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Assistant Vice President for Global Learning and Strategy and Senior International Officer

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Assistant Vice President for Global Learning and Strategy and Senior International Officer


University of Houston-Clear Lake, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice President for Global Learning and Strategy and Senior International Officer. Reporting to the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University, the Assistant Vice President is expected to lead a strategic and integrated approach to internationalization at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The AVP is energetic and demonstrates leadership, initiative, creativity, has the ability to work well independently and in a team environment, and manages multiple responsibilities concurrently. The AVP is expected to possess strong analytical and technological depth, an eye for the possible, proven capacity for embedding enrollment within institutional values and aspirations, and someone who espouses a student centric philosophy. Experience leading and managing education abroad, faculty/student exchange, international student recruitment and contracting services is required.


The University and the City of Houston, Texas:

The University of Houston-Clear Lake:

Recognizing the need for higher education in the growing Clear Lake area, the 62nd Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of a second University of Houston campus in 1971. Legislators cited a 1968 report by the then Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System (now the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) when approving the new campus. In 1973, the Texas Senate authorized construction of a permanent campus at Clear Lake. Today, University of Houston-Clear Lake is a four-year university with more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and three doctoral programs from its four colleges. In 2010, the UHCL Pearland Campus opened to offer the growing community access to quality bachelor’s and master’s degrees from select programs. UHCL also offers select health care programs at the Texas Medical Center. UHCL currently enrolls about 9000 students with approximately 35 percent of its student population identifying as Hispanic, making it an Hispanic Serving Institution with additional federal support for Hispanic students. UHCL's 68,000 alumni are leaders in a variety of fields and include 10 astronauts, more than 400 CEOs and at least one best-selling author. UHCL is a destination for the arts with approximately 34,000 patrons attending exhibits in the Art Gallery and performances in the Bayou Theater in 2017.


The University of Houston-Clear Lake is a student-centered, community-minded, partnership-oriented university that offers bachelor's, master's and selected doctoral programs to enhance the educational, economic, and cultural environment of the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region. UH-Clear Lake serves a diverse student body with special emphasis on undergraduate, transfer, graduate and international students. The University offers the highest quality instruction and nationally accredited academic programs designed to develop the critical thinking, creative, quantitative, leadership and communication skills of students. The University conducts applied and basic research and engages in community and professional services that support both the economic development and the quality of life of the area. The University is committed to community engagement through partnerships with educational institutions, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


The University of Houston-Clear Lake is guided by the following values that help shape the University's culture and promote respect for all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other members of the University community:

  • Learning - UHCL inspires all individuals within the university community to pursue lifelong learning through a dedication to intellectual and personal growth.
  • Trust - UHCL encourages open and honest communication which embraces the freedom of diverse ideas.  
  • Integrity - UHCL proudly promotes and supports personal, academic, and ethical standards within the university and the community we serve.
  • Opportunity - UHCL actively fosters the freedom to productively and enthusiastically pursue and enhance quality of life for ourselves and our communities.
  • Diversity - UHCL facilitates a respectful and inclusive environment with regard to individual, societal, and global perspectives.
  • Leadership - UHCL empowers individuals with the freedom to learn, grow, and develop as leaders.
  • Quality - UHCL commits to continually demonstrate excellence through the actions of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Innovation - UHCL supports innovation through the development of collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.


The Greater Houston Community:

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is home to nearly 1500 acres of green space in the city and Memorial Park is home to a public golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, and trails to enjoy. It is also home to the NASA headquarters as well as 25 companies on the Fortune 500 list. The Texas Medical Center is the largest in the world with 47 research and treatment institutions. Houston is listed in Travel & Leisure’s America’s favorite cities and offers both a thriving downtown dining and arts scene which includes professional resident companies in ballet, opera, symphony, and theater.  It also includes multiple James Beard award winning restaurants.  It is home to the fourth largest museum district in the country, as well.


The Position: The Assistant Vice President’s position will require both broad oversight as well as a hands-on management style, including a working knowledge of current best-practices in global learning. The primary responsibilities of the position include:

  • Lead a strategic and integrated approach to internationalization at the University.
  • Promote, support and coordinate an international student study abroad program and student/faculty exchanges.
  • Oversee a competitive and data driven international recruitment strategy.
  • Manage an international admissions program.
  • Work with senior leadership in developing a robust international student support network at the University.
  • Create relationships/opportunities to enhance globalization of the University.


Qualifications: The candidate will have demonstrated progressive higher education experience and leadership in areas relating to education abroad, faculty/student exchanges, international student recruitment/admissions and international contracting.  The preferred qualifications include a working knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: international student and/or scholar services, intensive English study, international institutional linkages or international education scholarship. Master’s Degree required; Doctoral Degree preferred.


Application and Nomination Process: The University has partnered with Scott Healy & Associates in managing and overseeing the entire search process. All applications and nominations must be sent electronically to:

Scott Healy & Associates

Attn: Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President

[email protected]

Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a Cover Letter outlining their experiences and success in all areas indicated in The Position, a complete and up-to-date Resume, and the names of five professional References with title, institutional affiliation, email address, and direct telephone number.


The search process is confidential and no references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate. Applications submitted by February 22, 2019, will be given priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


Equal Opportunity Policy: The University of Houston-Clear Lake provides equal treatment and opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation except where such distinction is required by law.  This statement reflects compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and all other federal and state regulations.




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Posted: 1/22/2019
Application Due: 3/23/2019
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