IES Abroad
  • Academics
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Status: Full-time, exempt Schedule: 37.5 hours p/wk, M-F, 8.30a.m. 4.30p.m, with a 30 minute lunch break.  This position includes occasional evening and weekend work and travel based on seasonal business needs/position requirements Reports to: Vice President and Deputy Director of Academic Programs Direct reports: 4-6 overseas study Center Directors Start date: ASAP Location: Chicago, IL

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,500 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140+ study abroad programs in 34 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our programs, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide $5 million in scholarshipsWe are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

Summary of position:

The Program Dean maintains line management responsibility for a portfolio of international study centers and is responsible and accountable for overall program quality and supervision of the budget manager at each of these centers. In this capacity, the Program Dean oversees the development of a strategic plan for the study centers and assesses the performance of the on-site Center Director towards measurable annual goals. IES Abroad assesses program quality through a variety of methods including outside review committees, site visits by the Program Dean and other IES Abroad staff, student evaluations, reports from colleagues at US sending institutions, and focus groups. The Program Dean chairs a committee of colleagues from other departments who work with the centers under management to ensure effective communication and collaboration. As an integral member of the Academic Programs Department, the Program Dean works closely with colleagues to develop policies and to implement new projects that advance the IES Abroad mission.  Program Deans will be evaluated on the basis of meeting quantitative and qualitative measures of performance in the various areas of responsibility.

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree in a relevant administrative field or academic discipline. The successful candidate will possess a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible management experience (manager, director, department head, etc.) and will demonstrate a broad knowledge of US higher education, proven ability as a team player, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Relevant international experience (professional and/or higher education-based) and/or fluency in a second language (that is pertinent to the supervised regions) is highly desired.

Skills Required

  • Proven managerial skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proven success at managing complex budgets and overseeing staff
  • User-level computer skills including Microsoft Office and a general understanding of databases
  • Experience working with people from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of US systems of higher education and the study abroad and international education markets in the U.S. and in the regions where the centers they oversee are located.
  • Broad understanding of the disciplines in the curricula of IES Abroad Centers.
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Fluency (oral and written) in one or more of IES Abroad's languages of instruction
  • Professional working experience in (or with) study abroad programs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and/or Latin America preferred
  • Demonstrated abilities to manage personnel and budgets

Education Licenses and/or Certifications etc.:

Ph.D. preferred, Masters-level degree required


This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties above are not to be considered a complete list of duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.

Application Deadline: 

Open until position is filled.

No phone calls or emailed status inquiries accepted.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including cover letter, resume, at least 2 writing samples and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the right hand side of this page.

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Equal Opportunity Employment:

IES Abroad is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We strive to treat people with respect; fully utilizing employee's abilities and promoting workforce diversity.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information or veteran status and/or any other status protected by applicable laws.


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