Associate Vice President for International Affairs

Virginia Tech
  • Location
    Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 26

Position description

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The associate vice president for International Affairs reports directly to the vice president for Outreach and International Affairs and oversees the university’s international programs and activities. The associate vice president provides leadership and vision to a comprehensive range of programs, services, and activities, including the Global Education Office; Center for International Research, Education, and Development; Language and Culture Institute; International Support Services; the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Switzerland, and the development and sustainability of new international sites in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. The associate vice president will work closely with university leaders and external partners to expand and enhance the successful implementation of donor‐funded projects, develop the Virginia Tech/India research center, and advance international experiences for students, research opportunities for faculty and internationalization of the curriculum and campus.

The responsibilities of the associate vice president include the implementation of global engagement strategies in fulfillment of Virginia Tech’s strategic plans and the development of both internal and external linkages that build program partnerships and enrich the university’s international programs. As part of the vice president’s leadership group, the position supports the university’s academic colleges, centers, and programmatic activities. An important responsibility of the associate vice president is to lead grantsmanship initiatives to expand and diversify the donor base and develop global corporate research funded partnerships.

The successful candidate will be an individual of high ethical standards who can effectively lead and manage a large administrative unit with a complex portfolio in a comprehensive research and global land‐grant university. Entrepreneurial vision and excellent business acumen that demonstrate a track record of growing the revenue base are essential for success.

Required Qualifications:

Requirements include:
• a terminal degree in an appropriate field;
• significant administrative and program experience in leading and managing large global projects;
• the ability to work effectively on program development with faculty and administrators;
• extensive experience in global engagement and international education programs;
• organizational skills to execute shared governance and to promote collaboration and teamwork;
• deep understanding of higher education systems around the world;
• extensive experience in fiscal management of a comprehensive budget, including sponsored funding, state funds and auxiliary services;
• outstanding communication and interpersonal skills;
• proven ability to work with leaders in the public and private sectors;
• a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity;
• willingness to travel domestically and abroad;
• substantial experience managing a diverse and geographically distributed staff;
• adroit in building and managing relationships on any continent of the globe; 
• experience providing strategic and visionary leadership for international programs and implementation of that strategy.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable characteristics of the successful candidate include:
• prior academic experience in curriculum development and instruction;
• proficiency in a second language;
• knowledge of federal funding programs which support internationalization of academic programs and global research and development;
• cultural competencies acquired through international travel and scholarship;
• establishing alumni chapters abroad and working with the university’s advancement team in attracting resources from the private sector.

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