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Human Resources and Leadership

Dr Balvin Braham

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 within the Division territory through the various Unions human Resources management.


Notice of Annual New Administrators Orientation – December 2-4, 2014

The Annual New Administrators Orientation of the Inter-American Division will be held at the Division office in Miami, Florida, December 2-4, 2014. The first session will commence at 8:00am in the Bender Archbold Auditorium at the on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Who Should Attend:

All Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers of Unions and Local Fields who were elected in such capacities for the first time, between January and November 2014.

Date of Arrival in Miami: Monday December 1, 2014
Date to return home: Friday December 5, 2014

All attendees should contact Juan Casado by e-mail at: to confirm their participation and secure additional important information.


Director: Dr. Balvin Braham
Professional Assistant: Dina Gonzalez

Human Resources and Leadership Website:



President of the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary
The Board of Directors of the Inter-American Theological Seminary (IATS) seeks a suitably qualified person for the position of IATS President who can provide a theological and pastoral vision and deliver institutional and administrative leadership to the Seminary, beginning in January 2016. 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. The IATS President shall reside in Puerto Rico.

Applications for the position of IATS President 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. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent electronically and no later than July 30, 2015 to Dr. Elie Henry, Secretary of the Search Committee at:

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2015.


Time Commitment: Administrative duties (75%); teaching load (25%)
Reports:  Reports directly to the IATS Board of Directors
Supervises: IATS Vice Presidents, faculty, and staff
Wage Scale:  100% – 117%+

1. Be a seasoned 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 professional or academic doctoral degree in Theology from an accredited educational institution recognized in the United States of America in accordance with IATS accrediting agencies requirements.
3. Have a minimum of ten years experience in administration, teaching faculty, and pastoral ministry with a portion of this experience obtained at a tertiary-level educational institution.
4. Be well acquainted with the scope of research in Theology and be able to guide professors and students in areas of needed research for present day needs.
5. Be a strategic visionary for synchronizing mission, vision, capability, capacity, and resources.
6. Possess international work experience with students and faculty of multi-cultural backgrounds.
7. Ability to proficiently and professionally communicate, verbally and in writing in at least two of
the IAD main languages: English, Spanish, and French.
1. Nurture a community of Adventist scholars, inspiring excellence in teaching, preaching, research, and service.
2. Shape and communicate a compelling vision for the Seminary that is developed collaboratively and translated into plans and policies to be approved by the Board.
3. Lead the management of all Seminary activities, delegating distributed leadership and supporting the administrative team in the efficient and effective implementation of their responsibilities.
4. Lead and participate in establishing scholarships and expanding resources, particularly in the area of fund and friend raising for the Seminary.
5. Deepen relationships with sister IAD institutions as well as exploring new partnerships and alliances in support of the Seminary and its mission.
6. Lead the Seminary demonstrating genuine qualities of integrity, fairness, openness, humility, resilience, transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
7. Supervise all aspects of curriculum development, instructional methods, grading practices, admission standards, registration procedures, academic advising programs, graduation requirements, library requirements, and instructional media services.
8. Lead, inspire, motivate, and supervise the faculty as well as counsel the site coordinators concerning the academic program and staff utilization to develop a sense of collegiality for the benefit of the entire Seminary community and its constituents.
9. Foster professional growth of faculty and staff through orientation programs, in-service seminars, continuing education opportunities and study leaves, sabbatical leaves, conducting research and scholarly writing, and community involvement.
10. Prepare the budget for the coming year in cooperation with the VP for Finance and be responsible for Seminary expenditures according to the budget.
11. Supervise and advise the VP for Academic Administration on academic and faculty needs and the VP for Institutional Effectiveness on the Seminary’s future strategic planning.
12. Build teamwork through trust and mutual respect, collaboration, and communication maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
13. Be willing to do any other responsibility as the IAD Administration may direct.

IATS Board of Directors, Secretary IATS Administrative Committee IATS President’s Council
IATS Faculty Council
IATS Academic Standards and Admissions Committee IATS Ex-officio member of all committees
IAD Board of Ministerial Training and Education
IAD Board of Higher Education
IAD Division Committee

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

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