This position oversees, supports and promotes the Office of Global Engagement’s (OGE) international collaborations and affiliations. This role includes managing the campus review of proposed and renewing international collaborations with universities and organizations under the UIC International Collaborations Policy and applicable governmental regulations. Additional duties include coordinating the University’s efforts with strategic partners, and promoting awareness and interest in international affiliations and partners. The position also supports international delegations and visitors to UIC, the U.S. Department of State’s “Diplomat in Residence” program, OGE’s cooperation, fundraising and stewardship with the Chicago Consular Corps, and maintaining the University’s relationships with international agencies and organizations such as the Fulbright Commission and the Institute for International Education.
Management of the UIC’s International Collaborations
- Oversee and coordinate the processes through which UIC follows the International Collaborations Policy and applicable governmental regulations, including the review of proposed new or renewing collaborations.
- Facilitate and manage campus international collaborations, including all memoranda of understanding, agreements, and contracts establishing formal collaborative relationships between the UIC campus and all foreign partner institutions.
- Provide strategic support, establish best practices and monitor protocols related to international collaborations.
- Support campus-wide global engagement activities and regulatory compliance through informational updates and training sessions.
- Support OGE’s compliance role by coordinating with representatives of the University Ethics Office, the Office of University Audits, the Office of Business and Financial Services, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
- Coordinate efforts with relevant campus units such as the Office of Budget and Financial Services, Purchasing and Contract Management, University Counsel, Export Control , and the U of I Compliance Office to develop, review, and revise templates and standard language for exchanges, academic program contracts, degree collaborations and, when applicable, other initiatives with non-U.S. institutions.
- Support and sustain international strategic collaborations as determined by the Chancellor, Provost and Vice Provost for Global Engagement.
- Support academic and administrative units working on international initiatives and programs with international partners.
- Coordinate with UIC units and, as appropriate, oversee international delegations and visits, including the creation of meeting agendas, campus tours and events.
- Liaison with the consular corps in Chicago in order to expand UIC’s relationships with foreign governments and secure support for international programs at UIC.
- Serve as the primary campus representative for the Fulbright Scholar program, including the recruitment of outgoing candidates.
- Serve as liaison with the United States Department of State to coordinate the Diplomat in Residence program and to advance UIC projects and programs abroad.
- Support the work of the University’s global engagement strategy under the guidance of the VPGE.
- Under the guidance of the VPGE, determine strategic resources required for new program and policy implementation.
- Gather and analyze data to inform the VPGE, Chancellor’s and Provost’s as they review potential international affiliations.
- Collect, analyze and disseminate international affairs data for the Office of Global Engagement, UIC, the U of I system, and, as needed, U.S. agencies and foreign partners.
- Propose and develop policy and procedure revisions under the supervision of the VPGE.
- Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Master’s degree in any field required.
Advanced knowledge of best practices in international collaboration. Knowledge of U.S. and non-U.S. higher education rules, policies and standards.
Knowledge of faculty governance and its relationship to the administrative authority of the university. Knowledge of the University’s contracting processes and contracting software.
At least five years’ experience in international collaborations and ten years’ experience in U.S. universities working in international education. Intermediate skills in Microsoft office produces.
Strong verbal and written communication skills to maintain effective working relationships with departments, employees and managers at all levels of the internal organization, parents, external agencies, staff of other universities, foreign officials, and Department of State personnel.