Director and Faculty – Organizational Leadership Master’s Program

Buena Vista University invites applications for the Director of the Graduate Program in Organizational Leadership. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program is a 30-credit-hour, online program. The director teaches courses within the program and is also responsible for a range of administrative duties. This is a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor position with a 12-month contract. Courses are offered in an 8-week, on-line format, with 6 terms per year. Directors have a 5/6 course load with a release from teaching during one term annually. In addition to teaching courses in the program, the director is responsible for program oversight; hiring, mentoring and evaluating faculty; scheduling and assigning faculty to courses; participating in assessment and program improvement; and admitting, mentoring and advising students through program completion. The director is assisted by the Director of Graduate Programs.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in communication or leadership studies. Candidates must provide evidence of successful teaching in an online format. Experience in personnel and budgetary management, as well as curriculum oversight and development is desirable. A successful candidate must demonstrate support for the university’s mission, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, assessment, presentation, and communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, writing, and intercultural skills.


To apply, submit your letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable with application; official copies will be required for appointment), teaching philosophy statement, current vita, and at least four professional references (including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number). Review of applications will begin November 16 and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 2021.

This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa and all applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer.


Buena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since 1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blended liberal arts with real-world applications. BVU expands access to a quality education by empowering the people who propel Iowa forward in order to power rural vitality and personal prosperity. We foster an environment based on success both for our students and our employees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community. BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and was recently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

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