The Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) within the division of Academic Affairs is the Senior International Officer for Western Washington University, with the work focused through the various IGE programs. The Executive Director provides the University community with leadership and oversight of support services for international students, study abroad and exchange programs, strategic international partnerships and agreements, and international scholar programs. The Executive Director also provides strategic thinking and advocacy for the University’s internationalization efforts.
As IGE’s head, the Executive Director is the primary planner, leader and spokesperson for and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of its programs, including academic programs. The Executive Director is responsible for developing teamwork within IGE and with affiliated units. The Executive Director will seek to maintain and strengthen IGE by promoting shared investment, shared governance, collegiality, and collaboration amongst affiliated individuals and units.
The Executive Director maintains a strong commitment to IGE and the University and the ability to maintain high standards is central to the role. The Executive Director recognizes the importance of best practices in internationalization in higher education, seeks to remain current, and participates in international education professional organizations. The continuing development and maintenance of strong planning is essential.
Supervision and Communication
The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership in the University’s internationalization efforts.
Works with University leadership on strategic goals for internationalization efforts
Develops and oversees the implementation of internationalization action plans to reach the stated goals
Presents opportunities that fit within the University’s goals to University leadership for consideration
Represents the University to current and potential University partners and other external constituents
Public policy advocacy as it relates to international education and comprehensive campus internationalization
Chairs the International Curriculum Committee, the International Advisory Board, and the International Partnership Committee
The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, management, and operations of IGE.
Provides leadership on promoting equity and inclusion in the classroom and workplace
Works with faculty and staff to support goals and objectives consistent with the affiliated departments, colleges and the university
Supervises staff positions associated with IGE: the Directors of Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services, the International Studies Minor instructors, and the IGE Administrative Assistant
Serves as a liaison and communicates with other internal and external entities
Provides leadership in IGE operations
Participates in faculty and staff searches related to IGE
Maintains current and historical records for IGE
The Executive Director is responsible for facilitating academic program development.
Oversees and assists in curriculum development including coordinating curricular procedures for revisions, new courses, course deletions, etc.
Maintains or oversees maintenance of information sources such as catalog, website, etc.
Provides assistance in academic scheduling to department chairs or associate chairs
Leads outcome assessment
Leads academic program reviews
The Executive Director is responsible for resource planning and management.
Manages the IGE budget
Plans for resources and allocations with input from IGE affiliated faculty and staff
Provides annual budget reportage to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Monitors IGE needs
Participates in fund raising for IGE
The Executive Director is responsible for other duties related to IGE.
Stays abreast of policies and procedures related to IGE
Advocates for IGE
Promotes faculty research and student involvement in various aspects of internationalization
Represents IGE at appropriate events and venues
Develops and maintains constructive and collegial relationships with other university units
An earned terminal degree at time of application
Five years’ experience in international education administration
Demonstrated commitment to transformational international learning experiences
Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating working and learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of all individuals, especially those with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a multicultural and international clientele
Demonstrated understanding of best practices in comprehensive internationalization in higher education
Experience developing, managing, and assessing international partnerships
Experience engaging faculty in university internationalization efforts
Demonstrated understanding of services provided in study abroad and international student and scholar support
Demonstrated leadership skills
Demonstrated management skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Previous experience as a Senior International Officer at an institution of higher education or its equivalent
Experience in risk management
Experience working and/or living in a country outside the United States
Experience in international studies curriculum support and management
Experience in development and fund-raising
Track record in securing internal and external funding
Experience with the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty
Faculty experience preferred and/or experience working directly with students
Additional Salary Information: Bargaining unit: United Faculty of Western Washington
Internal Number: 496973
About Western Washington University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Western is committed to justice and equity, to inclusive achievement and academic excellence, and to providing a safe, just, and equitable University for all students and employees. We must open our doors wider to welcome a more diverse student body, and we must ensure that we provide the environment and resources all students need to be successful. We must also ensure that Western more closely reflects the local and global diversity in which we live and we seek to advance. As such, we are committed to cultivating global citizenship in our graduates so they have the perspective to make well-informed judg...ements, the curiosity to learn about others’ values and cultures, and the wisdom to challenge their own preconceived notions.
Western Washington University sends over 700 students on academic experiences abroad each year and welcomes nearly 300 international students and scholars. Western is ranked third nationally in the number of Student Fulbright Scholars in its institution type, has been identified as a top-producing Peace Corps Volunteer university, and has been recognized by the Institute for International Education as a top-producing Gilman Scholarship recipient institution in the students with disabilities category.