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Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement
About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Western is committed to justice and equity, to inclusive achievement and academic excellence, and to providing a safe, just, and equitable University for all students and employees. We must open our doors wider to welcome a more diverse student body, and we must ensure that we provide the environment and resources all students need to be successful. We must also ensure that Western more closely reflects the local and global diversity in which we live and we seek to advance. As such, we are committed to cultivating global citizenship in our graduates so they have the perspective to make well-informed judgements, the curiosity to learn about others’ values and cultures, and the wisdom to challenge their own preconceived notions.

Western Washington University sends over 700 students on academic experiences abroad each year and welcomes nearly 300 international students and scholars. Western is ranked third nationally in the number of Student Fulbright Scholars in its institution type, has been identified as a top-producing Peace Corps Volunteer university, and has been recognized by the Institute for International Education as a top-producing Gilman Scholarship recipient institution in the students with disabilities category.

About the Department

The Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) coordinates the university’s internationalization initiatives, including the management and development of its institutional partnerships, education abroad opportunities, international student and scholar support services, and the International Studies curriculum. In addition to its administrative unit, IGE is organizationally comprised of International Student and Scholars Services, Education Abroad, and the International Studies Minor, and the Executive Director supervises and mentors the directors and instructors of those programs. IGE works with Western’s academic colleges and university services to develop strategies for internationalizing the curriculum and to support co-curricular activities that are globally focused. IGE also works with partners beyond the university to connect Western’s learning communities to counterparts around the world.

The Institute for Global Engagement supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) is a 1.0 FTE Academic Administrator appointment.

The Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) within the division of Academic Affairs is the Senior International Officer for Western Washington University, with the work focused through the various IGE programs. The Executive Director provides the University community with leadership and oversight of support services for international students, study abroad and exchange programs, strategic international partnerships and agreements, and international scholar programs. The Executive Director also provides strategic thinking and advocacy for the University’s internationalization efforts.

As IGE’s head, the Executive Director is the primary planner, leader and spokesperson for and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of its programs, including academic programs.  The Executive Director is responsible for developing teamwork within IGE and with affiliated units.  The Executive Director will seek to maintain and strengthen IGE by promoting shared investment, shared governance, collegiality, and collaboration amongst affiliated individuals and units.

The Executive Director maintains a strong commitment to IGE and the University and the ability to maintain high standards is central to the role.  The Executive Director recognizes the importance of best practices in internationalization in higher education, seeks to remain current, and participates in international education professional organizations.  The continuing development and maintenance of strong planning is essential.

Supervision and Communication

The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership in the University’s internationalization efforts.

  • Works with University leadership on strategic goals for internationalization efforts
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of internationalization action plans to reach the stated goals
  • Presents opportunities that fit within the University’s goals to University leadership for consideration
  • Represents the University to current and potential University partners and other external constituents
  • Public policy advocacy as it relates to international education and comprehensive campus internationalization
  • Chairs the International Curriculum Committee, the International Advisory Board, and the International Partnership Committee

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, management, and operations of IGE.

  • Provides leadership on promoting equity and inclusion in the classroom and workplace
  • Works with faculty and staff to support goals and objectives consistent with the affiliated departments, colleges and the university
  • Supervises staff positions associated with IGE: the Directors of Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services, the International Studies Minor instructors, and the IGE Administrative Assistant
  • Serves as a liaison and communicates with other internal and external entities
  • Provides leadership in IGE operations
  • Participates in faculty and staff searches related to IGE
  • Maintains current and historical records for IGE


The Executive Director is responsible for facilitating academic program development.

  • Oversees and assists in curriculum development including coordinating curricular procedures for revisions, new courses, course deletions, etc.
  • Maintains or oversees maintenance of information sources such as catalog, website, etc.
  • Provides assistance in academic scheduling to department chairs or associate chairs
  • Leads outcome assessment
  • Leads academic program reviews


The Executive Director is responsible for resource planning and management.

  • Manages the IGE budget
  • Plans for resources and allocations with input from IGE affiliated faculty and staff
  • Provides annual budget reportage to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Monitors IGE needs
  • Participates in fund raising for IGE


The Executive Director is responsible for other duties related to IGE.

