Program Champion - Department of Marketing

Auburn University   Auburn, AL   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on May 26, 2022
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Program Champion - Department of Marketing

Posting Number P0708F


Job Description Summary

Position: The Harbert College of Business seeks to hire an individual in the role of Program Champion for the Department of Marketing. The Program Champion is a critical player in the College’s pursuit of providing a superior student experience that produces highly desired graduates. Reporting to the Chair of the Marketing Department, the Program Champion integrates academic requirements, employer needs, professional development, and student preferences into a holistic program that promotes student entry into their chosen career field.


Specifically, the Program Champion will:

  • Actively mentor students in understanding of their career aspirations, and serve as instructor overseeing the development, coordination, and execution of student internships.
  • Design and deliver the major-specific Professional Development Course that builds on previous college-wide courses and prepares students for their intern and job search processes. There may be additional teaching opportunities available in the marketing area.
  • Define, implement, and maintain an employer development model that grows the quality and quantity of full-time job opportunities. Develop student organizations and/or programming that promote student/employer engagement and expose students to the demands of the workplace.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain appropriate data collection and reporting mechanisms for intern and job placements, salaries, employer engagements, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Professional and Career Development, the Office of Academic Advising, and other Program Champions to create efficient, consistent, and supportive approaches to student success.
  • Utilize the Salesforce CRM platform as the single system of record for constituency engagement.


The Program Champion is a 12-month non-tenure-track faculty position.


About the College and University: The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business has a strong tradition of producing highly desired graduates and generating knowledge that drives diverse business thought and sustainable business practice. The college and its programs consistently rank among the nation’s best public undergraduate and graduate business programs. The Harbert College has experienced steady enrollment growth in recent years and currently serves over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students through six academic departments offering both undergraduate majors and multiple Master’s and PhD options. In addition, the college raised over $130 million in private support during the most recent “Because this is Auburn” campaign. The college pioneered online masters and executive programs that are now ranked among the very best, with additional recognitions occurring in programs across the college. The college has invested in building a nationally recognized faculty that moves thought forward through research, engages with industry, and delivers relevant and current instruction.

The Auburn Family values tradition, yet eagerly prepares for the future. Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more than 30,000 students. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success, and public/private partnerships garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact. The University’s alumni have enjoyed success in myriad fields.


Location: Auburn, Alabama is a vibrant and thriving college town and community. Southern Living recently recognized the city of Auburn as one of the top small towns in the South and Money magazine named Auburn as the best place to live in Alabama. Known as the ‘Loveliest Village on the Plains,’ Auburn offers a high quality of life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year, an outstanding K-12 school system, general and concierge healthcare options, and an exceptional veterinary school for pet care. Chewacla State Park, just five miles from campus, offers camping, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is only 90 miles away, with multiple shuttle service options to/from Auburn daily. Birmingham is a similar drive to the north and Montgomery, the state capital, is only 50 minutes southwest of Auburn. Beaches or mountains, whichever you prefer, are only a 3-4 hour drive.


Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.


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Minimum Qualifications

Job Qualifications: The position requires an accredited master’s degree in business or a related field with three years of industry experience in a related field at the time employment begins. Candidates with an advanced degree who lack the necessary experience may be able to apply the additional education towards the experience requirement. In addition to the minimum requirements, the successful candidate will exhibit a passion for student success, a collaborative approach to working with others, and a practice of using data for decision­ making. Consideration is given to candidates with experience in marketing and/or sales either directly or indirectly through operational roles. Selected candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the term of employment. Excellent communication skills are required.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Procedure: Review of application materials will begin Monday, May 23, 2022 and continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a brief cover letter with statements of interest in the position and teaching philosophy, a curriculum vita/resume, a copy of all relevant transcripts, student course evaluations (if available), and contact information for three references. All application materials should be submitted to: If you have questions please contact Dr. Christopher D. Hopkins, Marketing Department Chair and McClain Family Professor (



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