Position Summary The Director of Global Partnerships is a strategic leadership position in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA). The Director advises the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer on UNC-Chapel Hill’s global partnership strategy, a key component of Carolina’s plan for comprehensive internationalization. The Director implements the global partnership strategy, promotes innovative models and approaches that strengthen the University’s global relationships and reputation, and assesses the impact of UNC’s global partnerships. The Director reports to the Associate Provost for Global Affairs and supervises the Manager of Global Partnership Administration.
The Director of Global Partnerships advances the University’s global mission, articulated in the Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good 2020 strategic plan, which positions UNC-Chapel Hill to be the leading global public research university. In pursuing these goals, the Director of Global Partnerships collaborates with, explores possibilities, and provides guidance and support for global partnership activity to faculty and administrators in all of UNC-Chapel Hill’s 13 professional and graduate schools and the College of Arts & Sciences. The Director oversees an active and diverse portfolio of emerging and longstanding relationships with universities, research institutes, medical centers, government agencies, and other entities abroad in support of Carolina’s mission. This includes several strategic partnerships, managed in close coordination with faculty liaisons, that involve multiple UNC academic programs and research initiatives engaging faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.
The Global Partnerships Director develops and oversees international collaboration agreements, together with Carolina faculty and administrators, and ensures that procedures and processes meet UNC-Chapel Hill’s compliance parameters. Under the direction of the Vice Provost and Associate Provost for Global Affairs, this position works closely with the highest levels of campus leadership including the Provost’s Office, Office of University Counsel, Development, UNC Research, Institutional Integrity and Risk Management, Export Control, Study Abroad, administrators of global programs in each unit across campus.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s vibrant global partnerships enable a wide range of teaching, learning, exchange, and research activity, both on campus and abroad, and operate on a foundation of trust and mutuality. The Director of Global Partnerships maintains strong and stable working relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators across campus, and with counterparts at partner institutions worldwide. The Director communicates often and effectively with global partners, advises faculty and administrators on their collaborations, organizes virtual and in-person visits to partner institutions for UNC leadership delegations, and organizes partner delegation visits to campus. The Director supports international visitors and promotes cultural exchange opportunities on campus.
The Director of Global Partnerships is responsible for data collection and analysis, evaluation and reporting of partnership activity and impact, and content development for programs and communication related to UNC’s global partnership activity.
With a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and ethics, the Director represents the OVPGA and UNC-Chapel Hill to internal and external audiences, in a manner consistent with University and Office messaging. The Director is a member of the Global Affairs Leadership Group and joins the Vice Provost for meetings of the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Council. The Director communicates achievements of UNC’s partnership activity to state, U.S., and international higher education associations, conferences, and publications.
Educational Requirements Master’s degree required in a relevant field, such as international education, higher education administration, international affairs, international relations, international business, global studies, or area studies; or Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years relevant experience.
Qualifications and Experience At least 5-10 years of experience in international education, diplomacy, or a related field; familiarity with the complex organizational structure of a large research university; prior experience in a strategic or leadership role; above average interpersonal, intercultural, and communications skills with the ability to work independently with a wide variety of people and roles on campus and across languages and continents; proven track record planning, managing, and executing a comprehensive set of strategic initiatives, goals, and programming; exceptionally strong skills in negotiation and consensus-building; energy, enthusiasm, and vision for achieving UNC’s global mission. International travel is required for this position. Prior experience working or studying abroad and fluency in a second language preferred.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.