Michigan State University is known worldwide as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact, generating practical knowledge for the state, nation, and world. It has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives for more than 150 years through innovative teaching, research, and outreach.
Established in 1956, International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University supports and encourages international research and scholarship opportunities —on campus and around the world—for students, faculty, and staff at MSU and partner institutions. Within ISP are offices responsible for education abroad, international students and scholars, international research collaborations, partnership development, travel safety, global diversity, equity and inclusion, Peace Corps recruiting and Fulbright fellowship support. Additional units include area studies and international thematic centers. Thinking globally is a vital part of the university’s mission to understand and address some of the world’s most pressing challenges and opportunities related to food, education, environment, energy and sustainability, and health and nutrition. ISP furthers this mission by promoting collaboration between various units at MSU and linking them with schools, government offices, businesses, and non-governmental organizations in Michigan, across the U.S. and around the world.
Reporting directly to the Vice Provost and Dean of ISP, the Assistant Dean for Administration serves as an essential member of the dean’s office leadership team. This position works regularly with the Dean, Assistant/Associate Deans, others within ISP, and throughout MSU’s campus to assist in: implementing ISP policy, international program development, as well as campus and external relations. The Assistant Dean will provide leadership on implementation and monitoring of actions and activities that help strengthen ISP's university-wide missions in support of international research, instructional, and outreach activities.
To fulfill the above functions, the Assistant Dean administers the development and approval process for strategic international partnership MOUs; oversees ISP information technology, communication operations, and Dean’s office staff; coordinates strategic allocation and maintenance of space in the ISP building; leads internal inclusion efforts; provides support for ISP strategic planning efforts; coordinates and assures timely completion of priority projects; gathers, analyzes and organizes data in support of ISP programs/strategic priorities; assists the Dean and other Associate/Assistant Deans in efforts to expand and better support interdisciplinary cross-college international research and development collaborations; initiates campus and internal ISP communications; represents the ISP Dean’s Office in on- and off-campus meetings as needed; and represents ISP on committee assignments as needed. Some responsibilities may evolve over time and may periodically involve domestic and international travel.
This is a full-time position set on an annual year (12-month) basis. The initial appointment is a one-year fixed term faculty appointment or fixed term academic specialist depending on qualifications. Following a satisfactory performance review, a three-year extension can be provided. Thereafter, the incumbent can be considered for additional three-year fixed term appointments, depending on performance and ISP priorities. The current remote work policy for ISP requires employees to be on-campus a minimum of three days per week.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate a high-degree of professionalism and competence in dealing with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
Strong track record of multi-tasking with superior organizational skills
Ability to lead and direct others in a collaborative, collegial style to achieve organizational objectives
Ability to motivate, coach, develop, and direct people as they work
Ability to coordinate, implement and execute responsibilities with high attention to detail and accuracy
Commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
Knowledge of or interest in international programming
Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
Experience in conducting or supporting educational programming
Skills related to program implementation within a University context
Qualities of initiative and perseverance necessary to successfully work with many different constituent groups throughout the University, the community and in other countries.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or terminal degree with a minimum of five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in higher education administration, organizational leadership, business operations, project management, and supervision.
Required Application Materials
CV and cover letter of application of no more than two pages explaining why you believe you are highly qualified to be Assistant Dean for Administration.
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Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.