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Dean/Executive Director

The Lutheran College Washington Consortium (LCWC) invites applications for the position of Dean/Executive Director of its program, the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) to begin no later than July 1, 2021.  LCWS is a Washington, DC program based in Arlington, VA and is open to students from the 13 member institutions of the consortium, which are all Lutheran affiliated colleges and universities.  The program, which began in 1986,  provides participants with real-world experiences to further students’ educational and professional goals and strives to offer students of any major a new perspective on what it means to be an active member of society in a culturally diverse world.  During the semester, students complete a four day per week internship, while also taking two academic classes and special programming offered by the program.  Additional opportunities for students are available in the summer. Details about the Lutheran College Washington Semester can be found at:

The position of Dean and Executive Director combines the roles of Chief Academic Officer and Chief Executive Officer of LCWS  and reports to a 13-member board of directors.  The Dean/Executive Director is responsible for the administrative, financial, academic and student life aspects of LCWS and supervises a staff of two full-time employees and 11 part-time staff and faculty members.  The program is financially sound and consistently draws 40-50 students each semester. We are seeking a candidate who possesses entrepreneurial strengths and who is committed to developing innovative programs that will help the program meet the challenges of a changing higher education environment. In keeping with the academic requirements of the position, a doctorate degree or equivalent is required. A competitive salary, commensurate with experience, is in the range of $110,000 - $150,000. Benefit package includes contributions to retirement, reimbursement for medical insurance, paid vacation and other benefits. For more specific information, please see the Dean/Executive Director Position Description below.

Applicants for the position should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by email to Dr. Emily Wanless, Search Committee Chair, Augustana University,  Review of applications will begin on February 1st, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Lutheran College Washington Semester is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse workforce. LCWS is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check.

Dean/Executive Director Position Description:

The Dean/Executive Director serves as the CEO of the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) and the Lutheran College Washington Consortium (LCWC) which is the legal entity which sponsors LCWS.  The Dean/Executive Director is responsible to the LCWC Board of Directors, comprised of representatives of the thirteen member institutions.  As CAO, the Dean/Executive Director is responsible for decisions surrounding the curricular administration and student services aspects of the program.  As CEO, the Dean/Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of LCWS.  Although the program is financially sound and consistently draws 40-50 students each semester, the next Dean/Executive Director will need to address the general challenges facing liberal arts colleges and the specific question of program housing.  LCWC currently owns 14 condominiums but desires to sell these properties and either move to rental apartments or purchase a building.  Therefore, in addition to demonstrating strong academic, financial, and administrative skills needed to address the responsibilities listed below, we are seeking an entrepreneurial and innovative leader who can work with the Board of Directors in securing long-term housing and developing additional revenue streams.  


  • Serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) with responsibility for the program’s recruitment strategies and enrollment, curriculum and experiential programming, and administration of faculty.

Student Services

  • In cooperation with the Deputy Executive Director, oversees student service functions including residential life, emergency planning, and coordinating responses to issues involving students, parents and faculty.

Strategic Planning

  • Leads the LCWS Board of Directors and program staff in the creation and implementation of new strategic initiatives.


  • Serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), drafting a budget, managing the LCWC financial and endowment portfolio, and working with the LCWC accountant.


  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of the assessment process of the program, curriculum, and faculty members.


  • Promotes an understanding and appreciation of all forms of diversity, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

Board and Member Institution Relations

  • Serves as liaison and primary point of contact with member institutions, including faculty and staff who regularly interact with LCWS.


  • Oversees day to day operations, managing two full-time staff members and eleven faculty and contracted employees, as well as monitoring and implementing human resource protocols.

Risk Management

  • Responsible for all aspects of risk management including overseeing external vendors and insurance providers, as well as monitoring all applicable laws and regulations.

Property Management

  • In conjunction with the Deputy Executive Director, oversees the management of the River Place condo residences owned by LCWS which are used as student housing.

External Relations/Marketing

  • Oversees marketing activities and represents LCWS with external constituencies, such as members of the River Place Board, community groups, and professional organizations.

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

1025 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

Office (703) 525-5292 | Fax (703) 525-2442

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