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Executive Director for Graduate and Online Education

Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana

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Four-Year Institution

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Reporting directly to the Provost and serving as a member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Executive Director for Graduate and Online Education (EDGOE) serves as the primary advocate for graduate education and its strategic priorities.  The EDGOE is responsible for advancing a compelling and innovative vision for graduate education at Valparaiso University, will cultivate and maintain key cross-University relationships, work collaboratively with academic programs, and help drive strategic online and graduate education initiatives. At the direction of the Provost and in partnership with other leadership team members, the position sets priorities, gives direction, and advances success metrics that align with online and graduate education goals. The successful EDGOE will be an innovative and strategic thinker with an open and collaborative style of leadership that fosters teamwork. This position collaborates with the Office of Enrollment Management, Office of the Registrar, academic colleges, and administrative units to achieve the University’s strategic goals for online and graduate education.


  • Advise the provost on regional, national, and international graduate education trends and recommend strategies and options to increase and advance graduate education across the University.
  • Work with internal and external partners to conduct a market analysis to identify opportunities for and interest in new graduate level programs including degrees and stackable certificates.
  • Work with internal and external partners to conduct a market analysis and identify opportunities for and interest in new online programs (undergraduate, graduate, certificate).
  • Serve as the point of contact for any external community partners or partners specializing in marketing or online platforms that are working with the institution on graduate or online initiatives.
  • Work and collaborate with the academic deans to develop and implement strategic plans for graduate programming for all colleges.
  • Work with Enrollment Management on tuition analysis of all graduate programs to inform tuition pricing strategy and strategic use of financial aid.
  • Partner with academic units, faculty, and deans to lead, develop, and implement new academic programs.
  • Partner with faculty, department chairs, program directors, and deans in the creation and implementation of development plans and timelines for new graduate programs.
  • Serve as a consultant to academic deans on graduate program needs, staff, and best practices.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications to share best practices to promote graduate programs and to identify current graduate program marketing needs.
  • Responsible for reviewing the graduate portion of the Catalog language to ensure consistent and clear messaging regarding overall graduate education, including academic policies, student services, and resources, working in coordination with the Office of the Registrar and the Graduate Educational Policy Committee (GEPC).
  • Manage a budget which includes summer education, events, small grants, travel grants, graduate awards, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.
  • Work closely with the Council of Graduate Program Directors (CGPD) to support their needs.
  • Participate in the Graduate Educational Policy Committee (GEPC) as an ex-officio member.


An ideal candidate will have an advanced degree from an accredited institution and significant teaching experience with in-person and online modalities. Competitive candidates will have 5+ years of progressive responsibility related to all parts of the creation of hybrid and fully online courses or programs in higher education and is certified in Quality Matters.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate experience by having:

  • Led or played a substantial role in the alignment of online education strategies with institutional mission and vision.
  • Developed or overseen successful graduate programs whether online, on-campus, or both.
  • Played a significant role in the development of online programs including identifying market opportunities, working with different constituents on course development, and planning/marketing/enrollment strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of successful models of online and hybrid learning.
  • Built consensus across diverse stakeholder groups for a strategic direction or complex decision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work successfully with vendors and navigate regulatory environments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accreditation process(es) in higher education.

Desired Attributes

The Executive Director for Graduate and Online Education will be the point person for online and on-campus graduate education at Valpo. As such, the successful candidate needs to inspire collaborators across campus. The successful candidate should have many of the following attributes:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all key constituents (students, faculty, staff, administrators, outside vendors).
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn about and embrace different viewpoints and perspectives and new online platforms, degrees, and credentialing methods.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of integrity and ethical values in all matters.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies collaboratively so as to create credibility and trust.
  • Excellent listening, inquiry, and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to inspire and influence others to support a comprehensive mission/vision.
  • Outstanding presentation skills across various audiences – from the Board of Directors and executive leadership to faculty and students.

About Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University (Valpo), founded in 1859, is a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, and it prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society. As an independent Lutheran institution, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students, and is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest. Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional education and graduate study, helping students to find their own paths to lifelong professional, personal, and spiritual growth. Valpo is located an hour’s drive southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus in the city of Valparaiso, Indiana, a county seat of 35,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.

Applications and Inquiries

A substantial letter of application addressing the desired attributes, responsibilities, and qualifications of the Executive Director for Graduate and Online Education at Valparaiso University along with a CV, and the name and contact information for three references can be submitted electronically via Interfolio at Emails with questions may be sent to Committee review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.


Read our Diversity Profile About Valparaiso University


Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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In its more than 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871. It was revived in 1873 by an enterprising educator, Henry Baker Brown, as the Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University.

Despite its decades of success, the University again experienced financial hardship as the United States entered World War I. The Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University, purchased it in 1925, ushering in the modern era of Valpo’s history. Distinguished by its Lutheran heritage of scholarship, freedom, and faith, Valparaiso University continues to fulfill the dreams of these modern founders.


The University’s 350-acre campus is located one hour southeast of Chicago, 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and within walking distance of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, where you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops as well as independent boutiques, entertainment, and cultural experiences.


Valpo is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from nearly all regions of the United States and more than 30 other countries.

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Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Christ College — The Honors College. The Graduate School offers more than 20 graduate programs that are fully integrated into three academic colleges and hold the appropriate accreditation in their field. 

Students complement their classroom experiences with applied, practical experiences to prepare for their careers. They work closely with their peers, are mentored by accomplished faculty, and reach across disciplines, putting theory into practice. Whatever the degree path, students receive an innovative, rigorous education within the liberal arts tradition and learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems with creative solutions.



Valparaiso University consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff.

Notable rankings by U.S. News & World Report include:

  • No. 4 in the ranking of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, which evaluates academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni support.
  • No. 1 among regional universities in the Midwest for best undergraduate teaching, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
  • No. 1 in the Best Value category in the Midwest regional universities, with 93 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through grants, scholarships and other sources.
  • No. 3 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.
  • The ABET-accredited College of Engineering is the No. 14 best undergraduate engineering program in the country.
  • The AACSB-accredited College of Business is included as one of the Best Business Programs in the nation.

Mission Statement

“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”

At Valpo, we embrace our distinctive Lutheran character through our pursuit of academic excellence informed by faith and reason. The interaction of faith and learning provides a solid foundation for our educational community, where we are dedicated to serving humanity through the vigorous pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge.

Our University strives to be a place where fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect — a place where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction.

A Valpo education encourages students to pursue paths God’s light illuminates, igniting promise and possibility, sparking an inner flame for all who learn here. It is about preparing good people to do great things in a world that needs them.

Passion is Who We Are

At Valpo, students are inspired to discover their passions and pursue a life of purpose.

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Valparaiso University is an institution dedicated to preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. At Valpo, students receive an education global in scope and grounded in faith, designed to prepare graduates to lead and serve where needed, impacting their lives and improving our world. We are a community of people who seek Truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.

The University is composed not only of extraordinary students, but faculty and staff who trust in and support the University’s mission to grow and guide students on their journey.

We have a responsibility at this University to provide the support systems and opportunities — academic and extracurricular — needed to prepare more of the kind of leaders the world needs. With this in mind, we embrace the opportunity to welcome new employees to the Valpo family who embrace the Valpo experience, elevate and transform the lives of students while on campus, and shape their futures for the better.

The University’s nearly 60,000 alumni living around the world excel in a number of fields and are well-known for their service work and efforts to improve the world. In order to continue this legacy, we seek to build a faculty and staff who will shape the next generation of Valpo women and men, propelling them to even greater levels of achievement and distinction.

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