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Northwood Opens Search for 2 Aftermarket Positions

Open positions are at the University of the Aftermarket and the University’s Automotive Aftermarket Management program.


Northwood University announces that is has opened its search for a new director of the University of the Aftermarket. In addition, the University is seeking an Assistant Professor and Industry Chair for its Automotive Aftermarket Management program. Details of both open positions are below.


Director of the University of the Aftermarket

Northwood University seeks a Director of the University of the Aftermarket to develop and promote existing and new programming for Northwood University in the Aftermarket space.  The Director of the University of the Aftermarket reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and works closely with all automotive aftermarket programs at Northwood University.

Key Responsibilities:

• leads the University of the Aftermarket;

• manages the budget and department goals;

• delivering existing programs such as Leadership 2.0, Aftermarket 101, etc.;

• developing new programs, speaking engagements and programs and research positioning for Northwood University in the aftermarket space;

• coordinates with Advancement to lead fundraising efforts to complement and supplement budget needs;

• supports the philosophy of the University and advances Northwood’s mission, values, Code of Ethics, and Outcomes;

• gains feedback from faculty and staff engaged with the University of the Aftermarket;

• cultivates a cooperative, collegial work climate which enhances communication, trust, and productivity of and among staff, faculty, and students of the University of the Aftermarket;


• maximizes the influence, impact, and success of continuing/executive education programming across One Northwood;

• teaches 6 credit hours in each the Fall and Spring semester on the Michigan Campus;

• performs specific duties as may be delegated or assigned. 


• hold a master’s degree in a related field;

• have strong experience in designing and implementing successful programs for students in need of continuing/executive education programming within the aftermarket space;

• have strong knowledge of management/economics as well as the business environment and needs of aftermarket business leaders;

• have knowledge and proven leadership in managing people, systems, and processes;

• have strong communication, collaboration, and project management skills; and

• have a proven track record of success.

Northwood University has an institutional philosophy which emphasizes free enterprise in a context of limited government and individual responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a strong attraction to the mission and core values of Northwood University. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s outcomes at


Competitive benefits package available including health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement benefits; generous leave plan; flex spending plan; and tuition benefits for employee and family.

Assistant Professor and Industry Chair, Automotive Aftermarket Management

Northwood University seeks a dynamic individual with strong interpersonal skills, a proven track record of professional success in the automotive aftermarket industry and a strong record of training and/or teaching to begin teaching in the Fall 2022 semester at our Midland, Michigan campus.  The candidate will be hired with the rank of Assistant Professor and will serve as Chair for the Automotive Aftermarket Management department.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business.


The successful candidate will be responsible for shaping and leading the academic content and quality of the undergraduate Automotive Aftermarket Management program at Northwood University. The Automotive Aftermarket Management curriculum covers all aspects of the automotive replacement parts industry including performance, off-road and heavy duty. Teaching load is three courses per semester. In addition to teaching Automotive Aftermarket Management courses, the candidate may also be required to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in other areas based on education and experience.

The successful candidate will maintain and enhance Northwood University’s connections with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry.  The Industry Chair will convene the Program Advisory Council at least annually to ensure the curriculum continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry, build pipelines for internships and full-time employment, and recruit more students into the program.  As Industry Chair, the successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting and mentoring qualified adjunct faculty members to teach courses within the program. The Industry Chair will work with industry professionals and groups to promote the degree program and provide opportunities for student internships and employment. The Industry Chair will be responsible for supervising student internships and facilitating other experiential learning opportunities, such as student participation in industry trade shows. The successful candidate will also be responsible for working collaboratively with the Automotive Marketing and Management Department Chair to promote and grow Northwood University’s automotive-related programs.


Additional responsibilities and expectations may include participation in ongoing curriculum planning and review; research and scholarly activities; professional and instructional development; university committee activities; student recruitment and retention activities; and other related duties as assigned.

Northwood University has an institutional philosophy known as the “Northwood Idea”. More information about Northwood University’s philosophy, mission and outcomes can be found at:

Required Qualifications: 

·         Master’s degree in a business-related discipline.

·         Five or more years of experience directly related to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry.

·         Experience training and/or teaching. (Experience teaching undergraduate courses preferred.)

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Earned Doctorate in a related field from an accredited institution (Ph.D., DBA, D.M. considered)


·         Well-developed oral and written communication skills in a variety of delivery formats

·         Ability to interact effectively with a wide and diverse range of students and colleagues

Salary and benefits:  

Assigned rank will be Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive benefits package available including health, dental, and vision coverage and retirement benefits; generous leave plan; flex benefit plan; and tuition benefits for employee and family.


Applications will be reviewed as received.



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