Director, Institute of Global Leadership-17001014

Medford/Somerville, MA
Jan 30, 2017
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Director, Institute of Global Leadership-17001014

Tufts University, one of the nation's premier research institutions, seeks to appoint a new Director of its pioneering Institute for Global Leadership (IGL). He or she will be expected to continue and strengthen IGL's flagship initiatives, to deepen their integration with Tufts' degree programs, and to lead in conceiving new directions and campus collaborations.

IGL prepares ethical global leaders who can comprehend the complexity of the world's most challenging and intractable issues and bridge cultural and political differences in effectively addressing them. IGL provides students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities designed to complement their departmentally-based programs of study. Students learn through innovative classes, global research opportunities, internships, workshops, simulations, and international symposia that connect them with global affairs leaders from the public, civil society, and private sectors. IGL is widely recognized as having created a highly successful and admired paradigm for the integration of classroom and experiential learning.

The IGL's flagship program is an intensive course designed as a colloquium, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC), which each year addresses a different topic of fundamental global importance. EPIIC engages the campus in yearlong programming related to the theme, culminating in an International Symposium that brings policymakers, academics, military officials, journalists, activists, and other leaders to campus for sustained engagement with students and faculty. IGL contributes substantially to intellectual life at Tufts and to the University's world-wide reputation. A fuller description of IGL's wide-ranging programs can be found at . .

Most IGL students are enrolled in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, with many majoring in the University's distinguished International Relations (IR) program. Tufts undergraduates routinely regard their IGL experiences as transformational, and after graduation often seek to be helpful to the IGL and its students.

In keeping with IGL's distinctive importance to the University, the Director reports directly to the institution's Provost. The new Director will also simultaneously hold a faculty appointment in one of Tufts' schools, either as Professor of Practice or associate or full Professor.

Among the unusual features of this opportunity are: a dedicated and generous Advisory Board, representing different sectors of society and professions; a substantial operating budget; strong administrative support from the Provost's office and fundraising support from University Advancement; a dedicated on-campus facility; and an experienced staff dedicated to IGL's mission and students. Tufts' beautiful main campus is located in suburban Boston, one of the nation's most cosmopolitan and international cities, with unsurpassed cultural, educational, and recreational and health care opportunities.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: Providing comprehensive intellectual and operational leadership, the new Director will be expected to:
(i) provide vision for and lead the IGL's core programs, and develop new programs; (ii) collaborate effectively with faculty, especially in Arts and Sciences, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Tisch College of Civic Life; (iii) further develop IGL's global network of leading practitioners and policy makers and its worldwide alumni network; (iv) partner with the Advisory Board and University Advancement in fundraising; (v) support students in their research initiatives, internships, and other projects; and (vii) lead IGL's staff and manage its finances.

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALITIES SOUGHT: Tufts seeks a person broadly knowledgeable about critical global issues and capable of conceiving and organizing creative opportunities for students to engage them. Possessing a strong personal network of global affairs leaders would be an important advantage. Appreciating the nature of governance and academic decision-making in a major research university, he or she must have the ability to promote innovative collaborations and integration between IGL's experiential undertakings and Tufts' academic departments and programs. Also essential are successful experience in teaching or otherwise mentoring students, willingness to participate in fundraising, and the ability to work with an Advisory Board and to promote diversity and inclusion.

Tufts emphasizes that it is seeking candidates from a variety of career backgrounds.
Experienced faculty members and seasoned academic administrators will both be considered, so long as they also offer a mix of intellectual and practical experience in engaging crucial world issues. Applicants from outside academia, such as diplomacy, government, international organizations, international business, and NGOs are also strongly encouraged. The preferred start date is July 1, 2017, or earlier if possible. A trailing spouse or partner appointment can also be considered.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Tufts is being assisted in this search by STRATEGIC CONSULTING: THE WYLY/KELLOGG INTERNATIONAL GROUP. Potential candidates and those wishing to offer nominations should contact Dr. Thomas J. Wyly (617- 489-2673, or Dr. Earl D. Kellogg (217-621-3856,

Dr. Wyly and Dr. Kellogg will also be pleased to meet with candidates in confidence at the annual meeting of AIEA: The Association of International Education Administrators, February 19-22, 2017, the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Submit applications online and in complete confidence through Interfolio at Please provide a letter relating experience to the responsibilities involved, a c.v., brief statements regarding teaching or mentoring experience and philosophy and regarding compensation expectations, and the names of three references (to be contacted only for finalists, and only with permission.) The application deadline is February 28, 2017, although applying as soon as possible is encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will continue to be received until an appointment is made.

A fuller description of this opportunity is also available at:

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Administration
Organization: Inst. for Global Leadership
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 19, 2017, 5:00:17 PM


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