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Dean, Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management

Fulbright University Vietnam
Vietnam (VN)
Compensation is competitive.
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time

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Dean, Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management


Fulbright University Vietnam is Vietnam’s first independent, not-for-profit university.  Our mission is to inspire new generations of leaders and ambitious thinkers of diverse origin to serve Vietnamese society and contribute to a better world. Founded on the promise of Vietnamese-American partnership, we practice and teach continuous innovation in pursuit of bold, ethical answers to local and global challenges. Our design for academic programs of exceptional quality embraces scientific, social, and humanistic modes of inquiry and action, optimized for a dynamic future.

Fulbright University Vietnam was established in 2016 on the foundations of a two-decades long initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School to incubate a center of public policy research and teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP). Founded in 1994 as a center of applied economics and public policy teaching and research, FETP built a reputation as Vietnam’s leading graduate public policy institution in Vietnam. FETP created Vietnam’s first Masters in Public Policy program (MPP). FETP’s applied research, in areas such as macroeconomic policy, public investment, state-owned enterprise reform, and land policy, contributed meaningfully to Vietnam’s national policy discourse. In 2008, FETP, Harvard, UNDP and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the Vietnam Executive Leadership Program (VELP), a unique policy dialog cum executive education initiative for senior Vietnamese policymakers that remains the only program of its kind.

Following the launch of Fulbright University Vietnam, FETP was spun off from Harvard to become the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM), the university’s first academic unit. In 2018, FSPPM secured accreditation from NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration), one of only a handful of Asian institutions to achieve this prestigious mark of quality. FSPPM has nearly 2,000 alumni, many of whom serve in leadership positions in both the public and private sector throughout Vietnam. A significant number of the most senior policymakers in the national government have attended FSPPM programs.

A Unique Opportunity

Fulbright’s Board of Trustees has adopted an ambitious mandate for FSPPM to become a graduate professional school of internationally recognized excellence that prepares its students for positions of leadership in society, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. This vision for FSPPM includes its expansion into business education, a domain that, despite Vietnam’s four decades of economic reform and integration, remains underdeveloped. (Note: the university leadership is considering changing FSPPM’s name to reflect this expansion into business, while maintaining its high-impact policy programs.) 

The next Dean of the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management will play the leading role in translating this mandate into a compelling and actionable plan for the continued development of the school’s academic programs. This plan is expected to include a review and evaluation of FSPPM’s current public policy degree programs in the context of student demand and other factors, the design and execution of a strategy for FSPPM’s entry into the business education space, and the continued expansion of the school’s policy research and engagement portfolio into areas such as climate change, urbanization, and technology policy, among other possibilities.

The Dean will have a unique opportunity to lead the continued development of Vietnam’s only independent school of public policy, one of a handful of schools of public affairs in Southeast Asia. In keeping with Fulbright University Vietnam's foundational commitment to institutional innovation, FSPPM will not uncritically replicate conventional models but instead will learn from successful examples while pioneering new approaches that advance Fulbright’s mission of service to Vietnamese society.

Specific Responsibilities

The Dean reports to Fulbright’s Provost and works collegially with the Provost, the President, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies as a member of the university’s senior leadership team. The Dean leads a group of 20 full-time faculty and researchers and 5 staff, with over 100 students enrolled in its graduate degree programs.

The Dean is responsible for the following specific activities:

1. Institutional Leadership, Design, and Development

The Dean provides executive and academic leadership for the school and serves as the chief architect of FSPPM’s continued design and development. The Dean will lead the development of a long-range vision and strategic plan for the school, in collaboration with the School’s faculty and staff, that is in harmony with Fulbright University Vietnam’s mission and values.  Important components of this vision and plan will include:

1) The evaluation, revision, and expansion of FSPPM’s degree and non-degree teaching programs including the launch of new programs in business, economics and related fields and the development of joint programs with Fulbright’s undergraduate program in engineering and the liberal arts and sciences, including through the creation of undergraduate majors in public policy and business.

2) The expansion of FSPPM’s policy focus to embrace a wider range of challenges facing Vietnam, for example, climate change, technology and cybersecurity, and public health.

3) The continued internationalization of FSPPM’s teaching and research, through greater engagement with other Southeast Asian countries and international academic partnerships.

2. Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff

Recognizing that human capital is the lifeblood of every successful organization, the Dean will endeavor to recruit, support, and retain outstanding students, faculty, and staff. The Dean will create a dynamic learning environment that enables faculty, staff and students to achieve their full professional and human potential. The Dean will assume primary responsibility for organizing recruitment processes in line with university policy and Vietnamese labor laws and regulations. He or she will build and maintain a faculty composed of committed teacher-scholars whose areas of expertise enable the school to engage with the diverse range of challenges and opportunities facing Vietnam. The Dean will recruit and mentor a dynamic and high-performing administrative team at FSPPM.

3. Resource Mobilization

In close collaboration with the President and the development office, the Dean is responsible for mobilizing the financial resources needed for FSPPM to thrive and grow. The Dean will prioritize the development of mutually beneficial relationships with donors and corporate partners. The Dean will also be a key player in developing executive education at the university (building on strong current offerings) as well as pursuing creative new opportunities that generate revenue and amplify the school’s impact.

4. Academic Partnerships

Partnerships with academic institutions in Vietnam and abroad have played an important role in FSPPM’s development to date.  As FSPPM grows and evolves, partnerships will continue to be a source of strength. Working collegially with the Provost and President, the Dean will define a vision for how partnerships with other academic institutions in Vietnam and abroad can enrich FSPPM's academic programs. The Dean will serve as the primary representative to FSPPM’s existing partners, including the Harvard Kennedy School, with which Fulbright collaborates to offer the Vietnam Executive Leadership Program (VELP).

5. Thought Leadership

Like its antecedent institution, the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, FSPPM aspires to contribute to the academic literature and wider public discourse relating to economics, public policy, private sector development strategy, and the short and long-term challenges facing Vietnam, the region, and the world. FSPPM will preserve and build upon FETP's legacy of enlightened dialog with external constituencies including the Vietnamese public, business, the media, and local and national government bodies. The Dean will develop strategies to build on the FSPPM’s track record of policy engagement, taking on emerging issues and engaging with new audiences. 

6. Financial, Budgetary and Administrative Oversight

An important and complementary element of the Dean’s institutional design responsibilities described above is the development of a business model for FSPPM that advances Fulbright’s overall goal of achieving financial sustainability. The Dean is responsible to the President for all aspects of FSPPM's budget consistent with the university's internal financial planning policies and processes. In addition to budgetary oversight, the Dean will work closely other senior officers of the university on the following primary administrative areas: allocation of academic facilities, long-range planning of academic facilities, and decisions regarding non-academic staffing needs.

7. Engagement with External Constituencies and Alumni

The Dean will represent FSPPM to important constituencies including prospective students, employers, donors, government partners, and the media. Of special importance is FSPPM’s alumni community, composed over 2,000 individuals working in positions of leadership across Vietnam. As a senior officer of the university, the Dean may be asked to represent the university in certain events or fora.

8. Institutional Leadership

In addition to the duties described above, as a senior officer of Fulbright University Vietnam, the Dean will work collegially with the President, Provost, and other senior university leaders to pursue university level priorities in areas such as strategic planning, financial and capital planning, fundraising, campus development, and communications.

Desired Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

Ph.D in public policy, business, economics or a related field

A record of academic accomplishment in a field relevant to FSPPM’s growing mandate.

Meaningful experience designing and leading innovative academic programs in the field of public policy and/or business.

Outstanding entrepreneurial instincts, insight and ability including a track-record of collaboration with academic, government, and industry partners.

A generous spirit that takes pleasure in the success and growth of others. The proven ability to inspire and motivate faculty and students to achieve their full potential.

Meaningful international experience.

A proven track record of strategic and collaborative leadership in dynamic, fast-moving environments.

Effective relationship building and cross-cultural communication skills.

This position requires full-time residency in Ho Chi Minh City with regular travel within Vietnam and abroad.

What Fulbright Offers

Opportunity to join a passionate team who shares the belief in the transformative power of education and values the unique opportunity to create a new university.

Opportunity to participate in public talks, workshops, seminars, as well as other enriching activities at Fulbright.

A dynamic, innovative, and professional work environment.

Internationally competitive salary insurance schemes for employees and direct family members.

How to Apply

All applications should include an up-to-date CV and Cover Letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All applications received by March 22 are assured of full consideration.

The Search will be led directly by President Scott Fritzen. For all queries related please direct to the  email address.

Fulbright is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to foster a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. Please visit this page for our statement on Diversity:



Fulbright University Vietnam is Vietnam’s first independent, not-for-profit, liberal arts university. Rooted in the promise and potential of Vietnam-U.S. partnership, Fulbright is dedicated to serving Vietnamese society though education, research, and impactful engagement.

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