The Assistant Provost, in collaboration with the Vice Provost for Global Education, provides day-to-day stewardship of the Office of Global Education and delivers program leadership and fiscal management. The role defines strategic directions that affect the educational experience of international students and expand global partnerships. It develops and administers policies and processes related to personnel, budget, technological resources, student communication, international risk and contract management.
The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker and a visionary leader who understands and values the college’s commitment to excellence in internationalization at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate must be a broad thinker; a strong advocate for internationalization; a collaborative and deliberate decision maker; and a responsible fiscal manager.
Duties & Responsibilities
Manage the day-to-day operations in the Office of Global Education, with special attention to personnel and budget. Represent the office as the main authority in the absence of the Vice Provost.
Maintain direct oversight of some, and potentially all of the following units: Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Admissions and Recruiting, and International Special and Articulation Programs.
Plan, assess, manage and support marketing and recruiting for current and developing services/programs. Promote the services, mission, and resources of Global Education to faculty and administrators.
Develop and manage an international risk management program to ensure health and safety of students and faculty when travelling internationally, incl. monitoring safety and security alerts from governmental and private security sources, enrolling students with the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), maintain insurance through Education and Institution Insurance Administrators (EIIA), training on best safety practices.
Negotiate and monitor international agreements, setting the parameters of collaboration in scholarships, articulation, study abroad and exchange programs. Ensure transparency and accountability.
Assess, develop, and coordinate budget and resource allocations.
Develop and implement quick and effective international student communication channels, incl. regarding new international travel guidelines or restrictions.
Foster campus-wide collaborations for the development of integrated approaches to attract and retain international students and promote intercultural awareness. Work with other departments on matters related to international students and scholars (Dean of Students, Registrar, Admission, Learning Studio) to develop supportive academic and interpersonal services (writing, cultural engagement, finances, housing, etc.).
Cultivate curriculum enhancements and forward the expansion of learning abroad opportunities for domestic students. Work collaboratively with the academic departments to develop new partnerships and student exchanges.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree required. Terminal degree preferred. Experience in a leadership role within the area of international education in an institution of higher education or nonprofit organization preferred.
Demonstrated vision and leadership experience in internationalization efforts that rely on academic, industry, and government partnerships to foster student success.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in at least one (and preferably two) of the following areas of international higher education: study abroad programs, international student services including maintaining compliance with SEVP/SEVIS regulations, International Admissions and Recruitment, and Articulation/Dual Programs.
International experience (e.g., working in an international setting, living or working abroad, or having extensive study abroad experience) and facility in languages strongly preferred.
Demonstrated capacity to administer complex units or structures. Experience supervising personnel and developing and managing operational budget. Excellent skills in leadership and team building.
Demonstrated awareness and understanding of diverse perspectives including global perspectives. Positive track record of working with diverse populations.
Outstanding communication skills (oral and written).
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.
To ensure consideration, please include a cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references in your submission.
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a non-union position.
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens.