CCIS is hiring a new executive director. Interested applicants may review the position summary below and download the linked PDF if they would like an offline copy.
Position Opening: Executive Director
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) is a cooperative consortium of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the US. CCIS was founded in 1986 with the purpose of delivering study abroad opportunities at reasonable costs to students from member institutions and from across the country. Since its founding, CCIS has grown to over 80 members and currently has 9 sponsoring schools who administer over 65 programs in 35 countries. The central office of CCIS maintains program listings to produce a print catalog and support a web-presence, collects membership and student consortia fees, sponsors an annual conference, and maintains a modest scholarship program each year.
The role of the Executive Director can broadly be defined as the Chief Executive Officer of the consortium, based in the Washington, D.C. office, overseeing programming, budgeting, marketing, and operations. An Associate Director and an Assistant Director for Communications round out the staff. A major role for the Executive Director is to maintain the financial health of the organization through the budgeting, renewal of membership schools, and active participation in the generation of student enrollments through member and non-member schools.
- As Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director of CCIS provides leadership for its programs and services, and articulates the consortium's mission to internal and external constituents.
- As Chief Administrator, manages the consortium's central office and staff and coordinates the activities of consortium member institutions in sponsoring and supervising overseas study programs for students and faculty. The Executive Director is responsible for the smooth operations and day-to-day fiscal stability of the organization.
- The Executive Director is responsible for assisting and staffing the Board in long-range and financial planning for the organization.
- The Executive Director recruits and orients new members.
- The Executive Director is responsible for keeping the membership informed about the programs and activities of the organization including governance work.
- The Executive Director oversees CCIS marketing and public information activities, organizes the production of various promotional pieces, such as brochures, and takes responsibility for representing CCIS to the public. In particular, the Executive Director develops the CCIS marketing plan and coordinates and oversees all central office student recruitment activities.
- The Executive Director is charged with carrying out the policies and procedures set by the CCIS Board of Directors; providing staff support in meeting preparation, planning, and follow-up; and keeping the Board informed of matters regarding the governance and administration of the organization.
- Strives to increase CCIS national visibility and membership base
- Strives to promote increased enrollment in CCIS study abroad programs worldwide
- Serves as a liaison to the Board and the membership and provides day-to-day leadership and management of the office
- Encourages member institutions to develop and sponsor new international study abroad programs for students at member and non-member institutions
- Develops and implements promotional and recruitment strategies on behalf of the consortium
- Advises program sponsors and members about policies and procedures
- Proposes an annual budget to the Board and manages day-to-day expenditures throughout the year
- Evaluates staff performance and recommends staff compensation levels to the Board
- Edits a monthly newsletter for the membership
- Coordinates annual conference planning
- Facilitates governance meetings
- Serves ex-officio on all governance committees
Education and Experience
- Master's degree minimum, doctoral degree preferred
- Direct knowledge of study abroad programming and familiarity with issues related to study abroad including financial, legal, political, safety and security, insurance and financial aid.
- Collaborative leadership and management style
- Established record of leadership in higher education preferably including international education
- Experience in marketing study abroad or other programs in higher education
- Understanding of and appreciation for cross-cultural differences and communication
- Ability to travel internationally
- Organizational and communication skills
- Fund-raising experience preferred
Commensurate with experience and educational background
CCIS invites interested prospective candidates to send a current resume/CV with a letter of application which includes contact information for three or more professional references to the Chair of the CCIS Search Committee:
Dr. David D. Moore
Office of International Education
225 East Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Applications received prior to June 30, 2015 will receive priority.