The George Washington University is being assisted in the search by Strategic Consulting: The Wyly/Kellogg International Group. While applications must be submitted directly through the GW posting, https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/48291, in order to be officially considered, prospective candidates and those wishing to offer nominations should feel free to contact directly either Dr. Thomas J. Wyly (email@example.com, 617-489-2673), or Dr. Earl D. Kellogg (firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-621-3856) in complete confidence. Applicants should submit to both Dr. Wyly and Dr. Kellogg, via email, the same materials required through the GW posting, i.e.: (i) a cover letter relating experience to the responsibilities involved; (ii) a resume/cv; and (iii) the names of three references, including contact information. Referees will not be contacted without prior permission. Compensation is highly competitive and the benefits package generous. The preferred date of receipt of applications is on or before February 1, when selection of interviewees will commence, though earlier application is encouraged. Applications received after February 1, but before February 27, will also be reviewed.
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Building on the strong programs already established, the Director of Study Abroad will bring his or her own vision to: (i) assuring that study abroad opportunities provide for deep immersion in the cultures of other countries and substantive interaction with their peoples; (ii) evaluating the role and performance of GW’s centers and exchanges abroad and creating new strategies helpful to their advancement; (iii) expanding the office’s campus partnerships in matters such as international internships, research, and service; (iv) evaluating academic and financial performance of the various modes of study abroad at GW; (v) leading a faculty study abroad advisory committee and increasing faculty engagement campus-wide; (vi) providing strong data-driven decisions, forecasting, and fiscal strategy and management across the unit; (vii) streamlining operations and procedures; (viii) promoting the ongoing professional development and the continued strong teamwork of the study abroad staff; (ix) promoting diversity and inclusion and underpinning these efforts with adequate and appropriate services; (x) assuring that the University’s excellence in education abroad contributes optimally to the institution’s global and national reputation; (xi) promoting synergy between study abroad and the University’s other international undertakings; and (xii) contributing to strategy regarding other institution-wide priories. The director performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the assignment of duties logically related to the position.
The University seeks to appoint a creative, proven leader in international education who will be capable of capitalizing on its unique international resources and considerable accomplishments regarding education abroad, while also leading the way to new directions for the future. The University seeks someone who understands undergraduate education and academic planning and decision-making, who is a capable manager of people, programs, and budgets, and who is an inspiring leader and colleague. Given the scope and complexity of GW’s education abroad operations, a demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and analyze financial strategies and budgets is particularly important. The institution will consider candidates offering different kinds of international education backgrounds--those who are already leaders of large and complex study abroad programs, individuals ready to take the next career step in international education, and those offering other kinds of pertinent international experience, e.g., in higher education, related associations, study abroad provider organizations, law, diplomacy, research centers, and other career experience.
The candidate selected will have demonstrated capacity to be a thought leader, will possess knowledge and experience in assessing student learning outcomes, and will be adept in designing and implementing improvements based on assessment. He or she will excel in developing productive relationships with faculty and will have the knowledge and skills to promote successful and fresh approaches to internationalization in universities worldwide. The Director will be familiar with best practices in the profession; understand legal, compliance, and risk management considerations; and be adept at risk mitigation and crisis management. The individual appointed should also understand the use of data and technology in advancing education abroad. The Director will represent GW well in external settings, build strong alliances throughout the campus, and exercise tact and diplomacy in challenging situations. As a strong strategic thinker, the Director will play a central role in shaping international education at the University into the future.
A commitment to the intellectual and personal development of undergraduates is essential. Strong managerial and financial experience in an international education or related setting is critical.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 8 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may substitute for Degree requirements.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are competitive.
Founded in 1821, The George Washington University (GW) is a private, research university located in Washington, D.C., GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. Enrollment is 27,000 students and full-time faculty members number close to 1,300. The study abroad participation rate among GW undergraduate students for credit-bearing courses as reported in Open Do...ors approximates 47%. Short-term academic programs are offered by GW faculty members annually. GW has been ranked between 6th and 10th in the country for the number of students participating in semester-length programs abroad. In addition to study abroad, GW students participate in international internships, capstones, and service opportunities.