IES Abroad
  • Nantes
  • Nantes, Pays de la Loire, FRA
  • Full Time

Location: Nantes, France

Employment Type: Full-time employee

Reports To: Program Dean based in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Direct Reports: All Nantes Center Staff and Faculty

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 8,000 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140+ study abroad programs in 85 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 program, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide more than $4 million in scholarships year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

Summary of the position:

The IES Abroad Nantes Center Director is responsible for strategy, management, and operations at the IES Abroad Nantes Center. The Center Director supervises the Center's academic programs, serves as a point of contact with the Center's partner institutions in Nantes, and cultivates a broad range of contacts in Nantes for the benefit of the Center and IES Abroad. The Center Director is the main point of contact for the Center with IES Abroad headquarters in Chicago and works in close collaboration with the Program Dean, to whom the Center Director reports. The Center Director hires and supervises all staff and faculty members for the Nantes Center, and is responsible for the health and safety of the Center's students. The Center Director also represents IES Abroad and the IES Abroad Nantes Center at IES Abroad meetings, on visits to colleges and universities in the United States, in meetings of professional organizations, and at conferences. The IES Abroad Nantes Center Director collaborates closely with other IES Abroad Center Directors, especially those at the IES Abroad Centers in France. 

The IES Abroad Center Director combines strong academic credentials with demonstrated experience in administration and management. The Center Director should be familiar with the nature, organization, and customs of higher education in both the United States and France, should have experience working in education in both countries, and should demonstrate skill at collaborating with French and U.S. institutions. The Center Director should have a strong commitment to academic rigor, to educating post-secondary students in an international environment, and to promoting intercultural competence. Native or near-native fluency in English and French, both written and spoken, is required.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Graduate degree in a relevant academic discipline required; doctoral degree preferred
  • 5 to 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Administrative experience in either the US or with international programs in another country and knowledge of international education strongly preferred
  • Native or near-native fluency in French and English
  • Ability to work well with students from US colleges and universities
  • Commitment to international education
  • Interest in the academic and intercultural growth of university students
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent team-building skills
  • Student-centered philosophy and sensitivity to issues of diversity
  • Ability to travel within France and to the US on occasion
  • Must be able to lawfully accept employment in France at the time an offer of employment is extended
  • Background check required

Disclaimer: 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.

How to Apply: In order to be considered, all applicants must submit an application including cover letter, resume and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the upper right side of this page.

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