Director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives

Academic Affairs
Director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives

Position:  Director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives

Job Description:  Director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The University seeks a dynamic individual to serve as the Director of the Hot Springs Education Center as the university expands its footprint in the Hot Springs area. The Director will work from Hot Springs and will be responsible for establishing a physical presence for the university in the area. Working collaboratively with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the Center, including supervising staff, managing a budget, over-seeing the educational offerings- including on-site, blended, and web-based classes. Duties will include scheduling classes, making room assignments, identifying instructors and advertising for on-site classes. The Director will also assist with the university’s advising, admissions, and registration process for student from the Hot Springs site. The successful candidate will also serve as the university’s contact person for public relations, student recruitment and the promotion of Henderson and National Park College programs in Hot Springs and surrounding communities. The Director will collaborate with National Park College to offer continuing education, workforce development and training beneficial to area residents and businesses as well as identify degree programs that compliment both institutions. Due to the unique nature of the position, the Director will be expected to travel throughout the region promoting educational programs in addition to working extended hours to accommodate the academic needs of the students. Membership and participation in the Hot springs Downtown Rotary club will be required. Active participation in community activities is paramount to the job.

Qualifications:  Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff and students. In pursuit of this commitment, a Master's degree from an accredited institution along with experience in a higher education setting is required. The successful candidate must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including public speaking, possess computer and technological skills, strong leadership skills, highly developed organizational abilities and the ability to work collaboratively in a team setting as well as being able to work independently. Experience in the area of budget development and management, fund raising and legislative affairs is preferred.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university supplemented health insurance and TIAA–CREF.

The University:  Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, AR, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers, the iconic Lake DeGray, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures. Please visit,, or for more information about Henderson State and our community.

Application:  Applications should include a letter of application; resume’; unofficial transcript(s); and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references. All required application materials should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to:

Dr. Sally Carder
Search Committee Chair

Review of applications will begin on June 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, please submit application materials by June 1, 2017. The final applicant for this position will be required to submit to a background screening including a criminal background check pursuant to university policy. Under the provisions of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection upon written request. The applicant will also be required to provide official transcripts.