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Executive Director / Senior International Officer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Closing date
May 26, 2024

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Global Education
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Executive Director
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College / University

Executive Director / Senior International Officer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Position Number: 02364548

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Job Summary

The Executive Director/Senior International Officer is charged with overseeing and managing all aspects of education abroad and several global initiatives at the university. The Executive Director/Senior International Officer is responsible for the international student experience at UWM from recruitment to onboarding, and support once the students arrive on campus. They will lead the visa processing operation and have expertise in leading a team of support staff engaging with international students as they secure the necessary documentation for their educational journey. Overseeing Study Abroad includes supporting faculty-led program development and recruitment and the expansion of student engagement in any form of study abroad experience. This position requires strong leadership, strategic planning, and international education expertise to promote, expand, and enhance the education/study abroad and other global experiences for students, particularly those who are from underrepresented groups.

Required competencies for this role include:

• Strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate stakeholders and guide teams toward shared institutional goals.
• Demonstrated experience in advancing initiatives, policy, and practice that leads to more inclusive environments.
• Excellent writing and presentation skills, with the ability to articulate complex ideas in an accessible manner, to engage and persuade stakeholders toward the institutional vision, and to positively represent the institution to external stakeholders.
• Strong and timely problem-solving and decision-making skills based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and an extensive understanding of the higher education landscape.
• Strong relationship-building skills and emotional intelligence to foster collaborative relationships, engage stakeholders, and resolve conflicts toward positive outcomes.
• Ability to lead, manage, and communicate organizational change, adapt to new circumstances, and innovate in a dynamic higher education environment.
• Ability to foster a culture of innovation, creativity, and continuous improvement in teaching, research, and student success.
• Demonstrated skills in strategic thinking with the ability to create and assess long-term plans within academic programming and the institution.

Minimum Qualifications

• A master’s degree.
• Experience in fostering a culture of transparency, equity, inclusion and professional development, and growth.
• Demonstrated experience, success, and critical understanding in advancing the success of international students.
• A record of progressive responsibility in higher education, including at least two years of leadership in a university’s international unit.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in achieving strategic goals for an international education unit.
• Leadership role in an international unit for five or more years.
• Record of presentations and publications related to international education.
• Service to organizations advancing international education at the state, regional, national, or international levels.

Application Instructions

Completed application materials must include:

• A cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and in meeting the position requirements.
• Curriculum Vitae.
• A page listing the names and contact information (phone number and email) for at least three professional references.

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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