Professional Leadership Position Listings

The following reflect recent position listings that impact the field of Leadership Education.  To post a position please contact our Director of Member Services and Communication at  Positions will remain posted for a maximum of 6 months (or until filled). 

Positions Available

Coordinator of Student Engagement, College of Biological Sciences, Student Services

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
(posted 3-30-15)

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Required/Preferred Qualifications

CBS Student Services empowers students to identify, develop, and achieve their academic, career and personal goals so they graduate in a timely manner and are engaged citizens after college. Through helping students to identify meaningful goals that reflect their interests and strengths and create academic and co-curricular plans, CBS Student Services staff members are educators who teach students to recognize and connect learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to their broader goals. 

The Coordinator plays a key role in executing CBS' student engagement strategies by developing and implementing learning opportunities, working with assessment and practices to improve student retention and graduation rates, and staff development. Duties include managing activities for the CBS Dean's Scholars leadership program; advising the CBS Student Board; and creating, encouraging, and facilitating engagement through student organizations, service-learning, research, and other events. 

Required Qualifications: 
BA/BS degree in a related field. Three (3) or more years of combined experience in higher education, student affairs, advising, mentoring or student support services with a record of progressively increasing responsibility. Demonstrated commitment to leadership development, service learning and civic engagement is essential. Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills, team-building, and interpersonal skills. Exceptional work-ethic. Ability to work well independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies (students, staff, faculty) in a diverse community. Excellent organizational skills and ability to initiate projects and programs and see them through to completion. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands. Ability to effectively deal with conflict. Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft programs. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education and student affairs, counseling, or related field. Four years demonstrated experience in an administrative position in a higher education setting. Working knowledge of current research regarding student engagement initiatives and retention within the college experience. Experience working with student organizations. Experience in creating, developing, and executing student leadership development programs. Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated workshop/seminar development, facilitation, and teaching experience. Strong project-management and organizational skills to effectively work on several simultaneous projects. Experience working with program evaluation tools and learning outcomes assessment. Familiarity with biological sciences and the University of Minnesota community. Knowledge of assessment best practices. 

Duties/Responsibilities (Full explanation of each on position announcement)

(40%) Dean's Scholars Program - Teaching & Mentoring; (20%) Dean's Scholars Program - Program Development; (15%) CBS Student Organization Support; (10%) College-Wide Initiatives; (15%) Professional Development & Service: 

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete the brief application, attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references.  

Position Link:

Lecturer, Leadership Studies

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
(posted 3-22-15)

Iowa State University is hiring a lecturer in leadership studies, effective with the 2015-2016 academic year, to teach courses affiliated with the university’s interdisciplinary undergraduate 21-credit-hour certificate and 15-credit-hour minor in leadership studies.  The university’s leadership studies program is coordinated by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. It is open to students in all undergraduate-degree granting colleges.

Please help us spread the word among Ph.D. students who will be graduating by August 2015. 

You can read more about this position here:

 Leadership Lecturer:

The guaranteed consideration date is March 25. If you have questions, please email Dr. Clint Stephens-

Associate Director, Illinois Leadership® Center

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
(posted 2-27-15)

Search (A1500103)

The Illinois Leadership Center is a highly successful partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a premier public research university located in east-central Illinois. The Center serves as a focal point for student-oriented leadership initiatives on campus, bridging learning and development opportunities between academic curricula and student affairs programs and services. It has an established record of student involvement in academic leadership courses, workshops and conferences, educational programs, and consulting services. The Center’s vision is to be an internationally acclaimed provider of leadership education, research and practical opportunities for students.

Primary Responsibilities of Position:

The Associate Director serves as a member of the Illinois Leadership Center staff and reports to the Director of the Illinois Leadership Center. The Associate Director designs, develops, and implements the Center's academic programs and services to assist faculty with leadership education and provide meaningful leadership curriculum for students. The primary responsibilities of the Associate Director are to coordinate academic partnerships and collaborations, and coordinate the office research and assessment efforts.

Job description:

·         Coordinate the collaborative efforts between the Leadership Center and various academic and student affairs units.

·         Work in collaboration with academic areas such as the Center for Innovation/Teaching Excellence to assist with faculty initiatives to integrate leadership education in classroom teaching and leadership development opportunities for faculty.

