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Director of International Strategic Partners - UC International

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Date: Sep 13, 2017

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Director of International Strategic Partnerships

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US


University of Cincinnati

Academic Affairs and Provost Division

UC International – Planning


The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.


UC International at the University of Cincinnati has three distinct offices that assist in facilitating opportunities for international education experiences and cultural exchanges to the UC Community and our global strategic partners around the world: International Programs, International Services, and International Planning. International Programs provides opportunities for more than 1700 students to study abroad annually and ranks 37th among U.S. universities in sending students to study abroad. International Services provides immigration assistance and welcoming services to over 4300 international students and scholars annually and ranks 5th worldwide as the most welcoming university according to the International Student Barometer. International Planning facilitates collaborations between our international partners and UC colleges/departments in order to provide our students and faculty outstanding experiences through exchange programs, collaborative research, and global engagement that strengthen international education and innovation.


UC International is looking for a Director of International Strategic Partnerships to serve a 3-5 year appointment and will report directly to the Vice Provost of UC International Affairs. UC International will be hiring one or more into the position(s).The position(s) will support the Vice Provost and the UC International Planning Office in carrying out its international objectives that include seeking out new strategic partnerships and strengthening existing ones. The position(s) will engage with our partners and strive to provide the best global engagement opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and the larger UC Community.


Primary duties of the Director of International Strategic Partnerships


  • Responsible for initially leading and overseeing  our 7 global strategy groups: Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, China, India, and Northern Africa and the Middle East as needed
  • Identify universities of similar programmatic diversity and size to form new partnerships with UC
  • Work to develop broad and deep collaborative relationships with new international partners as well as strengthen existing ones
  • Collaborate with international partners to establish a wide range of educational and culturally diverse opportunities for additional study abroad and exchange programs to benefit UC students
  • Introduce faculty and our strategic partner institutions to each other to facilitate collaborations
  • Work extensively with academic units and faculty to encourage faculty to develop courses and curriculum with an international component in collaboration with our international strategic partners
  • Assist in facilitating faculty of UC colleges and departments that have an interest in engaging in international exchange programs with our network global partners
  • Prepare agreements and contracts that outline mutually agreed upon responsibilities and initiatives between UC and our international partners
  • Increase the UC brand in each of the identified strategy regions to further increase and diversify our international student population
  • Travel extensively to perform site visits and to establish and strengthen relationships with our international partner institutions
  • Execute all other duties as assigned by the Vice Provost for International Affairs


Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Masters degree appropriate to the applicant’s academic field of expertise
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively around the globe to establish and strengthen relationships with our international partners
  • Experience in developing international partnerships focusing on sustainable multi-disciplinary projects that engage faculty across disciplines and encourage faculty participation
  • Ability to enhance and diversify existing international partnerships across the institution
  • Strong commitment and tangible demonstrated experience in international education and the ability to work with all areas of UC International to support its mission and goals
  • Ability to successfully provide leadership and function effectively as a collaborative member of assigned regional strategy groups and within the Vice Provost of International Affairs’ senior leadership team
  • Excellent written, oral communication, and presentation skills necessary for networking and relationship building
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion
  • Experience with projects and developing sustained relationships with international partners in two or more of our 7 global strategy group regions: Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, China, India, and Northern Africa and the Middle East
  • Proficiency in English and one or more of the following languages: Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, or any other languages spoken within our strategic regions.


Ideal Qualifications and Experience:


  • UC experience and knowledge of UC Colleges, departments, and programs preferred
  • Familiarity with UC policies and procedures, especially with contracts and agreements involving the Office of General Counsel
  • Experience and knowledge of best practices in international higher education
  • Proven successful administrative experience at the department, college, university, or in a relevant professional organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with the diverse UC and international communities


Applicants are required to complete, include, and attach ALL of the following documents as part of the complete application process.  Incomplete applications will not be considered or reviewed.

  • The online application
  • Attach a cover letter
  • Attach a CV/resume
  • Attach a list of 3 references in the additional documents section.
  • Provide an example of an international project in which you collaborated with an international partner. Summarize the process by which you identified and connected with the partner, and the outcome of the collaboration. Attach the document to the application in the additional documents section.
  • Submission of a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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