International Relations Officer (North America)
Imperial College London – International Relations Office
Closes: 26th September 2016
South Kensington Campus
Imperial College London is a world-leading, research-intensive university specialising in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, located in the heart of London. Imperial’s Strategy 2015-2020 emphasises international collaboration, placing it at the core of the College’s mission. Working with colleagues in the International Relations Office (IRO), as well as the College’s senior management and four Faculties, you will play a role in supporting the delivery of Imperial’s international engagement strategy.
The IRO supports the development and implementation of the College’s international engagement strategy. The team’s work spans the College and is informed by close working with the College’s senior management and Faculties. Activities focus on three areas: supporting the development of sustainable international partnerships with peer institutions, government agencies and relevant organisations; enhancing the College’s international influence by engaging with policymakers; and contributing to an excellent student experience by developing international mobility programmes and scholarships. Please note that the IRO is not responsible for international student recruitment.
Your primary responsibility will be supporting the development of partnership activity with North American stakeholders, including making strategic recommendations to management and academic colleagues. Secondary responsibilities include supporting the College’s international mobility programmes for postgraduates.
With a strong knowledge of the higher education, research and translation landscape in North America, you will report on trends and developments, and advise on opportunities and risks for Imperial. In addition, you will provide advice to colleagues (including senior management and Faculty representatives) on building strategic engagement and joint initiatives across the region.
A key element will be the management of important external relationships in – and relating to – the region. You will be involved in the planning and briefing for high-level inward visits, as well as visits made to North America by senior College representatives. You will build networks for the College, both in the region and the UK: including representatives of higher education institutions, governments and their agencies, and funding organisations for scholarships and research.
You will support the College’s international collaborative PhDs and work with the International Relations Officer (Mobility and Programmes) to develop postgraduate student mobility programmes.
We are looking for a candidate with strong knowledge of North America, and of the issues relating to international higher education, research and translation. You must be able to present credibly to senior academic and management and represent Imperial at internal and external meetings. You should have experience of building relationships with a range of stakeholders, and be able to build credibility with colleagues at varying levels. We are looking for a team member with a strategic mind-set and who is comfortable working in complex and changeable situations. Excellent intercultural awareness and an understanding of the complexities of developing international partnerships is essential.
Closing date: 26 September 2016 (midnight BST)
Interview date: Tuesday 11 October 2016