Executive Director, KIIS

Bowling Green, Warren County / Hadley, Warren County / Plum Springs, Warren County / Richardsville, Warren County
Aug 08, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors

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Job Description:

The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the present operation and future developments of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS).

KIIS is a non-profit consortium of 24 colleges and universities from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and West Virginia. KIIS is overseen by a board consisting of representatives from each institution. The Executive Director reports to the KIIS board and to appropriate administrators at Western Kentucky University, the fiscal agent for KIIS. This is a full-time 12-month position to begin on January 1, 2015.

KIIS runs over 30 summer, winter break, and semester programs in non-English speaking countries. With the assistance of four full- time staff members and all individual Program Directors, job responsibilities include the following:

  • Develops and manages all budgets and reports on all transactions both monthly and annually
  • Reviews all faculty and staff appointments
  • Establishes policy for, maintains all aspects of, and conducts training in the crisis management system, providing counsel and guidance should a crisis arise
  • Oversees program orientation for all faculty and students
  • Remains current on the state and operation of each program, including the political and economic trends in countries where programs are located
  • Monitors program and faculty evaluations for quality standards
  • Approves travel and ground arrangements for all groups
  • Develops recruiting strategies for program participants
  • Monitors the viability of each program, and works with faculty and institutions in the development of new initiatives
  • Represents KIIS to all consortium member institutions

The above is is not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather a summary review of the primary responsibilities.



  • Significant administrative experience in international education with evidence of a commitment to the continuing development of international education in general
  • The ability to articulate a vision for KIIS and develop a strategy that reflects changing trends in the growing field of Education Abroad
  • An extensive knowledge of field standards and active participation in field organizations such as the Forum on Education Abroad
  • Excellent communication and organization skills and the ability to respond effectively and decisively to time-sensitive contingencies and emergencies
  • An understanding and commitment to working with diverse cultures, efficient fiscal/resource management, enrollment management and program marketing and development
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution is required

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

All applications and resumes must be submitted through this online electronic talent management system.  Only those individuals who submit all required materials will be considered as eligible applicants.  We invite you to submit a cover letter which describes your interest and fit for this position. You will receive email notification confirming your application materials have been received.  Review of application materials will generally begin as applications are submitted.  The expected hire date is on or about January 1, 2015.