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Montana State University Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 23076

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Julie Heard at 406-994-4373

Classification Title

Working Title Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Brief Position Overview

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Dean

Position Number 4B4217

Department Jabs Office of the Dean

Division College of Business

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Founded in 1893 as Montana’s land-grant institution, Montana State University has established a national and international reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. Routinely listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best buys for undergraduate education, it is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated Montana State University as a “high research activity” institution.

Located in Bozeman, one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States with a 2023 population of over 58,000, the area is renowned for its beautiful vistas, proximity to Yellowstone Park, and an active skiing, hiking, biking, fly-fishing community. A depth of cultural life, expected from much larger cities, matches the natural beauty. Bozeman supports a wealth of artistic organizations, including a world-class museum, a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, community theatre, and numerous galleries. Bozeman is ranked number two on list of top 10 cities offering the best quality of life.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean is the senior academic and administrative officer of the College of Business and, as such, is responsible for working with senior administration, college faculty and staff in setting strategic, operational, and financial directions.

Consequently, the Montana State University College of Business seeks a creative, energetic, transparent, and respected leader to build on the considerable strengths and opportunities of the college.

Strategic Leadership Priorities

  • Inspire a collective vision and plan for the college

  • Provide effective management, administration, and leadership for the college

  • Advocate for interdisciplinary collaborations

  • Maintain and enhance accreditation outcomes

  • Increase enrollment growth with an emphasis on student success

  • Be an articulate spokesperson for the College of Business

  • Raise funds in support of MSU’s capital campaign

  • Nurture, celebrate, and support the primary responsibilities of faculty in teaching, scholarship and creative activities, and engagement of faculty and the integration of these activities.

  • Model a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence

  • Contribute to the University’s mission

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Earned terminal degree

  • A record of accomplishment suitable for tenure as a full professor in a discipline appropriate to the College of Business

  • A record of progressively responsible administrative experience at a university that includes a similar degree of complexity

  • Academic administrative experience that includes budgeting as well as oversight for program development, recruitment and personnel evaluation and management

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

The College of Business’s next dean will possess a combination of professional experiences and personal qualities appropriate to the strategic priorities listed above. The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity of the highest order, an intellectual curiosity, and self-confidence balanced with humility, authenticity of character, and a strong work ethic. In its next Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business will give preference to candidates who demonstrate:

  • Management skills that include a clear ability to develop positive relationships with multiple constituencies within and outside of the college

  • Effective leadership of an academic unit under a shared governance model

  • Experience in effective strategic planning and assessment

  • Demonstrated advocacy for an academic unit both on and off campus

  • An understanding of the emerging opportunities for externally funded research and scholarship

  • Evidence of commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education

  • Experience with student retention planning and implementation strategies

  • A creative and approachable manner that kindles the innovative spirit of others

  • Ability to foster teaching, scholarship, service, and professional development of faculty in a student-centered environment

  • Evidence of leading transformational change within business-related disciplines and new interdisciplinary areas

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in innovative partnerships

  • Evidence of strong communication skills and a commitment to maintaining a culture of openness, transparency, shared governance and inclusive excellence

  • Problem solving skills which support and encourage open dialog and engagement of all concerned parties.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Show evidence of accomplishments requisite for a senior faculty appointment in the college; proven record of leadership as a faculty member, scholar, creative artist/designer, and administrator

  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Working with a host of dedicated and accomplished faculty, they will be someone who can lead and support the faculty and students in nationally-accredited programs to capitalize on the rich array of academic experiences, research opportunities, and creative activities unique to the expertise and accomplishments of the faculty

  • Experience fostering academic student success and implementing retention practices

  • Maximize the opportunities present in a university with dynamic science and technology activities

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The College

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on June 7,2023 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .