Senior International Officer

Job description

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job_Type: Full Time
Job_Number: 01933
Location: Main Campus
Division: Academic and Student Affairs

General Summary

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior International Officer (SIO). EMU is a public metropolitan institution known for excellence in community engagement and intellectual inquiry. It seeks a collaborative and inspirational leader to serve as its next SIO.

Named a "Best Midwestern College" by Princeton Review and recognized for its commitment to campus diversity by U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Colleges, EMU enrolls approximately 23,000 students from 45 states and more than 70 foreign countries. Located minutes from Ann Arbor, the University offers more than 200 majors in five colleges, and recently completed a $90 million science complex - one of the largest public construction projects in the state of Michigan. The University has successfully worked to offer the lowest tuition increases made by any of Michigan's 15 public institutions for the past six years.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior International Officer (SIO) will provide vision and leadership for the Global Engagement Center (GEC) and lead Eastern Michigan University's international initiatives. The SIO will foster coordination and support for Eastern Michigan University's international and global programs and activities within Academic and Student Affairs. In collaboration with the Global Engagement Council, the SIO will engage in strategic planning for the Center and internationalization of the student experience.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the SIO is the Division's chief executive for international and global programs and activities and is a member of the University's academic leadership team. The SIO will act as a liaison between administrative units and academic departments for the development and sharing of international interests and expertise; engage and serve the local and regional educational community; and work to increase the University's national and international visibility.

Other principal responsibilities:

  • Monitor and disseminate information about trends in international and global issues and international education to the University community
  • Collaborate with faculty, students, and community groups to promote international education programs and events
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with institutes of higher education and organizations abroad
  • Manage the operating budget, and seek and secure external funding for international initiatives
  • Coordinate and communicate the efforts of University offices engaged in international activities
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Management to recruit and enroll international students


  • Doctorate or terminal degree in an academic discipline, with a demonstrated commitment to an international/global focus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to serve as the University's representative and spokesperson in a variety of venues.
  • Strong intercultural communication skills, and the ability to work within diverse cultural contexts.
  • Success working across an institution to develop and build innovative programs to anticipate and address the changing needs of a diverse international community.
  • Outstanding strategic management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Significant experience with and understanding of academic administration, finances and processes; skill in synthesizing, blending, and balancing competing ideas and goals to arrive at a common purpose.
  • Desired qualifications include: experience living, studying, teaching, and conducting research abroad; experience leading study abroad programs and/or domestic programs for international students; and fluency or strong proficiency in one or more world languages.
A full description of the duties and responsibilities for this position may be found at:

Supplemental Information

The successful candidate will serve a twelve-month appointment. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the full professor rank. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, detailed vitae, leadership statement, research statement including two samples of recent scholarship, graduate transcripts, and names/telephone numbers of at least three references. ALL ATTACHMENTS MUST BE ATTACHED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION. THEY CANNOT BE REVISED OR ADDED ONCE THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED.

All applications must be made online at:

Application review will begin on March 18, 2019 and will continue until a finalist is identified. For more information contact Ellen Gold, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, at 734.487.1107 or [email protected].

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.

Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EMU is an equal opportunity employer.

Eastern Michigan University offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; a TIAA-CREF retirement plan with employer contributions; an outstanding vacation and time off policy; a tuition waiver program and much more.

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Posted: 2/23/2019
Application Due: 4/4/2019
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