Program Director, Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism

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Job Title: Program Director, Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36510
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Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism

Job Description

The Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism is looking for a Program Director to consult and teach leadership in executive education and for students at the University of Missouri.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop curriculum and learning experiences for Novak Leadership courses and executive/professional education
  • Develop strategic partnerships (industry, university, service and community) to enhance student experience
  • Develop and execute marketing and strategic communication activities to promote the Institute, expand fee-based professional education, and recruit students. Assist in supporting the Novak Leadership Institute brand. Manage internal and external vendor relationships for execution of all marketing materials
  • Assist in developing long-term operational plans and programming based on best practices and insights. Work with university stakeholders to develop 5+ year plans and strategies for institute budget, facilities, programming and operations.
  • Mentor and coach Novak Leadership / MU Strategic Communication students
  • Assist in teaching courses, managing online learning system, grading student work
  • Conduct initial and ongoing research to inform institute structure, operations, programming and curriculum
  • Create and deliver presentations for workshops, webinars, keynote addresses
  • Other duties as assigned

The Program Director will play an integral role in the expansion of the Novak Leadership Institute with specific emphasis in the following areas: executive and professional education, teaching, marketing and communication, strategic partnerships, curriculum development, research, and strategic planning. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

The committee is also interested in candidates with a master’s degree in marketing, business, strategic communication, or related field, prior experience in advertising/PR agencies or corporate communication, experience managing brands and developing integrated marketing communication plans, demonstrated leadership experience and success, and experience in executive education.

Application Materials

Upload (a) a letter of application that describes your professional experiences; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) evidence of teaching excellence; (d) the names and contact information for three references; and, (e) a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

Other Information

Columbia, MO, is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 4/30/2021
Application Due: 7/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time