Administrative Director of the Woltemade Center

Search # 2021-0017

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus.

The Department of Economics and Business invites applications for Administrative Director of the Woltemade Center

Basic Function

In cooperation with the faculty of The Department of Economics and Business, the Faculty Director of The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship (The Center), the Administration of Ohio Wesleyan University, and The Advisory Board of The Center (AB), explore, initiate, lead, and facilitate the growth of The Center toward regional leadership and visibility while balancing both the creation of new innovative programs and maintaining operational excellence and growth in proven existing programs. Manage the daily operations and programs of The Center in the context of the University, alumni and other stakeholders. Support the goals of The Center including student recruitment, academic enhancement, student career development, and faculty development.

Supervise a team consisting of an Administrative Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, and student interns. Monitor social media exposure. Monitor budgets and endowments. Interface with the OWU community, the Delaware community, alumni, and internship providers. Coordinate mentor/mentee relationships between students and alumni. Represent The Center and coordinate with, work with, and support internal units (i.e. faculty, admissions, OWU Board of Trustees, marketing and communications, office of advancement), and external units (i.e., city and county of Delaware, greater Delaware and Columbus area).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (Internal)

  • Execution of the Center’s strategic goals; facilitate discussion and provide direction to create a       Center that will be a leader in university-based economics, business and entrepreneurship       programs.
  • Provide information and insights regarding best practices at similar institutions.
  • Continually adjust and implement operational plans based on the strategic goals.
  • Coordinate activities of The Center staff, faculty, students, alumni, and university administration.
  • Complement and support The Center’s staff and activities.
  • Develop an internship/mentorship program/process that faculty can easily use and refer students to.
  • Complement and support The Center’s Faculty Director to ensure the development and success of academic and co-curricular programs in economics, business, and entrepreneurship.
  • Work with other University units to develop protocols, services, and new approaches for enhanced learning and development.
  • Provide logistical support and outreach for faculty development projects.
  • Participate in fundraising programs for The Center in coordination with the university’s Advancement Office.
  • Complement and support the Faculty Director in stewardship and recruitment of the AB.
  • Provide mentorship to students, faculty and staff on economic, business and entrepreneurial mindsets, skills and processes.
  • Disseminate information to students about The Center and its programs.
  • Monitor budgets and prepare budget reports.
  • Maintain and update databases and prepare reports as necessary to assess programs and outcomes.
  • Maintain and update databases of alumni and others for outreach, internships, mentorships, networking, and recruitment.
  • Supervise student social media interns.
  • Seek out and support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with faculty and students related to Center programming, scholarships, and speakers.
  • An appreciation for and willingness to engage with the mission and aims of OWU.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (External)

  • Complement and support The Center’s Faculty Director to build and grow a network of partners and alumni locally and distributed.
  • Complement and support The Center’s Faculty Director in marketing and communicating Center programs and activities and ensure regional recognition in coordination with University Marketing and Communication entities.
  • Provide a link between faculty research interests and foundations and others for support.
  • Foster Center presence in local, regional and national economics, business, and entrepreneurial communities and educational institutions.

Related Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand the business and entrepreneurial community interests of the University, and state and local communities.
  • Understand faculty research interests, capabilities and activities.
  • Administer, execute and assess The Center’s website and social media platforms.
  • Administer, execute and assess The Economics Management Fellows Program.
  • Administer, execute and assess The Accounting Fellows Program.
  • Administer, execute and assess The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program.
  • Administer, execute and assess The Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars Program.
  • Administer, execute and assess all other existing programs and major events of The Center including, but not limited to The Milligan Business Leaders Lecture Series and The Heisler Business Ethics Lecture Series.
  • Work with students in various capacities as needed in coordination with the Faculty Director and the Department of Economics and Business.
  • In cooperation with the Marketing and Communications Office, meet with local, regional and national press to promote all economic, business and entrepreneurial programs of The Center and the University.


  • The person in this position reports to the Provost and will be evaluated by the Provost.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership qualities and the ability to interact successfully with highly skilled professionals. S/he must have the ability to easily transition between strategic and tactical operations and problem solving situations. S/he must be able to strategize effective processes for office workflow that enhances efficiency. S/he must be both visionary and capable of hands-on execution with equal enthusiasm. S/he must have a desire for continuous improvement in bettering projects, events, and systems. A master’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience is required.

Other Required Qualifications Include

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and lead in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects without much direction.
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Positive and energetic.
  • A passion for helping others have an impact on our world.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Successful experience working with persons from diverse backgrounds.

Completed Application Packets Will Include 

  1. Cover Letter with salary requirements
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references

Please email application materials to:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but candidates who apply prior to October 30, 2020 will receive preferential consideration.

Ohio Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus, in Delaware, Ohio, promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.