IES Abroad
  • Global/Center
  • DEU
  • Full Time

About IES Abroad

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 9,000 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 160+ 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 $5 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 position 

Reporting Lines: The Managing Director reports to Program Dean based in Chicago,Illinois, USA. All Freiburg-based staff members report to Managing Director.

Location: Freiburg, Germany

The IES Abroad Freiburg Managing Director is responsible for strategy, management, and operations at the merged IES Abroad Freiburg Center. Located within a block of each other in the heart of the city, the two currently separate Freiburg and EU Centers house a Language and Area Studies Program, an Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program and a European Union program (in addition to summer and Customized Programs throughout the year).

The Managing Director will serve as the main point of contact with the Centers' partner academic institutions in Freiburg, and is expected to cultivate a broad range of contacts for the benefit of the Center and IES Abroad. The Managing Director will be the main point of contact for the Center with IES Abroad headquarters in Chicago, and will work in close collaboration with the Program Dean in Chicago to whom the Managing Director reports. The Managing Director will be responsible for the administrative management of the combined Center and the budget, hire all staff members, will work with the academic staff in hiring faculty members at the Freiburg Center, will take charge of new program development, and will also be ultimately responsible for the health and safety of the Centers' students. The Managing Director is responsible for setting the academic vision and the intellectual tone of the Center, for guiding decisions and providing a sense of common purpose. Working with the academic leadership of the individual programs, the Managing Director is responsible for uniting all of them in support of the academic goals of IES Abroad. The Managing Director will also represent IES Abroad and the IES Abroad Freiburg 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 Freiburg Managing Director collaborates closely with other IES Abroad Center Directors, especially the Director of the Berlin Center.

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

Experience & Qualifications/Skills

  •       Graduate degree in a relevant academic discipline required; doctoral degree preferred
  •       Five to 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience
  •       Relevant management experience in study abroad
  •       Teaching experience at the university level greatly preferred
  •       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  •       Familiarity with the nature, organization, and customs of higher education in Germany and the U.S.
  •       Ability to successfully work well with students from U.S. colleges and universities
  •       Near-native fluency in both written and spoken German 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 Germany at the time that an offer of employment is extended
  •       Ability to travel to other regions of Europe and to the U.S. on occasion
  •       Background check required

How to Apply

Click here to apply: 
The PIE Talent is handling recruitment for this position on behalf of IES Abroad. Please apply via the link above with your CV and covering letter. A full job description will be shared with interested applicants. Please email for more details.  

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