Director, Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center - Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center

Howard University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 14

Position description

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


Academic liaising and collaboration with University faculty members and staff in the various departments, schools and colleges especially related to international programming and affairs. Outreach related to international cooperation and collaboration in schools, institutes, and departments in neighboring colleges and universities; and to government agencies and international organizations. International program planning and development (focused on diplomacy and foreign affairs). Organizing, collaborating, and liaising with University personnel and governmental organizations. Fundraising for Bunche Center activities.  Lead in development of scholarship, grant development, and academic programming for the Bunche Center. Supervising Bunche Center staff.


Administrative direction of all Ralph Bunche Center personnel and programs, and personal involvement, as required by university policy and procedures.


Internal contacts are with a wide variety of administrators, faculty, staff and students. External contacts include national and international associations and institutions involved with study abroad, international resident directors, embassies, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congressional interest groups, and international educators, parents and families.


  • Provide overall direction of the Ralph Bunche Center, to include management, guidance, academic coordination and programming.
  • Fundraising for increased international programming.
  • Development of international proposals for increased university footprint.
  • Plan and host program activities for high level international events.
  • Seek external support.
  • Coordinate and oversee the academic role of the Center, including faculty fellows and academic programming.
  • Implement policies and procedures of the Center.
  • Provide management and direction of subordinate staff.
  • Provide vision for future international direction and programming for the Ralph Bunche Center.



  • Demonstrated administrative and professional competence in international/foreign affairs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Earned doctorate, or extensive experience (at least 10 years) in international affairs, plus a post-graduate degree. At least five years of relevant academic experience and/or five years of relevant international and successful management or professional experience. This includes at least 5 years’ experience in international affairs; experience as an ambassador, or similarly ranked position; minimum of five years of professional international/foreign experience in program management and grant writing; and proven track record in academic and/or corporate fundraising. Preference will be given to individuals with management experience in a U.S. government agency.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

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