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Vice Provost, International Programs

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary commensurate with experience + a comprehensive benefits package
Closing date
Mar 17, 2023

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Global Affairs & Engagement
Position Type
Vice Provost
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Organization Type
College / University

Job Details

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Vice Provost, International Programs at the University of Minnesota. As the Senior International Officer (SIO), the Vice Provost for International Programs drives the University’s global strategy and advances the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across our five-campus system. 

With internationalization efforts spanning all aspects of the University’s mission, the Vice Provost for International Programs collaborates with central leaders, chancellors, deans, faculty, and staff to develop an interdisciplinary and University-wide global engagement strategy that guides the creation and implementation of global initiatives and partnerships within and outside of the University. 

The Vice Provost provides leadership and administrative oversight to the units within the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, including International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), the Learning Abroad Center (LAC), the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), and the China Center. With approximately 120 staff, collectively these units play a critical role in connecting faculty, staff, and students with the resources and expertise needed for personal and professional success. 

The Vice Provost reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost, serves on the Provost's Advisory Council, and convenes the University’s International Programs Council (IPC). Externally, the Vice Provost represents the University at national and international associations, boards, and councils, such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Institute of International Education, Association of International Education Administrators, and Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) SIO Affinity Group. 

The University of Minnesota has a long and distinguished history of global engagement and is a recognized innovator and leader in the field of international education. International students first enrolled in 1874, and alumni have gone on to serve as prime ministers, ambassadors, and leaders in the fight against COVID. The nationally recognized “Minnesota Model” of study abroad curriculum integration has led to more than 30% of students having an experience abroad before they graduate. The University was among the first in the country to create positions dedicated to internationalizing the curriculum; supporting international health, safety, and compliance; and addressing mental health during study abroad. The University continues its leadership role as one of the first U.S. institutions to launch systemwide initiatives that focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the emerging field of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As an innovative and visionary thinker, the successful candidate will inspire with a clear and compelling vision for driving the University’s global strategy. They will be effective in engaging a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. They will be an internationally recognized leader in their field, with a compelling record of successfully building and maintaining strong, transnational partnerships and productive relationships with people from a range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds. They must aspire to intercultural and global competency for themselves and the entire University community, demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and appreciate and articulate the value of preparing the next generation of graduates for the global challenges that lie ahead. They will be an experienced leader with a broad knowledge of higher education, theories and concepts in international education, and modern global affairs. 

Appointment: The Vice Provost position is a full-time, renewable, 12-month senior academic administrative position. A secondary faculty appointment that may also include consideration of tenure is contingent upon prior professional accomplishments. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.


Minimum Qualifications:

    Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree Significant research, teaching, outreach, or institution-building experience abroad or within international contexts Experience working in higher education Demonstrated leadership, management, and advocacy of global programs on and off campus Experience leading interdisciplinary initiatives and strategic planning within a large, complex institution Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and ability to work with a multicultural and international clientele

Preferred Qualifications:

    Faculty appointment at a research university Broad understanding of global dynamics and how they impact the University’s global strategy Experience generating internal and external funding to support global initiatives
About the Department

As the central international office for the University of Minnesota system, the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance drives the University’s global strategy and connects faculty, staff, and students with the resources and expertise needed for personal and professional success.

We share our expertise, resources, and connections to advance the University’s international strategy. We see global issues through a broad and inclusive lens, bringing people together where opportunities are the greatest and diverse perspectives are most needed. We offer the flexibility to support the most promising ideas regardless of discipline.

The term Alliance acknowledges and encourages the collaboration and cooperation required to work together with people of diverse backgrounds to ultimately create impactful change and make a difference across the University and around the world.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:



The flagship of the University of Minnesota System, the Twin Cities campus is Minnesota’s only land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation. Founded in 1851 near Saint Anthony Falls on the banks of the Mississippi River, we are one of five universities in the nation with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus.

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