Executive Director for the Walker Center for Applied Ethics

Job description

Marian University in Indianapolis seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for its newly launched Walker Center for Applied Ethics.  With generous financial support, and world class business partner interest, the Walker Center for Applied Ethics is strategically positioned to embark on its mission to forge leaders and organizations that advance a more ethical world.   The Center emphasizes applied research to foster leadership development, to generate organizational best practices, and to create models for the interdisciplinary teaching of ethics.  The Walker Center will unite businesses, academic programs, and community organizations to address society’s most challenging ethical issues.  To spearhead this critical work, the Walker Center seeks an experienced Executive Director for the Center with a passion for making a difference and a background that is academic, entrepreneurial and practice-oriented. The Executive Director will oversee and direct all of the Center’s operations while collaborating with The Walker Center Board of Visitors, Marian Faculty, Indiana business leaders and other stakeholders to design and implement a long-term strategy to advance the Walker Center’s mission. Reporting to the Provost, the Executive Director will be responsible for design and implementation of the activities of the Center, including:


  • Develop and oversee the implementation of programs and events, including conferences, symposia, workshops, and student activities.  
  • Interact with the Walker Center Board of Visitors, as well as the University President and Board of Trustees.
  • Design and manage Internship and Fellowship programs.
  • Oversee the research activities of the Walker Center, including collaborating with faculty and fostering research partnerships with other institutions and business entities.
  • Lead the Center’s growth and influence with an ambitious reputational campaign.  Compose and publish original content to further the Walker Center’s visibility and raise awareness to its mission and activities, including developing and implementing content for the Walker Center website, blogging, engaging in social media outreach, and drafting and designing Annual and periodic reports.  Develop and implement a strategy for publicizing Walker Center research, programs and other activities.
  • Represent the Walker Center and Marian University in contacting and arranging the participation of high-level academics, business people, policymakers and researchers from around the country and the globe.
  • Support fundraising efforts.  Identify and move forward solicitations of individual and corporate donations and sponsorships.  Draft grant proposals and program description for dissemination to potential funders.  Represent the Walker Center and its programs and research to funders and prospective funders
  • Other duties as assigned

University Expectations:

  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Adhere to Marian University’s policy and procedures
  • Show courtesy and respect in interactions with fellow employees, students, subordinates, and supervisors
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor about college issues
  • Meet university and college productivity expectations
  • Participate in developing college goals, objectives, and systems
  • Assist to establish college measurements that align and support the accomplishment of the university’s  strategic goals
  • Adhere to the college budgets


  • J.D. or related Ph.D. degree (e.g. leadership, business, philosophy, political science, public policy or international affairs) strongly preferred. 
  • Background in business or organizational ethics and compliance strongly preferred.
  • Experience designing and implementing public events and programs, as well as  an ability to demonstrate leadership and cooperation in a team based environment.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral, as well as ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Established track record as collaborator in the workplace, within the immediate department and within a larger institution.
  • Experience representing a sophisticated organization in a variety of public and internal forums.
  • Fundraising experience valued

Located within 10 minutes of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is one of the nation’s preeminent Catholic institutions of higher learning, and ranks as one of US News & World Report’s top universities in the Midwest Region. Marian University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, and the Franciscan Values that the Sisters ingrained into the university’s culture are still prevalent today. The university has experienced tremendous growth in the past 15 years under the leadership of President Daniel J. Elsener, including the opening of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 – the state’s first new medical school in 110 years.  Marian University’s football team has captured the NAIA national championship in 2012 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the women’s basketball team won back-to-back NAIA national championships. Marian University is also home to the most successful collegiate cycling program in the nation, which currently holds 42 national titles.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.   Applications require a letter of application, a current CV, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of scholarly work.  All applications should be submitted to [email protected].

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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/27/2019
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