CIEE (The Council on International Educational Exchange), a non-governmental organization that is the world leader in international study abroad and exchange programs, seeks an energetic, visionary leader to serve as its new Executive Vice President for Study Abroad.
The Executive Vice President (EVP) will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer. She or he will lead and direct our study abroad and internships programs for college students from the US seeking cultural exchanges around the world.
This is a remarkable opportunity for an outstanding leader in study abroad with imagination and foresight, strong operational and financial skills, excellent business development and diplomatic talents, and enthusiasm for transforming lives and building bridges by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences.
CIEE advances its mission through a worldwide network of consortium members, international partners, and sites. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, and with administrative offices in Boston, CIEE employs over 800 staff and operates 65 sites in more than 40 countries.
The EVP will collaborate with the President to shape the strategic direction for a global matrix of international study abroad programs that overall constitute two-thirds of CIEE’s annual revenues. She or he will be responsible for the overall operations of the 65 global sites; ensuring high quality programing in every location, developing and implementing annual budgets; managing teams in each program area; meeting sales and enrollment targets; developing exemplary relationships with academic consortium members and key user groups, and ensuring that CIEE is the industry's leader in student safety.
To strengthen current activities and identify future opportunities for study abroad, the EVP will collaborate and consult with colleagues, external partners, stakeholders, and the Academic Consortium Board.
The ideal candidate will be an imaginative leader, an energetic thinker and doer, a solution-oriented professional, and an outstanding manager with an inclination and aptitude for collaboration. She or he will possess knowledge of trends and best practices in the field and bring significant international experience. Candidates must be able to think big, work collaboratively, galvanize and motivate teams, and have fun while achieving aggressive milestones.
CIEE was established in 1947 to advance intercultural understanding and world peace through education and exchange programs. In the years immediately following World War II, CIEE (which began as the Council on Student Travel, or CST) helped coordinate the efforts of institutions and groups promoting student and teacher travel, establishing itself as an association of organizations committed to furthering harmony among nations by facilitating student and teacher travel. CST was not a travel agency, but a nonprofit membership association that saw its purpose as developing young "ambassadors" whose experiences would strengthen international relations.
By the mid-1950s, travel between Europe and the U.S. had exploded and CST was facilitating more than 7,000 trans-Atlantic passages and the transport and intercultural orientation of 50,000 U.S. students and 45,000 foreign students annually. In the 1960s, the transition to air travel eliminated the use of student ships and their on-board orientation programs. In response, CST moved away from its specialty in transportation and orientation programs and began to facilitate programs and approaches that were more academic in nature. To signal these strategic shifts, in 1967 CST adopted a new name: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).