INTO Washington State University (INTO WSU) is a joint venture between Washington State University and INTO University Partnerships. INTO WSU’s unique programs for international students provide tailored academic and English language instruction coupled with a highly supportive learning environment that supports adjustment to life in the U.S. and long-term academic success.
Washington State University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Rooted in WSU’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. INTO University Partnerships collaborates with leading universities to provide international students with a personalized and highly supportive learning environment in which to acclimatize to life on a US university campus and prepare for long-term academic success. Since 2006, INTO has launched partnerships to internationalize universities in the US, UK and Asia. Universities in the US include: Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University, Drew University, George Mason University, Saint Louis University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington State University, Suffolk University, Illinois State University and Hofstra University.
This position will provide dynamic, consistent and motivational leadership to develop the newly launched center such that it reflects the goals and values of the University and INTO University Partnerships and promotes the delivery of a world-class customer and stakeholder experience. In addition, this individual will build the Center intake of students each year; and will ensure the efficient operation of the Center while maximizing progression rates to the University. The Executive Director will be expected to travel to other INTO centers in the U.S. and the U.K., to attend meetings in different parts of the world and to support the recruitment of students by visiting key regions from time to time to meet with parents and educational agents.
The Executive Director for INTO WSU will report directly to the INTO WSU Board, with additional reporting lines to the INTO North America, SVP New Partnerships and WSU, Vice President of International Programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This is a valued role in a growing, dynamic organization, so the responsibilities and duties may change over time but will include the following:
Provide leadership, vision and management to enable the Center to deliver its strategic and operational objectives.
Ensure the effective management of quality teaching and learning.
Promote and deliver an outstanding student experience and provide a safe and productive learning environment that is engaging and fulfilling for all students.
Provide a culture of performance management and team building to achieve the objectives within the Center mission and to attract, retain and develop quality employees.
Build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including key university personnel and colleagues within the INTO University Partnerships network.
Manage effective deployment of resources to achieve the maximum return on investment while maintaining the highest of standards for the delivery of academic programs and student support.
Monitor overall financial performance through the efficient management of resources and operational functions within the established budget.
Oversee the Center management and director teams to provide strategic direction and leadership and ensure successful daily operations of the Center.
Participate as a member of the INTO US Senior Management Team.
Deliver effective presentations to the university, the Center board and INTO senior management as requested or necessary.
Ensure activities meet the organizational requirements for quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, environmental policies and general duty of care.
Contribute to marketing and recruitment through participation in events in the US and overseas.
Support and develop other existing or potential Centers within the INTO University Partnership network.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience working in Higher Education or in an education related field as an academic or administrator
Proven record of leadership delivering strategic, financial and operational objectives
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of financial planning, risk management, marketing, student support, staff development and training, human resources issues, and facilities management
Experience directly managing budgets over $1 million per annum
Experience working in an international context or for an international organization
Experience in developing and driving best practice standards across organizations
Experience creating a performance management culture which promotes the attraction, retention and development of quality employees
Eligibility to work in and travel freely to and from the U.S.
PhD or equivalent
Knowledge of and/or experience with international student programs such as ESL and academic preparatory programs
Previous private sector senior management experience with demonstrated P&L responsibility
Experience working within a joint venture and/or a highly matrixed organizational structure and working with multiple stakeholders
Experience living and working overseas
Knowledge of another language
Skills and Abilities:
Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work under pressure and, when necessary, with minimal resources
Ability to ensure the delivery of a strongly supportive environment to enable all students to fulfill their academic potential
Ability to reconcile the twin imperatives of delivering high quality academic programs in a university context, while working for a “for profit” organization and maintaining an efficient business operation
Ability to build effective relationships with key stakeholders
Ability to influence and motivate others to attain high goals
Ability to deploy and manage resources effectively with efficient priority and time management
Ability to delegate management tasks and empower others
Ability to foster an open, fair and equitable culture and to manage conflict
Ability to give and receive effective feedback and act to improve personal and organizational performance
Ability to maintain sound judgment and decision-making even when under pressure
Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
Competent IT and analytical skills
This position is based at Washington State University in Pullman.
Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefit package included.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please click the link below to submit the following (as one document) in Word or PDF format:
Contact information for three professional references
Washington State University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.
INTO University Partnerships provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. INTO University Partnerships complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
About INTO Washington State University
INTO University Partnerships collaborates with leading universities to provide international students with a personalized and highly supportive learning environment in which to acclimatize to life on a US university campus and prepare for long-term academic success. Since 2006, INTO has launched partnerships to internationalize universities in the US, UK and Asia, including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University, George Mason University, Drew University,Saint Louis University,The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington State University, Suffolk University and Hofstra University.