization in the context of Theological Education
11. Can treat faculty as colleagues
12. Has pastoral experience.
13. Coordinate periodic academic program review.
14. Be able to understand and design initiatives to emerging information technologies for Theological Teaching and Learning.
15. Lead in Faculty Development Initiatives.
16. Be versed in at least two of the three languages of the IAD.

Responsibilities:
1. Serve as chief administrative office in the absence of the President as instructed
2. Supervise all matters relating to curriculum and instruction in the Seminary
3. Oversee faculty and academic staff recruitment and development activities
4. Provide advisory recommendations to the President on all academic appointment
5. Oversee development and implementation of academic strategic planning
6. Establish priorities and plans for program development, faculty recruitment and development
7. Provide academic input to institutional enrollment management efforts
8. Coordinate periodic academic program review and work with site coordinators in the review, study, and development of curriculum and in the improvement of institution
9. Build teamwork through trust and mutual respect, collaboration, and communication maintaining appropriate confidentiality and Christian empathy
10. Oversee the implementation of the IATS strategy plan into the academic areas
11. Supervise the admission standards, registration procedures, grading, academic advising, graduation requirements, library requirements, and instructional media services
12. Articulate an academic agenda for the future consistent with the University’s mission, vision emphasizing high impact practices, strong student outcomes, and new program development
13. Wisely manage resources in support of the academic agenda, working in partnership with the President and the Vice Presidents.
14. Strengthen, maintain and enhance the quality of the academic program ensuring it meets the needs of the changing environment through systematic program review, assessment of student learning outcomes, new program development, and effective learning strategies
15. Optimize the Seminary’s role in professional consortia and associations with the ATS, AAA, and the Puerto Rico Council of Higher Education.
16. Be willing to do any other reasonable work-related assignment as the IATS President may direct.

Institutional Service:
To serve on a variety of academic and system committees such as the Administrative Committee, Faculty Council, President’s Council, and the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated academic leadership, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Ability to formulate and articulate sound academic policies, and identify, resolve and consult on a wide range of administrative and academic issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities. Strong organizational and management skills.

Appointed by:
IATS Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Search Committee

 

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