Director of Graduate Business Programs and Continuous Education

Anchorage, Alaska
Dec 13, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Alaska is a special place, unique in its natural beauty, but also in the variety and scope of its businesses and Alaska Native Corporations. Business and public policy in Alaska has led to landmark indigenous land claim settlements in the world, some of the most substantial conservation areas in the United States, and the largest sovereign wealth fund of any U.S. state. Today, Alaska is at the forefront of both climate change and emerging Arctic policy. In this dynamic context, the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks a motivated candidate with proven leadership ability for the director of its graduate business and continuing education programs. The individual in this position works closely with faculty, staff, administration, and external stakeholders to build, maintain, and continually improve current graduate business programs in the CBPP – currently the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and Masters in Global Supply Chain Management (MS GSCM) program.

Required Experience:
PhD or Terminal degree in a relevant discipline.
Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in higher education.
Demonstrated leadership of a university or professional graduate business (or related) program.
Successful teaching experience and research record consistent with the university’s expectations for tenure.
Demonstrated familiarity with various teaching methods (e.g., face-to-face, online, hybrid, compressed).

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Strong planning, communication, and organizational skills.
Experience with strategic planning, admissions, recruitment, and daily program operations in a university setting.
Demonstrated ability to lead faculty and academic programs in a climate of shared governance. Active involvement in and connection with a business community.
Experience in program development and assessment.
Knowledge and experience with AACSB accreditation.

Expectations and Responsibilities:
The director will be expected to collaborate with faculty from all departments in the College of Business and Public Policy teaching in graduate business programs. Currently, those programs include the Masters in Business Administration as well as the Masters in Global Supply Chain Management. This will also include examining new opportunities for graduate business and continuing education programs, degrees or certificates. The director works to engage with the business community to support program success.

Previous experience in academic leadership at chair, director, associate dean, or equivalent level is preferred and the position may include a tenured faculty appointment. The director will report to the Dean of the CBPP. The director will work with the graduate student advising assistant to advise potential and current students. The position is a 12-month assignment and includes teaching three classes per year in a graduate business program. The successful candidate will lead student recruitment and enrollment efforts, outreach initiatives, as well as support student success. UAA is committed to building high quality, accredited programs, and therefore, previous experience with AACSB accreditation is essential.

University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Business and Public Policy is accredited by AACSB International, and UAA is a comprehensive, accredited public institution with over 14,000 students. UAA is part of the statewide University of Alaska system, offering graduate, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its main campus in Anchorage and community campuses throughout the region. CBPP seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community to promote an environment that increases student knowledge about, and effective participation in, local, national, and global affairs. Anchorage is a diverse, thriving, modern city of nearly 300,000 residents where over 95 languages are spoken. The community offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities and excellent social and cultural amenities. For more information about Anchorage, consult:

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, a CV and a contact list of three professional references to with your application.

Initial application review will begin January 31, 2019.