Executive Director, Global Connections

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located on the eastern edge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year-round arts, cultural, and recreational activities and events are easily accessible from River Falls. The 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students at UWRF pursue degrees in four colleges: Education and Professional Studies; Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.  UWRF provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, research, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.  More information about UWRF can be found at:

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks a visionary leader and talented manager to direct its international education unit, Global Connections. The Executive Director supervises and coordinates the work of five individuals who support the university's short and long term education abroad programs, the university's participation in the National Student Exchange, and the development of inter-institutional partnerships between UW-River Falls and international universities and governmental agencies. The university seeks a candidate who can facilitate enhancements to education abroad risk management protocols and the orientation and transition programs for students participating in the programs as well as work with faculty and staff to develop new education abroad programs. The Executive Director reports to the Provost of the university and is a member of the Academic Affairs Directors Group.

UW-River Falls is in the middle of its strategic plan—Pathway to Distinction—and a primary goal of the plan is to enhance global education and engagement. The Executive Director will have a pivotal role in working with faculty members and university leadership to develop and sustain initiatives that support the strategic goal and the measures that, in part, define success. Among these measures are increasing the total number of students entering education abroad programs and increasing the proportion of UW-River Falls' students who select semester- or year-long education abroad options, including the university's Experience Scotland and Experience China programs.

The successful candidate will have significant background in international education and education abroad programs, including an understanding of best practices and current compliance issues related to international education. In addition, the university seeks a leader who will;

•    collaborate with faculty and staff
•    exhibit strong leadership and supervision skills
•    possess a deep background in budget development and management
•    work effectively within and across units of the university

The position requires a minimum of a Master's degree, five years of demonstrated engagement with international education and or education abroad programs in a college or university setting, and at least two years of direct supervision of employees.

To Apply: Online applications are REQUIRED at:
The following required documents will be uploaded:
•    Curriculum vitae/Resume (resume)
•    Letter of interest specifying personal qualifications and experience (cover letter)
•    A separate diversity statement addressing – in full - your experiences working with a diverse student and faculty/staff population (diversity statement).
•    Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references (references).
•    An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).

Inquiries should be directed to:

Claire McCarty Kilian
Larry Solberg,

Search Committee Co-Chairs

Deadline to Apply: For full consideration, applicants must submit all required materials before July 12, 2013. Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered.  The names of all nominees and applicants who have requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released on request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidate.

UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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