Johns Hopkins University — Director, Center for Leadership Education

The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the Director of the Center for Leadership Education. Johns Hopkins is one of the world’s premier research universities and has more grant and research funding than any other American university – with annual research expenditures of $3 billion.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished teacher with leadership experience in industry to lead and grow, in collaboration with the faculty, an exceptional center at the nation’s first research university. The best candidates will evidence the leadership, entrepreneurial zest, transparent practices, and collegiality that characterize the Center’s culture.

Many exciting opportunities await the new Center Director and success of the new Director will be measured on a number of dimensions: enhanced quality and stature for the Center as evidenced in: increased visibility and reputation (nationally and internationally); expanded intra-university relationships and collaborations with Hopkins’ other excellent divisions such as the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and industry; enhanced diversity of the Center’s faculty, staff and students; new and expanded opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and strengthened development activities and alumni relations.


The Center for Leadership Education has 10 full-time, non-tenured teaching track faculty members, approximately 50 part-time teaching track faculty members, and five full-time administrative staff. Each semester, the Center serves roughly 1800 undergraduates, 27 MSEM graduate students, and 75 other Master’s and Ph.D. students. Currently, the Center offers four minors in Marketing and Communication, Accounting and Financial Management, Entrepreneurship and Management, and general Business. It has plans to develop two new minors in Leadership and Management and Data Visualization and Analytics in the near future.

The Center has strong affiliations with departments and Centers within the Whiting School and across JHU, including the Center for Bio-innovation and Design, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and many others. Visit the CLE website for more information about the center.


The Dean and CLE faculty are committed to providing the resources and support that will allow the new Director and the Center to dramatically advance its mission. The creation of a new Director position for the Center signifies the increased responsibility for achieving the Center’s aspirations described in this document and the increased scope of responsibility for faculty, staff, and students; financial resources; fund raising; alumni relations; and teaching. The position offers a unique leadership opportunity and will require the majority of the individual’s time, energy, and commitment; the ability and willingness to make this commitment will be critical for advancement in pedagogy in the following areas: accounting, finance, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and communication.

Strengthening the existing programs of the Center and teaching responsibilities are expected to be the two most important priorities for the new Director. The Center Director’s role will include promoting collaborations across the institution; recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty who will thrive in Hopkins’ rich intellectual and entrepreneurial environment; and teaching. The new Director will work to enhance and expand diversity at all levels in the Center.

Hopkins attracts substantial numbers of the very best students at all levels and the Director will create opportunities for curricula review and development, work with leaders within the Center to expand popular programs and offerings, and better link student experiences with future employment opportunities.

Connections with industry can be further enhanced with greater attention on applications of technical discoveries. The new Director will work with the university’s technology commercialization program, faculty and students, and industry partners. S/he will also work closely with the school’s Development and Alumni Affairs leaders to increase philanthropic support.


The new Director will be an exceptional and proven leader who can lead in a shared governance environment and inspire and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students. S/he will have a dossier that includes a strong track record of excellent teaching, proven industry experience, and evidence of a passionate commitment to one or more of the key areas of the Center: accounting, finance, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and communication.

The new Director will have strong skills for mentoring junior faculty and will promote the interests of the entire Center. Fundraising experience is welcome.

Education and Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree and industry experience in a related field of interest;
  • Excellent teaching evaluations;
  • Excellent communication skills in both internal and external interactions;
  • A strong commitment to diversity at all levels among faculty, students, and staff,
  • Five or more years of leadership experience within industry or academia.

The best candidates also will have many of the following capabilities, and personal attributes:

  • A collegial, problem-solving style based on personal integrity and ethics, professional confidence, and excellent relationship management skills;
  • Nuanced judgment and personal maturity; and
  • A participatory leadership style that models the values of service, initiative, and collaboration

Please send nominations and applications to:

Center for Leadership Education
Johns Hopkins University

The Whiting School of Engineering and The Center for Leadership Education are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans.

Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.