Job Description: Director of International Programs


Organization Summary: 
Founded in 1971, HECUA is a consortium of 25 colleges and universities dedicated academic-community partnerships for social justice, civic and global engagement, and academically rigorous, community-based learning.  The consortium offers a range of programs for students in Minneapolis/St Paul and in five sites around the world: Ecuador, Norway, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, and Italy. All programs address pressing social/global problems, advance community-academic collaboration, and promote reflective, collaborative action for just, equitable and sustainable communities. Over 3,000 students from 50 different U.S. colleges and universities have participated in HECUA since its creation. The consortium staff is located in St. Paul, with additional contracted faculty and partner organizations based in the various sites where programs take place.

Location: Twin Cities Metro
Category: Financial Management
Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Activity Area:  Education Related
Closing Date:  January 31, 2018

Salary: FTE of $65,000 – $75,000; Eligible for benefits

Job Overview:

The Director of International Programs provides leadership and oversight to HECUA’s international programs and cultivates an atmosphere of collegiality and accountability for continuous program development. HECUA seeks a creative and committed leader who can advance the organization’s academic programs and is dedicated to learning abroad, education for social justice, placed-based learning, and academic-community partnerships. The Director of International Programs ensures consistently high standards in curriculum and pedagogy while attending to practical matters of markets, financial viability, and program costs. The position reports to the Executive Director, works in tandem with the Director of Domestic Programs and Director of Operations, and supervises program directors.

This is a full time, 12-month position that includes travel to international sites where HECUA programs take place, and to the U.S. colleges and universities that are members of the consortium. It also includes periodic facilitation of seminars and workshops, and presenting at conferences and programs.

All HECUA student and faculty programs are based on a model of teaching and learning that is interdisciplinary and experiential, promoting critical consideration of theories and ethical implications of how we learn and act in the world. The Director of International Programs develops and maintains relationships and systems that link campus faculty and community partners to HECUA’s off-campus programs and build confidence and ownership in the programs.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in being engaged in a dynamic and vibrant organization, working with a committed network of higher education institutions and professionals, and leading the ongoing development of an ethically informed approach to learning that emphasizes critical citizenship, planetary consciousness, equity-mindedness, cultural attentiveness, critical self-awareness, and courageous praxis.


The Director of International Programs will oversee both student programs and professional development and ensure the two areas are integrated and mutually enhancing.

  • Organizational Leadership and Vision: Provide leadership and vision for ensuring ongoing development of quality curriculum, pedagogy and positive participant experience in all international programs. Articulate and advance a set of related programs and services in a way that adheres to the consortium’s purpose and vision. Shape and advance strategic program goals.
  • Supervision and Management: Supervise, manage, and evaluate a cadre of committed and professional program directors in a highly collegial, collaborative, and consultative manner that promotes and fosters integration and development of work. Cultivate professional development activities that nourish HECUA faculty, staff, and the consortium network and build alliances to serve common goals.
  • Program Planning and Implementation: Develop and manage total program plan and budget, oversee logistics, address policy needs, and assist in identification of new program opportunities. Develop and oversee program logistics and attend to risk management issues.
  • New and Custom Program Development: Provide leadership in planning, conceptualizing, and implementing new and custom programs for faculty and students that reflect the needs of consortium schools.  Be a resource to member institutions that seek to use HECUA’s existing sites of activity in new ways and as laboratories of learning for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Resource Development: Oversee international programs, cultivating atmosphere of collegiality and accountability for continuous evaluation and development of programs with attention to market and program mix that responds to needs.  Ensure close coordination with marketing, admissions and recruitment staff.
  • Intellectual Leadership and Scholarship: Staff and lead the Academic Programs Committee and related task forces, and serve as liaison to Board of Directors on program-related issues.  Monitor literature and trends in higher education and community-based learning to identify relevant issues and opportunities. Promote relationships with national organizations and associations for shared intellectual work. Promote the development of a HECUA learning culture that draws lessons from the field, values the work of both the community and the academy, and creates interconnections among domestic and international programs.
  • Other duties: Periodically teach student, faculty and community courses and seminars; occasional travel to campuses, program sites, conferences, etc.; and special projects as assigned by Executive Director.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field, plus 5 years academic and administrative experience in higher education and program development/management.
  • Background in curriculum development, program development and evaluation, experiential education, community-based learning, social justice/human rights education, and/or intercultural exchange.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, develop and articulate a set of related programs and services in way that adheres to organizational purpose and vision.
  • Knowledge of higher education, commitment to liberal education, and familiarity with non-profit/community context and international off campus study.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with diverse constituencies; excellent intercultural skills.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to occasionally travel to campuses, international program sites, and conferences.
  • Capacity to work and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization that values collaboration, equity, ethical ambition, diversity, access, cultural attentiveness, and intersectionality.

Preferred: Ph.D., teaching experience, familiarity with consortial/membership organizations, working knowledge of related fields: study abroad, community/international development, internships/experiential learning, and social justice/human rights education.


This is a full-time, 12-month position. Salary is $65,000-75,000 dependent on experience.

Additional Info:

Benefits include; medical, dental, life, AD&D, LTD, Pre-tax FSA, 403b and PTO starting at 18 days per year and 12 paid holidays.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume as a pdf to: hecua@hecua.org

HECUA is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from people of color and others historically underrepresented in the learning abroad profession.

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