The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks a talented
academic scholar and professional to join the Fulbright Program as
the Director of Academic Relations. This individual will be
responsible for overall outreach strategy for the Fulbright Scholar
and Fulbright Student Programs. The Director of Academic Relations
will represent the Fulbright Program externally, engage with higher
education leaders in the United States, and supervise Fulbright
outreach and recruitment activities that will impact and benefit
both U.S. and non-U.S. Fulbright Programs. The Director of Academic
Relations will have a special focus on extending the Fulbright U.S.
Scholar Program’s reach by fostering increased collaborations with
higher education institutions and academic and professional
associations and enhancing its identity and levering IIE-wide
support for the Scholar Program.
About the Fulbright Program:
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational
exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government to “increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and
the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program has provided
over 380,000 participants---chosen for their academic merit and
leadership potential---with the opportunity to study, teach and
conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding
solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program
offers more than 8,000 grants annually for U.S. citizens to study,
teach, or conduct research abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come
to the United States.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an
annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of
State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and
foundations in foreign countries and in the United States provide
direct and indirect support. The Fulbright Program is managed,
coordinated and overseen by ECA under policy guidelines established
by the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign
Scholarship Board and with the assistance of binational Fulbright
Commissions in 49 countries and U.S. embassies in more than 100
countries. Binational Commissions plan and implement educational
exchanges, recruit and nominate candidates for fellowships, support
incoming U.S. Fulbrighters, and develop priorities for the program,
including numbers and categories of grants. In a country without a
Fulbright Commission, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S.
Embassy develops and supervises the Fulbright Program.
Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs support approximately
8,300 participants each year in nearly 100 different fields of
study. Participants came from more than 160 countries including the
United States. Roughly 1,300 U.S. higher education institutions
serve as hosts for Fulbright Students and Scholars from abroad
and/or assist in the recruitment of U.S. Students and Scholars,
along with an additional 250 non-academic institutions and research
The Institute of International Education is the cooperating
agency which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, the
Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and portions of the Fulbright
Foreign Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of
- Develops and implements a strategic plan to engage higher
education leadership in the United States
Identifies any challenges related to Fulbright programming and the
higher education community and recommends corresponding program
improvements to counter these challenges.
- Manages the Council for International Exchange of Scholars
(CIES) Advisory Board and works with board members to evaluate the
Fulbright Scholar Program administration and activities. Presents
to the board plans and ideas to ensure the continued relevance of
the Fulbright Scholar Program to U.S. higher education;
specifically, recruitment goals and strategies, selection
processes, program models, to seek their guidance and
- Monitors the landscape and identifies trends in international
higher education. Presents findings to Fulbright Program
stakeholders including ECA, Fulbright Commissions, and U.S.
- Represents the program externally by conducting presentations,
attending conferences, and engaging with higher education
leadership on the benefit and impact of the Fulbright Program.
- Leads the promotion of the Fulbright Program by continuously
evaluating existing outreach and recruitment strategies and
recommending new activities to improve engagement with potential
applicants and program stakeholders. Develops new cost share
opportunities for the Fulbright Program.
- Leads the Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Team and directs
resources in order to effectively attract potential applicants,
including academics and professionals, to the Fulbright U.S.
Oversees Fulbright campus networks and liaises with U.S. campuses
to ensure and improve Fulbright-friendly policies both for U.S. and
- Promotes program policies and practices worldwide to enhance
research and teaching experiences during the Fulbright grant.
- Leverages IIE-wide expertise and support to enhance the key
role the Fulbright Scholar Program plays, engaging students and
senior administrators in the full range of Fulbright programs.
Education and Work Experience:
- Ph.D. and at least 12-15 years of increasingly responsible
management experience in the field of higher education
administration, international educational exchange, or a closely
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Significant knowledge of academia in the U.S. and abroad, as
well as teaching experience.
- Demonstrated management experience and ability to motivate,
inspire and direct team members.
- Excellent analytical skills and creative thinking. Demonstrated
experience making presentations to groups of higher education
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications
skills; proven ability to communicate on a personal, intercultural,
and group level.
- Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and challenging program
Work Conditions & Physical Demands:
Essential functions are performed in a general office setting
with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting;
telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with
other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions. IIE is an equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or