Assistant Director for International Programs

Washington D.C.
Mar 19, 2018
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

Title:  Assistant Director for International Programs

Organization: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Location: Washington, DC

Department: International Programs

Supervisor: Vice President for International Programs

Application Deadline: April 29, 2018

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000 per year

The International Programs Office

APLU’s International Programs Office supports the global engagement of students and faculty, enriching education, research and outreach with experience and perspectives beyond our borders.  The office supports the work of the Commission on International Initiatives (CII), composed of senior international officers, international agriculture directors, and other individuals who work on internationalization at APLU-member institutions.  The CII develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research universities in order to facilitate a seamless integration of international dimensions into the learning, discovery and engagement missions of our APLU institutions. The Commission works by identifying critical issues, gathering information, and creating opportunities for members to discuss challenges and share knowledge with one another. The Commission serves as an advisory body to APLU and is integrally involved with all APLU discussions about comprehensive internationalization. Through its International Advocacy Coordinating Committee, members develop and lead the advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill on international issues of interest to public universities.

The Assistant Director Role

The Assistant Director works in the International Programs office led by the Vice President of International Programs, and staffed by an Associate Vice President for International Programs, a Senior Councilor for the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an Assistant Director for International Issues and Congressional and Governmental Affairs, and a Staff Associate for International Development and Programs. 

The position requires both collaborative support of other members of the International Programs team and leadership on projects, as directed by the Vice President. The candidate should have excellent oral and written communications skills, be able to manage time and multiple projects efficiently, and be a positive and collaborative team player.


  • Provide leadership and support to the development of APLU’s North American Zone of Knowledge, to promote increased interaction, participation, and joint work across North America through APLU’s councils, commissions, committees and special initiatives.  This will include seeking of grant funding to support projects and activities.
  • Provide general support for the Commission for International Initiatives (CII).
  • Provide programmatic support on the planning of the CII’s events at APLU’s Annual Meeting.
  • Provide programmatic support on the planning of the CII’s annual Summer Meeting (each July) – this involves planning a two-day conference for 100-150 people in different geographic locations each year with programmatic leadership from the VP and Associate VP.
  • Manage the regular election process for the Commission.
  • Be familiar with the office’s projects and critical issues of focus of the Commission.
  • Contribute to and support regular communication with the Commission on International Initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Knowledge of higher education internationalization or international development;
  • Excellent oral, written, organization, and time management skills
  • Collegiality and a collaborative approach to work
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Ability to prioritize projects, problem-solve and exercise good judgment
  • Experience with event planning
  • 3+ years of relevant experience preferred

About APLU

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $43.8 billion in university-based research.

APLU provides a generous benefits package. For more information on APLU, please visit

APLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume along with two writing samples to APLU’s Human Resources Department: [email protected] with the subject line: AD International Programs.