Director of International Partner Initiatives

United States, North America
Jul 22, 2014
About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of International Partner Initiatives works with the Associate Dean for International Education in the College and the Deputy Dean of the College on strategic initiatives, partnerships, and other affiliations. Of special importance to this position is supporting all aspects of the College's growing relationships with partners in Egypt. This includes overseeing the exchange program through which select Egyptian undergraduates come to the University of Chicago for an academic year, working closely with these students before and during their residency to support their academic and personal success in a new and challenging environment. The Director of International Partner Initiatives is the primary point-person for these students, and is responsible for liaising with numerous partner offices and individuals to coordinate all aspects of their year in residence (application, arrival and orientation programming, visas, housing, stipends, course registration, social gatherings, excursions within the city and beyond, and reporting to the donor who supports their participation in this program). This position will have the support of many on-campus partners, but must take an active leadership role in coordinating individuals and carrying out these processes. The Director of International Partner Initiatives further collaborates with partners in Egypt to promote this program, coordinates faculty and staff visits to Egypt, and maintains the budget and associated reporting related to these initiatives. Additionally, the Director of International Partner Initiatives represents Study Abroad to key constituencies and works with the Deputy Dean and Associate Dean on partnerships and other affiliations, including program development. S/he drafts a variety of written materials for the Study Abroad office, including development and stewardship reports for a growing portfolio of gifts. The Director of International Partner Initiatives also manages a portfolio of assigned Study Abroad programs including but not limited to the College study abroad program in Cairo, serves as a key partner on the College's exchange agreements, and represents the office in selected program consortia. This position requires a commitment to the value of international experience in the context of a liberal arts education and the ability to serve as an effective broker for the College in complex international settings, especially in the Middle East. Strong writing, presentation and organizational skills are necessary. The ability to keep track of many programmatic and budgetary elements, and to coordinate among multiple constituencies on campus and abroad is required. The Director of International Partner Initiatives is a full-time position and requires the ability to travel domestically and internationally (notably to the Middle East) throughout the year.

Unit Education: Master's degree is required, PhD preferred

Unit Experience: The ability to travel on behalf of the University, domestically and internationally, is required. Fluency in a foreign language required, Arabic preferred. A minimum of 5 years work experience in higher education strongly preferred. Significant living or working experience abroad, especially in the Middle East, is strongly preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong writing and presentation skills required. Familiarity with the University structure and the functions of its various offices and departments preferred. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to young adults and the value of international experience in the context of a liberal arts education. Must be able to set priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure. Must be able to work cooperatively with international partners and scholars, as well as co-workers and staff from other units of the University as well as faculty, students, and agents in study abroad programs. Must demonstrate a high degree of maturity and tact in handling sensitive issues, and use discretion when dealing with confidential matters. Must be able to attend meetings at various locations on campus, carry materials weighing 10 ? 15 pounds, work at computer/desk for long periods of time and use telephone, copier, and fax.