IES Abroad
  • Global/Center
  • Tokyo, JPN
  • Full Time

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Employment Type: Full-time employee
Reports To: Program Dean based in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Direct Reports: IES Abroad Tokyo staff and faculty members
Schedule: This position includes regular domestic and international travel and may be required to work beyond office hours and occasional evenings and weekends, as required by seasonal business needs and position requirements

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 Tokyo Center Director is responsible for strategy, academic and program development/management, student affairs, administrative and accounting functions, outreach, public relations, marketing, crisis management, customized programming, university relations with partner institutions, and human resources for the IES Abroad Tokyo Center. The Center Director supervises the Center's academic programs, serves as the main point of contact with the Center's partner institutions in Tokyo, and they cultivate a broad range of contacts 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 Tokyo 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 Tokyo 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 Tokyo Center Director collaborates closely with other IES Abroad Center Directors, especially those at the IES Abroad Nagoya Center

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 Japan, should have experience working in education in both countries, and should demonstrate skill at collaborating with Japanese 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 in Japanese, both written and spoken, is required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Graduate degree in a relevant academic discipline (humanities, social science, etc); doctoral degree strongly preferred
  • 5 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience
  • Relevant management experience in study abroad programs and prior contact with U.S. university students greatly preferred
  • Previous experience living and working in Japan is required; Tokyo preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in administration and management with strong academic credentials in a recognized academic discipline
  • Familiar and experienced working with the nature, organization, and customs of higher education in both the U.S. and Japan, and demonstrate skill at collaborating with Japanese and U.S. institutions
  • Teaching experience at the university level in a subject related to Japan greatly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with students from U.S. colleges and universities
  • Native or near-native fluency in both written and spoken Japanese and English required
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, and problem solving abilities
  • Excellent team-building skills
  • Experience in the development and management of complex budgets; not-for-profit budget management experience desirable
  • Strong commitment to international education, intercultural issues, and a strong interest in student affairs preferred
  • Interest in the academic and intercultural growth of university students
  • Student-centered philosophy and sensitivity to issues of diversity
  • Must be able to lawfully accept employment in Japan at the time an offer of employment is extended
  • Ability to travel to other regions of Japan and to the U.S. on occasion
  • 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.

The PIE Talent is handling recruitment for this position. To be considered please click on the following link and apply for the role with CV and a Cover Letter clearly explaining your interest and suitability for the role; your salary expectations; along with confirmation of your availability.

Successful candidates will be contacted directly and will be sent the full Job Description.


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