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The Position

The Chief Global Officer is responsible for providing leadership to the Office for Global Engagement and leading the planning and execution of strategic internationalization initiatives. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Chief Global Officer is a member of the Academic Affairs leadership team.

Position Description

About the Office for Global Engagement

The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) serves as the University of Utah's hub for global programs and connects, informs, and supports the university's international initiatives. OGE comprises 55 staff members, including six directors, and is home to:

  • International Student and Scholar Services - providing support services for the university's international students and scholars and maintaining compliance with immigration regulations.
  • Learning Abroad - providing promotion of opportunities, advising, and support for students to participate in international academic experiences abroad and support for faculty to lead programs abroad.
  • Global Learning Initiatives - providing professional development, funding, and advising for faculty to integrate global learning in the curriculum via the development of global and intercultural learning outcomes and an assessment process.
  • Global Campuses - providing oversight for the University of Utah Asia Campus in South Korea and coordinating international recruiting programs with undergraduate studies and admissions.
  • Global Risk Management - providing support services to faculty and students addressing the health and safety risks associated with international travel.
  • Global Programs - promoting the development of revenue-generating customized training programs for international students, educators, and professionals with a focus on the academic strengths of the University of Utah and the expansion of cross-cultural relationships for the university.


  • Expand the international student experience, streamlining the onboarding process and providing ongoing support throughout their Utah experience.
  • Support the active engagement of alumni with the OGE, providing additional connection points between students and international alumni.
  • Develop new and innovative approaches to global research and scholarship partnerships as part of University of Utah's Strategy 2025 refresh.
  • Partner with Enrollment Management on international student recruiting and retention, including transition programs.
  • Promote internationalization of curriculum, language learning, and the recruitment of diverse students.
  • Partner with colleges to develop certificate programs that ensure student fluency with global issues.
  • Enhance the Learning Abroad program, broadening both awareness and appeal, and position it as an institutional priority. Develop a strategy that allows more students, including first-generation and students from underrepresented backgrounds, to participate.
  • Partner with relevant departments and programs to promote language learning on campus.
  • Explore the expansion of global campuses. In 2014, a global campus was established in South Korea. The institution has an ongoing interest in the expansion of campuses in other locations, including Europe, Africa, and South America.
  • Encourage and support the engagement of faculty in global education opportunities. Explore different funding mechanisms, including grants, donor development, and internal budget allocations.


The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • A terminal degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of five years of administrative leadership experience in a senior international officer position or comparable academic executive position with demonstrated understanding of and experience with leading and managing a comprehensive international education division.
  • A thorough understanding of current issues and trends related to international higher education.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and exposure to the leadership and management of higher education programs and services, including education abroad, international student services, international partnership development, curriculum internationalization, and international student matriculation.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning for advancing internationalization.
  • Superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and intercultural competence.
  • Strong organizational, personnel management, and budget management skills.
  • Experience in advocating for and securing resources from internal and external stakeholders, including fund and scholarship development.
  • Experience in building relationships with key international government agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to implement internationalization strategies and programs.
  • Demonstrated experience handling crisis situations in an effective manner.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in international higher education.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally and experience studying or working internationally.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to the promotion of language learning on campus.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Active engagement with international education associations, such as NAFSA, AIEA, or APLU Commission on International Initiatives.

Personal Attributes

  • A high degree of personal integrity and accountability.
  • Ability to follow through on commitments, projects, and collaborations.
  • Ability to build strong relationships on campus and with external constituents.
  • Creativity, flexibility and the ability to make decisions collaboratively.
  • A passion for advancing an understanding of cultural diversity, both at the Salt Lake campus and in global initiatives.

About the Institution

The University of Utah is the state's flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In 2019, the university joined the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions.

A key mission of the university is to build an inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging and well-being in which every student can thrive. The university is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty and staff who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The university recognizes that a diverse faculty and staff benefits and enriches the educational and professional experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners, as well as to spouses. The university is located in Salt Lake City, a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. The city's robust array of diverse communities facilitates numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations, give the city's role as the governmental and social nerve center of the state.

The university is uniquely situated to offer both unmatched outdoor and exciting urban experiences. While mountain vistas are only a few steps away and vast red-rock desert landscapes are within reach of a scenic afternoon drive, the campus also happens to be located in Salt Lake City, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing—economically and culturally—metropolises in the U.S.

With ready access to spectacular skiing, mountain biking, and hiking and a vibrant array of cultural, culinary, and entertainment venues, there is a lot going on just beyond the campus boundaries. Yet what's happening within the university's 1,535-acre hillside campus is even more compelling. At the U, as it is affectionately called, you'll find the world-class research, education, and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural, and athletic campus experience.

An unparalleled work ethic and a spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and community service. These qualities have enabled the U to innovate across many fields and pioneer new programs with social impact; generate pathbreaking discoveries; fuel critical research; and inspire innovative approaches to education.

The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic, and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation, and the world. The U's reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students nationally and internationally. Students bring diverse experiences and outlooks — representing traditional and nontraditional students alike — thereby enhancing the exceptional educational experience the U offers.

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To Apply

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by February 2, 2021 will be given first consideration. Upon application please submit a PDF version of your CV/resume, a letter of interest and a statement that illustrates your experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion (a maximum of 500 words). All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

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Direct: 316-650-0069

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Room 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.