·         Coordinate assessment efforts of the Illinois Leadership Center.

·         Oversee the curriculum design efforts of the ILC suite of programming including i-programs and workshops.

·         Serve as a liaison and resource person to faculty teaching classes with content or instructional strategies related to leadership development, college deans and advising staff, and living and learning communities.

·         Coordinate research agenda of the Illinois Leadership Center, including the implementation and analysis of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL).

·         Provide strategic direction for and coordination of the academic leadership curriculum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

·         Supervise and oversee graduate research assistant, student workers and student interns on project work related to Leadership Center activities.

·         Strengthen the Illinois Leadership Center's national reputation for leadership development through academic publications and conference presentations.

·         Other duties as assigned by the Director.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in leadership, organizational development, college student personnel, or a related field.

• 5-7 year’s professional experience in academic affairs, leadership education, student affairs and/or a related field.

• Knowledge of relevant leadership education best practices and current research.

• Demonstrated ability to create positive working relationships across student affairs and academic affairs to plan and implement curricular and co-curricular programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in leadership, organizational development, college student personnel, or a related field.

• Experience in curriculum development and assessment.

Appointment Type -Regular twelve month, 100% academic professional appointment.

Salary Range and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Anticipated start date is June 16, 2015.

Application: To ensure full consideration, please submit a letter of application, vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references at by March 20, 2015.

This position is a security sensitive position. A background check is required for the finalist and final offer will be contingent upon the results of the background check. In employment, as in education, the University of Illinois is committed to Equal Opportunity and World Class Diversity.

For questions about the position contact Rhonda Kirts at or 217-333-0050.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

For more information about the Illinois Leadership Center, see

Director, Strength-based Learning, Division of Student Affairs
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
(posted 2-27-15)

Click here for full position announcement.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Strengths-based Learning serves as a champion for Virginia Tech’s program. As such, this individual will have a campus-wide presence working with students, staff and faculty to further develop learning-centered efforts that enrich an already robust strengths approach and culture at Virginia Tech.

In addition, the Director will develop, lead, and support a forthcoming living-learning community that integrates strengths-based learning into the community’s culture through co-curricular activities, mentoring, and a graded/credited course for first-year students.


1) Recruit, train, and support a cadre of campus educators to further Strengths based education with campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students.

2) Develop, launch, and lead a strengths-based living-learning community for roughly 200 students that includes the development of a course curriculum, advising instructors, implementing program initiatives and community traditions to engage student participants, and assessing the program’s impact on student learning and success.

3) Work with the campus strengths portal, develop campus-wide educational programs, and work with the Division of Student Affairs departments to enlarge the impact of strengths-philosophy on student learning, success, and well being.

4) Develop concrete ways to highlight and engage students, faculty, and staff around diversity and inclusion through strengths.

5) Develop and coordinate research on the impact of strengths interventions on student progress toward the Aspirations for Student Learning.

6) Serve as a member of the Senior Associate Vice President’s and Division’s leadership team.


The selected individual must be a seasoned educator with an unrelenting commitment to student success, learning and diversity. A master’s degree in a related field is required. Experience and understanding of positive psychology and student learning/development literature is essential. The Director should be a collaborative self-starter with the highest level of communication, writing, and organizational skills. The enthusiastic support of The Division’s Aspirations for Student Learning, the mission of Virginia Tech, and the land grant spirit are required.

For best consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your temperament, skills, background and qualifications electronically at: before April 2, 2015.

Dean, School of Communications and Information Systems
Robert Morris University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
(posted 2-15-15)

Robert Morris University seeks an exceptional Dean to lead its School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) into new chapters of growth and success.

Located on a stunning campus outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robert Morris is a private, comprehensive institution committed to active learning and student success. The University is recognized for integrating liberal arts with a professionally focused, applied education that prepares students for leadership in a rapidly changing world. Building on its 93-year tradition of educational excellence, the University is in a period of continued transformation and intensive growth.

The School of Communications and Information Systems is the second largest in the University, and includes five academic departments:  Computer Information Systems, Communication, English and Communications Skills, Media Arts, and Organizational Leadership.  It is at the heart of RMU’s commitment to our Core Value of Student Engagement. SCIS faculty also are the largest contributors to RMU study abroad courses, to academic service learning courses, and to such off campus initiatives as the Washington Center program.

