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Executive Director of the Office for Education Abroad

Position Summary

Michigan State University, recognized internationally as one of the world’s major research universities and a leader in global engagement, invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of the Office for Education Abroad. MSU is widely regarded as conducting one of the largest and most distinguished education abroad programs in the nation and seeks a leader of exceptional strategic, intellectual, and managerial abilities to lead education abroad to even higher levels of excellence and centrality in the University’s educational mission. 

Position priorities:

Advance quality, accessibility, and innovative opportunities for international engagement.

The Office for Education Abroad (EA) will focus on the student experience by providing more immersive and transformative learning experiences. Affordability, cost transparency, and alignment of international experiences with an academic program are also essential. It is also important for MSU to create and sustain a more diverse portfolio of program models.

Student learning is at the heart of the MSU mission, and so student learning assessment must be at the core of all assessment efforts regarding education abroad experiences at MSU. The Executive Director will lead and engage with the MSU community in adopting an assessment framework for university-wide implementation that focuses first and primarily on student learning and experience. The Executive Director will also work to meet the goal to have student learning assessment drive and support individual program assessment.

Establish and foster partnerships focused on impact.

The Executive Director will collaborate with academic leaders to explore synergistic opportunities across the University. The individual will be proactive in seeking opportunities for collaboration and program innovation leading to enhanced student learning opportunities.

In addition, the Executive Director will lead efforts to explore the full range of options for programs, including a careful look at existing, underutilized provider programs and opportunities for additional partnerships outside of the current model.

Develop a diversified and sustainable financial model.

The Executive Director will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to drive an innovative, dynamic, and student-focused funding model that aligns with the EA mission.

The individual will work closely with senior leadership to determine the most effective and sustainable budget model for the office so that it may better achieve its strategic and operational goals. The Executive Director will seek to ensure accountability, program financial viability, and fiduciary responsibilities associated with all programs and partnerships. In addition, the Executive Director will explore budget models that ensure the incentive structure for any revenue share for education abroad align with and reinforce the core values of Michigan State University.

Lead the Office for Education Abroad staff

The Executive Director will lead and manage a team of nearly 30 passionate, dedicated, and talented professionals. The staff will look to the Executive Director for leadership and management of the operation, guidance in best practices, advocacy for the division within MSU and beyond, and support in pursuing professional development and training opportunities. 

Position Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs, the Executive Director will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and experienced leader. This individual will bring to the role a record of achievement to advance MSU’s standards of excellence in education abroad. The ideal candidate will have significant management experience in international education and demonstrate multicultural competence. In addition, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership for the development of a diverse portfolio of high quality out-bound and in-bound education abroad programs that are student-centered and cost-effective
  • Collaborate with departments and colleges at MSU and with international partners/organizations to diversify program types available to students (faculty-led, direct enrollment, exchanges, provider programs, internship, research, and service learning opportunities)
  • Oversee EA finances and work with MSU senior finance team and MSU departments and colleges to develop a new finance model for EA programs at MSU
  • Collaborate with departments and colleges at MSU to further curriculum integration efforts
  • Work with departments and colleges to promote diversity and inclusion in education abroad programs
  • Work with MSU Advancement to identify and pursue support from donors for EA programs and students
  • Work with the Office of International Health and Safety in formulating and promoting policies related to EA programs
  • Promote MSU’s national and international position as a leader in the field of education abroad and exchange
  • Required Degree

    Masters -Higher Education Administration or related

    Desired Degree


    Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s Degree is required, terminal degree appropriate to the candidate’s field (Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., J.D., etc.) preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of international higher education experience
  • Minimum of 5 years in a leadership position with programmatic and fiscal oversight
  • Understanding of planning and management in a complex, decentralized research university
  • Experience in consensus-building, problem-solving, entrepreneurial thinking, and program building skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the quality and diversity of education abroad experiences
  • Commitment to increasing student participation, particularly among underrepresented groups
  • Commitment to collegial decision-making and management while exemplifying integrity, leadership, accountability, and concern for the collective good
  • Commitment to the student experience and increasing student support throughout the education abroad process
  • Required Application Materials

    Application materials including a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your experience and philosophical approach(es) to achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion must be submitted. At the end of the cover letter, please also submit names and contact information for three (3) references who are familiar with your previous work. Letters from these references are not initially required, but these individuals may be immediately approached for additional information.

    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin on 02/28/2018 and continue until filled.

    Please send all confidential nominations and inquiries to:

    Susan VanGilder, Partner
    Beth McCarthy, Associate
    Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
    [email protected]




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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/14/2018
    Application Due: 12/28/2018
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