Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for an exceptional leader to serve as the Executive Director of Global Engagement. The Executive Director will work across the University campuses with administration, faculty, staff, and students to build and implement a strategic vision for current and future globally oriented programs and initiatives at PNW. This is a remarkable opportunity for an internationally-minded, innovative thinker with experience in global affairs, program design, study abroad, English language and academic preparation programs, international student support, and partnership building in an academic setting.
Part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, PNW is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high-quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. Purdue Northwest enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers more than 70 programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and applied doctoral levels. Academic programs are offered within the following colleges with operations on two campuses located 35 miles apart in Hammond and Westville: College of Business; College of Engineering and Sciences; College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences; College of Nursing; and College of Technology. PNW also has an Honors College and an Office of Graduate Education. The institution is distinguished by opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research, and one-on-one relationships between students and faculty members. In 2017, PNW was recognized among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. PNW is ranked No. 26 among the Best Engineering Programs, of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree. Purdue Northwest's undergraduate business program also is recognized as one of the top programs among those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The current International Affairs office will be renamed to the Office of Global Engagement with this hiring transition to signal the shift in strategic direction for the office and its growth in significance for the entire academic enterprise at Purdue University Northwest. The Office of Global Engagement is comprised of five main units: International Students and Scholars, International Programs, English Language Program, International Admissions, and Education Abroad and Exchanges. The division also works in close partnership with the Center for Global Studies.
The Executive Director will set the strategic vision for the office and work closely with the PNW administration to determine the global strategy for the institution. She or he will also work to facilitate an even deeper engagement of PNW's students and faculty with partners around the world, while growing the University's international visibility and reputation.
The new Executive Director will lead the Office of Global Engagement, which provides activities, services, and advising for study abroad students, international students and faculty, including all related immigration procedures. The Executive Director will continue to oversee all of these operations at the highest level, represent the University to governmental agencies as appropriate, and ensure operational compliance with institutional practices, procedures, and policies, while advocating for internationalization. The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and also will work closely with the Provost. The Executive Director oversees a budget of approximately $2 million, and a team of 16 full time employees, which currently includes four direct reports.
The Executive Director of Global Engagement will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and experienced leader. The Executive Director will bring to the role a record of achievement reflective of PNW's own standards of excellence, coupled with integrity and vision. In addition to holding U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, the ideal candidate will have significant management experience in international education within higher education. A doctorate degree is strongly preferred. International travel will be required.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by January 5, 2018. Requested application materials include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential until finalists are identified for campus interviews. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format to PNWGlobal@storbecksearch.com.
Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at PNWGlobal@storbecksearch.com to arrange confidential conversations.
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