The new Dean will be expected to provide leadership for the School’s faculty in teaching, scholarship and service, assuring maintaining ABET-CAC accreditation, and strengthening the School’s campus leadership in engaged learning at all levels of instruction.  The Dean will also be expected to develop external strategic relationships to enhance the resource base to support University and School initiatives, and to develop a cohesive strategic plan that will reflect the current strengths and achievable possibilities for the five departments.  Additional information can be found at

Candidates should have an earned doctorate or comparable terminal degree in one of the School's curricular disciplines or a closely related area as well as substantial administrative experience in private or public higher education or other relevant setting.

Applications, nominations, or confidential inquiries concerning this search may be sent by email to  or directed to John K. Thornburgh at (412) 209-2666 or John McFarland at (678) 302-1565.  In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by March 30, 2015. 

Robert Morris University Institutional Equity Vision Statement

At Robert Morris University, we believe that institutional equity reflects our continued commitment to a community where everyone is both valued and respected. Institutional equity encompasses racial, ethnic, gender and religious diversity, cultural perspectives, national origins, sexual orientation, physical ability, as well as socioeconomic contexts, and educational backgrounds. EOE

Assistant/Associate Professor, Leadership & Organizational Studies
Wright State University, Fairborn, OH
(posted 1-25-15)

Department of Leadership Studies, College of Education & Human Services

Job Purpose: To teach graduate level courses in the Leadership Development Master and Organizational Studies doctoral programs, mentor, supervise, and advise doctoral students; serve as a member or chair on thesis and dissertation committees; engage in scholarly research related to the field of leadership and organizational studies; serve on department, college, and university committees as appropriate; assist in planning and supporting student recruitment and alumni relations efforts; and work collaboratively with colleagues and in the region on efforts to support these programs.

Essential Function: Teaching  40%

  • ·         Preparation for teaching assigned classes in leadership, organizational theory, research, concentrations or special topics depending on expertise
  • ·         Coordinate guest speakers or field activities with Department Chair,  Program Coordinator, and Program Director
  • ·         Track class membership, post grades and complete change of grade requests through WingsExpress
  • ·         Post course materials and communicate with students through Wings Express and the WSU Learning Management System
  • ·         Teach classes as scheduled during daytime, evening, weekend, or web-enhanced
  • ·         Serve on thesis and dissertation committees
  • ·         Communicate promptly with department staff regarding class scheduling, book orders, and program meetings
  • ·         Participate in program team meetings and curricular initiatives
  • ·         Meet with class or have contact with students during scheduled Final Exam Timeblock
  • ·         Submit course syllabi and hold office hours as required
  • ·         Work with Department Chair and Program Director to make timely curricular improvements or changes in courses.
  • ·         Participate in professional development opportunities

 Essential Function: Scholarship 30%

  • ·         Pursue an established scholarly research agenda related to leadership & organizational studies
  • ·         Conduct research and publish results in peer-reviewed journals and other professional venues
  • ·         Seek and secure external funding through grant applications with assistance from college and university support services
  • ·         Participate in professional organizations
  • ·         Present work at professional conferences

Essential Function: Service 30%

  • ·         Serve on department, college, and university committees
  • ·         Participate in recruitment, orientations and special events
  • ·         Advise and mentor students
  • ·         Participate in alumni relations special events
  • ·         Work collaboratively with the LDR and doctoral program teams, and university colleagues


Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate with dissertation in organizational studies, leadership or related field; documented record of successful and progressive organizational leadership experience; active involvement in one or more professional associations; college teaching experience; and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate. The Associate Professor level requires a record of scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences/venues, successful college teaching experience, and curriculum development experience in addition to the requirements above.

Preferred Qualifications: Program leadership, program development, faculty supervision, budget responsibilities, policy development, student recruitment, and thesis/dissertation supervision.                                                                                                                                                 

To apply, go to by March 20, 2015, for first consideration. An AA/EO Employer.

Head, Department of Youth Development & Agricultural Education
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
(posted 12-18-14)

The Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head.