  • Stays abreast of policies and procedures related to IGE
  • Advocates for IGE
  • Promotes faculty research and student involvement in various aspects of internationalization
  • Represents IGE at appropriate events and venues
  • Develops and maintains constructive and collegial relationships with other university units


Position-Specific Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership in the University’s internationalization efforts. The Executive Director will work with University leadership on appropriate goals for internationalization efforts, develop and oversee the implementation of internationalization action plans to reach the stated goals, present opportunities that fit within the University’s goals to University leadership for consideration, and represent the University to current and potential University partners and other external constituents.

The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership, management and operation of IGE.  The Executive Director coordinates and manages the IGE undergraduate curriculum, including the International Studies minor, which includes working closely with faculty and staff in multiple academic departments and colleges.

The Executive Director supervises and directs the faculty and staff involved with IGE to develop and periodically review the IGE mission, strategic objectives and actions consistent with the mission of the university and to develop new programs consistent with the mission.  The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining collaborative programs and relationships with academic departments and faculty throughout the university in order to support and promote International Studies, Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, and related programs and to explore new and innovative ways to foster collaboration between IGE and other university programs.

The Executive Director is responsible for the development, allocation and management of IGE’s budget including:  controlling and directing expenditures from IGE’s operating and self-sustaining funds as well as resource planning and allocation to its various programs.  The Executive Director has approval authority for all proposals emanating from IGE to external agencies, both public and private.

The Executive Director will participate with others in the Academic Affairs unit in decisions related to planning, establishing, modifying, reorganizing, creating, merging or eliminating programs, departments and courses of instruction, including curriculum development and monitoring as deemed appropriate by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Executive Director provides leadership in managing the duties and responsibilities of staff at IGE including standards of performance evaluation, assignments, responsibilities, scheduling of those responsibilities and duties, as well as the recruitment and development of staff members.

The Executive Director will provide leadership in program evaluation and planning, including providing leadership with assessment efforts.

The Executive Director will represent IGE and provide leadership in all activities, including:

  • Development work, including friend and fund-raising, and community outreach.
  • Grant and contract writing and in seeking financial support for IGE and the University from both governmental and private sources,
  • Represent IGE to the senior administration and community.
  • Serve as the University’s Fulbright Scholar Liaison;
  • Promote the increase of international student and faculty diversity on campus as well increase the participation of students of diverse backgrounds and means in study abroad.
  • Provide leadership to promote an equitable and inclusive working and learning environments.
  • Strengthen efforts to identify and/or develop opportunities promoting equity and inclusion for IGE and the university.
  • Participate in all-University planning and policy formation.  Develop, interpret, amend and enforce written policies and procedures governing the work force to advance the mission of the institution and in ways consistent with state laws, and collective bargaining and other agreements.
  • Develop and maintain a constructive and collegial administrative relationship with all college and administrative units of the University, including the faculty and staff unions. 


Directors and Executive Directors are evaluated every year. Every three years this evaluation includes information from a wider audience and will include faculty and staff involved with IGE, other administrators, external stakeholders, and other sources the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs deems appropriate.

Required Qualifications
  • An earned terminal degree at time of application
  • Five years’ experience in international education administration
  • Demonstrated commitment to transformational international learning experiences
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating working and learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of all individuals, especially those with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a multicultural and international clientele
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices in comprehensive internationalization in higher education
  • Experience developing, managing, and assessing international partnerships
  • Experience engaging faculty in university internationalization efforts
  • Demonstrated understanding of services provided in study abroad and international student and scholar support
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience as a Senior International Officer at an institution of higher education or its equivalent
  • Experience in risk management
  • Experience working and/or living in a country outside the United States
  • Experience in international studies curriculum support and management
  • Experience in development and fund-raising
  • Track record in securing internal and external funding
  • Experience with the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty
  • Faculty experience preferred and/or experience working directly with students


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications; includes a full benefits package.

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Required Supplemental Materials

A complete application includes: 1) a separate statement (1-2 pages) specifically addressing demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating working and learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of individuals with diverse social identities and backgrounds; and 2) the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins June 30, 2019; position is open until filled.

For more information contact the Search Chair:

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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