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Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Global Affairs & Engagement
Position Type
Associate Vice President
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University, Non-profit

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Advertised Title:
Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Division of Academic Affairs and Provost
PROV Office of the Provost
Advertised Salary Range:
Commensurate with qualifications
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Part/Full Time:
Full Time
Hours per Week:
Position Category:
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
Basis :
12 months
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About University of South Carolina:
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service - helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.
Diversity Statement:
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.
Advertised Job Summary:
The Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs is the University’s biggest champion for internationalization. Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and indirectly to the President, the Vice Provost has 5 direct reports, and oversees an approximate total of 27 faculty and staff.Essential functions of the position consist of:INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING AND EXECUTION
  • Leading the collaborative development of a university-wide internationalization strategic plan that supports USC’s research and teaching mission.
  • Extending USC’s international research scope and scholarly activities.
  • Building and maintaining key NGO/governmental, professional, and educational international partnerships.
  • Providing leadership and counsel to senior administration on all matters related to internationalization.

  • Provide faculty and students guidance and partnership in efforts to engage in scholarship and academic programs in international venues.
  • Expand programs and strategies for the recruitment and retention of international students and scholars to study or conduct research at USC, in order to increase international diversity across USC campuses.
  • Work with Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, Directors of International Institutes and Centers and Deans of the colleges and schools to encourage the development of curriculum with international content.
  • Work with the deans and faculty to promote and develop international programs to increase international study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Increasing the percentage of students who participate in education abroad opportunities.
  • Travel internationally to establish and maintain collaborations with foreign institutions that often result in viable and sustainable international partnerships and to recruit international students.
  • Represent USC at governmental and higher education conferences/forums on internationalization.
  • Help to ensure that internationalization efforts across the University are widely communicated in order to attract deeper collaboration and interest in the work.
  • Supervise Global Carolina and the reporting offices.
  • Develop, revise and implement university policies regarding international affairs.
  • Review international academic agreements.
  • Develop and maintain alliances with international universities, institutes and other international entities such as non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
  • Serve as chair of the Overseas Program Approval Committee in accordance with ACAF 2.08 and the Student International Travel Oversight Committee in accordance with ACAF 2.09.
  • Provide assistance to the President, Provost and others with special projects as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • The academic and professional accomplishments in areas related to international scholarship to warrant appointment as a tenured, full-time faculty member at the rank of professor at the time of application.
  • A record of international scholarship and successful administrative experience at the level of department chair or above; and
  • Demonstrated ability to drive and promote an international research and curricular strategy with excellence and distinction.

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to the requirements above, the successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following skills, attributes, or experiences:
  • Superb cultural competence, as demonstrated through successful global work, travel and communication.
  • An unwavering commitment to the student experience, adept at addressing the diverse needs of USC’s student population.
  • Robust understanding of international curriculum and future directions influenced by emerging trends such as global security, sustainability, geo-politics, regional development issues, etc., reflecting an appreciation of scholarly and practitioner perspectives of the field.
  • Understanding of the complex scenarios for operating programs and conducting research internationally, including legal, bureaucratic, sustainability, and safety and security implications.
  • Prior experience as either a Designated School Official (DSO), a Responsible Officer (RO) or demonstrated basic understanding of federal regulations related to the university’s immigration compliance responsibilities.
  • A record of achievement in furthering inclusive excellence, including proven ability to recruit, retain, and support diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Experience establishing and overseeing strategic partnerships.
  • Exceptional cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to deliver subject matter expertise and/or represent an organization and its priorities in a global context.
  • A record of forging strong professional partnerships with a variety of public and private organizations, both nationally and internationally.
  • Ability to collaboratively lead a complex organization with multiple and engaged stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, senior University administrators, deans, donors, advisory board members, trustees, and NGO/industry partners, by means of innovative and entrepreneurial management.
  • A transparent, collaborative, servant leader, rooted in integrity and yielding trusting relationships with all constituencies.
  • Ability to maintain composure in high stress situations, including urgent situations involving the health, safety, security, and well-being of international students at USC and USC’s international travelers.
  • Language proficiency in addition to English, as well as field-based research or professional experience outside the United States.
  • Experience with various national and international organizations and agencies that fund international research, collaboration, and development, and a funding record of large international grants and contracts; and
  • Financial acumen, including experience managing complex resources and budgets.
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Special Instructions to Applicant:
Applications should include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement addressing your commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Please direct applications, nominations, and inquiries to:

Storbeck Search:Susan VanGilder, Managing Director, s.vangilder@storbecksearch.comHolly Jackson, Managing Associate,
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EEO Statement:
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

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