Qualifications: The head will collaborate closely with faculty and staff to set strategic priorities; allocate resources; and advocate for the department within the university, state, nation and internationally. An appreciation of interdisciplinary work, mentoring and professional development, and an ability to inspire collaboration are critical.  Strong communication and decision-making skills are required, as are administrative leadership experience and appreciation for the land-grant mission. Candidates must be eligible for tenure at the rank of professor and hold a doctoral (or equivalent) degree in education, communication, or other social/biological/physical sciences field with expertise in learning and/or communication in the context of agriculture, food or the environment.

Department and College: YDAE is an interdisciplinary department with undergraduate programs in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication and a graduate program focused on learning and communication in the context of agriculture. The department is an integral part of the Purdue College of Agriculture, one of the leading colleges of agricultural, food, life and natural resource sciences, and ranked eighth globally in the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

Applications: Screening of applicants will begin February 15, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Nominations for the position are welcome.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

See for full position description and application procedures.

Manager of Operations and Experiential Learning
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
(posted 12-2-14)

Manager of Operations and Experiential Learning/CU-Boulder

The Presidents Leadership Class (PLC) is a highly selective leadership development program for undergraduate students at CU-Boulder. The Manager of Operations and Experiential Learning oversees, develops, and coordinates all programming and experiential learning components of the program. PLC’s experiential learning elements are distinguishing hallmarks of the program. 

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of professional experience with progressively higher levels of responsibility with at least two years of demonstrated leadership experience. Experience in leadership programming applicable to university undergraduates, academic programing, undergraduate academic advising, and academic and experience leadership development preferred.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

For more information and to apply, please see our job posting at:

Part-time Teaching Faculty  
City University of Seattle, Seattle, WA
(posted 10-30-14)

Part-time Teaching Faculty at CityU have three key responsibilities:

  1. Striving for excellence in teaching and learning,
  2. Fostering student development, and
  3. Maintaining currency in their profession.

Course Description: LDRD606 - Leadership Theories and Analysis: This course explores seminal and contemporary leadership theories and the requirements of doctoral-level academic writing.  Emphasis is placed on identifying appropriate scholarly sources, analyzing sources, integrating sources with one’s own experience to explain and defend positions, and presenting all in an intentional, structured, manner.  This course is writing intensive. Students will complete this course with a knowledge of 10 theories of leadership and a clear understanding writing expectations at the doctoral level.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree is required.
  • Professional experience in a related field is required.
  • Ability to work in a team oriented system, deal effectively with professional staff, other part-time faculty, adult and culturally diverse students.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, staff members and Faculty/Program Coordinator.
  • Ability to effectively present information in writing and orally to students, staff, faculty and university management.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
  • Online and internet experience and access required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using Blackboard Academic Suite with templated course content.
  • Experience in higher education setting with a diverse, global audience.
  • Experience with developmental writers and developmental writing classes or labs.
  • Instructional experience in research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a learning experience that links application with formal learning and adult learning theory.

Salary Information: The Part-time Teaching Faculty salary is based on the level of course (graduate, undergraduate, doctoral) and the number of course credits (1-5).

Application Instructions:  City University of Seattle accepts applications through this online process only. For consideration, please submit a complete application packet.  A complete application is one that includes:

  • Application
  • Cover letter (Please include information about your qualitative and/or quantitative research experience.)
  • Resume

Chair and Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication 
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
(posted 10-27-14)

 We are now seeking applicants for the position of Chair and Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida.

Dr. Al Wysocki, Associate Dean, is chairing the search committee (

The official posting is available at:

Leadership Development Faculty, US Office of Personnel Management
Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA
(posted 10-19-14)

The   Federal   Executive Institute (FEI), an elite education Institution for public-sector, executive development, seeks to fill multiple full-time faculty positions for a temporary not-to-exceed three year appointment. FEI, under the US Office of Personnel Management, is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and provides executive-level education to senior executives in public service.

 As a faculty member, you will:

  • Research, design and teach graduate-level courses;
  • Facilitate leadership teams;
  • Design,  lead  and  deliver  leadership  programs  for  Federal agencies;
  • Coordinate FEI programs of various types;
  • Consult with agencies on leadership, performance-management, strategic planning, and related topics;
  • Provide leadership within FEI through such means as chairing committees and serving on work groups.

