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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the newly created position of Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies. The University of Illinois is a major land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching and public engagement. The University seeks an entrepreneurial, creative and broadly experienced individual to lead an expanding program of activities in international education and global engagement.

The Vice Provost will report directly to the Provost and serve as the campus senior international officer providing vision and leadership in international research, teaching and engagement strategies. As the campus senior international officer, s/he will be a key member of the campus' Global Engagement and Strategy Working Group (GESWG), a leadership team comprised of the Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, and the Associate Chancellor for Corporate and International Relations. In addition to visionary leadership and expert strategic planning, the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies will possess excellent administrative skills to ensure that appropriate administrative infrastructure and services are in place to optimally support international programs, students, scholars and initiatives.

Core responsibilities of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies will be to:

  • Represent the university nationally and internationally;
  • Identify, evaluate and prioritize opportunities, networks and points of collaboration between campus academic units and international partners;
  • Convene and facilitate a campus council comprised of the chief international officers from academic units across the campus and provide support to college international initiatives and activities;
  • Identify, cultivate, evaluate and sustain strategic partnerships with institutions of higher education to advance international engagement;
  • Coordinate with the Chancellor, Provost and other senior leadership to advance the strategic international goals of the campus;
  • Seek international research partnerships and funding to support campus efforts to solve the grand challenges of society, in close collaboration with the Global Engagement and Strategy Working Group;
  • Enhance incentives and address barriers for faculty engagement in international research, teaching, outreach and business partnerships;
  • Advocate for faculty in terms of identifying and securing new funding and other entrepreneurial opportunities associated with international activities;
  • Enhance incentives and address barriers for study abroad and other transformational learning experiences with international dimensions;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies and infrastructure to support international student and scholar integration, in collaboration with Deans and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs;
  • Ensure that the appropriate administrative infrastructure and services are in place to effectively support international programs, students, scholars and initiatives by providing leadership and oversight to the directors the Office of the International Programs and Studies, Illinois Strategic International Partnerships, and International Student Integration;
  • Provide leadership and support to faculty directors of area and thematic studies centers (some of which jointly report to colleges), including: Center for African Studies; Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; European Union Center; Center for Global Studies; Center for International Business Education and Research; International Forum on U.S. Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies; Russian East European and Eurasian Center, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives;
  • Collaborate with academic units across campus to grow opportunities for international student placement;
  • Provide leadership for emerging campus efforts to facilitate international undergraduate research and service learning experiences.

The ideal candidate will possess (a) demonstrated and sustained international engagement and the ability to work with a multicultural and international clientele; (b) a track record of success coordinating and leading aspects of international strategy in a complex university environment, or, alternatively, leadership experience gained in another service-oriented role requiring coordination and strategic leadership of a diverse range of stakeholders; (c) strong leadership, administrative and budgetary skills; (d) the ability to think strategically and develop a shared vision; (e) an understanding of how to build productive relationship with administrative leaders and faculty members across multiple organizational elements and academic disciplines within a university; and (f) a successful record of proposal writing and/or ability to raise funds. Candidates should hold an earned doctoral degree and have a distinguished record of scholarly, research, and teaching accomplishments, preferably with strong international engagement components, commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment, but the individual selected for the position will hold tenure in an academic unit. This position has a negotiable start date with salary commensurate with experience.

For more information about the position and the University, please visit: www.provost.illinois.edu/about/positions/internationalaffairs.html

For full consideration, nominations and/or application materials should be received by March 1, 2014.

Nominations should include the name, current position, and a brief description of qualifications and experience for the position and should be sent to:

Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies Search Committee
[email protected]

Application materials should include a letter outlining qualifications, current vitae, and the contact information, including email and telephone numbers, for at least five references. Candidates may create a profile through jobs.illinois.edu or submit materials directly to:

Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies Search Committee
[email protected]

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty and alumni have earned 22 Nobel Prizes and include 147 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. They have also been awarded Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, have orbited the earth, and led and founded international corporations. Additional information about the University may be obtained from its website, www.illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).





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Posted: 1/24/2014
Application Due: 2/23/2014
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