Desired   candidates   will   have   a   terminal   degree   from   an accredited  institution or  equivalent  background  in a  relevant discipline.  Relevant disciplines include (1) leadership theory and practice, (2) organizational design or (3) global/ international/ inter-cultural studies. Candidates should also have personal experience in developing/educating senior leaders. This experience might include instruction, organizational design or development  consulting; client  needs  assessment,  intervention delivery, executive brainstorming/creativity workshops, executive coaching, strategic planning and/or global leadership.  FEI is particularly interested in candidates with experience in executive leadership development and education and/or practical experience in leadership theory, organizational design and/or international/ intercultural studies. Experience working with Senior Federal executives or in the public sector is also highly desired. FEI seeks self-motivated learners who are comfortable working in a collegial setting, using a wide range of adult learning methods.

 Applications must be received by November 15, 2014. To apply please visit:

USAJOBS:  and reference vacancy announcement number 15-004-LMW-FM.

Assistant or Associate Professor, Community Leadership
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
(posted 10-19-14)

Click here for full position announcement.

POSITION DESCRIPTION, COLLABORATIONS AND FACILITIES: The faculty member will engage in advancing the community leadership curriculum in the ACEL Department by demonstrating excellence in teaching, research, and service. He/she will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses that support the community leadership major, the leadership studies minor and other ACEL emphases. The successful candidate will provide dynamic leadership for interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. Academic and career advising is expected. The incumbent is expected to interact closely with all components of the ACEL Department and targeted partners in the CFAES. The incumbent will also be expected to seek internal and external research support funds from government, industry, and other sources. Areas of research related to the department mission include: (1) an examination ofaspects to build vibrant, resilient communities that encourage youth and adults to become future members and leaders of the community, (2) the development of mechanisms to evaluate the capacity of a local community to lead positive change, and identify the factors that exert significant influence on change processes and outcomes, and (3) the design and testing of models for increasing civic engagement in local communities and for increasing the social capital of local communities. Excellent scholarship is clearly expected. The teaching component of this position includes mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and the delivery of instruction in multiple conveyances.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ph.D. in community leadership development or closely related field; excellent written and oral communication skills. Evidence of leadership experience in communities. An expressed interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence. Experiences with academic and career advisement is essential.  Demonstrated research expertise in an area that complements community leadership is necessary. Applicants need to provide evidence of their ability to secure extramural funding from private and public sources as well as evidence of scholarly ability and productivity.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Community leadership program development and implementation experience. Expertise in teaching graduate level courses in research methods, data analysis, and data interpretation.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications will begin after December 1, 2014. Applicants must submit a complete curriculum vitae; copies of academic transcripts; copies of a maximum of three relevant publications; and statement of research interests and approach to teaching community leadership. Applicants must also provide contact information for three professional references.

For more information or questions regarding the position contact:  Dr. Bob Birkenholz, Search Committee Chair, at (614) 292-8921 and via email, or Department Chair, Dr. Gary Straquadine, at (614) 292-6909 or via email at

Assistant Lecturer, Agricultural Leadership and Development
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
(posted 10-1-14)

Click here for full position announcement.

Position Available: January 1, 2015 or as negotiated.

Position Description- Assistant Lecturer, non-tenure-track position with responsibilities in teaching Agricultural Leadership and Development courses, both face-to-face and online, in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Appointment is for a 12-month position with potential for annual reappointment pending satisfactory performance and funding.

Major Duties and Responsibilities- The key person will (1) teach four undergraduate courses each long semester and two undergraduate courses each summer; (2) support the Leadership work group; (3) demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; and (4) perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications- Earned master’s degree in leadership or closely related field by the start date. Depth of knowledge within the field of leadership and previous teaching and/or training experience are required. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned doctorate by the start date and with relevant professional or industry experience and teaching and/or training experience in higher education settings.

Salary and Benefits- Competitive with peer universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Applicants must complete a faculty application online at and submit a cover letter, transcripts, a curriculum vitae/résumé, a list of three references, and an educational philosophy as attachments to the online application. Applications not completed through the online application system will not be accepted. Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Direct inquiries to:

Lori Moore, Search Advisory Committee Chair, ALEC Department, 2116 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2116,

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